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Maxoak Bluetti EB150 Portable Power Station Review

If you live somewhere remote or love travelling then you may have had the odd sticky situation with power now and again. Your laptop may be flat, you need to charge your drone or you need power for your fridge for example. If you are camping, hiking, love the camper van life, road tripping or living off-grid it's always a good idea to have a backup power charger and this is where something like the Maxoak Bluetti EB150 portable power station comes in handy. This is an advertorial in conjunction with Maxoak. 

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The Maxoak Bluetti EB150 portable power station has a maximum output of 1000 watts and weighs approximately 38 pounds. That's a huge charge from a powerful charger! It's the sort of charger you can keep in the back of your car or van and then it's easy to whip it out if you need power. It has a sturdy handle so you can transport it easily too.  
 

As stated before, this charger is really powerful. This is no small stick charger. It's 14.6 inches (37cm) by 6.5 inches (16.5cm) by 14.4 inches (36.5cm) in size.

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To charge your items there is a cigarette lighter 12v adapter as well as 4 USB ports too and a USBc port. This means you can charge your USB enabled laptops such as your Macbook Pro, the latest Dell or your Microsoft surface laptop.  It also has 2 AC outlets so that you can charge most of your small appliances up to a max of 1000 watts. Useful when you need to power your hairdryer, camera, drone and so on.

Obviously, always check the instructions to ensure your appliance is suitable. It can even charge a small fridge, which is great for camper van life.

I liked the fact that there is an LCD display panel that lights up, great for low lighting conditions and that it was straight forward to use. Charging time for the unit itself is 
8-8.5hrs to be fully charged from an AC wall outlet. 

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One of the things that can be especially useful is the ability to charge it from solar power. I mean how cool is that? As well as being eco-friendly this is an incredibly useful feature when you have no sockets to charge it. The MC4 solar charging cable is included, although you will have to buy a solar panel. 

You can buy the Maxoak Bluetti EB150 from the following.

Amazon UK  Use code: powereb51 for £100 off
Amazon USA Use codes: bluetti1500  for $65 off + code coupon for $130 off  in total $195 off
Amazon Germany  Use codepowereb51 for 100 off

Priced at £1499.99 it isn't super cheap but I firmly believe you get what you pay for. With the Maxoak Bluetti EB150, you get a powerful portable power station that thas the ability to charge from a variety of power sources. You also have various coupon codes as above to get some extra money off. When you’re buying from MAXOAK you know that you’re guaranteed quality too and it comes with a 24-month replacement or maintenance warranty. 



Conclusion

The Maxoak Bluetti is a portable power charging station that really packs a punch. If you love travelling, live off-grid or need extra power in an emergency I think you can do no wrong in investing in this. Recommended.

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Why You Should Ride A Tricycle In Winter Instead Of A Bike

When it turns frosty and cold outside, people automatically think this means packing away the trike or bike for the year. Whilst this might be the correct thinking for a bike, a tricycle is the perfect travelling companion for the winter months, and you are sure to be safe on the three-wheeler on a wide variety of terrain.  This is an ad.

Tricycles are well known to be sturdy and safe modes of transport, and this applies, even more so when it comes to riding a tricycle in the colder months.

But why is riding a tricycle safer than riding a bike in the winter? Well, here is a list of all the reasons tricycles are perfect for riding in the winter, and why they are much safer than riding a normal bike.

Tricycles work well on all terrain



Tricycles have three large wheels that have extremely effective grip, which paired with being lower to the ground than a bicycle, makes riding on all terrains extremely safe. So, this winter, when the roads get icy, you can be safe in the knowledge that riding a tricycle is still a safe option.

Also, as a tricycle is lower to the ground this means whilst climbing hills in the wind, rain and snow riders do not need to keep the same forward-leaning motion to gather momentum. Instead, trike cyclists can just lower the gear and climb with ease.

Jorvik tricycles offer various different tricycles, but one of their best trikes for winter weather is their Jorvik electric mountain trike. This tricycle has large tyres and a front suspension which will give you the confidence to conquer mud, ice or snow with ease.

Tricycles are more visible than bikes

Tricycles are much more noticeable than a normal bike, as they are bigger and have three wheels instead of two. This is extremely beneficial when riding in the winter, as the weather in the colder months can produce poor visibility on the roads, which can be dangerous for those on bicycles. For tricycle riders, there is also the added security that they are more likely to be seen due to the stature of the tricycle compared to a standard bike.

Tricycles are easy to ride

Having three wheels, tricycles are very easy to ride as they provide the rider with more balance and support. This means riders are not worrying about their balance at the same time as trying to concentrate on the road in front of them, this makes the riding experience a much more pleasurable one. Jorvik Tricycles also have a range of different seating options, one of the most popular options being the Jorvik adults tricycle seat with back rest.

Tricycles can carry all your bags

One of the worst things in winter when riding a bike is having to try and carry all of your things in a heavy backpack, it just makes the cold journey a tiresome one. But with a tricycle, you can pack all of your things away into safe cargo bag or a Jorvik mountain trike trailer that attaches to the tricycle itself. This is great if you have been shopping and have lots of carrier bags to take home with you.

Things to keep in mind when riding a tricycle this winter: 


Be seen

It’s important to ensure you are visible on the roads, especially when weather is poor and natural daylight is limited. So, equipping your tricycle with sufficient lights is necessary to reduce any possible collisions or accidents. Ideally, you will have a light on the front, back and on a wheel of your tricycle. Be sure to check your lights on a regular basis to ensure that they work.

Be bright

To ensure you are seen on the roads, purchasing reflective wear is essential, especially for when the weather is gloomy and dark. Some wearable reflective options for this include bright reflective gloves, reflective slap wraps and hi visibility vests.

Stay dry

This winter there is bound to be some rainy weather, so, investing in some protection for yourself and your phone could be worthwhile. A traditional cycling cape is the perfect accessory to take with you on your ride and can be worn over all clothing. Also, this weatherproof phone mount is the ultimate universal waterproof phone mount for all tricycles, and you can be comfortable in the knowledge that your phone isn’t getting wet in your pocket.

So, does a tricycle sound like the right mode of transport one for you? With all the safety benefits riding a tricycle brings, swapping to a tricycle and packing away the bike will be one of the best decisions you make this winter!

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Win A £50 Gift Voucher With Boho Homes Ends 22/11

I like supporting small businesses and today on my blog I am working with Boho Homes to bring you a great competition. So read on to find out more about this eco-friendly company and how you can enter for a great prize. This is an ad.

Boho Homes is a small social enterprise with a big heart. Working with artisans and fair trade suppliers around the world, this ethical company is run by Tullika and sells handcrafted products with a strong eco-friendly focus. Products sold are made from sustainable materials such as mango wood, organic cotton and recycled card and each product comes from a traceable production line. With each order, you also get a note that tells you the story of your purchase - what a lovely touch!

A certified member of the British Assciation of Fair Trade Suppliers you know that they pay a fair price to their workers, and that's always good to know. Let's have a look at some of my favourite items.

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One of their bestsellers, I really love these gorgeous brass layered coasters. These 6 coasters have been individually layered with a brass sheet and embossed with blocks by hand. Sold in a gorgeous embossed box, the best thing about these glamourous coasters is that you know that they are made with Fairtrade conditions and the artisans in India get a fair price. Priced at £20 I think these are beautiful. 

elephant bowl


Made from discarded coconut shells, these gorgeous bowls are just stunning. Artisans in Vietnam have hollowed out and shaped the coconuts, then smoothed and treated the shells with coloured lacquer. The final touch is painted on - an elephant in all its splendour. The craftsmanship is unreal with these lovely bowls available in a range of colours.



My next choice from Boho Homes is this elephant circle cushion cover. In a lovely quality soft cotton, what really stands out is the lovely symmetrical design of elephants. Perfect for your lounge or conservatory sofa, I think any home would be cheered up with these beautiful cushion covers.

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Made from mango wood, this beautiful tray is the perfect addition to any home, With gorgeous handpainted tiles in ceramic, the vibrant colours with brighten any home. Each tray is unique as all the tiles are different but if you make a note of any colour scheme when you order Boho Homes will do their best to find a try for you. 

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My last choice is one of these cosy cotton quilts, perfect for an extra layer on the bed in autumn. Made from block printed cotton, these blanket are filled with natural cotton too and not polyester fibres or down meaning that the quilt is lightweight and breathable. Called Jaipuri Raza you can also use these quilts on the sofa when watching TV. 

So here are my favourite items from Boho Homes. Today on my blog you can win a £50 voucher to spend on the Boho Homes website. So go and visit their website, have a look around and then come back and answer the question below to enter. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

Someone has to win! Good luck!

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How to Raise a Confident Child

Confident people have a better chance of success than those who are not. This is because they believe in their abilities and they are not afraid to take risks. They face challenges with optimism rather than shying away from them and thrive in social situations. With that said, it comes as no surprise that most parents hope to raise a confident child. Sometimes, though, that is easier said than done, which is why I have teamed up with an international school in London, to offer some advice. This is an ad. 


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One of the key ways to help your child with their confidence is to encourage them to experience new things and take on new challenges as regularly as possible, so that they can learn to have faith in their abilities to do anything they set their mind to. Start small, by giving your child some basic responsibilities around your home, promoting their independence and allowing them to accomplish small goals. Praise them when they complete these tasks successfully so that they know you are proud of them.

You could also encourage your child to join some sort of extra-curricular activity, where they will develop lots of important, transferrable skills and build strong relationships with likeminded people. Even if they just have a one-to-one session once a week with a music teacher, for example, they will have another respectable adult to look up to and feel supported by.

Support is actually hugely important for young people, as without it they can feel quite alone. With this in mind, try and provide the most supportive environment as possible by helping your child with their homework, providing them with the necessary tools they need to succeed and reminding them often how much you love them. Spend plenty of time with them and use this time as an opportunity to teach them new things and answer their questions about the world. Attend parents’ evenings and other events at the school so that they know you have a strong interest in their academic achievements.

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The Benefits of Outdoor Learning for Children

When we think of our child’s education, most of us picture a classroom environment or their head in a book. However, learning comes in lots of shapes and sizes and sometimes getting out of the classroom and into a new environment can really enrich a child’s academic experience. That’s why lots of schools provide outdoor learning opportunities for students, to make use of all of the resources available to them and help engage kinaesthetic learners. A primary school in Hillingdon explores the benefits of outdoor learning in more detail below.



One of the more obvious advantages to outdoor learning is the physical and mental health benefits it provides. Children who are able to run around outdoors, receive fresh air and hear the sounds of nature will be both physically fitter and less stressed. This is due to the endorphins that are released in the brain when engaging in these kinds of activities. Since lots of children don’t have access to a safe outdoor environment at home, having that chance at school is of the utmost importance.

Outdoor learning also demonstrates to children that there are opportunities to learn all around us, not just in the classroom. The experience helps bring to life some of the things they have been learning about in books, which often allows them to retain the information to a greater degree. When schools have a nature reserve the benefits of seeing plants and animals in their natural environment cannot be emphasised more. Seeing the beauty of bees, butterflies, dragonflies, frogs and pond life as well as trees, bushes and flowers can all help to learn about science, nature and geography. With that said, outdoor learning can improve overall academic performance for children across the board.

Another benefit of outdoor learning is that it helps children develop a sense of empathy towards the environment. It is crucial to help young people become respectful global citizens and protect the world where possible, which isn’t something they can truly grasp from a textbook. For more information on the benefits of outdoor learning and how your child’s school incorporates it into their curriculum, don’t hesitate to contact their teachers.

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Inexpensive Ways to Give Your Home a Makeover

When your home is looking a little drab, or you're just bored of the current look, you might start thinking about giving it a makeover. But redesigning your home interiors can cost you, especially if you want to make a lot of changes. Fortunately, there are options available if you want to make a difference and avoid spending too much. If you want to makeover your home with only a small budget, you could easily have a big impact with just a few hundred pounds or even less. By choosing the things that will have the largest effect, you can practically create a new home.

Update Hardware


One of the quick and inexpensive changes that you can make is updating any hardware in different rooms. You can get new door furniture, replacing things like handles and hinges, and even get a new knocker for your front door. In the kitchen and bathroom, you can replace taps and other metal features that might need refreshing. These kinds of changes will barely cost you anything. You can replace a door handle for around £10 if you're looking for the cheapest options, although fancier choices are also available if your budget is a little higher.

Bring in Some New Textiles

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In the bedroom and living room, one of the fastest ways to make a big impact is to get some new textiles. Replace your bedding, get a new cover for your sofa, or buy a new rug. These kinds of things can add colour and texture to your home for a fast and easy transformation. You could also reupholster some furniture, although this can take a little more time and money, especially if you want to get a professional to do it. Consider adding throws and pillows to your seating areas too, or perhaps some padded seats to your dining chairs.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

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Decorating can be a bit more effort, especially as you might need to move furniture around. But a lick of paint can do wonders if you want to give your home a makeover. It doesn't cost much to buy paint, and you can do the painting yourself if you're up to it, which saves you money on labour. If you're really on a budget, there's no harm in painting one room at a time. In fact, it can be less disruptive to your life, as well as being easier on your bank balance.

Add Some Art and Plants

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When your home needs spicing up, sometimes you just need to add some accessories and ornaments. Bringing some art, interesting objects, and maybe some house plants into your home is a great way to add some more personality to a house that looks a little dull. You can hang art on the walls, whether you like movie posters, photography, or classic prints, and you can display things on various surfaces too.

Give your home a makeover without spending too much, and you can feel like you're in a brand new home.


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