Price Points: Smart bathroom scales

Selection of 3 smart bathroom scales | H is for Home

Just over a year ago, we were both getting an hour’s walk in the hills at least every other day. These days, because the dog is getting a bit old and infirm, we only manage about half that – and only on the flat.

Because of this, (and middle-age) my weight has been creeping up – almost imperceptibly. This is the first time in my life that I’ve had to keep an eye on my weight. Since the start of 2017, I’ve consciously been eating less often and smaller portions too. I’ve seen a bit of a difference but have absolutely no idea how much I weigh.

Bathroom scales have advanced so far recently that you (and other people in the household) can easily track your progress using apps via your smartphone or tablet.You can measure not only your weight but also other body composition stats.

Justin and I could even have a little friendly competition to make the new regime a little more interesting and easier to maintain! Here are three of the ever expanding range of smart bathroom scales currently on the market.

  1. Salter analyser bathroom scales: £20, George at ASDA
    Records and measures weight, body fat %, body water % and body mass index (BMI)
    8 user memory & athlete mode
    Maximum weight: 180kg / 396lb / 28st 8lb
    Available in 5 colours
  2. BlueAnatomy wireless body scale: £69.95, Amazon
    Records and measures weight, fat, water, muscle, bone and BMI
    Connects wirelessly to Apple and Android devices using the BlueAnatomyTM app to store your information
    Unlimited user memory
    Maximum weight: 180kg / 396lb / 28st 8lb
    Available in 2 colours
  3. Body Cardio: £149.95, Withings
    Records and measures weight, fat, water, muscle, bone and BMI
    Measures heart rate and pulse wave velocity
    Syncs automatically using the Withings Health Mate app via WiFi or Bluetooth
    Works in conjunction with over 100 apps including Weight Watchers, Lose It!, MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper, MapMyRun and Runtastic
    8 user memory
    Maximum weight: 180kg / 396lb / 28st 8lb
    Available in 2 colours

Price points: Terrarium

terrarium choices | H is for Home

Terrarium? Terraria? Terrariums? Which is the correct plural term? Following on from last week’s cactus lights round-up, today we’re looking at the real thing.

We don’t have that many house plants, but we seem to be able to maintain our little collection of cacti and succulents. A terrarium is the ideal micro-climate for housing these kind of plants; keeping them in this way makes these low-maintenance plants almost no-maintenance!

Price Points: Cactus lights

Various cactus lights | H is for Home

A few years ago, it was all about pineapples in home décor. Recently, it seems that the baton has been passed to the cactus. Lots of homewares have been given the cacti treatment. Cactus wallpaper, cactus candles, cactus vases, cactus cushions and cactus lights – the list goes on & on!

Here are three cactus lights at various price points that caught our eye.

  1. SUNNYLIFE cactus small neon light: £22, Selfridges
  2. Cactus marquee light: £60, Etsy
  3. Home Collection ‘Cactus’ marquee floor light: £135, Debenhams

Price Points: King-size metal beds

King-size metal beds | H is for Home

We’ve just got our hands on a whole set of brand, spanking new bedding (more of that to come in the near future) and we’re shortly to get delivery of a new mattress too (we’ll also get to that in a week or two). So, it’s only right that we should get ourselves a lovely new bed for all of it to go upon!

We’ve needed a new bed for our top-floor spare bedroom for quite a while now. We love the one we have at the moment that it will replace. It’s an antique dark wooden one that’s attractive in a rustic country kind of way. However, it moves and squeaks with every small movement and it’s just too short to have a comfortable night’s sleep.

We’re currently redecorating the room that the bed is in (again, we’ll share that with you soon!) and we’d like a new bed that fits in with the new décor. We’ve been perusing the ‘net looking at king-size metal beds and the three at the top of our list are all around about the same price. Looks-wise though, we think the copper one from MADE.com comes out tops with us!

  1. Clover metal bed frame: £299.99, Bensons For Beds
  2. LUCIA grey metal UK king-size bed 150cm: £350, Habitat
  3. Alana kingsize bed, copper: £379 MADE.com

Price Points: Book bags

Book bags made to look like book covers

What’s your favourite book? Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? Whatever your chosen reading may be, these book bags are perfect for toting it around… along with your keys, phone, purse, tissues, lipstick – whatever!

Back in the day, when I used to have a daily rail commute (and before mobile phones were so ubiquitous), I used to read books voraciously. I read Lord of the Rings entirely on the Todmorden ↔ Manchester train. I was also addicted to crime fiction, long before the advent of Scandi Noir.

Unfortunately, I never seem to find that kind of time any longer – more’s the pity. I think one of these book bags would certainly get me back into turning those pages!

  1. Book handbags and clutch bags by The Literary Gift Company: £30, Notonthehighstreet
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird leather book bag: from £143, Etsy
  3. Dolce & Gabbana book padlock top handle bag : £4,750, Harrods

Price Points: Air purifiers

Home air purifiers | H is for Home

The quality of our air has been in the news quite a lot recently. Just a few days into the new year, some parts of London have already breached guideline nitrogen dioxide limits. It’s also been discovered that living on a busy road may increase your risk by 12% of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

We live on a fairly busy road, however, I’m more worried about the particles in the air from our multi-fuel stoves. An air purifier seems like a no-brainer for our home. Whether you suffer from allergies, asthma or simply want to improve the smell of your home (all you cooks, pet owners and/or smokers!) air purifiers are a good idea.

  1. Puripod air purifier: £25.99, Wayfair
    Removes contaminants, clears airborne fumes, releases clean and fresh air back into your room and eliminates unpleasant odours:

    • Removes cooking smells and cigarette smoke
    • Light weight and portable
    • Easy to move from room to room
    • Virtually silent
  2. Rabbit Air MinusA2 Peanuts Edition SPA-700A: $539.95, Amazon US
    • BioGS HEPA filtration with six stages of purification and deodorisation
    • Customised filter option of your choice: germ defence, odour remover, pet allergy, toxin absorber
    • Covers up to 700 sq. ft.
  3. Dyson Pure Cool Link™ Tower: £449.99
    • Automatically removes 99.95% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.1 microns: 360° glass HEPA filter captures ultra-fine particles from the air including pollen, bacteria and pet dander.
    • Intelligent purification: Automatically monitors, reacts and purifies – then reports to your Dyson Link app. So you can remotely control your environment.
    • Automatic night-time mode: Monitors, reacts and purifies; but only using the quietest settings. LED display dims – no disturbance.