Are you looking forward to summer? When the chaos of Christmas and End of Year School events are over? Today I’m putting thoughts of Christmas preparation aside to get ready for some Summer Fun with a couple of giveaways for you.
After a week of kindy trips, school athletics, Christmas shopping, Christmas Tree shopping and decorating, a flat tyre (that one wasn’t in the schedule!) and the Santa Parade I was ready for some relaxation and some family fun.
So, a sunny Sunday afternoon was the perfect time to try out my new gifts from Zuru. This post contains reviews of products I have been gifted, but all opinions are my own.
ZURU Air Chair
The Zuru Air Chair is an inflatable lounger or chair which, according to the ads, you can set up anywhere with a few quick arm movements to fill the chair with air. I’ve seen the ad on TV a few times, and wondered if it would live up to the hype and would be as easy to fill as it said.
The chair comes in a handy bag with a stap for carrying so it’s easy to take to the beach or park, or where ever you want to do some sunbathing.
But was it as easy to put up? Well, I have to admit that it does take a bit of practice to master the technique.
There are two separate sections that you have to hold open one at a time to fill the Air Chair.
With my first attempt I was running around the garden pulling it like a kite (on a very non-windy day) with not much success. My husband was very amused by this sight – especially with my four-year-old shouting ‘faster mummy’. But when he (my husband that is, not the four-year-old) had a go he didn’t fair much better. However, not to be defeated, the resourceful man that he is got the leaf-blower out and we soon had our Air Chair inflated.
Now for the comfort test… I found the Air Chair to be very comfortable. If you are not lying right in the middle it can feel a bit unstable but once in position I felt very relaxed and was in a good position for reading. Getting in and out wasn’t too dignified, but not too difficult.
Since the Air Chair is promoted as something you can take anywhere, I thought I should make another attempt to inflate it without the aid of electrical equipment.
This time, instead of running the length of the garden or spinning round in circles I took a couple of steps forward as I lifted the Air Chair up above my head. While lifting it up I opened one of the openings, and then closed it again on the way down. This meant that the air was trapped longer. I repeated this action about ten times and then repeated again for the other opening.
After rolling up the end to keep the air in, I was able to have another relaxing lie in the garden (just before the thunder, lightening and rain started!).
Note: I haven’t connected it properly in the above photo. I should have rolled the two openings together rather than separately.
So, what’s the final verdict? I thought this was a great product! Once I had mastered the technique of inflating the Air Chair I found it very comfortable and convenient. Much more comfortable than an airbed, beanbag or deckchair – and more practical too.
Oh, and the other important detail – I got it rolled up and back in to the bag easily too.
And now to the next product from Zuru – my kids have been really looking forward to this one!
Bunch o Balloons
I’ve tried filling water balloons a few times, including for the Ice Bucket Hack below. But I’ve always found it really fiddly and time-consuming. In fact, with the ice bucket I think I only got to about six or seven balloons before I gave up!
So, when I saw this product I was really keen to give it a go, and as I’ve already mentioned – so were my kids.
Here’s a quick video of how easy it is to fill the balloons.
The balloons come with connectors to fit onto an outdoor tap or a garden hose, making it really simple to fill the balloons. Once connected, simply turn on the tap for about a minute and the balloons will fall off when they are full. The fasteners are already attached and will tighten round the balloon when it falls off – so no need for anything fiddly or time-consuming.
In no time our kids were having great fun throwing the balloons around.
If you are looking for a few creative ideas for your water balloons then here are a few hacks I discovered.
Water Balloon Hacks
Try making a Water balloon waterslide for the garden.
This Water Balloon trampoline looks like a heap of fun.
Water Balloon Volley Ball looks like a great team sport.
You don’t have to pack away your water balloons when summer is over – try making some Ice Balloons to decorate your garden.
And finally, here’s the Ice Bucket hack I mentioned earlier. A great way to keep your drinks cool this Christmas.
Don’t forget to enter the draw to win your own Air Chair or Bunch o Balloons.