Tuesday, 6 April 2021

 Fix for the Hoover Wizard app

Hopefully this will remove the issues you are having:

Hoover Wizard - Apps on Google Play


Initially I installed the Hoover Wizard app on my samsung phone from google play.  When I signed up and signed in the app asked me to select my device, mine being a tumble dryer. It asked for a purchase date and then on the next page either to scan the code inside the door or type in the serial number.

As soon as I attempted either I got a message that I must be connected to the internet. Strange as I obviously already am connected so I tried another phone. (android)

nope same thing and same message.

I luckly had an old Iphone 5s laying around so i installed the app on that phone, Basically the same thing but this version states clearly that you must have 2.4G wifi only. I tried to ignore that and it appeared to let me type in the code and proceed for my serial number this time. The problem appeared when it came to in simple terms connecting to the home wifi. It just sat there and ended up saying no connection on the machine.

I then thought ok, I will do what it said on the iphone version.  I went to the router and turned off the 5G signal and restarted the app. Guess what it worked and once i ran through the purchase date, serial number, network password, it worked like a charm. Actually very quickly too, no hangs no long waiting in between pages.

I then decided to load up the app on the samsung and login with the same details as before which I used on both devices iphone and android. Yep, my tumble dryer was already added and working just like the Iphone version.

Ok in short my advice is if you get the no internet error on android, turn off or rename the 5G wifi signal. this is pretty easy just load up the routers page and login and simply turn off the 5G signal even if its just for testing purposes.

Now close the app and check you have a connection on your phone, I actually disconnected my phones wifi and enabled it again to make sure it certainly had joined the 2.4g wifi on the router. 

It works now quick and as it should.  I did find that if you leave the phone to go into standby or whatever for lenghts of time like I did overnight, the remote will not work the appliance, just close and open it to refresh the remote element of the app and get the connection back. Also just to be certain make sure bluestooth is on. I aint sure if it makes any difference but mine is and to replicate what I am doing I thought I would mention this.

I hope this helps someone out, I would have expected the 2.4G message to be as clearly stated on the android version but it either does not appear or is easily missed which causes this connection issue.

For the small amount of time it takes to turn off the 5G on the router and try again I think it was worth it.

If you do not want to turn it off altogether and know what you are doing just rename the 5G to something else like HS (high speed) on the end of the name so you can differetiate between the two signals for different devices in future. 

Cheers cya guys

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Autumn Walks

I love Autumn so very much and the local woods are always beautiful at this time of year.

It's crazy to think that Noah is now able to walk with us and enjoy the woods that we have spent many years exploring.

It really genuinely does just seem like a moment ago that he was born, but now he really is a little boy, full of zest and adventure!

It's lovely to watch his character develop, although he is exhausting as he genuinely doesn't sit still very loing and wants to get involved in everything, he certainly keeps everyone on their toes!

Sunday, 25 September 2016


Weeds... messy and unloved, overlooked and a little lost.

But there is beauty there when you look at it from the right angle.

That's pretty much how my blog is at the moment.

 Sometimes life gets busy and I've just not had the time to come over here, but I do miss this little corner of the internet.

So a catch up....

My eldest turns 15 soon.... fifteen.

My youngest will be two just before that, and with a 13 year old and a 9 year old in between life is certainly busy.

In the past two years life has been somewhat hectic, I got a job for Netmums which I loved, then I had Noah, and now I'm working as a dinner lady for a local secondary school but also working hard on my freelance graphics designs.

But also being a mum to four I am lucky if I get time to breath let alone do much of anything else!

Noah is a amazingly fun but he is exhausting in equal measures. He still breastfeeds and co sleeps, although he sleeps fine I only really get a hazy nights sleep, I do love having him close and I know these years pass faster than you can imagine but still sleepless nights are hardwork!

So that's where we are... muddling through this roller coaster of life, rocking with the twists and turns and hoping the thrills outway the fear.

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Autumn Eye Spy - Free Childrens Activity Print

Here is a great Time filler for everyone - one of my favorite childrens activity for those rainy afternoons, or in fact any time you want to incorporate something fun and seasonal into your day.

This print out sheet I have created is great for learning all about the autumn animals and vegetables you can see around this time of year, it is great free resource to have to help children learn the names of some of the common creatures and vegetables -

Can they spot a Robin? Where are the pumpkins? How many ants can you see? What colour is the apple?  Can you see the turnip? What do you think the hedgehog would like to eat?

There are so many ways you can use this fun print out sheet. A simple eye spy - where you say the name of the vegetable or animal and the child has to point it out, or you can use the more common eye spy method where you and the child use the sheet to help think of things 'eye spy something beginning with L.....' (leek)

You can also use this fun sheet to provock discussions, simply talk through what you can see.

However you decided to use this sheet I do hope you have as much fun with it as we have!

To print this sheet out simply right click and save the image to your computer then print as many times as you require!

Why not also take a look at our Autumn Treasure hunt print out which you can find by clicking here

Free Printable Autumn Treasure Hunt

I can't quite believe how quickly this year is passing, October is creeping up quicker and quicker, and with it the changing seasons, I must admit I love Autumn, the colours, the changes in nature, the weather. Even when its getting a little cooler it is still nice enough to grab a jumper and get out side!

We are very much an out doors family,  spending a lot of our time outside I am always thinking up things to entertain the children, one of their favorite things is to go on a treasure hunt, they never seem to tire of finding bugs and beasties or blowing a dandelion clock.

I have created this free to print out - Autumn treasure hunt, which is one of our favorites, the children love to see who can find all the things first, or we simply use it as a guide when we are walking, helping us point out some of the things we see at this time of year.

If you would like to print this Treasure hunt simply right click and save the image below to your computer and print out as many times as you require!

It's a great way to help the children learn about nature and the changing seasons, the printable guide gives them something to look at to encourage them to get outside.A great free activity for everyone at home, after school or any time!

Happy Autumn Hunting!

Sunday, 20 March 2016


Ahhh my trusty old blog, how I have missed you.

So wow, how time slips by...

My three become four, my tiny newborn has already had his  1st birthday... my eldest is now 14... fourteen.... how on earth did that happen?!

So, dear blog, I am so sorry I have been so sporadic with my commitment, so useless with keeping on top.

I do love the moments I have captured over the years, and I know that I really don't want the records, the memories, the fun to just stop being recorded.

I am not going to promise to try harder, I really really am the worst at sticking to promises, but please do bear with me whilst I do my best to get back into the swing of blogging my everyday moments, my favourite memories and everything else in between.

Saturday, 19 September 2015


Weaning tends to be hotly debated by parents and can become something which can cause alot of worry for new and more experienced mums a like. Many parents worry which method is best and how to  combat a fussy sweet toothed baby.

Noah is now 9 months old and has been enjoying food for a few months now. He will happily eat a wide range of foods tastes and textures.

We took a nice relaxed baby led weaning approach. introducing him to food at his own speed and allowing him to decided how much he wanted to eat.

As Noah is breastfed, he still gets a lot of his nutrition from breast milk and I intend on feeding him for a while longer, at least until his 1st birthday, so following the mantra 'food is fun until your one' I have been relaxed around how much he actually swallows.

We started offering finger foods around the 6 month age mark, he could sit unaided at this point and grab and put food into his mouth.

All food we ate as a family (within reason) was offered, toasted bread fingers, cooked apples, pears bananas, strawberries, mashed potato, broccoli, carrots rice and pasta.

Initially small tastes were offered and Noah spent more time playing with the food than eating it, now however at 9 months old the mess is slowly reducing as he actually eats the food much more efficiently.

The bonus to taking a baby led weaning approach for us have been the ease and relaxed nature, if going out and about there is no worry about packing something for Noah, he has breastmilk if needed and can swipe some bread from a sandwich or a sausage roll or piece of fruit to munch on.

At home, whilst cooking the meal for the family it is  a great way to keep him happy and entertained, a few peas on his highchair give me time to dish up everyone elses meal, a slice of toast in the mornings allow me to ensure the others get their breakfast, freeing up my hands by letting him feed himself I have found it to be a great time saver. The only negative being the mess!

For us baby led weaning has been enjoyable and stress free, we have not experienced any trouble with gagging or chocking, ensuring the food initially was finger sized and cooked to a soft consistancy meant he could manage it well, as he has got more expeirenced he loves smaller pieces such as garden peas and sweet corn, chererios, and cut up  fruit. He also is happier with tougher food such as meat and crackers.

If you are starting out on the weaning journey it can seem like there are so many things to think about, my number one piece of advice would be to relax and go with the flow. try not to worry about the amount of food your baby is eating, and try to offer them finger food after a milk feed so they are not really hungry which can result in getting frustrated at the speed of the meal, eating food takes longer and is not as instantly satisfying as drinking milk or puree.

Remember to let your baby have fun and try not to interveen, leave them to explore the food at their own pace. They will learn to chew before they swallow which may mean to start with food is put in their mouth and spit out again, as soon as they get the hang of chewing then swallowing they find meal times more satisfying and a wider range of food can be offered.

here is a video of Noah having some first tastes

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