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Heat Holders Slipper Socks

A little while ago I reviewed Heat Holders Socks here on Splodz Blogz.

I loved how cosy and comfy they were and said that I enjoyed wearing them around the house as well as out and about, but later commented on twitter that they were a bit slippery on my wooden floors. So Heat Holders sent me a couple of pairs of their slipper socks to try out (I think they were trying to prevent me from hurting myself!).

Heat Holders Slipper Socks

They have the same 2.3 tog brushed fluffy inside which is seriously comfy and cosy for your feet. The only difference between these and the ones I’ve already reviewed is the rubbery bits which give these a non-slip bottom. Whereas I could easily slide from one side of my kitchen to the other (on purpose and by accident), the bits on these mean I can walk normally. Phew!

Heat Holders Slipper Socks

Heat Holders Slipper Socks

Once again Heat Holders get the thumbs up from Splodz Blogz – they are a joy to wear and now I won’t fall over in my kitchen!

I’d Make an Awesome Blue Peter Presenter

Have you seen the amazing achievement by Helen Skelton getting to the South Pole entirely under her own steam, carrying everything she needed herself?  It’s the coldest and windiest place on earth (temperatures down to -50 degrees celcius), and she walked, kite skied and even cycled parts of the 500 mile route.  What a fantastic thing to have done.

Helen is one of the current Blue Peter presenters… her day job is being on kids telly.  But Blue Peter isn’t just any kids TV programme is it? The presenters have to be up for pretty much anything, not just presenting live television, but also testing themselves with challenges, feats of physical endurance, and working with both children and animals.

Ever since I was tiny my “what I want to be when I grow up” dream has been to be a Blue Peter presenter. I know, come on Zoe, you’re 31 now, that dream has long passed by. Er no it hasn’t – I still wanna be a Blue Peter presenter!

I was chatting to @RubellesMoon (her blog) over on Twitter earlier and it appears I’m not the only one.  She made me remember my dream (hers is the same), and informed me that one of the current presenters is in fact 31 years old. Woohoo I’m not too old!

I mean, Blue Peter presenters get to go on trips, learning about the culture and taking part in sports and activities from extreme sports to school lessons in foreign countries.  They get to meet and interview loads of interesting people – genuine heroes and celebrities.  They do loads of work for charity and get to encourage kids to be creative.  They get to learn new skills and achieve amazing things, and take part in World Record attempts like hula hooping and mattress dominoes!  And the fact is quite simple. I want a go!

Blue Peter Badges

Don’t you think I could do that? I’d love to have a pile of Guinness World Records to my name. I could prance about the place trying new things, cover things in sticky back plastic, make an advent wreath out of wire coat hangers, even sit on a sofa and tell a serious story if I was asked to.  I even baked butterfly cakes on Friday!

So where/when do I audition?

In the mean time (before I take up my position as the next Blue Peter presenter…), I’ll continue to set myself challenges and try new things for my own enjoyment. Ah well!

Update: Look… Blue Peter have a four week work placement opportunity in April!

Heat Holders

I’m sat here catching up on Masterchef with these blue socks on my feet. They are cosy and fluffy and definitely warm.

Heat Holders Socks

Heat Holders sent me a pair of their 2.3 tog socks to try out. I’m not sure I’ve ever worn socks with a tog rating before, but I like the idea of a sock that is rated in the same way as a duvet!

Tagged as “the ultimate thermal sock”, it is the extra heavy bulky yarn, long pile cushioning and intense brushing process which all add comfort and warmth. Tog ratings are used to measure the potential warmth of a product; the higher the rating, the warmer the product should be. A high tog rating is achieved by holding as much warm air in the fabric as possible, which is by Heat Holders are brushed on the inside – not just for a fluffy comfy cosy sock but also for a very warm sock.

Heat Holders Socks

To put it in context, the 2.3 tog rating compares to the apparent 0.4 tog of an average cotton sock. Much warmer and much more suited to the winter months.

So how do they feel? Well I’ve already alluded to the fact that they are cost and fluffy and warm. Not a “pretty” sock in that they are thick and add bulk to the foot and ankle, but that’s not what these are about. They are definitely comfortable and that is obvious from the second you pull them on, and that brushed pile on the inside is so lovely on my soles.

Heat Holders Socks

I have worn these socks a lot since they arrived.  Apart from just slobbing in them in front of the telly, I’ve had them on with shoes and boots to go for walks. With all footwear I found I needed to loosen the laces (quite considerably on trainers) because of the thickness of the socks, and I’d be wary of wearing these with certain pairs of shoes as I wouldn’t want to stretch them.  But with walking shoes and walking boots, both of which I wear with thick socks (or two pairs) anyway, there was no problem. When I took them off I was expecting a mass of blue fluff all over my feet, but while I did have a bit of fluff between my toes it was nowhere near as much as I was expecting, and a lot less the second wear. I guess you get toe fluff with every new pair of socks, and I don’t think there was any more than I normally find. Fluff aside, these socks absolutely kept my feet warm. Happy feet!

They are thick socks – definitely casual wear to pair with boots or shoes for a walk, although I was more than happy wandering around my house in these – I reckon they are warmer than my slippers.

Heat Holders are available from The Sock Shop priced at £6 a pair. They are available in a variety of colours. There is also a long version of the sock, and a wellington boot version, both of which I think I need.

Year in Photos (3 Aug 11) – Sunny Sky

What a gorgeous day… well until early evening anyway. I took this photo just before it clouded over, the heavens opened, and we had a massive storm.

Wednesday 3rd August 2011

03/08/11: More skies like this please

Year in Photos (22 Jul 11) – By the Seaside

It was our away day with work today, an arty sort of day doing painting and mosaics etc. But as we were just 5 mins from the sea it would have been rude not to… that should keep me going for a couple of weeks!

Friday 22nd July 2011

22/07/11: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Year in Photos (23 May 11)

What a wild weather day it has been!  Gales, driving rain, more gales – horrid!  The view from my study window this evening though is lovely (although it’s still quite breezy)… blue sky, white fluffy clouds. Shame there’s no sign of a red sky just yet.

Monday 23rd May 2011

23/05/11: It’s May, we should be getting red skies in preparation for gorgeous summer tomorrows

Year in Photos (17 Apr 11)

Gorgeous sunshine today, what more could you ask for on a Sunday in April?

Sunday 17th April 2011

17/04/11: Bright blue sky and cherry blossom

Year in Photos (20 Feb 11)

So today we had to come home.  We’ve had a really fab week… I hope you have liked my Year in Photos updates while I’ve been away.  Normal Splodz Blogz service will be resumed this week – I’ve got a few products sat here waiting for reviews.

Today’s Year in Photos pic was my view out of the aeroplane on the way home.  There is something about being above the clouds that makes you feel on top of the world.

Sunday 20th February 2011

Sunday 20th February 2011

20/02/11: On top of the world looking down on creation…

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