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Review: Asda Click & Collect

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 17-07-2013

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You are all now well aware that I do all my food shopping from Asda, getting it delivered every week by their excellent home delivery team. One thing I’ve never done though is use their Click & Collect service. Until recently there was no store that was really that accessible to me so I went elsewhere for other purchases. I was asked to review the Click & Collect service at my nearby Ferring store which opened recently.
Asda store front Ferring West SussexI am a big fan of George clothing. Whenever I do get to go in store I enjoy a good browse around the clothing department and tend to always find a few bargains for myself or, more often than not, Little Man. I also look at the range online quite a bit – online window shopping if you will – and so decided this would make an ideal use of the Click & Collect service in Ferring.

Shopping online with Asda is really easy, whether you are getting groceries or clothing. It was really simple to find some lovely looking clothes to buy, and when it came to checkout I chose “Click & Collect” as opposed to home delivery. Standard Delivery to your home is just £2.95 which is very reasonable, but there is also the option to collect your order in store for free. This is ideal if you live near a store and want something that they may not ordinarily stock, or if you need something quickly and don’t want to go looking for it in store and risk them not having any left. Click & Collect is really efficient too. I placed my order around lunch time on Sunday and was told that my order would be available to collect after 5pm the following day. They took my payment then, and said they would email or text me once the order was in store and able to be collected. This was fine with me. The order would remain in store for 14 days so I had plenty time to get down to Ferring to get my order. At 3pm the next afternoon I got a text saying my order was ready. Two hours ahead of schedule. So Little Man and I got in the car and set off to the store. We were directed to the collection desk near the back of the store and upon presentation of my payment card and order number my order was handed over. A great touch I thought was being given the option of checking the delivery before I left, to make sure everything was there and I was happy with it.

Click & Collect is a great time saver and puts you in complete control. The process was a lot simpler than I expected and it was pretty much effortless every step of the way. Click & Collect is available in stores right across the country, and you can find your nearest one on the Asda Homepage.

Review: Asda Home Delivery

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Product Reviews | Posted on 11-06-2013

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Life is busy. My Little Man is two (and eight months) years old and something of a handful, as all toddlers this age are. He’s always on the go or doing something, generally things he shouldn’t so I have to be on my toes at all times. We are always out and about doing something, going somewhere, meeting someone. When he sleeps during the day – and I would love that to continue for a bit longer yet please – I can be found at my laptop writing reviews, sending emails, talking to companies and brands. Sometimes I even do a bit of housework, but not often. Evenings are spent clearing up from dinner, tidying the house, and mostly collapsing in front of the TV. Weekends add Daddy to the mix and more often than not trips to parks, National Trust properties, or Grandparents. Life is pretty much none stop. This is why I love having my weekly shopping delivered to my front door every week by Asda.

I don’t have time to go to the supermarket each week. If you ignore the fact that I’d have a bored and complaining toddler in tow, it would take up so much of my time to get there, walk around and buy the food, queue for eternity at the checkout, drive home and then unpack. I find the experience of spending twenty minutes going online and placing my order much calmer, much easier, and much cheaper. I used to go to the supermarket each week before I have Little Man. When I got pregnant I kept going each week but as the months progressed and finished work I stopped going and tested out getting my shopping delivered instead. I spent much less by doing it online than I did instore for the simple fact that there is no temptation. As well as saving time I’m saving money – how brilliant is that?

I’ve been getting food deliveries from Asda week in week out now for a couple of years. Despite living in West Sussex my delivery used to come each week from a store in Hampshire – the Havant Supercentre to be exact. That used to be my nearest store sending out deliveries, but last week that changed and I am now getting deliveries from the new Ferring store, which is an altogether closer location. Have I noticed a difference? No, not really. Its a rare week when I get everything on my order, but I always get a suitable alternative, and I am always charged the cheaper of the two prices. Everything comes bagged neatly and logically and ready to go straight into my kitchen. Attention to detail is great. If I get eggs delivered they are checked by the driver on arrival and are refunded if any are broken. I got a punnet of plums delivered and the use by date was the day after the delivery. The driver refunded those too, despite him being the one to check the date, not me. If I get a substitute I don’t want they take it back without argument and refund me. Carrier bags are returned empty the following week and reused by the store, saving me space at home and doing their small bit to help the planet.

Asda home delivery van

Home delivery fits neatly into my life. You choose your two hour slot and that’s when your food will arrive. As long as I am home in that window we can do what we like, and it just takes a few minutes to take delivery and then put everything away. So simple, so convenient and so reliable. The first delivery from Ferring was late. I’d booked my usual 10am-12pm slot and whilst I’m used to it coming at 11.55am the phone rang at 11.50am to tell me they were running a little late and would be with me within half an hour. The delivery came at 12.05pm, so hardly grounds for complaint. As long as you know they are going to be late its not a problem, and certainly better than them coming much later with no word, as I’ve had from rival supermarkets in the past.

Asda’s Home Delivery service is the perfect solution to my busy lifestyle. With the couple of months I’ve got coming up, I’ll be eternally grateful that its there.

A Trip To Lavant Stables…

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Days Out, Product Reviews | Posted on 23-11-2012

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We were recently invited down to Lavant House Stables, just north of Chichester in West Sussex, to take a look around and to let Little Man sit on a horse. Anyone that knows me and my son will know he is OBSESSED with horses. My parents have a stables behind their house and every time we visit he insists on taking Grandma down to look at the horses. Whilst he can’t say “horses” yet he can sign it phenomenally well, and also likes to add the “clip clop” sounds effects, just in case you’re unsure as to precisely what he’s after. So clearly we jumped at the chance to visit Lavant House and see how he’d react to being placed on a horse, as opposed to just looking and stroking/poking.

Needless to say he was fascinated upon arrival as a lesson was just about to begin so there were dozens of horses being checked before going out, as well as a couple of donkeys wandering about, and a few small ponies enjoying a morning snack. “Would you like to sit on a horse?”  I asked. A very enthusiastic ” ‘Es” came in reply and he was genuinely excited, until someone mentioned hats. Now clearly for safety purposes a riding hat must always be worn, but try explaining that to a 2 year old who won’t even wear a woolly hat when its cold. With some gentle persuasion – largely on Daddy’s part – and a few tears – mostly from Little Man – the hat was secured (which admittedly weighed a lot, so I could appreciate his displeasure) and he was placed onto Todd, a small pony. Little Man looked confused and a little nervous. Todd did a rather epic poo. I was trying really hard not to laugh, but to be fair the whole situation was getting a little comedic. I successfully managed to get one photo of my son not looking like he was about to jump off Todd / cry again / scream blue murder.

As you can see he IS trying to take off the riding hat, but I’ve generally learnt that if Daddy is in close proximity, he can cope with pretty much anything. And I apologise for not cropping out Todd’s poo…

The stables themselves were great. Lots of room for the horses who are all kept outside, which is their natural habitat. There are two areas for lessons – as you can see from the photo, a brave young boy completely ignored me as I took his photo several times! Its a very friendly and relaxing atmosphere, and in two or three years when he’s officially old enough to take lessons, we might consider it if the interest is still there.

Lessons at Lavant House begin from age 5 or 6 and can be one on one or in a group. The team down there are more than happy for you to go along and take a look around. There is also the option to purchase gift vouchers if you want to buy someone a horse riding lesson for Christmas. Full details of the services and lessons provided, gift vouchers, all fees and options can be found online at their website. You will also find them on Twitter @LavantHouse.