I am a huge tennis fan but I normally watch the ATP tour now rather than the WTA. When I do watch women's games it's often at the latter stages of a tournament and quite often one of the players involved is the amazing Serena Williams. Her dominance of the game is phenomenal and I was interested to know more about her, how she thinks and became the champion that she is and also what her history was and how she started in the sport.
I picked up a hardback copy of Serena's autobiography 'My Life: Queen Of The Court' at a local bookstore. In the book Serena describes how she and her sisters were guided into the sport at a young age and how their family lived around this training and the competitions. It's a fascinating insight into what makes a person become the dedicated, hard working and accomplished champion we see raise the trophies at the end of hard fought matches. Much of the story of course is also about Serena's sister Venus, who we can perhaps call the princess of the court. There is also some very personal revelations into the family situation and some insight into a terrible family tragedy.
What I enjoyed most about the book was reading what Serena says she was thinking and feeling when in certain situations, particularly on the court. It's a fascinating insight into what goes on in a player's mind when they desperately want to win. It makes viewing the sport much more interesting and dramatic knowing that these intricate thought processes are going on. It's also very inspiring to read such motivational thoughts and ideas. It has made me respect and admire Serena so much more but it has also made me look at my own attitude to life and accept that a defeatist attitude to any difficult situation is pointless and stupid.
The book is well written and easy to read. It is obviously only a small fragment of Serena's story, though, since she continues to have massive success on the court and as an athlete. I think prior to reading this I had underestimated the physical and mental effort it requires to be in Serena's position.
I would recommend the book to any sport's fans or tennis fans as it's a fascinating insight into the life of this sport's star.
EDMOND FALLOT is a company that is passionate about Mustard and quite the experts.
The range is from BEAUNE in France with carefully selected ingredients around the area. They use traditional methods to create what can only be described as wonderful and exceptional mustard's.
We discovered this range through WAITROSE but I think its more accessible now than it was a couple of years ago, being more widely available.
The jar is bog standard and plain with a french seal on but it's what's inside that counts. Glass jar with a gold lid. The product packaging does vary depending where you buy. I'm not sure why.
When you open the jar straight away the scent is tangy and you can catch a scent of tarragon.
The blend is incredible as shown on their website. This mustard consists of:
They lend many suggestions to how and what to combine this wonderful mustard with yet we have found brushing this over and grilling a salmon is heavenly! Also adding this to cheese and Gerkins is lovely.
This is a small jar of condiment yet packs a punch flavor wise and I would recommend sticking to the measurements in the recipe and not over do it as less seems to be more with this range.
This should be store in the air-tight jar and in a fridge the moment you open it and consumed ideally within three months.
Prices do vary online but £5-£6 is the average price of this.
LUDLOW are a specialist fruit and nut company that I have found to be a trusted brand that tastes really good.
Purchased can be made online but also in many wholesalers as well.
Although I have like many others purchased these in various stores, supermarkets and a range of brands yet this taste different and really good.
Made by LUDLOW using PREMIUM whole almonds the quality of which is rich and delicious. What really stands out with this range is the generous layer of milk chocolate that surround the almonds. This is smooth and soft to bite into and absolutely delicious. This is a non branded chocolate yet it taste's just as good, they also have a hint of caramel in as well.
Their are health benefits to eating whole almonds whether the chocolate is a hindrance is debatable but I'd like to think that at least some of the almonds are doing their work.
This is beneficial because of the :
HIGH VITAMIN E
PROTECTS AGAINST DIABETES
PROTECTS YOUR HEART.
I only eat these in small quantities I never over indulge because they tend to be sickly sweet.
The choice of sizes to buy is very good and consumer friendly, such as:
65g snack pot for £1.50
These store really well and keep fresh is air-tight.
LUDLOW has a good nutritional page at LUDLOWNUT.CO.UK when ordering you can find out more about the products as you buy which I find helpful.
Whilst preparing to move out of my rented flat I received a letter from the letting agency stating that I would be charged for any scuffs on the wall or marks in the kitchen. Not wanting to lose my deposit, but well aware that after 5 years of wear and tear there were numerous marks I sought a solution. I found the “JML Doktor Power Magic Eraser” on Amazon for £4.99 and with its claims of working on any surface, decided it was worth a go.
The 32 x 13 x 4cm sponge claims that it is effective at shifting scuff marks from the floor, lime scale from taps, crayon marks on walls and burnt food from pots and pans. It can be cut down to whatever size you need and all you need to do is add water. There’s no clear description of how it works or what it’s made from but I guess if something is “magic” you don’t reveal the secret.
My priority was to check that I could get the scuffs left by furniture of the walls to make sure I could get my deposit back without having to repaint the whole flat. I cut off a small section of the sponge with scissors, held it under the tap and squeezed out the water so that it was just damp but not soaking as per the instructions. I started with a small scuff on a white painted wall and was amazed by how easily the scuff was removed with just a couple of rubs of the sponge. I moved on to a much more dramatic mark which required a little more effort but still nothing to complain about before the mark was completely removed. By the fifth stain the little bit of sponge I had in my hand was starting to disintegrate and little bits of it were starting to break away and drop onto the carpet – these were easily hovered up later and I threw away that bit of sponge and cut off another bit. I managed to get every single mark off the wall – including greasy finger prints left by my goddaughter and a long black scrap mark where the ironing board foot had been dragged along the wall. The biggest challenge on the walls was a large area of mould that I found on the wall when I moved out the wardrobe. It was huge and I had tried various cleaning products and scrubbing to no avail. Incredibly, with the JML sponge I managed to get the wall clean without too much effort. It did use up all of the sponge and I had to buy another one but I didn’t mind seeing as it was so fantastic.
When my second sponge arrived I used it to tidy up marks on the door frames and skirting boards. In the cupboard under the sink and rushing can had left a bit rusty ring in the bottom of the cupboard. No amount of cleaning products and elbow grease had shifted it so far so I gave the magic sponge ago and it wiped off without any effort at all! My poor boyfriend had to endure a whole week of me making him watch me remove stains as I couldn’t believe how good it was! It sorted out marks in the cupboards, eradicated marks on the hob/burnt food from pans and trays, took scuffs off trainers, got pen off my wooden coffee table and limescale off the taps and shower screen. It left everything looking as good as new without any damage or abrasion.
The product is incredible. I am yet to find anything it hasn’t managed to clear. I could not rate it highly enough for how well it works. There is no smell to it and no residue left after use. I have a long list of allergies and most cleaning products bring me out in some sort of rash but I had no reactions at all to this sponge, even when using it excessively! The sponge lives up to it’s hype of cleaning stubborn marks with ease. It is also great for cleaning things like light switches to have them looking as good as new without any effort and nothing but a slightly damp JML sponge.
The only drawback is the price. Once you realise how well it works you will want to use it for everything and even if cutting of small bits at a time it will still get used up quite quickly. At £4.99 a sponge an addiction to using it could get a little bit costly. I have also tried the cheaper versions of these sponges and found that they work just as well but do fall apart much quicker so in the long run I am not sure how much money you would really save. To start with I wasn’t keen on not knowing exactly what is in the product but now that I know how amazing it is, I have stopped caring!
I purchased mine from Amazon but I have seen them in shops like Robert Dyas and some supermarkets. You can also buy them directly from the JML website. It comes in a green cardboard box with all the JML branding and is easy to store in this box in my cleaning cupboard. I have been so impressed with this product that my friends and family have all had to hear about it. I will definitely use it again when I need it and would highly recommend it to anyone that needs to get rid of marks, scuffs, dirt or limescale easily without using chemicals.
WHAT IS IT?
This is ibuprofen that is in a gel instead of tablets, it is to stop the pain that you can get in the muscles of your back and other areas of your body and it sends ibuprofen straight through into the muscle through your skin.
WHY DID I BUY IT?
I suffer with back pain and like to try all different things to see if they work better than what I use. I saw this in Boots and bought it using my Advantage Card points, it cost about £3 and I thought that was expensive but if it worked I would be happy because sometimes I feel like I am taking too many tablets when my back is giving me alot of pain.
WHAT I THINK
I think this is a terrible product and it did not do anything to stop the pain in my back even though I tried it on a day when my pain was weak only. You can not take ibuprofen tablets if you use this gel but the gel is not effective so I think it is not making sense to change from tablets that do work to this.
It makes my skin feel very sticky and did not sink into my skin so my clothes kept sticking to it and I felt dirty for that whole day.
I do not think anyone who has bad pain should use this but I know that ibuprofen creams do work on weak pain so if you suffer with mild muscle pain then you could try it but I do not think it is strong enough to help with anything and you are best off to take tablets or use another more effective cream to beat pain.
1 Dooyoo Heart but I would like to give it none.
WHAT ARE THEY?
These are earphones that are made by Skull Candy.
You can buy all different designs of these same earphones but the ones I bought for my daughter are plain black with a small picture of a white skull on each earphone. My daughter likes them very much because she likes to wear skulls on her clothing and now she has earphones to match up with what she is wearing.
WHAT I THINK
I bought these for my daughter when she broke her other set and I bought them only because of them being Skull Candy because I have bought my other daughter the same ones before and they have lasted her for a long time.
It was good that there was a skull set in the shop where I was or I would have just bought another design because I would not like to have to go to alot of shops just for a small picture that is different.
The sound when I have used them is very good and I like to listen to music through these earphones even though they are my daughters. You can not hear very much noise when you are listening from outside the earphones and I know when my daughter uses them I can not hear her music very often so they do not annoy other people.
The lead is long enough for my daughter to put her MP3 player in her pocket but it is not too long and I am happy about that because my daughter is still small.
These are cheap earphones and cost only £6 and I think that is value because they are smart to wear and they work good as earphones also without breaking quickly like alot of earphones of that price.
5 Dooyoo Hearts.
I spend most of mу time on the computer with one browser streаming а video, аnd а couple more browser windows open with multiple tаbs open to different online pаges. This computer hаs just enough to hаndle thаt. If уou were to аdd аnother resource-heаvу аpplicаtion to run, the computer would struggle i.e. уou cаn't hаve two videos streаming аnd expect them both to plау smoothlу. With this kind of аctivitу, the bаtterу lаsts 5-6 hours for me.
The locаtion of some of the ports wаs а little different to whаt I've been used to on previous lаptops. Аt the bаck of the lаptop аre the power port, ethernet, HDMI, (1) USB 2.0, (1) USB 3.0, аnd heаdphone. The USB 3.0 port аlso works with mу USB 2.0 devices. On the left of the lаptop towаrds the bаck is the other USB 2.0, SD cаrd, аnd K-slot. There is nothing on the front or right of the lаptop. I wаs most disаppointed with the heаdphone jаck in the bаck of the lаptop. It doesn't leаve а lot of slаck in the length of heаdphone cords to sit bаck аnd be comfortаble. I wаs аble to eаsilу connect а pаir of wireless Bluetooth heаdphones аnd use thаt insteаd of mу wired heаdphones.
The cаse is а textured mаtte plаstic thаt resists fingerprints. Though I don't hаve to worrу аbout fingerprints, dust from objects I plаce on top of the lаptop surfаce tends to settle into the lower textured spots. It helps to keep а cаn of аir hаndу.
There is comfortаble spаce to rest уour wrists. Аbout 4" from the edge of the lаptop to where the keуs on the keуboаrd stаrt.
The keуboаrd is not bаcklit, аnd is of the noisу vаrietу. You definitelу heаr the click-clаck of keуs аs уou tуpe.
The temperаture аt the bottom of the lаptop stауs comfortаble even аfter severаl hours of video wаtching. I cаn eаsilу keep it on mу lаp. There is no reаl noise from the lаptop fаn either. I never notice it.
Most frustrаtions I hаve with this computer stem from hаving to use Windows 8.1, not from the lаptop itself. For users new to Windows 8/8.1, I think the most useful thing to know stаrting out is the wау уou scroll up аnd down webpаges is bу touching two fingers on the trаckpаd аnd move them together up or down. If уou use а single finger, it just moves the mouse like normаl. This computer hаs whаt I need to hаndle 90% of mу computer needs. The onlу thing missing thаt I might wаnt is а DVD/CD drive, but for the cost, this does nicelу.
Ciao is an online review site which I joined many months ago. Members can join in order to earn cash for writing and rating the validity of product reviews and for taking part in the Ciao community. I personally have been reading reviews and writing them. I write one review per day or sometimes two. I am really enjoying the site although I do sometimes feel like the standard of writing on the site is expected to be high and I find this slightly intimidating.
To get started with Ciao you need to create and account and choose a username by which you'll be known in the Ciao community. You can then write reviews on whatever product or service you are familiar with. There are lots of products and categories to choose from including food items, electrical items, web services, household items, beauty and body care items and much more. You can earn different amounts of money for writing a review. This is dependent on the item rather than the category. An item that pays the most has a symbol of three pound signs beside it's title whilst the lower paying items carry only one pound sign. You can also earn by taking part in special discussions or by writing in a category which is listed as having a bonus for that month. As well as writing you can choose to do video reviews although I'm personally too shy to do this. Overall I feel the Ciao payment system is very generous.
I often rate reviews on Ciao and your own reviews will be rated by other members too. You can mark reviews on a scale of being 'Not Helpful' through to 'Exceptional'. As I mentioned I find it hard to write reviews that consistently receive a top rating although some members clearly have finely tuned writing and organisation skills which allow their reviews to really stand out. As long as you are thorough and say what you really feel in your reviews I think this is the most important thing, though!
I am really enjoying being part of Ciao and wish I'd found the site sooner as it is a nice hobby to be able to write my opinions and I love being rewarded for this too. I would recommend the site to anyone who loves finding out about new products and to those who enjoy writing or making a little bit of money online.
As a vegetarian who sways towards eating vegan Holland And Barratt is one of the best stores on the high-street for me. It's the place where I can find specialist vegetarian foods and substitute items like milks and butters which you often can't find in regular supermarkets. Not only this but the store sells a lot of wholefoods, vitamins and supplements which are perfect for me. I also love their beauty section, although this is normally only found in the larger stores.
I always find the staff in Holland And Barratt to be very helpful and they usually come and help you or ask you if you need any help within a few minutes of entering the store. They have a lot of expertise and knowledge about the products in store. I especially trust them to tell me how to safely take vitamins and dietry supplements.
My favourite things to purchase in store are things like soya, nut and other plant milks. They have a huge variety of different milks and flavours too. They tend to be slightly more expensive than supermarket brands though. The store also has refrigerated items like soya cheeses and spreads, meatless hotdogs, pies and sausages and more. There is a lot of choice and the brands stocked are well respected in the vegetarian/vegan communities.
Holland And Barratt sell bags of snacks such as rice crackers as well as things like yoghurt coated nuts and raisins. They also sell dried fruit. You can buy these in very large bags too so I find them useful if I'm baking. They tend to offer a good deal on the larger bags of dried fruit and some of the rarer fruits too. I find the prices for the dried fruit and nuts to be better than supermarket prices.
As far as the vitamins and supplements go the prices are high but the store often do promotions such as their penny sale where you can buy a product and then choose something else and only pay a penny for it. This can dramatically cut the cost. You can also opt to get a loyalty card which earns you points for purchases over £1. I have had one for about a year but I have had some problems getting the vouchers sent to me. In fact I've had to email and ask for them every time they are due and been told they are having technical difficulties. However, I do find that the vouchers help to reduce costs and even small purchases seem to generate a lot of points.
I would recommend the store to anyone who enjoys eating clean foods, is vegetarian or vegan, to those who have an interest in keeping fit and healthy and who use vitamins or supplements and to those who want to try something different to what you find in the supermarkets.
i will definitely buy/upgrade my custom laptop from PC Specialist.
You kept up to date with the progress of my laptop and the service was very fast.
I was very happy with the laptop I got from PC Specialist. The order and delivery process was trouble-free. Build quality is very good, except perhaps for the touchpad. I'd have no problems recommending PC Specialist to my friends.
The only thing I lost moving from the iPhone 5s to 6+ is one hand use. I ALWAYS used the 5s one handed, which was nice if you were eating or otherwise multi-tasking. The "reachability" feature is nice but does not completely allow for one hand use. I think I will get use to it.
The larger screen has me considering using just one device. My iPad isn't happy about being ignored.
I have always kept my phones in my back pocket. I am doing the same with the 6+. The media hype has me a bit worried, but after a week, my phone is straight as an arrow. I use a thin, clear, flexible case, so it won't offer much protection from bending. I will be smart enough not to sit on my $800 phone.
Store cupboard essential! This yellow bottle is the only thing that will saves your furniture if the worst should happen.
It doesn't matter how many times you tell people to take their shoes off, don't put your cup down on the carpet, nag, nag, nag, something I thought I'd never do! Ahem...
Yet the only trusted thing I can reach for is this spray gun. Legal and above board! When I see a stain in the carpet or furniture I don't panic anymore because this nifty little product saves the day all the time so I know I don't have to worry.
Shake this well before use, spray a few times on the area you need give this a few minutes or longer if you need to work into the material and then using a damp cloth gently scrub the area and see the stain disappear.
We're used this mainly on mud[ even grass stains], tea, coffee, spaghetti bolognase and curry yet we have yet to try on red wine. Not that I want to! But that is something I couldn't honestly review.
This does not have a scent that is left behind and we have used this on every material going and nothing thankfully has been marked, stain or damaged by this product. It is also WOOL-SAFE approved.
I would highly recommend keeping a bottle of this stuff in your cupboard ready for when your not:)
Prices wonderfully varies online it's £6.99 on Amazon, don't do it! We brought ours locally for £3.99 , its worth buying but worth shopping around for good prices.
I bought these time capsules ages ago as I found them in TK Maxx at a bargain price and wanted to try them out. I think when I first got them they were quite rubbery and now they feel a bit harder on the outside but the contents are still good.
A nightmare to get in to
These are hard to open. I nip a hole in the top with scissors (or teeth if I'm being naughty) and then squeeze the contents out on to my hand before applying to the face.
These are really quite greasy on the skin so as they are an anti ageing skin care item I would say they are not for young skins. It is best to apply these as a layer and trap the product on to the skin with a moisturiser or night cream on the top. It does disappear and leave you with really soft skin.
A box of refills (so no fancy packaging) contains 45 capsules and costs £46.
I think although they look small these capsules are a bit of a tardis. I find there is more than enough for one face and neck full and I've definitely got a big head so a wider surface area than most. You can't really save any leftover contents though so that feels a bit of a waste for something that is an expensive product. I do recommend these but not for young skins as it would be too greasy. I think it'd be great for dry skin sufferers as it adds in a lot of moisture and oils. These feel like a great quality item.
The MacLaren Major Elite is designed for older children who can't (or are reluctant to) walk far. Based on the standard MacLaren design, the Elite looks more like a big buggy than a wheelchair.
The stroller is marketed as being suitable from approximately two to eight years, although a two year old does look rather swamped by it. The maximum weight is 45kg, or 7st if you still work in old money like me.
One of the things I like best about the Elite is the seat position. Whilst it is fixed, the seat is quite high up which means that the user has a good view of the world around them and isn't simply staring at other people's knees the whole time.
The other main draw of the MacLaren Elite is that it is easy to collapse and lightweight to carry. The umbrella fold means that it takes up less space in a car boot than some other special needs buggies – although it won't fit in smaller boots due to its length.
Practical features of the stroller include a footrest that can rest at three fixed positions (this has to be removed to collapse the buggy), a five point harness and shoulder straps that can be attached at four different heights. Whilst lateral supports and a chest harness can be purchased, the MacLaren Major does not offer a great degree of postural support and there are alternative products that would be better if this is of concern.
The stroller has eight smallish wheels, making it suitable for towns and other urban spaces. It doesn't perform as well on uneven surfaces and gives a bumpy ride although, admittedly, my child quite enjoys this.
One of the main drawbacks with the Major Elite, in common with many other special needs buggies, is that it doesn't come with accessories such as a raincover or shopping basket as standard. Buying these is expensive and, in the case of the MacLaren, you have to additionally buy the suncover as the raincover attaches on to this. Attaching these is also quite fiddly.
Overall, this is a good product. The relatively light weight of the MacLaren Major is a real bonus if you need to get it in and out the car a lot or are pushing over long distances. From a cost perspective, it is also a lot more affordable than many other special needs buggies.
Brand: Solgar / Type: Food Supplements / Contents/Size: 60 Caps
Brand: Hankook / Speed index: T / Product line: Hankook OPTIMO 4S H730 / Tyre width: 165 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 65 / Rim diameter: 13 (inch) /
Brand: Absolute Aromas / Dosage Form: Oil
Brand: Absolute Aromas / Dosage Form: Oil
Brand: Natural By Nature / Dosage Form: Oil
Brand: Hankook / Speed index: H / Product line: Hankook OPTIMO K415 / Tyre width: 165 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 60 / Rim diameter: 14 (inch) /
Brand: Hankook / Speed index: T / Product line: Hankook RA28 / Tyre width: 215 (in mm) / Aspect ratio (%): 104 / Rim diameter: 16 (inch) / Subcategory: Truck Tyres /
Brand: Domschatz / Contents: 0.5l
Brand: Domschatz / Contents: 0.5l
Brand: Guglhof / Contents: 0.7l
Brand: Guglhof / Contents: 0.7l
Brand: Guglhof / Contents: 0.7l
Brand: Guglhof / Contents: 0.7l
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