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      05.03.2015 18:04
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      My hips LOVE this book!

      We purchased this at the GOOD FOOD show in London and was blessed to have it signed by the wonderful duo themselves.

      Although this is a branded book to the TV show and not especially picked and written out by Hollywood and Berry, all credit should go to LINDA COLLISTER who puts together a real treat and stays faithful to the show itself.

      What I loved about the selling point was that this is apparently FOOLPROOF recipes, they clearly haven't seen me in the kitchen!
      How, practise makes perfect and many calories... but this book was fun and packed with delicious mouthwatering recipes that I've always wanted to make at home but never had the confidence.

      This is a very strong and fair mix of recipes from:
      PAUL HOLLYWOOD
      MARY BERRY
      THE BAKERS[if you dare!]

      The chapters are separated into:
      CAKES
      BREADS
      SWEET BREADS
      PASTRY
      PUDDINGS


      This book looks and leaves you with that gorgeous chocolate box village feel with the style of the photographs and layout of the recipes.
      One of the aspects I enjoyed was meet the year's brilliant bakers who are really the stars!
      I have attempted nearly everything in these books, although it has taken me about 18 months and two other books have been released since, some catch up needed!
      I would say I was so reluctant to try the PASTRY section but actually it was nowhere near as bad as I thought and I rarely buy pre-packed pastry dough anymore.

      This book has over 300 pages to indulge yourself in and a new hardcover can cost £15 but there are second-hand ones on sale and you can get this on kindle for £4.75 not a nice round number of £5 but they added that 75p:)

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    • dress-for-less.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.03.2015 18:00
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      Designer Brands For Less!

      Dress-For-Less is an online shopping space that I discovered many years ago and which has changed slightly and for the better since it first launched. It's a site that sells womens, mens and kids clothing, shoes, accessories and underwear.

      The site provides designer brand clothing at what they state is discounted at 70%. This figure is not always provable but it's obvious that many of the items for sale in the shop are heavily discounted. You can actually search the site by designer name. Despite large reductions, however, the price of many of the goods remains quite high.

      Some of the designer names featured on the site include Superdry, Bennetton, Esprit, Replay, Mishumo, Diesel, Joop, Pepe and more. The items featured tend to be those which are surplus stock left over from the previous season or seasons. In some cases some of the items are also sold independently by Amazon.co.uk at a cheaper price so you might want to check both sites before making your purchase.

      The Dress-For-Less service is quick and well managed with my deliveries arriving very quickly and well packaged. Orders are shipped on the same day if placed before 4 p.m CET. I don't think the items sold are 'seconds' as most of mine are high quality. I have only ever had one issue with a sweatshirt having wonky stitching. Otherwise I'd describe the quality of items as very good.

      The site has a registration service and a regular email list which keeps you up to date with the site and also offers regular discounts on top of what is already reduced! They do not bombard you with emails though.

      This is a site I like to visit now and then when I'm looking for a bargain or a specific item by a designer brand that I admire. There is so much choice on the website that it's easy to find what you are looking for. I would recommend this site to people who love big designer name brands but want to pay less for them.

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      05.03.2015 17:55
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      Smells nice but a lot of hype of nothing!

      I received this shower gel from Caudalie as part of a gift basket I won from a Christmas raffle at the local slimming world group I'm part of, and although it was nice I rate it 3/5 as it just didn't seem all that dazzling.

      The shower gel retails at around £8.99 for a 200ml bottle. That is, in my opinion, a rip off as it does nothing which is any better or more impressive than any other shower gel. It's simply that price because of the brand, which is fair enough if you're willing to pay it; but honestly I'm planning to just stick to supermarket bought brand shower gel instead of purchasing one now that mine has run out.

      It has to be said though, the Caudalie Peche De Vigne Shower Gel definitely has a long lasting, beautiful scent as the title says. The gel smells strongly of peach with a mix of almond and lasts on your skin for hours after use, leaving you smelling beautiful but not ancient either. The peach smell is delicious and reminds me a lot of summer, as it is fruity and fun, but not too overpowering either as the almond balances it out. I really loved that and felt it's what makes the shower gel more successfully rated by other users, whereas I primarily enjoy a more neutral scent.

      An admirable factor though is the production of this gel: it is 100% natural and 'sulphate free' with a plant derived ingredient list. It isn't harmful to your skin at all, more healthy actually but I didn't feel or see any massive improvements so I'm not completely convinced! My skin felt no different after use.

      The texture of the gel is just as you would expect with others; a sort of gooey yet smooth texture, not too runny. It lathers up very well and doesn't stick on your skin when rinsing off either. I didn't find anything especially great in this either, it was just how I expected.

      The packaging of the shower gel was carefully thought out, with quite a tall slim design which gave more of an impression that there was a lot of product inside opposed to if they had designed it wider and shorter. It squeezed easily and the bottle top was easily flipped open to allow it to come out.

      I liked my experience with this product but personally feel it's a lot of hype over nothing. Perhaps it would have a better effect paired with a Caudalie moisturiser but personally I don't see it and wouldn't buy!

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      05.03.2015 17:46
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      Better speaker for everyone

      The S 220 is a set of 2.1 speakers, meaning that it comprises of two satellites, plus a sub woofer to deliver in the bass department. And you wan't find many 2.1 offerings cheaper than this, given that you can grab these online for less than 20.
      The satellite speakers are pretty compact units and as you might expect at this price level, they're a little on the plastic side and light. Not so much that they'd blow away in the wind, as they are reasonably sturdy. The sub woofer is expected to handle all bass duties, and is such more solid little black box. It's compact enough, to be easily stowed away under your computer desk.
      The speakers plug into the back of the sub woofer where the sub woofer has a line-out to your sound card. Mid-way along that line, Logitech has provided a handy circular volume dial that can be placed on the desk or somewhere equally convenient. This round hub also plays host to a mute button, plus ports for headphones and a mic. Bass levels can be adjusted too, using a knob on the back of the sub woofer unit.
      Firing up a few games provided similar results, with gunfire rendering nicely, along with the suitably meaty roar of car engines echoing through tunnels, in a driving game. For this sort of performance, you really can not argue against the S 200 in the value for money stakes. And it is at the highest volume settings.

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    • Argos.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.03.2015 17:34
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      • "Pay online or reserve for store collection "
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      Argos Online

      When I am looking for a product for my home one place I normally always looks is www.argos.co.uk. The range of items they sell is rather phenomenal and there is not much you cannot purchase from there website now from homeware to jewellery to toys.

      There website is very easy to navigate around by either using the tabs to go straight to the relevant department or by using the ‘search’ facility.

      I have used the Argos website several time but recently to purchase a new office kettle. After a quick search in the toolbar for ‘kettle’ I was presented with a whole list of different ones. I was able to narrow my search quickly and found a kettle in the sale.

      As I wanted to pay cash for the kettle rather than to purchase it on my card from the website I opted to place my postcode into the website and clicked on the ‘check’ button to check the stock levels at my local stores. It then listed all of the stores in order of distance to me where the kettle was in stock. I then simply reserved my item for collection.

      Almost seconds after I reserved my item I received a text message to my mobile phone with my reservation number on. I was then able to pop into the store and give my reservation number to one of the checkout staff members, pay for my kettle and collect it very swiftly.

      You obviously can also pay for items on the website and have them delivered to your home address. I am quite lucky that I live close by to an Argos store so always reserve items and collect them if they are small enough to be carried.

      Overall I have always been very impressed with the Aros website as not only does it have a vast range of items for sale, is easy to navigate around and very user friendly it also allows me to check stock levels at my local stores. I have never had any problems using this website and would recommend it to anyone looking, well for almost anything!

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      05.03.2015 17:16
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      Konica Minolta Magicolor 5570

      Konica Minolta 5570 is the latest color laser to join the venerable magic color family. With a quoted top speed of 35 ppm for mono and 30 ppm for color, it looks capable of satisfying high-volume work group printing and uses Konica Minolta's Simitri HD polymerised toner technology, which claims to deliever superior print quality.
      Simitri HD uses toner particles that are uniform in shape, and Konica Minolta claims this allows the printer to deliver finer detail and use less toner than the competition. It also claims the toner melts at much lower temperatures, allowing the printer to save up to 15 % on power consumption and reducing paper curling. Plus, it emits 40 % less CO2 than conventional toner.
      We have no arguments with build quality, and despite being only slightly larger than Lexmark's C532dn the 5570 weighs a hefty 44 kg fully loaded. Standard paper handling is spread across a 500-sheet base tray and 100-sheet motorised MP tray, and you can add two more 500-sheet base trays. Along with decent processor, the printer sports 256 MB of memory, and an extra 512 MB costs are differ.
      If you go for the 12,000-page high-yield toner cartridges, printing costs are reasonable, with color page costing 5.8 p and mono page 1.1 p. The 12,000-page toner value pack reduces costs to 5.7 per color page. If you choose a 6,000-page toner cartridge, costs will increase to 7.1 p for color and 1.3 p for mono. Just note that the printer only comes with 3,000-page starter cartridges.
      At last it is good buy for everyone.

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    • pcspecialist.co.uk / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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      05.03.2015 16:55
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      A quick and easy process from start to finish.

      so far so good. No complaints. A quick and easy process from start to finish.

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    • Samsung DS-5007S / Telephone / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      05.03.2015 16:46
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      Good phone for office

      Цифровой телефон Samsung DS-5007S обеспечивает доступ ко всем функциям мини АТС.Телефон оснащен 7 программируемыми кнопками и двух строчным графическим дисплеем с поддержкой русского языка. Контекстные клавиши под дисплеем телефона позволяют обращаться с наиболее востребованным функциями в необходимый момент. Такими как: Конференц-связь, громкая связь, перевод вызова, регулировка наклона угла дисплея, определение номера. В нем удобное расположение кнопок. Встроенные часы. Есть возможность крепить на стену. Вообщем неплохой телефон для офиса, но немного завышена цена.

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    • Ebuyer.com / Online Shop / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      05.03.2015 15:49

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      I will use this website again for sure. Ebuyer has the nicest customer service representative!

      I had not received a notice for delivery and so I called, and the number and I was lucky to get Rebecca, who was so kind and lovely, explaining that my International Card had been declined.
      She took her time , and explained the situation, processed a new payment for me on the spot, and then said I would have my item tomorrow.
      lovely, POLITE, efficient and friendly service.

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      05.03.2015 15:17
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      Very expensive cream Lierac Exclusive Intense Nuit

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      Did not see anything unusual in the night cream and advantages not found.
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      Very expensive, but a positive result from it not. Wrinkles are not smooth.
      After came to the pharmacies medical cosmetics, manufacturers began to say that she gives 100% effect. Considering how much it cost, it should be just what super nice and efficient.
      Before you buy this cream for my mother, I was much interested and asked in pharmacies, what kind of cosmetics. Then I hesitated a long time to buy or not, because it is very expensive. So I decided and eventually bought the night cream Lierac Exclusive Intense.

      Gave to my mother. And every day she used this cream, and often became rassmatrivati herself in the mirror, waiting to see the disappearance of wrinkles and the appearance of young skin, as it was written in the instructions.
      The cream Lierac has a thick consistency with a pleasant smell. Day cream "Lierac" enough, greasy and is absorbed slowly. So had to use a face cloth to get rid of excess oily residue after him. This was the first reason why my mother spoke negatively about the cream. Knowing that many other cream is quickly absorbed and does not leave a trace of Shine. After using this cream, the promised super effect, so mom and have not seen.
      So the only plus of this cream is that it perfectly nourishes and moisturizes the skin due to its fat content and more of him there.
      Summing up the above. For the money I do not recommend buying it.

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      05.03.2015 14:55
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      Palmolive Naturals Milk & Honey Nourishing Liquid Handwash

      The Palmolive Naturals Milk & Honey Nourishing Liquid Handwash is available for GBP 1.89.

      The handwash comes in a plastic bottle with a white soap dispenser. On it are the product name and the product information. The plastic bottle contains 300 ml.

      The handwash is described as follows. "Palmolive Naturals Nourishing Liquid Handwash is a soap free formula enriched with extracts of 100% natural origin, Honey and Aloe Vera. It protects the skin from excessive dryness, leaving it feeling nourished and touchably soft, day after day."

      The ingredients are Aqua, Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Cocamide MEA, Parfum, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Polyquaternium-7, Tetrasodium EDTA, Laureth-4, Lactose, Lactis Proteinum, Mel, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Hexyl Cinnamal, CI 19140 and CI 16255.

      The handwash is enriched with natural extract. The handwash has a creamy consistence and can be applied well. The skin feels soft and smooth after use. The handwash moisturizes and cares for the skin. The handwash protects the skin from drying out. The handwash allows a well cleaning. The handwash is kind to the skin.

      The handwash has a fresh scent, the scent of honey can be noticed. The scent cannot be noticed after use.

      I can recommend the Palmolive Naturals Milk & Honey Nourishing Liquid Handwash, as the handwash allows a well cleaning and leaves a soft feeling on the skin. The handwash cares for the skin and is kind to the skin.

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    • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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      05.03.2015 14:44
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      I like Amazon but...

      I am one of the people who rather likes to shop from comfort of her home than to be in overcrowded shops. And Amazon online shop is one of the places where I go most often. I really like it from the perspective of a buyer. I have a very large range of products to choose from. What I found out is, that prices for products are most of the time higher than on Ebay. I came to conclusion that there are two reasons: a) most British people use Amazon more than Ebay and b) there are not so many foreign sellers like on Ebay. Lets give an example: Nowadays a lot of little girls are crazy about the Disney movie Frozen. My little 3 years old cousin as well. She wished from Santa for Christmas a Frozen dress. I saw a beautiful one on Amazon for £17.99. I looked if I can find the same on Ebay and compare prices and I found it! For £5.99! Both with free postage. The only difference is, that Amazon dress was from UK seller and the Ebay one from a Chinese seller. That brings me to conclusion that UK seller bought a lot dresses from China on Ebay (or similar site) and sells it on Amazon for a ridiculous price. Smart? Maybe. But it is rip off for sure.

      Surprisingly I still like Amazon. I would just recommend to people to check prices of items elsewhere as well. But shipping speed and customer service is, when I compare to Ebay, on higher level. So go shopping, but be careful on smart moneymakers!

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    • Argos.co.uk / Online Shop / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      05.03.2015 14:29
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      Great online shop

      Over the past few years I purchased multiple items from Argos. I have one store about two minutes walk from my flat, however I rather order my items from their online store and pick it up in the store next to my home in 2-3 days. The reason is simple - the online store has bigger range of products than the local store. They offer a home delivery as well which is very practical if you do not have a store nearby or if you are ordering large and heavy items.
      But Argos does not sell just through their online shop but through Ebay as well. They sell there especially returned items which lack of original packaging. These items are new (or tried once) and you can really snap a bargain from them if you do not need a original box. I snapped so my HP Headphones for only £6.99!
      The original online store is very well organised in categories or you can manually search for specific item if you know already what you want exactly buy. I purchased once from them a Samsung chromebook, but when I tested it the charger was not working. I contacted their customer service, they were very helpful and resolved my problem very fast. I exchanged the laptop for a new one on the same day.
      You can get cashback when purchasing on Argos.co.uk so I recommend to check it out.
      I would recommend Argos.co.uk - they have a great range of products, reasonable prices and good customer service.

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      05.03.2015 14:20
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      A false programme on the real production of meat!

      I absolutely despise this programme and this is why.

      I am a meat eater, however I am also a huge advocate of animal welfare and standards and hence will only buy meat when it is free range and from reputable sources and butchers with high welfare standards. If I cant afford meat one week I wont buy it, and will eat fish or vegetarian meals, this therefore should never be an excuse for people to state they cant afford free range and high welfare standard meat.

      This programme shows how meat is produced but only through the highest of welfare standards, obviously so, in the cleanest and best care as possible and hence people watching this believe that all meat is produced in this way therefore increasing the purchase of meat and increasing bad standards and bad welfare.

      If you believe all meat is produced in this way please visit animal right sites such as peta, animal rights org, greenpeace etc. you may be shocked that only a minority of slaughterhouses and these are tiny ones at that will be acutely careful with their animals and will treat their animals with the highest of respect.

      The majority of mass produced meat comes from mass production lines in huge slaughterhouses and the atrocities that take place in many of them are abhorrent. Many animals are not stunned properly and are simply tortured through the cutting and slitting of their throats to bleed out and writhe in agony. Chickens will regularly not be stunned properly and have their beaks chopped off before a razor slits their throat.

      Atrocities happen in slaughterhouses daily and its abhorrent and this programme sadly only focuses on an acute minority of slaughterhouses and mostly represents on site slaughter yards such as on farms.

      Pigs are boiled alive to have all of their fur stripped before having their throat slit and many animals are abused by staff with punches, kicks, and even have a beating with tools. It is abhorrent what takes place in slaughterhouses and until cctv is placed into every single slaughter house in the UK this behaviour wont stop.

      Dont believe that the meat you eat is produced well and to a high welfare standard because only a minority is and nearly all supermarket meat is mass produced meaning it has low welfare standards and is full of anitbiotics and chemicals.

      If you cant afford good meat then dont eat it.

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    • Keep it in the family? / Local Service / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      05.03.2015 14:05
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      Be a parent for your young child dont let others do the job

      I do feel that the decision in having children should also be the decision to look after your children yourself, each circumstance is different however. Having always worked for myself I took very little time off when I was pregnant and when I had my children, however I think if someone makes the decision to have children, a couple rather then at least one of those parents should be around at least 70 per cent of time. Im afraid Im very old fashioned when it comes to working parents as whilst I work, I have always, since my children have been born allowed my work to not interfere with my children as it is so vital for mothers especially to be with their children for the first 4 years of their life.

      Im afraid I tend to get rather angry when so many couples both work full time and put their children into childcare or palm them off to their grandparents to allow both of the parents to work, as a parent they miss out on vital developmental time, precious time with their kids they will never get back and vital emotional support. Its only for a few years, there are always other ways to gain an income.

      Regarding keeping childcare within the family, this is a good idea to a degree as long as it is only for 1- 2 days a week , 3 at a push but after this it is again not spending enough time with the child an also not allowing the grandparents to have their own life however much they state they love having the grandchildren.

      It is of course much cheaper to keep children with grandparents if not free but parents shouldnt take advantage of this. Looking after children is hard work.

      Overall whilst it is cheaper and is ok for children to be looked after for a minimal amount of time to allow for working of both parents to take place this should only be done on a minimal basis as nothing can give the best chance and best support to children but the parents themselves in these first few vital years, these years afterall set up the child for life.

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