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While doing our big monthly shop I was looking for some more interesting lubricant to spice up things in the bedroom! Being parents now we don't get as much quality time but still like to try new products.
It's described as having a tingling effect that warms, cools and tingles intimate areas which i thought sounded a bit different from the usual plain or flavoured lubes we have tried in the passed.
It also eases vaginal dryness which has never been a problem for me but I do find it enhances our pleasure and that can only be a good thing!!
I was really looking forward to using this product so as soon as we got the chance off we went to bed early hoping for a tingling time!! Before I put any of this on any sensitive places I had a quick try on the top of my hand and as expected it had no real effect. I did notice it did not taste so good but considering we prefer flavoured lubes I tried not to let it put me off.
Unfortunately as soon as I applied this to my delicate areas I felt it start to get really warm. My partner tried to blow on it to see if he could cool it down and make it tingle but it had the opposite effect and made it feel like it was burning my skin instead. I ended up having to go for a shower to get it all off which put a dampener on our early night.
I've never had a problem with any other lubricant products so can only assume it's the different ingredients involved in making the tingling effect.
Ingredients - Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl cellulose, Aroma, Benzoic acid, Sodium saccharin, Sodium hydroxide
It has not put me off trying new products but I will be wary of this particular type of lubricant.
We bought this in tesco which currently has it priced at £4.50 for a 60ml bottle although I'm sure we got it a bit cheaper on some offer. Tesco recomend to use this within three months of opening which I dont think we would have done.
When my sons wooden railway collection started growing I soon realized that lay out got complicated once you added more junctions. I soon ended up with two of the same connecting piece together which of course meant I could not connect the track properly. I randomly found these on good old amazon while looking for some other bargains.
I bought two sets of these as I knew they would come in handy and I was so right! You would not believe how many times one of these pieces have come in handy, I (yes it's me who builds the tracks!!) get a bit crazy building lay out! I like to use as much track as possible leading to lots of junctions, bridges etc. It simply would be impossible without these little pieces.
Being Brio I do find that these are better quality than other wooden railway makers. They fit together nicely making it an easy task. They also fit nicely with wooden railway pieces.
To avoid disappointment these are a must have!
As I have previously said, my son has a large collection of wooden railway. As par of the course we've been learning about real steam engines too. As any train enthusiast knows you need coal and water to run a standard steam engine so off googling we went for our own coal hopper! We ended up getting one fairly cheap on ebay. This was just a little treat so wanted to find one below five pounds which we managed and amazingly it was immaculate!
When you turn the crank the conveyor belt moves, either way and also the coal on the top jiggles around. This effect makes it looks like there really is coal moving down and into the little steam engine below. Very educational.
It also stands high enough for all standard trains to fit under, making for a quick efficient fill up of coal on the way passed! I do find it quite big to store but can fit smaller pieces of track in and around it.
Even though it's quite a large add on I can usually find space for it in our smaller set ups too, after all the trains wouldn't be able to run without coal!
Connects to any wooden railway pieces.
Had I known how much use this would get I would happily have purchased this full price for a birthday/Christmas.
My son loves his wooden train set and when we spied this while out shopping we had to get one for his now large collection. I was slightly dubious of how good it would be looking at it in the box but the £6 price tag swayed me!
It's a very simple concept, the metal wheels in the trains and carriages connect with a little magnet and then set the bell off. I like to place this near a station when I'm building a track for my little boy so it's like a warning bell. Simple things!
While this is quite a small, simple add on it's another interesting feature to liven up any track set up. which also means it's great for when we make mini track set ups too.
I find this connects to any other wooden track manufacturer so no complications there.
I like this little addition so much there's another on my sons Christmas list!
My son is a big Thomas the tank engine fan so when it came to picking a track to collect (no way we could afford more than one!) I chose the wooden railway. Once we collected a few sets and 'destinations' I started to look for extras to fill in the gaps, more junctions, straight stacks etc. This is when i found about the amazing BigJigs range!
These buffers are great for a large track set up, regardless of how hard I try I always end up with dead ends!
In the box you get three of each joining piece, I don't think I've had more than 3 of the same dead ends and we had a large collection!!
I prefer the height of these buffers to any others I've seen, plenty big enough to stop any naughty trains on the loose! The red and white stripes are also a great educational feature while looking the part.
We have track pieces from all wooden railway manufacturers and these easy join on to any of them.
One of the big advantages of us collecting these is our local toy shop sells this range so we can easily pick up bits and pieces without breaking the bank. We paid about £3/4 for this pack. I find the whole range inexpensive.
Before I had my son I had heard of the wonder that is Sophie the giraffe so I knew she was something I wanted if we didn't receive one as a gift upon his arrival. We were not so lucky to be given one so bought our own Sophie a couple of months down the line when he started showing an interest in toys.
When we got her out of the packet the first thing I noticed was the lovely texture of the natural rubber, which is also non toxic, ideal for babies to chew on. It is also really easy to bend this toy although I did find our son wasn't so interested in making her head touch her feet!!
I must admit I'm not a huge fan of squeaky toys but I loved the sound of this one, it's not too high pitched! I did notice that the other Sophies in my circle of friends all sounded slightly different.
When my son started teething this was one of his favorites, the head is perfect for getting in to those sore gums.
In a world of brightly coloured toys, Sophie's colouring is a refreshing change and she had the cutest smile!
I must warn of the mistake my friend made! If you choose to put this in the dishwasher it will stop sqeaking! Two years down the line our Sophie is still nice and squeaky and is still played with on a regular basis.
I have since bought some for expectant friends who have all told me that their child has loved her as much as my son did.
I'm a sucker for buying my son little toys while doing my weekly shop! His dad is a mechanic and I'm a ex petrolhead (lol!) so when I seen this cute set of keys they had to be ours! At the time my son was only a few months old so I knew they would come in handy once his teeth started to make an appearance!
I love how they have different textures and colours on them. The rubber makes them easy to hold without the fear of them slipping out of you hand. They are quite chunky so you know there's no way your little one could put them too far inside their mouth.
The gel inside them goes really cold if you leave them in the fridge for a while which is a great relief for teething pain. I personally found even without being chilled that these worked brilliantly for my son.
These became one of my sons favorite toys when he was younger. They were a great size for keeping inside my changing bag for those moments when you need a distraction tool!
I never had a dishwasher so can't tell you if they are dishwasher safe but they are easy enough to clean by hand.
We've now owned these for over two years and they still look as good as new! They don't get chewed on now but are great for imaginative play.
I'm not sure now how much we paid for these but it would under five pounds and we've more than had our monies worth!!
When my son was teething I did a lot of research on what was the best treatment, I'm not a huge fan of giving 'calpol' on a regular basis, prefer to leave it as a last resort. I'm part of a large parenting forum where I found out about these teething powders and natural baltic amber for pain relief, worn as a necklace or anklet that releases natural pain killers. Initially I was pretty sceptical about the amber so poped down to my local chemist to purchase a packet of these!
They come in little paper packets that remind me of the little (long and thin) sugar packets you get in a cafe! As they are all individually wrapped I found this invaluable for sticking a few in my changing bag when out and about. The powder is more of a granule texture similar to brown sugar rather than a powder. The idea is to dispense the powder around the mouth for optimum effect, as any parent knows this is sometimes easier said than done! I actually got a good knack of this after a few goes! I basically divided it between each side of his mouth.
I found these powders to have an almost instant effect on my little boys mood! They seemed to calm him in minutes! The instructions say you can give them throughout the day but I only ever needed one dose when I could tell his teeth were bothering him.
I did eventually buy an amber necklace for him for the many benefits but still used these powders on a regular basis along side the necklace.
I must point out that these are not the cheapest of teething product around but seeing how quick my sons mood changed was more than enough to make up for the price tag!
I should also point out that you only use half the sachet if your baby is under 6 months so if you've got an early teether you'll get better value for money!!
My son was lucky enough to get this as a present for his first birthday. We unpacked it straight away, with minimal effort it was up and running. We knew he was getting this so had advised another relative to buy some of the vehicles as it only comes with the tow truck.
My son quickly got the hang of the three buttons on the front. Its nice and easy to lift cars up the ramp then round the turntable where they go whizzing down the slope and round the twisty corner. When the barrier is across at the check point the vehicles stop and interact with the garage simply by pressing them down. The garage plays different tunes for each vehicle as well as welcoming them.
It has three settings, 'off' speaks for itself, 'book' where it talks more, tells you the colour of the three buttons and 'music' again speaks for itself. On the bottom it has a petrol station and car wash, I found my son has not been as interested in in these. I have noticed myself when joining in the fun that its quite dark and hidden, personally feel even an inch higher might have helped this situation.
My only issue is that on the book setting the music and talking seems to jam, to say it's annoying is an understatement!! Luckily my little boy can slide the switch over now!
Also the helipad is easily knocked off. I actually took ours off for a while when my son was younger. Two years down the line he seems to be a lot less rough so it barely moves.
All in all a great toy garage and is still played with on a regular basis by my now 3 year old son. I do personally feel it looks more 'babyish' that some other garages out there so I'm guessing it will be outgrown quicker. Time will tell.
To save a crazy long story I ended up with a Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat after I had tried a Graco and silver cross infant car seat previously. I initially started off with a Graco infant car seat as I liked the idea of the base staying in the car and having the ease of lifting baby out in the car seat. Some of my friends that already had kids had filled me in on lack of sleep, runs in cars putting baby to sleep etc etc so I thought this would be a good compromise, bring baby in the house to extend the sleep! I was well aware of the recommended two hour limit for babies to stay in these seats but I also knew if it stretched the length of sleep my unborn son had we would all be a lot happier!!
So the first trip my son took in the Graco made me realise how awful this car seat really was, his head hung forward the whole 30 mile journey home, he looked horribly uncomfortable.
It didn't take me long to decide to get a Silver Cross Ventura car seat to go with my Silver Cross 3d pram. I really loved the car seat, he sat so much better. Again it didn't take me long to fall out of love with this either as it didn't have the handy base for in the car.
I had run out of other choices by this time! I had always admired the maxi cosi car seats but thought they were way over priced! It didn't take me long to realize that you definitely get what you pay for! I love this car seat so much, I kept my son in it as long as I possibly could. I had never known about the secret compartment at the back of the seat before I bought this, it was great for keeping an extra bib and a little toy in for emergencies! Its for adjusting the straps too.
The sun canopy can be folded and stored at the back out of the way too which is great, I usually kept mine out to protect my sons eyes from any glare coming in the car windows. The handle is super easy to move to which is very convenient for putting a bigger (than newborn) baby in. I used to tuck the two straps slightly behind the handle, pop my son in then pull them out, was so much easier than struggling to find them once he was sat in the seat!
I (of course) had the base for in the car, which was just fantastic. I did occasionally use it without the base and it was easy enough to strap in, I did feel someone who did it regularly would have done it much quicker and easier than me though.
There is also the newborn insert that keeps tiny babies heads from moving about too much and has a wedge to prevent them being too upright. This is super easy to take out when you decide your bundle of joy has outgrown it.
My son was in this until about 20 months when we purchased a car seat from the next group up, a Besafe izi combi. At about 27 months old we had his two year check and it turned out he was still in the weight range for this seat so out of curiosity I tried my son back in the seat, I was pleasantly surprised to see he still had a tiny bit of growing room!
Previous to falling pregnant with my son I always had an up right vacuum cleaner and never had any real issues. About half way through my pregnancy I started getting hip pain (synopsis pubis dysfunction) and I was advised by my midwife to avoid any heavy housework, which as a female was hard to avoid. I already had used a Henry at my workplace for several years so it didn't take much time for me to decided on one although I simply had to purchase the pretty pink Hetty! It works perfectly on all my floor surfaces that include lino, laminate and different pile carpets. I love how I can move around the room without having to to move 'Hetty' with me, I just move it when I'm finished and clean under her last!! It has two power setting, I find I don't used the higher setting very often, usually just when I'm giving a room a good old clean! Once I've got all my rooms done it's supper easy to wind the cable up with the handle right on top.
My one and only issue with this is the sheer size of Hetty. If you're lucky enough to own a big house then this shouldnt be a problem. Mine now is a constant living room ornament as it's awkward to get it into my hall cupboard. Maybe one day I'll have a cupboard free of toys that can be her room!!
All in all it's a fantastic vacuum cleaner and it works just as well as it did the day I bought it 4 years ago!
After purchasing the Maxi Cosi Cabriofix car seat we realized that it did not come with a rain cover. Seems crazy that it was so expensive for the car seat and there wasn't even a rain cover included! So after a few weeks of using my cabriofix I realized how important the rain cover was as I regularly used my car seat on my ICandy Apple chassis for quick trips to the shops etc. I found it easy to pick one up from my nearest town with a baby shop. It was around £10 which begs the question of why Maxi Cosi could not just include it with the car seat in the first place?! I found the rain cover very easy to pop on and off, it's great it comes in a little pouch for when not in use, ideal for storing in the car. I found myself using the car seat on the chassis more after I had purchased the rain cover as it saved disturbing my son in the rain. I just simply popped the rain cover on car seat while it was still in my car then lifted it on to the chassis. I missed how easy this was when my son out grew the car seat! the only thing that I didnt like about the design was that when I carried the car seat into my house (when my son was still quite little) I always held it in the crook of my arm but this wasn't possible with the rain cover on as there was only a little flap for your hand to fit in at the top. Luckily it didn't cause me problems very often.
Overall if you use your car seat on any chassis this is worth the price to keep your babe nice and dry!
When I first had my son I had no idea about 'crotch dangers' (horrible saying!) so purchased a chicco carrier. I barely used it as it was so uncomfortable with my young son. As I became more educated on attachment parenting I soon realized the big mistake i had made! One of my mummy friends had one of these carriers for her then nine month old daughter and it looked great and very practical. She let me borrow it the next week I seen her so I could give it a good road test. By the time I gave her it back I was more than converted! I then sought out one for myself. There is a lot of fakes around so it was important for me to get a genuine one. This product has been great from the start. It has lots of safety features which help to assure you that your child is safe. It's so easy to put on, just one clip round the waist pop baby in then bring the straps up! I never got to use the newborn insert but have seen my friend using it and it looks really comfy for little babies. My son is now just turned three and up until a few months ago it was in regular use! its great for long walks and even going shopping as it saves fighting round with a big pushchair. I can easily still carry him but I do feel my back starting to niggle after a while.
They are a bit more pricey but when you consider the fact you get at least two years out of it it's worth the money!
In the middle of the lovely summer heat wave my (approx. 10 year old) fridge freezer decided it was too warm to work any more therefor leaving us with a relatively full fridge and freezer that didn't keep food cold! So the cooking of anything worth saving began, while we decided if it was worth the money to fix or if we should just replace. Well to cut a long story short this was the fridge freezer that fitted our needs!
I love how it has proper plastic shelves rather than our previous plastic wired ones. It also comes with a wine rack which is great as it saves bottles rolling about a flat shelf. It has two drawers at the bottom, one of which my son has claimed for his treats! It has three door shelves. The bottom one can easily hold a 6 pint milk bottle plus fruit juice, the middle one has two options on height and the top one is quite shallow but ideal for butter, eggs etc.
The freezer has four varying depth drawers. The obsessional part of me is loving having more drawers to divide up different food groups!! Really nice smooth drawers to open and close making it a dream to grab your frozen treats quick and easily!
I've found that this fridge freezer is not as deep as our previous one but it has not bothered me yet.
Overall I'm glad we purchased a new one and definitely happy with this fridge freezer.
Being a first time mum I had no idea how my life would change once my little bundle of joy arrived so I went for a big classic (emmaljunga) pram, gorgeous pram but not ideal for using in and out of the car.
So 3 prams later I was the proud owner of an ICandy Apple. This is an amazing travel system! I loved how on short journeys out of the car I could attach the car seat straight on to the chassis. I found this great for quick trips to the shop for some groceries or mother and toddler group as I always got my son out when we got settled in the room. It is worth being aware of the recommended two hours maximum in the car seat.
I also loved the carry cot, my son just looked so comfy in it. There was plenty of room length and width wise for him to really stretch out. He lasted in the carry cot until has was about 7 months even then he still had plenty of room but my nosy boy just wanted to see more of the world around him!
We then progressed on to the main seat, parent facing so I could see him and him me. It was great for keeping an eye on him as well as being able to interact. We purchased a taggie cover for the bar so it was that wee bit more interesting for him with the bonus of protecting the foam bar! We could also clip toys on the keep them from falling to the ground. I found the reclining positions prefect and so easy to adjust, perfect on long walks where my son fell asleep. The foot rest also adjusts.
Out of all the prams I've used the shopping basket on this one is my most favorite. Plenty of room shopping, I managed to fit in a big bag of potatoes along with two full bags of groceries with room to spare! I really miss it now we don't use a pushchair on a daily basis.
The handle has lots of different settings to suit every height. It's telescopic with the botton to adjust it right in the middle of the handle so very quick if swapping pushers! I found myself adjusting it going up and down hills, was so quick and easy.
The front swivel wheels make it ideal for all ground, with the wheels locked it would tackle most off-road terrains, it was regularly used on forest walks. With the swivel wheels unlocked it made it great around town, nipping in and out of shops was a breeze as it could squeeze through tight spaces.
Now to my only bug bear about this pram, folding it up and down. It has to be folded with seat unit off so when putting it into the car I had to place seat somewhere while I folded the chassis down. Luckily enough it was easy enough to sit on on my parcel shelf, fold the chassis (which is so easy to do) put it in my boot then the seat sat on top nicely. I did find it quite a big pram in my (ford focus) boot but there was still room for my shopping around it. It is quite a heavy system if you choose to carry chassis and seat unit together, I always chose two trips over struggling! the chassis can stand upright when folded down which was great when in the house, could easily fit in our hall cupboard when not in use.
Now they've started selling all the items separate I do think it's not so great value for money but given my time again I would buy this from the start and avoid wasting my time on cheaper inferior pushchairs.