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I first saw this lip balm when my brothers partner had one and I was intrigued by the shape. Being a little bit OCD when it comes to cleanliness I loved the idea of a lip balm that I didn't have to poke my finger in or roll up and down harbouring germs.
She advised me she had received hers through a monthly subscription of some sort where they send you various products to try, I don't have this and so googled it once I got home.
These are available to purchase in Selfridges however I ordered mine online from naturismo for £4.99 early December. My daughter loved the look of mine and so I ordered several more in a variety of flavours for her I am currently using strawberry sorbet and it not only smells delicious but leaves my lips really soft and moisturised. I did get the summer fruits but that was not nice at all in my opinion.
These come in a egg shaped container and the lid simply twists off enabling you to apply from any direction.
As I say I liked these so much I now have all flavours and if you would like any feedback on any of these flavours please feel free to message me and I can advise you of what my opinion is.
Some of my friends have commented they think they are expensive for a lip balm but if like me your lips get dry during the winter months they are definitely worth a buy and I have applied mine several times a day since early December and it looks hardly used - I will definitely get another few weeks out of this.
I purchased my Henry approximately 8 years ago and it has certainly withstood hoovering up on an almost daily basis after my three daughters. Although I cannot remember how much I paid they are currently on sale at all main electrical suppliers including Currys - £109.99 and Argos - £109.99 however I have also seen them much cheaper at Costco Warehouse which is where I tend to buy all my big purchases, but you do have to be a member to purchase.
When I purchased my Henry there was only him available, they have since introduced Henrietta which is a pink version, with I believe the same specification as Henry.
Henry is small, round and red with a little smiley face, a hose for a nose and eyes that look up at you in an endearing way, he actually made my eldest daughter offer to hoover when we first got him however this novelty very quickly wore off when she realised hoovering was work!
The lead winds up by using a little turning handle on henrys head and the hoover can be rolled and pulled around very easily.
It has 1200 W Power, Weighs 6.6kg and has 9 litre capacity and mine came with a two year manufacturers guarentee however I never needed to use this as I can truly say I have never had one problem with my Henry, which I find quite rare nowadays as all my electrical items seem to break as soon as the guarentee runs out.
I have now sadly this month purchased a new upright hoover but this is purely due to me having a back injury I wanted a stand up hoover that I could glide across the floor rather than leaning over which is what I have to do with Henry.
Henry has taken some bashings when I hoover as I tend to pull the hose and wait for henry to follow and sometimes he can bump into walls and doors when I go from one room to another but he does not show much sign of wear and tear and still looks pretty good for his age.
If you are looking for a hoover made to last I would definitely recommend.
We are travelling to Florida in May and I am trying to get prepared early and want to try and make it fun for my children so when I saw this suitcase I thought it would be perfect.
My youngest who is four loves anything pink so I bought her the Trunki Trixi which I got at a bargain on Amazon for £21.42 (this price has now increased) brand new supplied by a company called Baba-me. The case itself looks like it should withstand a good few trips with my daughter.
Trunki Trixi is pink and perfect for little princesses and you can get stickers to customise however after reading the reviews I decided not to buy these as apparently they fall off really easy and I try to prevent tears as much as i can!
The case has wheels on the bottom to enable my little girl to sit on the case and be pulled through the airport rather than walking as normally the minute we get to the airport she always says "Mummy im tired, I need a carry" which, as any parent knows (certainly my husband) when you've got several large suitcases, travel bags, hand luggage, passports, money and three children in tow it can be pretty hard work.
It also comes with a little fun passport book which you have to put together yourself so Im sure she will have fun doing this.
The Trunki comes in several designs and I have since purchased a second one for my middle daughter who at Nine years old is probably a little old for it as it looks pretty small but she really wanted tipu the tiger case so I thought its hand luggage - even if she cant sit on it and be pulled its still fun for her to have. I got her Trunki from Amazon again from the same supplier at a total cost of £29.52 (price has since increased).
Trunki Tipu the Tiger is orange with black stripes and suits my middle daughter as she loves anything 'funky' and hates the pink things my youngest loves so much.
The cases open in the middle and has 18 litre capacity, secret compartments, teddy bear seatbelts, key, ID label and storage pouch, we are travelling with Thomas Cook and I checked online and they actually state Trunkis are allowed as hand luggage.
Item Weight 376 g
Product Dimensions 46 x 21 x 31 cm
Overall I am very pleased with these cases and would definitely recommend if travelling as I am going to fill them with books, treats and colouring pens to keep my girls happy and entertained on a 9 hour flight.
War films are not usually my thing as I can get quite emotional when watching from the comfort of my home what our soldiers are facing on a daily basis, my husband however enjoys them and had chosen this from our love film account and so when the DVD arrived and I tore the envelope open I was quite disappointed to see a war film fall out instead of a comedy - how wrong was I. They say don't judge a book by its cover and this was certainly the case with this film, I was gripped from beginning to end and couldn't move from my seat it really was that good.
Hurt locker is an American war film based on the Iraq war, the opening starts with Guy Pierce (you may remember him from Neighbours) leading a bomb disposal team on the streets of Iraq.
Sergeant first class William James played by Jeremy Renner leads the highly trained bomb disposal team and is not immediately liked by his team due to his almost reckless, some may say fearless ways in regards to bomb disposal although as a specialist who has successfully disarmed over 800 bombs he knows his stuff.
This film shows you the dangers faced by the soldiers during conflict and although a fictional storyline it is based on the true events captured by writer Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with a US Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (EOD).
William James strikes a friendship with a local DVD seller called Beckham and there is a good bit of banter between the two where you see the softer side to James character, however following a call out to a local factory he finds the boy dead with a bomb inside his body, this scene reduced me to tears as I know it is a film but I found myself really connecting with the character and seeing the devastation that surrounded him whilst trying to do his job.
Whilst the team are out trying to remove bombs from the streets they are faced with the fact snipers are also watching them and so they must be on guard at all times, during one scene they come across a car with British mercenaries (Ralph Fiennes) who have two most wanted prisoners and this scene leads to a shoot out in the desert that ends with several fatalities.
I am trying not to give too much away as this is a must watch film and was nominated for 9 Academy awards, won 6 Oscars and 6 BAFTA awards.
Director - Kathryn Bigelow
Writer - Mark Boal
Starring - Jeremy Renner as sergeant first class Wiliam James, Anthony Mackie as Sergeant JT Sanbourn and Brian Geraghty as Specialist Owen Eldridge.
Release date - 28th August 2009 (uk)
Filmed on location - Amman, Jordan
Running time - 131 mins
As far as war movies go - this one is well worth watching.
I first tried green tea over a year ago and really didn't like it, I only tried it as apparently it helps speed up your metabolism and anything that helps me keep my weight as it is and still let's me eat the chocolate I love so much can only be a good thing. When I saw tetley green tea with lemon I decided to try it and was pleasantly surprised.
A lot of my colleagues turn there nose up when they see my green tea but I say don't knock it till you've tried it - I assumed it would taste awful but it really is a nice drink and makes a change from my usual cup of coffee.
I buy these in boxes of 50 from Asda and I think they would set you back around £2.00 normally but I always stock up when they have them on offer - I bought 3 boxes last week and they were £1.50 a box but occasionally they reduce them right down to £1.00 a box.
Green tea (93%), natural lemon flavouring with other natural flavouring (7%). It also states on the box that it may contain wheat.
Tetley green tea leaves are simply picked, cut and dried before being enhanced with a burst of lemon.
The tea bags are round and you simply drop it in your cup add the hot water and leave - you don't add milk so it's quick and easy and very refreshing - and may or may not help speed up metabolism ;).
As I wear high heels and skirts through the week for work in the office I always enjoy wearing casual clothes at the weekend and as such I was in need of a pair of casual shoes to wear with my jeans. My eldest daughter had a few pairs of converse and they always looked nice but I worried that as someone in their thirties they may not go down too well on me. How wrong I was, I got myself a pair of these in white from bank and I paid £29.99 which is very reasonable for the quality and fit. The first day I wore them they looked really smart with my jeans but I have found that with continued wear they now look a little bit dirty but I don't think that would be as much of a problem if I had chosen any other colour than white.
The material is a sort of soft canvas and the soles are a hard rubber which can be easily wiped down, I have actually put these through the washing machine and they survived but I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you have had them a while and don't mind them looking a little 'bashed up'.
Overall a really comfortable shoe that can be worn with many outfits and looks pretty trendy too.
I purchased this as another stocking filler for my eldest daughter along with several other beauty items which I put together in a little gift box for her. I paid £4.99 from boots but at the time of purchase there was an offer three for the price of two so I also bought the dark silver magnetic and another glittery non magnetic one too.
It is in the standard square shaped Barry m bottle and has a square lid which removes from the brush holder (unless I broke it!) and this has the magnetic strip attached to it. It also has a little bit of plastic in a curved shape which is what you balance on your finger whilst waiting for the magnet to do its job.
As my daughter can't wear nail polish for school - only at weekends she tends to have a big collection so I thought I would help her out and use them for her ;) I applied one coat and let it dry and then applied another coat but immediatly held the magnetic strip over my nail for about 10 seconds (it says 5 seconds on the bottle but leave it a little longer and it looks a little better I think). I then did this for all my nails and the look was amazing, I have been told by my daughter that the effect is caused by little metal filings or something which is put into the nail polish and then when you hold the magnet above the nail it pulls them upwards causing the pattern.
I did catch the magnet on my nails a few times but I think it just takes practice as by my last nail I was feeling ever the professional and even offered to do my sisters as she was equally impressed - my daughter however was not as she then got a little annoyed I was using 'her stuff'.
My work colleagues really did think I had my nails done professionally and were quite shocked when I told them what I had used, this is a really good polish in my opinion although I do prefer the line pattern on my daughters other Barry m but that is just my preference.
I found it lasted well and only began to chip slightly after a few days but that's all I needed it for. The one downside I found was it was quite hard to remove, it seemed to feel thick and just wouldnt come off but that could be down to a cheap nail varnish remover, I'm not too sure.
I would recommend Barry m magnetic for a bit of fun with your nails.
I bought this purse a couple of weeks ago for my oldest daughter as a stocking filler from Santa. She is a teenager next birthday and has become very fussy all of a sudden but as this was only a couple of pounds I thought it would be fun to get her one.
I bought it from a little shop that has popped up in Cheshire oaks outlet village called reds and I think it was only about five or six pounds.
The thing that impressed me was the feel of the purse it is soft and 'stroke able' not that I particularly sit there stroking purses all day but I think you know what I mean - it feels a little like a stress ball but I wouldn't recommend squeezing it as it looks like it could fall apart quite easily.
The colours they had were very bold which apparently is the trend at the moment and you press the two little balls at the top together to open it and it does have quite a bit of room in there for your coins so it will make it an ideal little gift for my daughter as she only needs it to hold her bus fares and dinner money for school.
Who knows I may soon start having an early mid life crisis and use it myself as it does look and feel really good but I don't think it's a purse made to last - might get a couple of school terms out of it at best.
This is my all time favourite vodka, as I have said in a previous review I do purchase Smirnoff as my usual choice but purely because of the price of this vodka. I first got one of these during a visit to duty free when travelling to Mexico and it appealed to me because the bottle looked really lovely and would fit in nicely in my dining room.
The bottle itself is clear glass with a blue base and blue circle above the ciroc branding. It says on the front of the bottle that it is snap frost vodka distiller from fine French grapes. It is 5 times distilled and is a product of France.
When we got home from holiday I googled it to see where it was sold and as this was back in 2007 it was hard to find other than duty free and a couple of online shops. It was endorsed if my memory serves me right by puff daddy or 'p' diddy as I believe he is now known.
The reason I like this so much is it tastes so pure and not too strong but gets you feeling really giggly and tipsy without having to drink too much. My husband very kindly found me a bottle of this as a Christmas present from Selfridges and it cost him around £50.00 but it is worth that as I say it is like the champagne of vodkas when comparing this to others.
I am reading the back of a bottle I still have (I kept the bottle as it looks so nice to have in although it is now sneakily filled with water) and it says the following:
At the heart of this unique vodka are select grapes grown high in the Gaillac region of France. This innovation in French craftsmanship uses a cold fermentation process, unique in the world of vodka, preserving the grapes' distinct freshness. Distilled 5 times, this results in a taste experience that is refreshingly different and elegantly smooth. Experience it and revel in the unexpected.
That is from the back of the bottle and it is certainly true, it is definitely an experience I would recommend and although quite expensive it would be worth a try on special occasions. I have since seen this only last week in costco which is where I get a lot of my products from due to the low cost, but to buy from a Costco warehouse you do have to be a member as this is how you get your items discounted - though membership fees.
I am now dropping the hint to my husband in the hope there might be another bottle of this under the Christmas tree with a nice bow as I found that last time I drank this I did not have a hangover at all - not sure why because I always at least have a headache when I drink so it may be coincidence but I will do anything to justify a little bottle of this.
I first drank vodka many years ago mixed with a diet coke. I was quite a late starter when it came to enjoying a drink as there was never anything I liked the taste of - everything seemed to strong for a lightweight like myself and I couldn't stand the smell of most alcohol. The first time I tried vodka and diet coke I liked the way it blended well and most importantly I liked the taste.
I have tried several brands of vodka over the years and Smirnoff is my main choice, my favourite vodka is ciroc vodka however it is about four times the price of Smirnoff so not really affordable to be drinking regularly so this is the one I tend to buy, and it is the only alcohol other than certain wines that I drink.
I had some Smirnoff at the weekend when having a rare night out attending a charity event and I must say it has special powers, after drinking a few vodka and diet cokes I realised I suddenly had the ability to dance better than everyone and sing better than everyone else in the place, I can even remember at one point doing the new dance craze which I never knew I had in me as I am normally the person sitting down minding my own business. I think my powers were due to the fact that I had binge drank before even leaving home - not that I endorse binge drinking as this was something I assumed only younger people did at weekends and last time i saw binge drinking was at a freshers week party so many years ago, but without realising my home measures were more like double shots and therefore my recommended 3-4 units of alcohol had been consumed by my second drink, and so according to recommended guidelines I was a binge drinker!
Smirnoff is very easy to drink when mixed with diet coke I find you don't feel like you are having alcohol until that hazy mist appears and I tend to get a big smile on my face and love everyone I come into contact with, I do tend to turn into one of those super friendly drinkers who just want to dance and enjoy the night, as I said there are not many nights out nowadays being a mum of three but if I do get out I really do make the most of it.
I find when drinking Smirnoff that I do wake up with a bad headache but these only seem worse as I am getting older as I used to be able to drink more without the hangover but now it's awful, although it doesn't seem as bad as when drinking a cheaper vodka.
When checking out the current prices for Smirnoff (I paid £15.00 for a litre on offer in Costco) I came across the following statements:
"A veritable behemoth in the alcohol industry with a case of Smirnoff vodka being sold every 2 seconds worldwide".
Smirnoff red is triple distilled and 10 times filtered for purity.
Smirnoff is a brand of vodka owned and produced by British company Diageo. The Smirnoff brand began with a vodka distillery founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich - son of illiterate Russian peasants.
Smirnoff can be purchased from most supermarkets and off licenses and is currently selling at Asda for:
35cl - £8.27
50cl - £10.00
70cl - £13.00
1ltr - £17.00
At 37.5% it is a strong drink and most of my friends who drink it do have it with mixers, you can also drink with pure orange, lemonade even cranberry juice although I have only ever drank with a diet coke so it is quite a versatile drink and you will find vodka in many cocktails too.
It comes in a clear glass bottle with red labelling and a red twist lid and is clear and does look like water although the smell will tell you straight away it is far more than this.
Please don't believe that this drink gives you 'magic powers that give you the ability to sing and dance' as it does not state this anywhere and was just the result of me getting slightly too drunk, and to anyone reading this who may have been at the same event I was at the weekend - my sincerest apologies for witnessing my dreadful singing and dancing skills, at least the bruises are beginning to fade ;)
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it helps you make a responsible informed decision on future purchases of alcohol - always choose the Smirnoff!
I was first introduced to nutella as a child when I used to get the little plastic tub with a little spoon from the local shop, I was addicted straight away and would get one whenever I could. Now as an adult I buy it by the jar as I love nutella with everything, I tend to go the gym several times a week and this is how I justify eating so much nutella it is my reward for all the hours spent toning and sweating away in the gym :)
I tend to buy my jars of nutella from Costco warehouse where I get a 750gram jar for around £3.55, and as I have three daughters who take after me for their love of chocolate it does tend to only last a fortnight in our house if it makes it that long, the jar I have contains 50 portions for 50 breakfasts.
It is hard to describe the taste of nutella as I have just had a little bit (for reviewing purposes of course) and it is very smooth and you can smell the hazelnuts and cocoa too it really is delicious.
Nutella is a very rich chocolate so although I eat it quite a lot I don't tend to eat a lot in one go as a spoonful is enough and too much could make you feel a little ill. Each 15g portion contains two hazelnuts, some skimmed milk and a little cocoa and so it states on the jar that nutella can be a good option at breakfast time. I have mine on toast and sometimes use it to spread on top of fairy cakes we bake, I have also melted a little bowl in the microwave and served as a dip with chopped and sliced fruit put on cocktails sticks which tastes lovely.
The typical values per 15g portion are as follows:
Energy kcal - 82
Protein - 0.9
Carbohydrates - 8.6
Of which sugars - 8.5
Fat - 4.7
Of which saturates - 1.6
Fibre - 0.5
Sodium - 0.006
Nutella is also free from artificial colours and preservatives and is suitable for vegetarians.
We decided to take our little ones to Blackpool again as living in Liverpool it is only an hours drive away and somewhere we have been to so many times. We had booked a hotel as a surprise for the girls but our main reason to go was so our three year old could see the lights as she loves anything that sparkles.
As we got there early we decided to take the girls for something to eat as the lights didn't go on until 7pm so we walked up the prom and looked around until it went dark.
I have seen the illuminations over the years but this year they seemed to look even more magical, there have been times I have thought they looked a little tatty, tacky even but you go for the fun of it anyway but this year I'm not sure why but they really did look amazing. There was a lot of familiar designs up there but I think since the nickelodeon land upgrade, a lot of the lights have also been upgraded because there was quite a few I had not seen before.
There was a huge crown light at the south end and there is a large glitter ball which reflects the lights onto the buildings and it really does look amazing, my three year old was delighted because she said it was a princess crown.
As it was raining pretty bad we decided to get a taxi to take us back down the prom from central pier to south pier and the traffic was terrible, queues all the way but this is to be expected and it didn't detract at all from looking at the lights - other than an expensive fare, but as I say it was worth it as we got a lovely view all the way, the only downside we had was my eight year old left her mobile phone in the taxi and we tried ringing all the taxi company's but no one had handed it in (it was a Friday night and there were a lot of drunken stag and hens walking around) so I was told I practically had no chance of getting it back :( so I spent the time in our hotel consoling a sobbing child but she did say at least she had enjoyed the illuminations just a shame all the pics she had taken of them were now gone.
The lights are on until I believe the first weekend in November and they go on at different times, they were switched on at 7pm when we visited however some weekends they go on as early as 6.15pm and they normally stay on until midnight at weekends.
We bought a pair of these for our oldest daughter last autumn as now she is getting a little older (and wears the same size shoes as me - always very useful) we needed to get her something which was both fashionable and would keep her feet warm in the winter.
She already had several pairs of Uggs, and so she wanted to try these ones and I must say I was very impressed with both the quality and durability of these boots. The boots have wooden buttons on the side which you can open if you choose to wear them a different way, inside they have a fleece lining so you can wear without socks however my daughter always wore socks with them and they were still just as comfortable, and they did keep her feet very warm. I dont recommend wearing these in water or snow as I made the mistake of 'lending' them (Im only in my thirties - I can still get away with wearing my daughters clothes.... just) and nearly ruined them as we had a lot of snow here in the North West last winter and I assumed they would keep my feet warm as they did during the dry weather but the water seeps in, and left my feet feeling really cold so they dont offer much protection there.
We purchased ours from Cheshire Oaks outlet village and paid £125.00 for them and we certainly have had our money worth from them, you can now find these ones for a little cheaper but you do need to be aware because there are some fakes out there. They look nice with a pair of skinny jeans or over a pair of leggings and are very easy to put on when in a rush. The only downside is the woolly fabric can catch on things as I noticed my daughter has a pull in them which has left a sort of loop sticking out, this does blend in but if you look closely you can see it and this was caused by the velcro fastening on her coat sticking to it.
We liked these boots so much we bought her another pair of the same style but in a different colour however as with all trends she has now changed her style (keep up mum) and has just advised me she wont be needing a pair this Autumn.
Father Christmas brought this for our little girl last christmas, she was two and a half and as our older two daughters have big girl scooters, she wanted one too. Of course when choosing the right scooter we had several things to take into account a) It had to be pink, b) she needed to be able to balance on it c) It had to be made 'for big girls only', this scooter ticked all the boxes.
My husband (ahem Father Christmas) managed to put this together quite easily on Christmas Eve and I didnt hear any shouts either so it must be pretty easy to assemble.
The scooter itself has cerise colour bars with pale pink handles and a pink plastic Hello Kitty picture which clicks onto the front. The board is very wide compared to other similar types of scooter and is a pink and white Hello Kitty theme.
We purchased this from Argos and paid £24.99, however I have since seen it on sale in the Home and Bargain store for around £15.00 but you have to be lucky and catch it in stock and it is also a slight variation on the one we have but does the job just the same.
The scooter has been left outside continuously since Christmas and has withstood the weather really well, the pictures and the colouring are now starting to fade slightly but as I say it has been left outside through the wind, rain, sun and even snow (who can forget the mayhem last christmas caused by the weather).
It is also very robust as when my daughter has finished scooting along she tends to just drop it on the floor and run to her next plaything so it has taken quite a beating over the last ten months and all the parts still work perfectly fine - no bits falling off and no damage caused either.
Overall a great sturdy scooter definitely work purchasing.
My eight year old daughter continuously has difficulties in sleeping, we have spent many a night drifting off to sleep only to be woken an hour or so later by the little patter of feet running into our bedroom saying she just cant sleep. When you combine this with the fact our three year old never slept from the day she was born you can imagine what a sleep deprived mother I am - or should I say was.
I purchased a jar of the Avon sleeptherapy restful night sleep balm in the hope it would help, as I had tried several other ways to get her to sleep through the night and Lavender was something people kept recommending to me.
The balm comes in a little clear jar of 10ml and has a white lid with a purple and blue night sky pattern on, you get twelve months from opening to use and does have a sort of calming smell to it although it doesnt actually state anywhere that this smells like lavender, I just assumed because of the colours used and the fact it is to help restful sleep.
We told our eight year old that this is a 'magic balm' and whenever we put a little bit on her temples or her wrist that it will magically make her sleep all night and it seemed this was more a case of mind over matter as since she started using it she has started to sleep through. I personally dont like the smell that much but my daughter does and I dont think it does actually promote sleep as I tried it myself and it did nothing for me but if it helps my daughter then its good enough for this house.
Now my daughter has got back into a sleeping pattern, we dont even need to use this every night but I do still have the jar 'just in case' and combined with her little bedtime routine every night we now at last have a houselhold that does on occasion sleep through the night.
It is currently in the Avon brochure at half price for £1.50 but would normally sell for £3.00, and there are other items in the sleeptherapy range which is a dreamy body wash (I have never tried this) and also a goodnight pillow mist (I do have this), and again these are all currently half price.