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Up till 2 years ago I thought my eyesight was fine . Then one day I notice road signs becoming a little fuzzy , squinting to read the text on the tv 6' away ( 32" tv at that ) and the headaches oh my word not to mention stars in my vision . Even when I closed my eyes the stars would still flash about driving me crazy .. So after 30 years of not having an eye test as never really given it a thought the boyfriend talked me into going to get them checked ..
It was a choice between Vision Express or Specsavers as they were the two opticians in my nearest town . After a quick browse in both I decided on Specsavers as they had a lot more choice although to be honest being a small town the choice was still not huge .
The store is clean , tidy , fresh , bright and well laid out and full of super friendly and helpful assistants . They booked me in for an eye test asap as I had mentioned the headaches and stars and so I was back the next day which was very unexpected but welcomed . Really thought I'd be waiting a week or so .
The optician I saw was called Alex and she was lovely and talked me through the whole thing and was very patient with me and all my questions . After about 45 mins the tests were complete , turns out I'm short sighted and was not legal to drive. They went out of their way and called another branch to see if there was any chance they could make up my prescription that day and get it to them as I was stuck in a town 10 miles from home and couldn't see well enough to drive home legally.
So then came the decision on which frames I wanted and then to double check the other branch had them their end to make up .. After another half hour I had finally decided and went with some designer frames in their 2 for 1 offer at the time . A quick call to confirm the other store had them and I was told it would be a couple hours wait at the most . I said that would be great and had a mooch about the town and had lunch in a local cafe while I waited ..
When I returned to the store 3 hours later my specs had been shipped over from the Plymouth lab and I was sat down to take measurements and fit the frames to my face . When I put my glasses on for the very first time I was shocked to tears , everything was so much different and crystal clear and sharp and WOW .. The lady who had dealt with all the details etc after the eye test itself was also a bit emotional to see my reaction to this whole new world I was seeing .
I will never forget that moment not ever . To think I thought my vision was fine only to find out I'd been living in a blur most of my life not knowing any different as not having anything to compare it with till now.
I cant thank my local store enough for the time and effort they put into sorting me out that day ..
I recently returned for my 2 year check up and once again received a fantastic service all round .
I just spotted my fresh matic as I sat here pondering what to review today .
I found this little gem one day while doing my normal dilly dally round Tesco wasting time before picking my daughter up from an after school club . It was on special which is what drew me in , I'd never buy it full price as I'm too tight .
I say little gem but in truth its not so little . I find it quite a large ugly thing with no attractive appeal to it whatsoever but it does the job it was made for . I'd quite like it if there were colour options but no just plain simple white which has a habit of showing the slightest speck of dust that decides to cling to it .
The size of the aerosol cans it takes is why its so big and also carries some weight to it when full . Make sure not to put it on an overhead shelf just in case it takes a topple , I'm sure it would leave a nice bump on your noggin.
There's a simple button on top which you press and then your able to kinda unfold the front half from the back . From here you can easily see where the batteries go and the smelly can sits in on top of them before closing it all up again .
It runs off 2 AA batteries which seem to go on and on , I've not changed mine in the time I've had it and its on ALOT . There are 3 settings indicated on the side and are selected via a little sliding switch. The size of the flower print indicates how often you wish it to go off .. Which brings me onto the biggest bug bear I have with this gadget .. The psssss psssss noise it makes when it goes off , its not quiet and I can clearly hear it through a closed door to the room it is in . Countless times the darn thing has made me jump in fright when it goes off with its Pssssss .
There are several fragrance's to be had and I'm not at all fussy , I will grab whichever one is on special at the time I happen to be browsing up that area of the supermarket . They do last a long time , I've only gone through 2 cans in the year or so I've had mine and like I mentioned before its almost always on in one room or another . So great value
I can honestly not say what I paid for it but was not full price . The refills tend to be around the £3.50 / £4 mark but do last a long time
After being given my other halfs iphone when he upgraded I soon got fed up either misplacing the plug or the charger cable so asked for a dock for xmas a few years ago . And this is what I got :) and I love it
I'm not even slightly up on anything technical and so please excuse this review in plain simple jargon free English .
I wanted these as a simple charging station and maybe listen to a few tracks from my phone if I ever got round to working out how to download things onto it in the first place.. I wouldn't be without this now and it is used almost all day every day / night .
The speaker itself is very sturdy and there is a bit of weight to it . It is primarily black in colour and the front is a fine black mesh . The surround is a nice silver trim giving it a modern look and one that fits nicely with most decor ..The dock is positioned at the center bottom of the speaker and looks quite smart when your iphone/ipod etc is docked .
It comes with a little remote control which is about credit card size and quite flat . I cant say I use it via the remote much as its so small I tend to misplace it for days on end so when I do come across it I put it in a drawer for safe keeping .
There are operating buttons on the speaker itself along the top behind the main mesh panel . These glow blue when the dock is on . There is also a red light display which comes on to show volume level / radio ch / ipod / time etc which is centered on the front panel at the top . You can just make it out in the picture above .
It is mains only operated and the cable is not the longest in the world but its adequate at approx 1.5 meters . It also has an extra length of cable coiled up in the back which is the FM radio antenna . I've not had a problem ever picking up signal so mine is still tucked away unused.
I forgot to mention the charging side of the dock . Once you dock your device it automatically turns itself on and will begin to charge . This is not a bad thing and ensures your always at full battery life :) if you don't wish to charge and like me have got in the habit of chucking my phone in the dock to save forgetting where I left it then simply press the power button located on the top of the speaker .
It goes incredibly loud :) and there is no distortion in sound whatsoever and every note is as clear and crisp as you'd expect and want it to be .. I like to set the alarm on my phone for the mornings , set the volume on the dock to max and I dock my phone when I go to bed .. 6:30 am weekdays and the whole house is awake , no more sleeping through alarms . The kids hate it but mwahaha till they get up on their own they have to put up with it ..
I'm lucky that I don't have neighbours to worry about because I think they would soon have something to say about the noise this little thing produces ..
There are a few things I must mention about my use of this dock
1 . Be careful when docking your iphone etc , make sure to put it on the socket straight and when you remove be sure to pull it upwards instead of up and towards you .. The dock socket is not overly sturdy and over the years mine has become a little wobbly .
2 . There is not a great range on the remote
3 . The mains cable could be a little longer in my opinion
4 . If you find you have a bit of crackle to any music via your docked device be sure to check you have docked it properly . If its not straight down on the pins I have found sound to crackle / hiss a little
I want to give it 5 stars but I think it will have to settle for 4 due to the above reasons .. Its a great piece of kit and as it was a gift I have no idea the cost but I'd happily have another .
Thanks for reading :)
Living in a static mobile home this time of year it is the number one priority to get the woodburner going asap with as little fuss as possible so we don't we freeze before breakfast ..
These little firelighters from Zip are a godsend . No more fussing , no more returning to extinguished fires , no more god awful smell or unwanted smoke .
They come in a box about the size of a video cassette box . Black with a very eye catching design as you can see from the photo . I can always spot them on the supermarket shelves , even when they insist on forever moving things around ..There are 30 in a box and they are all pre scored to make getting them apart all that easier .The box carries relevant warnings and even gives you hints and little pictures on starting a good fire .
Unlike most firelighters these are not white , instead they are a off grey colour with darker black flecks throughout . Another thing I noticed is they do not carry the terrible smell that alot of the other brands do , specially the white ones . They also have a different texture to them and I like the fact they don't crumble as bad when your trying to take them out of the packet .
You will need no more than 2 pieces to get a nice fire started , before I changed to Zip I would easily use 4 or more and found myself buying a packet of 15 every couple of days .. They ignite really easily and quickly and do not give off any bad smoke or fumes. A reason I have changed from the cheaper white brands , the smoke/fumes would sting my eyes and would end up getting horrid taste stuck in the back of my throat for hours..
You can simply light these little blocks and chuck some kindling in on top and walk away with no babysitting needed . They burn at a much slower rate and the flame they give off is a lot smaller than I was used to from the others I have tried.
I'm very pleased with these and will not be going back to the other brands . You can also get them in 15 piece boxes instead of the 30 .. They can be found in most of the supermarkets and I currently pay £2.50 for a box of 30 in my local Tesco .. 2 blocks a fire so a box sees me through a fortnight :) if not longer as sometimes the fire will stay in through the night so no relight needed .
Give them a try
I can not help myself when it comes to Cadbury Creme Eggs
These heavenly tasting egg shaped chocolate and fondant treats wrapped up in red blue and yellow foil bring back childhood memories and taste just as good now as when I remember 20 + years ago .
For anyone who has not tried one and I cant think there are many of you but for those who haven't go grab one now before they disappear for the season .
They are about the same size as an average chicken egg , although I do think they have shrunk slightly over the years . Or have we just simply gotten bigger ? it seems to be a common argument that has been around for as long as care to remember ..
So you have this piece of egg shaped Cadbury milk chocolate all wrapped up in shiny red blue and yellow foil . Can you unwrap it without tearing the foil ? Underneath hides the scrummy milk chocolate and one little bite through the thick shell will reveal the sweet sticky white and yellow fondant center . It does actually look like the insides of an egg :) How will you eat yours ?
I like to put mine in the fridge to harden up before unwrapping and popping the whole thing in my mouth to melt slowly . More often than not I'm impatient and can not wait to get home and will devour it as soon as I'm out of the shop.
For what they are they can be expensive treats at 60p + but you can find them on special 2 for £1 or even better if bought by the box of 3 , 6 , 12 .. I once bought the big box of 48 I think it was to see me through the out of season time .. I still ran out before they came back the following year .. I'm a creme egg addict