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I was looking for a camera to keep in my baby changing bag to catch magical moments and thought at the bargain price of under £40.00 this camera not only looks great but came fully loaded with functions.
So what do you get for the price? A small pocket size camera that has a 8x digital zoom, the option of taking stills (saved as jpegs) and features such as fade and auto focus. So pretty much everything you would expect in a camcorder suitable for a beginner. It runs on AA batteries, and how much you can record at any one time depends on the size of the memory card. Internal memory isn't that big (we got a few seconds of filming onto it) so the larger the memory card the more you can fit onto it. This camcorder takes SDHC or SD cards, which can be purchased online at quite a reasonable price.
So what do I think of the camera. It's a great camera for beginners-if the beginner is a child. It's straight forward point and shoot technology makes it easy to use for children and say those who have never used a camcorder before in their lives. The quality of the filming and photos is average, however for the price you cannot expect to get mega quality photos to convert poster prints. I think if you put the functions and price into prospective this camera does exactly what is says on the tin. The sound quality leaves a to be desired, but then for the price perfect crisp sound isn't really an option. Batteries will need frequent changing so it's best to buy the best you can rather than the cheaper ones that run out quicker.
Easy to use, ideal as a back up camera, but not as a main camera to catch things like Birthday parties.
Buy it for your little one, but don't take it too seriously as it would be better branded as a children's first camcorder.
Bumbo is the 'original' seat from South Africa that helps your baby sit up before they can naturally sit up without support.
The Bumbo is made of shaped foam, and comes in a range of colours to suit your needs including red, pink and blue. On the front of the Bumbo you will find their distinctive elephant logo. The seat is soft, with a high back to support your baby and has two leg holes for little ones legs to be positioned.
The Bumbo seat is designed to be an extra set of arms to support baby to sit up-ideally from 4 months onwards which is believed is the stage a baby starts to lift their head up and control themselves a bit more.
Our experience of Bumbo: we bought ours from Amazon for under £16.00 (without tray). We bought ours to help our child to sit up as this helps with Reflux (sitting up). At first we used it for short periods of time, and gradually built up to sitting for longer periods. Our little one enjoys sitting in her Bumbo (the pink one) and likes the independance it brings. We sit her in the Bumbo to play and to feed her too, for both of which we attach the Bumbo tray (bought separately). We never leave her alone in the Bumbo though, it maybe safe for a child to sit in but when I researched Bumbo I found that back in 2007 there were a few reported incidents involving Bumbo seat. The Bumbo should never be placed in water or on a raised surface.
Is the Bumbo worth it's price? I feel it is, as it helps our girl with her Reflux issue plus its getting her used to being in a chair before she stars using her high chair when she's 6 months old. Plus it gives her the feeling of independance and she gets really excited when she sits and plays. Would I have paid full price for the Bumbo? Yes. What parents in the UK benefit from is the fact these seats sell well second hand too, so if you purchase one and use it for say two children you can still sell it on (if it's in good condition-there's no real reason why it wouldn't be in good condition). It's easy to clean to, so always looks new.
I recommend this product to parents, especially if there little one would benefit from being in the upright position.
A few days before my 28th birthday I saw this on QVC and after many years of not being able to sort out a skincare routine for my skin I thought it was now or never in regards to investing in my skin.
So what is Tresonic Facial Cleansing and Massage System? It's a battery operated cleanser that uses pulsonic waves to give your skin a deep clean loosening any dirt and removing make-up/pollution and skincare products that sometimes get stuck on the skin giving it a dull appearance.
What you get in the kit is a brush for sensative skin (recommended for everyone when you first start using Tresonic) a brush for normal skin and a deep hydrating applicator. The idea is for you to use the brush to remove the inpurities off your skin, and then use the hydrating applicator to apply your favourite (non-oil) based moisturiser. By using the Tresonic system you should get more out of your favourite cleanser and moisturiser as you use less f the product.
The brushes last 3 months if they are used everyday, or up to two years if you use it once a week. The sponge applicators (hydrating applicator) should be replaced again every three months. It may last longer, however it is a sponge so I feel it would benefit from frequent replacing.
To use the system you simply inset the AA (X2) batteries into the hand bit, and attach the brush or applicator to it and apply your chosen product (it's recommended you do not use the system with exfoliators due to their little bits). It takes around a minute to cleanse your face with this system-which means it doesn't take any extra time than washing with soap and water but it does a better job in my opinion.
To clean the system all you do is turn the system on and put the brush into water and the 'inpurities' come off. I wash mine after each use.
So how have I found using the system? It's easy, quick to set up and my skin looks great. According to my mum my face looks like it's been in the washing machine so it must be doing a deep clean. My skin feels cleaner, and I've noticed some of the blackheads have disappeared-result! I shall continue to use it everyday.
Is it worth the price of £36.75? I think so as the nearest item to this I could find was around £150.00.
Are replacement brushes/applicators available? Indeed so, you get two brush heads for £10.00 and four applicator heads for £10.00 plus the usual postage cost. The batteries will need replacing, so that's a cost to factor in too as this product is not mains operated.
A great system for all the family (from teens up). You'll need one unit and then brushes for each family member.
Tiny Love seem to produce toys that are as colourful as our favourites Lamaze and when I got this toy for free (it's a long story) I thought it was a great opportunity to explore the Tiny Love brand.
So what is Anna Banana? Anna is indeed a peelable soft banana whose peel is lined with various colourful material. Anna is eye catching from head to toe, and features the crinkly noise babies and toddlers (and adults like me) love. The colourful material include yellow soft velvet like material (the peel and body) and satin (the lining of the feel). Annas hands provide a surface for little ones to chew so teething babies are catered for. Underneath her feet you will find two small mirrors too. There's a large yellow attachment hook giving the parent an opportunity to attach Anna to a cot, carseat etc. Anna is also a rattle, which you discover when you bob her up and down. Anna may not have as many features (e.g. tags to pull) as larger toys, but she is compact and provides enough entertainment for a little one whilst out shopping.
What do we think of Anna? We love her. She's soft, can be chewed and when we get bored we can peel her and jingle her about. And as she has a nice big hook we can attach her to our carseat or pushchair and away we go.
Would I have bought Anna Banana at all if I didn't get her for free? If I knew how happy my little one would be to play with her then yes. Tiny Love toys were not on my list of toys to buy for little one, however after we were given this toy we bought the Arch for playing on the go in her carseat.
I am giving this item 4 stars, as I feel Anna could have featured more fabrics on the reverse sides of her 'peel'.
There are hundreds of products on the market today aimed at parents. But what will a parent really need? I had to think long and hard about what to buy to use the space we had to its maximum capacity. One item I looked at buying but others tried to talk me out of was The Tommee Tippee Travel Bottle Warmer.
So this item comes in the trademark grey/silver box with an image of a mother and baby on it. So how does it work? Simply but it's a thermos, with a container that acts as a sleeve to the thermos you but the bottle in and the hot water to warm up the bottle and that's it! No really it is. You could say its common sense, indeed it is however those with Tommee Tippee bottles will know it can be hard to find a container to stand these wide bottom bottles in. As the actual bottle warmer part acts as a cover/sleeve for the thermos it takes up less space in your baby bag/below your buggy.
I admit that as my child is not on any type of schedule it's hard to tell when the next feed time will be. So to have the time of boiling a kettle we boil a kettle and we fill this thermos up and leave it in the kitchen so we have boiled water that will just need cooling down (eliminating one step, thus cutting down the time needed to prepare feed). Our Health Visitor has approved our system too. So for us this thermos is a very practical piece of equipment we use every single day. And if we need to leave the house we simply take the Bottle Warmer with our milk dispenser (oh and bottles) with us. The system works for us, and for under £10.00 we are glad we bought this item as it's a lifesaver when out little one is getting hungry.
We have had to wean our baby earlier than the 6 month mark and quickly learnt that the baby food industries is one of the fastest growing with each supermarket wanting a slice of the pie.
These little pots are from the Tommee Tippee family. What you get is three pots, with lids which are freezable, microwavable and of course suitable to keep in the fridge. The size is ideal for first meals, or to fit two or three 'meals' in on tub which will be enough for one day of meals reducing the amount you waste (weaning often results in a lot of waste, an portions for a weaning baby are tiny something I learnt quickly).
They are stackable, giving me more space in the fridge to store more stackable cups. As the plastic is transparent you can see what is inside the pot and although most baby food looks the same it's a helpful indicator to how much is in the container without opening it. As with most plastic items these are easy to clean, and it is best to wash these separately to any dishes with strong flavours/colours/oils to avoid tarnishing the plastic.
I've bulk freezed baby food and these pots are great to take out a frozen portion at night, and place them in the fridge to defrost. Then the next day I warm them up if I need to and store away any left overs to be used up quickly (never refreeze baby food).
I use a portion tray to figure out the portion sizes and freeze them in the tray. I wouldn't freeze individual portions in these unless I had four sets (so I could do twelve portions in one go). Plus the portion sides with the tommee tippee pots are quite big. I think the Tommee Tippee range would benefit from having the flexable freezable trays in it, as these simply do not do the job of the tray. But that's just my opinion as I make my own baby food and freeze it to avoid food allergies and other dietry requirements.
I paid £0.50 for a set of three pots and lids from Asda during the post Baby Event Sale (where you can buy a lot of items at half price).
It's very easy to get lost in the motion of buying the best toys money can buy. Often their is a misconception that the more high tech the product is the better it will be for a child. After working in a Children's Centre I now understand the benefits of play and how the simple toys are often the best to start off with.
The ELC Stacking cups are a set of ten bright and colourful cups with 1-10 inprinted into each cup. The smallest cup is number 1, and the largest is 10.
The cups are great for stacking into a tower, which my girls loves to help with. She then knocks the tower down and likes to see it built up to knock down again.
They also have holes in, which provide a different angle for play with water. And a great alternative is to use these in a sand pit and build numbered sand castles.
These cups allow children to learn motion skills, colours and numbers all in fun ways. You can play 'hide and seek' too by hiding the smaller cups under the larger ones and watch your child get excited as you reveal the smaller cups nestled inside.
These cups get knocked about quite a bit however the ELC already know this and have made them as durable as possible. The colours are great-I've noticed you get 5 transparent colour cups and 5 non-transparent cups in each set. We've bought two sets, with different colour combinations. One set is for indoor and one is for outdoor use.
I bought these recently at half the usual price of £6.00 on the ELC website-what a bargain!
I believe these are a must have for any toy box for children from a sitting up age to around 18 months (ELC recommend from 6 months so pretty much the same). As they nest inside one another you can easily pack these for play on the go.
Bargain toy that will entertain for hours.
Looking after your skin once a baby appears is hard-fact. I suppose before I had a baby I thought it was a myth but now I understand why so many parents look rough; especially their hands.
My hands are often in water, from quickly washing baby bottles to blankets to nappy changes. It can take its toll on your skin-in particular your hands. Before I used to use a Superdrug own brand handVcream but found it was unable to keep my hands as nice as it did before.
After recommendations from a few friends I decided to buy this balm.
It comes in a metal tube, with green and brown background bands with clear text. It had a plastic screw on lid, which looks and feels strong.
I was recommended to use it daily, possibly at night to give it time to work. It contains Hemp Oil (the name gave it away) and has a musky almost muddy/soil smell. The balm is white in colour, and according to The Body Shop you apply a small amount by massaging it into your hands.
What I did: before going bed I applied a small pea sized amount of the protector to my hands and massaged it in. It wasn't oily, and my hands had a nice sheen to them.
The next day my hands looked and felt smoothe and soft. I didn't get the chance to apply it again during the day however when I went to apply the protector before bed my hands were still soft.
Price wise I got a small tube for £5.00 for 30ml. Seems a bit steep, but it does a fanastic job, and if you look at the prices of some well known brands they work out more.
I recommend this cream for everyone-in particular new mums (and dads) who find their hands have never been busier. Gardeners will love this too.
I have dry skin and a t-zone that often gets greasy showing pores which to me look massive. I dried a lot of face washes and found they dried my dryer skin and did nothing special for the pores either. So my mission started for a cleanser that actually did what it claims it does.
So my latest favourite store is The Body Shop. I recently bought a 60ml bottle of their Seaweed Deep Cleansing Facial Washing for £2.25.
Let me start with the packaging. The bottle is clear pastic, with a white flip top lid to disperse the wash. Plastic is easy to recycle-something we have come to expect off The Body Shop is thier environmentally friendly packaging. The actual wash is clear in colour. It smells a bit similar to tea tree, so quite fresh, of course those of you familiar with the scent of seaweed will be able to tell the fresh smell is that of seaweed-it's quite pleasant.
This wash is soap and oil free, ideal of course for combination skin types as stated on the packaging.
How I used it: I rinsed my face with water and applied this with no Tresonic Facial Care system and started to work it around in circles in particular in the problem areas such as the forehead, nose and chin. I didn't get streams of lather, but I wasn't expecting loads.
After working the wash into my skin I rinsed it off with cold water.
After examining my skin I noticed a few blackheads had disappeared, and there wasn't any shine patches on my T-zone nor was there any dry patches on other parts of my face. My skin felt clean, almost tighter than usual-this however isn't something The Body Shop claim their wash does that's just something I have experienced. It got rid of the 'inpurities' that collected on my face and didn't leave any residue. After applying moisturiser my skin still looked and felt clean.
Would I buy it again? If I continue to have issues of a T-zone appearing yes as it helps take the shine off and actually help clean out the pores.
Nice product from The Body Shop. I have a feeling this product would help a lot of teenagers with combination. A little does seem to go a long way so good value for money.
It's not often I can say I find a fizzy drink light. Fanta is that drink. Fanta (a part of the Coca Cola family) is the orange drink that has had makeovers not only of the shape of the bottle but also the contents (not many artifical colours to be found in Fanta these days) and all if not the majority of the ingredients can be pronounced!
Fanta comes in a 500ml bottle, quite curvy almost like a hour glass shape of a woman. Prehaps its meant to look like a woman? And there is also the two litre bottle available too.
The packaging such as the label is clear and easy to understand, there's no fancy fonts to contend with. The bottles are made of clear plastic, making them easy to recycle.
The actual drink is a light orange colour which I have put down to the lack of artifical colour and the reliance of the natural colours from the orange, pumpkin and carrot concentrates.
The taste: Fanta is a sparkling, light orange rave on your tongue. That's the only way I can describe it. It's tangy, citrusy bursting flavour isn't overpowering and finishing off 500ml isn't an issue. As with a lot of drinks it tastes best chilled. And for reasons unknown to me (maybe it's the sunlight) it tastes best in the sun.
When you look at the ingredients label there is a clear lack of E-numbers that were all the rage back in my childhood. This just shows how Coca-cola are taking health issues seriously and if they wish to sell next to other brands of drinks (e.g. Innocent) they need to up their game, which they have done.
For those concerned by sugar, there is also Fanta Zero as part of the large family of drinks.
In my opinion this is the best tasting drink out of the Coca-Cola family. Fresh, light and citrus all you need in the summer sunshine.
My great grandmother use to have a Guava tree in her garden and as a kid I can remember smelling the heady scents of guava as we would enter her garden. Indeed my great grandmother did not live in England, she lived in Asia where guavas along with mangoes are standard fruits of the summer seasons. Fizzy pop is well known in places such as Pakistan, however a lot of families still opt for fresher tastes such as fruit juice.
This guava juice is thick, sticky, sweet and delicious. Guava juice isn't the type of juice you would be expected to drink glasses of, however as you become acustomed to it's thickness like me you have find yourself drinking loads of it.
You need to give the carton a good shake before opening it, and drink it within the recommended time period as the sticky nature of this drink turns watery (if left too long). I pay £0.69 pence for a carton of this at my local Asian food store which is a bargain.
It compliments Indian and other spicy food very well. If you find the texture too thick, you can 'mix it' with sparkling spring water to cut through not only the thickness but the sweetness too. Rubicon drinks make great mixtures for mocktails (I have no experience of cocktails). Children love this drink too (in my family) although one glass is often enough for them.
A lovely drink that with a lot of imagination can have you sitting on a beach enjoying the tropical climate.
It seems every store has their own version of wipes these days but where do youstart if you have no experience of buying wipes?
I decided based on my mums experience with as a baby of having very sensative skin that was prone to nappy rash to buy simple baby wipes. My local discount store (Home Bargains) had these in on a discount and with a long shelf life so I stock piled before baby arrived. I did however use some for other purposes which I will explain a later.
Simple wipes are free from all the major 'nasties' such as colours, fragrances and are PH balanced. With added Pro Vitamin B5 these wipes not only clean a babies bum they moisturise too.
My experience of these wipes is they are a lot more moist than certain other brands on the market, and one wipe does a lot of 'cleaning'. We used these on a newborn and they didn't irritate her skin, so I think these are great and prove that they are kind to your skin. No fragrance is even better as your baby will continue to smell like well a baby.
Packaging wise these come in a plastic pack, with a 'flap' you can use to get wipes out and then stick it back down. We've found the stickiness remains until the last wipe so you don't risk your wipes drying out.
I paid £1.00 for a pack of 80 wipes, which I think is a bargain.
I also used these wipes to clean the exterior of my kettle and also a professional canvas style photo (as recommended by the company). These are great at removing make up too. These wipes also clean leather really well, but these are my experiences only.
Would I buy them again? Yes I would, even at the full price (which is just over £1.69 per pack) although you can pick up a bargain if you do shop around.
A great wipe, suitable for all the family.
Johnsons spent a lot of money on the marketing campaign for this product and considering what it is suppose to do (help your baby drift off into a nice sleep) parents were soon flocking to their local stores to buy it.
For my little ones first bath we used the lovely free bottle of Johnsons bath (the one with the yellow cap). It proved kind to a newborns skin so we decided to buy this product hoping it would work.
So the idea is you run a bath for baby and add add some of this heavenly smelling bath time liquid to it and swirl it around.
The blend of oils is said to assist a little on in relaxing and being able to drift off into a gentle sleep.
My experience was this: the product smells wonderful however it didn't work for my little one. Why? Possibly because it doesn't work on all babies. Plus I don't think it's a realistic expectation that the product works on all babies-a newborn is getting use to their new climate. The effect of this was no different to the effect of the other bathtime products. We used as recommended however we how use it without the expectation of helping little one falling asleep. We have been tweaking out little ones routine, and soon no doubt we will find a routine that works. Parents are often pressured to feel they must have a routine and their child must sleep for a certain amount of time, but it's not always the case for every child.
This product is lovely, and had complimentry products such as an oil and talc powder. It's a lovely item to add to a baby sleeptime routine however it may not work for everyone. It doesn't dry out my babies skin, and smells nice, not overwelming. Parents may wish to use it too. It may relax you it may not, but the smell is lovely.
Overall, smells lovely, cleans baby but may not work on your little one and if it doesn't don't be alarmed, not all babies are the same.
I usually use conditioners targetted at those with frizzy hair however recently I have placed a few orders with The Bodyshop and found this conditioner is very popular and has been on the shelves since 1988 so must be something good about it. My hair is usually dry and freezy, and summer seems to be the worst time for my hair so I'm hoping this conditioner will be my savior.
So what do you get in terms of a conditioner? Well for starters you get 250ml for £4.00 in a bottle that is made from 100% recycled plastic echoing the ethnical production this brand is built on. The flip top cap is black, making the bottle look slick. I would prefer a pump bottle system, but then not many conditioners on the market have pump action tops.
Like any other conditioner, it's suggested you use it with the complimentry shampoo which is also available at the same price for the same size.
I used it along with a shampoo not from the same range. I applied a small amount, (I would say 30% less than my usual conditioner) and gently massaged it in. The consistancy is a bit like double cream lightly whipped. I applied it and left it whilst I got on with the business of showering.
I found it easy to rinse, and the smell filled the whole bathroom with a rich creamy banana fragrance. I don't eat many bananas but for those who do you may feel like eating the conditioner. My hair felt instantly softer and smoothe. Whilst I combed by hair I found my hair was less tangled, which is a bonus. I dried by hair in the usual way. After styling I found may hair had a nice shine to it, cutting out my need for a finishing spray. My hair was softer and less freezy than usual.
Would I buy the conditioner again? Yes, however I would also purchase the shampoo as I feel that would enhance the conditioners effect.
For the fact I decided to use this conditioner without the shampoo I have given it full marks as that wasn't a manufacturer decision.
Lovely conditioner, and will last a long time so economical too.
After having my little one I found myself not only tired but my skin was paying for all the resent changes in my life.
After doing a bit of research I found that The Bodyshop was offering 40% off their Vitamin E collection (online) as part of their 'Hidden Gems' campaign. So after reading their online reviews I decided to purchase the pack which includes this mask. Usually you would pick up 100ml for £11.00.
The mask contains: Vitamin E, Oraganic Soya Oil and Wheat Germ Oil. It has a subtle scent so suitable for those in particular who don't like strong scented items.
So let me begin with the packaging. It's simple in a nice shade of pink with a screw top lid. It wasn't sealed like their butters are but that wasn't a problem for me as I wished to use it straight away. The directions are in various languages, and straight forward.
The directions say to apply a thin layer of the mask and then remove with a tissue, however you have the option to leave it on over night-great so I decided to go for the overnight option. It also states you might feel a bit of coolness to your face.
I applied the light pink, silky but non-greasy mask to my face using circular motions to cleansed skin. Straight away I found the mask started to disappear into my skin. I applied a 'thin layer' as suggested. I didn't feel any cooling of the skin and before I even got into bed I noticed the mask had started to disappear.
After waking up in the morning I noticed the mask had gone. It wasn't on my pillow or duvet, so my skin needed a moisture boost. After cleansing my face I could feel my skin was soft and there was no dryness to be seen. Of course I don't expect my skin to stay this way unless I keep up a good routine. I am currently using it twice a week, however may need to increase the usage in the winter months.
Now would I purchase this at full price? At first I was unsure about spending £11.00 on a mask, however seeing how much my skin has benefited from the treatment I feel I can justify the spend as you only use a tiny amount compared to say a cheaper moisturiser. Also, I feel if I start caring my my skin now in my late twenties, I can potentially save a lot in the future by not having to buy higher priced products.
My review is based on my own skin, which is dry but I do get combination skin-this product hasn't made that part of my skin worse.