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Because the nearest Toys a Rus is about half an hour drive (or more if the traffic is bad)from where I live, I decided to shop online with them. Other reason being that what I wanted from them were two items who were sold out all the time and I rather spend £2.50 in P&P knowing I get it and it will be delivered to my doorstep. I ordered on saturday and the items were here on the following wednesday, that was quicker than I expected it to be. One of the items was a Christmas gift for one of my children, and they'd boxed it in a plain box so he couldn't see what was in the box. I was very impressed with that, it shows to me that they are aware of the fact that it might be a gift. The other item I bought was an ALBA DVD player, which they had on offer for £139.84 that is £10.00 cheaper then anywhere else. So that was a nice bargain! This offer was on the internet only, which means that it is worth taking a look at their site first before you buy in their shop. I will definitely shop with them again in the future.
Bear in the Big Blue House is a Jim Henson's creation. For those who don't know who Jim Henson's is he's the one who invented the Muppets.(unfortunately he died a few years ago but the company still excists) I didn't know what Bear (for short) was untill my daugther of four was very up set one morning because she had just missed it. So I thought if she's up set it must be good so I sat down with her the next time it was on to see what it's like. And I straight away fell in love with this lovely cuddly bear and his little friends Pip & Pop, Treelo, Tutter, Ojo and Luna. Every episode they cover a subject like 'missing', 'sharing','picnic', etc. which is educational for pre-school age children. But even my 17mths. old son loves to watch it. When the programme starts they sign a song 'Welcome to the Big Blue House' and at the end they sing the 'goodbye' song. My daughter loves to join in and sing a long and my son loves to dance on the music. The children feel as if he's talking to them especially when he asks 'what's that smell?' following 'is that you?' and he sniffs and for ex.asks are you still in your pyamas, which they are because it's the early in the morning show. This makes it very personal for them. I myself like to watch it too, there are quite some funny jokes in it which to me are typical Jim Henson's. I find this programme very educational for my children and it's very friendly. There are allready books and other merchandise available in the shop, I've seen most of it in the Disney Store which is obvious because it's a Disney programme. It's broadcast by the Disney Channel and Channel 5 repeats it early in the morning at 8am.
For those of you who've read my opinion on the Palmolive shower creme with Milk & Honey you'll understand that I couldn't resist to buy the bath & creme. Again kids to bed and Mum was running her bath and Oh my this stuff is just absolutely scrumptious! The smell is so yummy you would wish you could eat it and it's really soft and creamy. It says for extra dry skin and it is doing its job! My skin felt soft and didn't need any bodylotion afterwards. It's a very mild product and it contains natural extracts of milk & honey. A 500ml bottle cost only £2.25 and for that price you are getting a good quality product and you don't need to put much in to get some great foam. I am now completely hooked on Palmolive and can't wait for my next bath or shower with this gorgeous product.
Last saturday I bought my son a lovely second hand duffle coat, got home and discovered 'dry clean' only. And you can guess that I was a bit annoid with myself for not checking the label because to dry clean this coat would be an expensive business with the way my 17 months old goes. Then realised that I had seen this new Persil product in Tesco's which said for dry cleaning clothes. So I thought I'm saved, and went to buy one. Yes, just one to see if it really works. I think that's great so you don't have to spent a fortune to find out if they work or not. Just the one will cost you 79p and that's worth a risk I say. When I opened the pack I found a £1.00 voucher for when you buy the large pack which contains 5 sheets and costs £4.99 that would make it then £3.99. It's rather expensive but cheaper than the dry cleaners. If there is a stain in the item you want to clean you use the sheet which is damp and dab and gently rub with the sheet until no further stain is removed. I couldn't try this out because there where no stains in this coat nor in the jumper that needed dry cleaning. You can put a max of 4 items in at the time put the sheet on top of the items and set the tumble dryer for 30 minutes on low heat. In the mean time I was cooking my dinner so this was easy peasy. I couldn't wait for those 30 minutes to be over to see the result. And I was impressed! Both items came out smelling fresh and looking good. I would like to see if it removes stains, so if my darling little son gets some lovely food stains on his coat I'll find out and let you all know. I myself would use it again for my own clothes because it will save me a fortune by not going to the dry cleaners.
Boots has a new counter for girls from the age of approx.3 years old. They've called it Glitter Babes and I think it's a marvellous idea! There is a whole range of products: shower foam, bath bubbles, bath gloop, nail varnish, body spritzer, perfume, lip gloss, hair accessoires and other bits and bobs. My daughter of 4 loves it and you'll always find her there when we are in Boots. We've been trying out quite a few of the products and our favorites are the lazy daisy body spray, funky monkey squirty bath and shower foam, funky monkey bath bubbles, and the bath gloops are good fun! The products are very mild so wont irritate the skin. My daughter has as a matter a fact a very sensitive skin and has no problems with it. Now and then I even use it or have a bath with the funky monkey bath bubbles. The prices are very reasonable £2.00 for the body spray and the bath bubbles are £2.50. At the moment they have an offer on when you buy two different products of the Glitter Babes counter you get a body spray FREE. So for about £5.00 you can have three products which I think is very good.
Doing my weekly shop in Tesco's I noticed one of their offers, Palmolive shower & creme buy one get one free. I thought while I need new shower wash why not try this one out. I looked at two of them Almond or the Milk & Honey one. Milk & Honey it was! Got home and allready addicted to the smell of it I couldn't wait to try it out. So kids to bed Mum under the shower and WOW this is nice!!! This is just absolutely gorgeous stuff!! I felt I was using one of those expensive shower gels. It lathers up very well and you feel like you're soaking yourself in a lather of milk and honey. Afterwards I felt really pampered and my skin was oh so soft that I hardly needed any bodylotion. I have a very dry skin so that does say something. On the bottle it says for extra dry skin and I think they got that right. I think I'm going to invest in this and Tesco's I'll be back to buy your whole stock especially with an offer like that! Next time I'm going to try the Almond one, that one smelled good too. Who would have thought that I would go back to using Palmolive again! I remember we used it back home and I always wanted something else and my Mum wouldn't let me. Isn't it funny that good old Palmolive is still doing a great job, they definitely have improved over the years. A little note about the longevity of the product, because it's so nice I go through it rather quick but that's because I'm in love with it.LOL
I am a big fan of Radox products, so I thought I have to try this out. Because I was also in need of a new puff I bought the pack where I got a free shower puff with it. It comes in two different fragances sunflower or orange. Especially sunflower is a favorite fragance for me, I use Elizabeth Arden's sunflower perfume now and then. So I got home all excited looking forward to have a shower with this new body wash. And guess what? It's discusting! It might be me, but I felt like I was washing myself with Fairy washing up liquid citron. The fragrance is nothing like sunflower, unless there's something wrong with my nostrils. I was so disappointed because Radox does do very nice products which I use frequently. Afterwards my skin was very dry so they might have forgotten the moisturiser. Maybe the other one is better I don't know and I'm not going to try that out. I'll stick with the Radox products I know, especially their bath soaks which I think are very nice.
My daughter started to show an interest for a scribbler after playing with one at a friends house. The only problem there was with the one my friend had for her daughter was that there was only one pen and the two of them where fighting over the pen a lot. So I thought it would be practical if I can get one with two pens and other accessories. So when I saw the Super Scribbler in the ELC catalogue my wish came true! Although it is a bit of an investment £15.00 but it's worth the money. It comes with two pens, 2 rollers, 2 combs and 4 character stamps. No mess and easy to put away because all the accessories fit in the frame. And my thoughts where right, there is no fighting over a pen or other item because there are enough to share. What is even better now is that ELC is selling a Super Scribbler Accessory Pack for £5.00, which is a set of stencils and stamps so more variety for your child. My daughter loves it and plays with it hours on end and her imagination runs wild when she starts drawing and if it's not right just wipe it out and start again.
I discoverd the Charity shops when my husband and I came back from abroad. Our daughter was then 6 months old( and as we all know they grow out of their clothes very quick)and our budget did not really allow us to buy a lot. I was so surprised with what I found in those lovely little shops, and not only for my daughter but also for myself and my husband. I'm not proud and don't mind people knowing I buy my clothes second hand. What I think is very good is that these charity shops check everything they get and only the good things will go out. Not only did I buy clothes, I also bought some great toys and books for my daughter. She never has been short of anything and what I think is nice is that she can really appreciate things, regardless if it's new or not. I still go and have a look because I like to browse and have my bargains. What makes it really worth while is when people tell you that your child always wears nice clothes or when other mums ask where I had bought a particular item. Charity starts at home, and the good thing is in the mean time you help the Charity organisations again.
I've always struggled with hairwax, a lot of the times I end up using too much and have to wash my hair again because it's greasy. Paul Mitchell's Slick Works is a great alternative to wax and it gives the same effect. I use it now for about 4 years and I think it's great. Especially because I like to create a sleek look and this product is definitely doing that to my hair. You rub a small amount in the palm of your hands, then apply to dry hair. It gives a great finish and it enhances shine. It's a light weight wax for fine to medium and chemically treated hair types. It doesn't make you hair greasy not even if you use a little bit more the next day to re-style it. A 150ml tube lasts a long time so it's value for money. If you're not sure ask your hairdresser for advice about this product.
I remember the days that I was using styling mousse and my hair always felt sticky, I never got on with that were as some of my friends had no problems. I thought that I had silly hair and tried to live with it until I discovered this product. I've been using it now for about 6 years and never looked back, it is just absolutely marvellous! It is lighter than a mousse and a lot smoother and doesn't stick. You only need a little bit, I myself use about two teaspoons (I've got long hair). It is a thick luxurious styling glaze that conditions and seals in moisture while smoothing hair and boosting shine. Quick drying and easy to use for on-the-go styling and sculpting-wet or dry. It gives medium flexible hold, and adds maximum volume and body to blow dried hair. It has a fresh smell of apple, another good reason for using it. If you're not sure you can always ask your hairdresser for a small sample bottle to see if you get on with it. But if you're like me and style your hair about three times a week than this is a good product.
I use The Wash after using shampoo three and it is a lovely shampoo to use. It is really rich, thick and luxurious and smells just great. I normally let it soak in for a minute, but that is personal. Because I highlite my hair frequently it needs a good moisturiser and The Wash is definitely doing that. It leaves my hair looking great and it feels soft and shiny. I find that a second shampoo is not necessary, but that is personal. The shampoo contains a complex of special moisture balancing conditioners and essential amino acids that continue to perform and protect throughout the day. It is suitable for normal to fine and chemically treated hair. And it is excellent for hair and skin. You only need to use a little bit so a bottle goes a long way. Again I need to say that ask your hairdresser if this shampoo is suitable for your hair. Because we all know that no hair is the same.
Shampoo one was the first Paul Mitchell shampoo I used. It was after trying so many different shampoos who didn't do the job. My hair was in a dull condition, because of perming and coloring it. After using it for about a month or so I noticed my hair started to look more healthier and shinier. It was also a lot more manageable than before. Shampoo one is a mild shampoo and is ideal for daily use on normal to fine hair, hair that is color treated, processed or permed. It leaves your hair manageable, full of body and shine without dulling buildup. It smells lovely, it has coconut in it, so good reason to use it. I still use it now and then, but because my hair has changed a lot after I had my children I use The Wash more which is a richer shampoo than Shampoo One. I would recommend you to ask your hairdresser first if this shampoo is suitable for your hair before you buy it. Shampoo three I've been using this shampoo for about 6 months and it is a great cleanser. It is specially formulated to internally cleanse hair by removing residues from chlorine, minerals and medications. It is very effective for use after swimming and before deep conditioning treatments to help accelerate and enhance product performance. After using this shampoo I use the Awapuhi one time and the next time I use The Wash. The Awapuhi is to put moisture back into the scalp and The Wash is a great moisturiser for the hair. I definitely notice the effectiveness by using Shampoo Three first before I use one of the other ones. Reason for me doing it this way is that my hairdresser has recommended this. Shampoo Three is a shampoo not suitable for everyone so I recommend again to ask your hairdresser for advice.
Since I had my second child I started to suffer from an itchy scalp. I thought that I might have dandruff, but my hairdresser told me that I got a dry scalp and recommended me to use the Paul Mitchell Awapuhi shampoo. I've been using it now for about a month and it is definitely helping. I no longer have an itchy scalp! The shampoo itself smells lovely, so other reason for using it. The ingredient Awapuhi is a natural moisturizer from the ancient Hawaiian ginger plant Awapuhi. It helps replenish moisture and reduce flyaway hair. It's ideal for daily use, because of the ingredient Awapuhi. You only need a small amount so one bottle goes a long way. A 250ml bottle lasts me about 6 to 7 months which is I think very good. After washing my hair with this shampoo I use the leave in conditioner which also contains the Awapuhi ingredient. See the opinion about this product under Paul Mitchell leave-in-conditioner. I recommend you to ask your hairdresser if this shampoo is suitable for you.
Out of all the magazines there are Practical Parenting has my thumbs up big time. They have been a tremendous help for me so far. The different ways you can give birth, pain relief, what to expect of your newborn baby, teething, colic, weaning, potty training, if your baby's not feeling well, if you're expecting your second child how to tell your first, tantrums,etc. Then there is the section where they discuss children's books, which is vey nice it gives you an idea which books are suitable for your child. Product information, it was a great help when it came down to making a choice in what to buy. Free gifts are very good, I've got a nice selection of tapes with nursery ryhmes and the kids love them. Free books, and other products. Ideas for creativitie play and games for different ages. The recipes are nice it gives you some new inspiration for dinner time. I think the magazine is value for money. I can recommend this magazine to all expecting and new parents. Ellen