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      28.06.2010 16:14
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      Great product in moderation

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      For over 20 years now we have been buying the traditional golden syrup in the tin. But seduced by the offers of the plastic squeezy bottle we decided to try a change.
      The product comes in a 454g plastic bottle with a flip open style cap and suction squeezy thing (like toothpaste).

      -Positives-

      The product on the practical side is so much easier to use. Before you had to find a spoon and haphazardly try to spoon some syrup out of the tin into food without getting it all over the table! It also meant sticky spoons to dispose of!

      I also found with the tin variety that the lid often became sticky and so wouldn't go back on properly after use.

      I really think the squeezy bottle makes much more sense, it means less mess and heartache so early in the morning and I also feel that as it is squeezy you can get out exactly how much you want. I always tended to put more on with the tin, as I was using a spoon.

      I really don't think any other make of syrup compares to the mighty Lyle's. It's been going forever it seems and the taste is so yummy! The rich, sweet texture is like nectar to any sweet toothed individual.

      The texture is grea too. I hate really runny honey or syrup. I like it to hold its shape a little on the pancake! Lyle's is great as its so gloopy, but with the no mess squeezy bottle this is fine!

      This is a UK company and so you are supporting british firms and cutting down on those food miles!

      Such a versatile product; porridge, cakes, pancakes, puddings!!

      Contains no fat! None!

      -Negatives-

      There is no getting away from the fact that syrup is basically bad for you. It rots the teeth and is probably a main contributor to childhood obesity, but in moderation there is no harm!
      I always try to brush my teeth after eating though, a good habit to get into a think.

      -Conclusion-

      The best syrup brand on the market

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      • Pritt Stick / Household Product / 20 Readings / 18 Ratings
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        25.06.2010 11:05
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        Simply the best

        -Introduction-

        I'm sure I have never bought (knowingly) i tube of pritt stick, it just seems to be...around. I usually buy the 20g variety, perfect size for me. Glue is a staple stationary item, whether working with children or for me, when I'm creating posters etc. at university!

        -The product-

        Pritt sticks have a very well known branding now; a cylindrical tube which contains a cylinder of hard glue inside. The product has a white, opaque lid which is pulled off. The glue can then be used by twisting the bottom of the cylinder. The plastic container is predominantly white, with the red and white 'Pritt' logo and black part at the bottom to twist the glue out.

        -Positives-

        I simply can not tolerate any other glue option. For starters runny glue, why oh why, would any sane individual chose runny glue over the simple, mess-free quality of Pritt stick. There is no spilling issue or getting it all over clothes/hands/faces/furniture to endure. And also you need no other implement to add the glueing and sticking process i.e. no glue spreader!
        Secondly when comparing pritt stick to the other (usually cheaper) glue stick brands, it is head and shoulders above the rest. On the odd occasion where I have had to borrow a glue stick which is another brand, I find frustration takes over for a few reasons:
        1. The glue is getting on the geriatric side and so has decided it is no longer glue but a gunky, sticky mess which is lumpy and useless!

        2. Either you can't pull the lid off or the bit to twist the glue out is jammed. I often have to dig the glue out with a pencil/pen when such a mechanical failure occurs- not pretty to say the least!

        3. You apply the glue, it glides smoothly onto the page and you're thinking maybe this is a good way to go over the pritt! Oh no, just wait until your in the presentation and your pictures/diagrams etc. fall off the poster. This is not glue, this is just rubbish! Who buys glue that doesn't stick!?

        4. You find yourself using a glue so watery and thin that by the end of sticking one thing down, you've used half the glue stick and have to sheepishly give it back to the poor person you 'borrowed' it off of.

        Luckily, not one of these embarrasing and/or frustrating scenarios has EVER happened to me when using Pritt stick. Ok, ok yes it is on the pricey side compared to 'value' own, but too be honest you can often get packs of 3 on offer in places like WHsmiths every so often and I stock up then. It's quite econimical!

        So for me there is no other way than the pritt way.

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          25.06.2010 10:48
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          Not the best flavour in the range

          -Introduction-

          After being pressurised by a toddler to buy the hartley's raspberry jelly only a couple of weeks before, I decided after a couple of go's I was sick of raspberry jelly. I'm not really a blackcurrant jelly fan so I gave orange a go.

          -The product-

          Similar to the other flavours of hartleys jellies, the orange comes in a cuboid, thin cardboard casing. Inside the jelly block is wrapped in a plastic clingfilm. The block is moulded into 'segments' to allow the jelly to be pulled into peices.

          -The positives-

          As with all the other hartleys products I have bought I am always really impressed with the quality and value for money of the products. I find both the jams and jellies really good quality and far better than the slightly cheaper value ranges.

          As with the raspberry I tried in the range, it was SO easy to make. Not exactly a dab hand in the kitchen, this is a very quick and easy way to make a dessert children (and adults!) will love..... all in about 5 minutes flat!

          The instructions are easy to follow and understand and give you two different methods (depending on whether you have a microwave or not) which is handy.

          The jelly is easy to get into and the shape of the jelly cubes means it can easily be pulled apart to aid dissolving.

          On the topic, I have always found with other higher quality brands that it takes AGES for the jelly to totally dissolve and you end up putting more water in than it says.
          But this is easy and simple, no fuss!

          -Negatives-

          However compared to the raspberry variety I found the taste not up to scratch. Yes, you may cry, I DID follow the recipe exactly the same and add the same water as before. However I found the jelly flavour a little overpowering for me and would have liked it a little toned down. Although I did think the jelly had a nice colour to it

          -Conclusion-

          I preferred the raspberry flavour, but mayve that's just personal preference, but as jelly goes it's a great brand.

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          04.06.2010 12:20
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          Definitely value for money

          -Introduction-

          Somehow this story escaped me in my childhood. The first I heard of it was when the film came out. I never went to see the film, but when I saw a copy of the book in a local bookstore, I picked it up and it looked interesting!
          Retails £5.99 and is written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

          -Story-

          The story follows a naughty little boy called Max who is sent to his room without any supper for being naughty. He dreams of a land of 'Wild Things'. Creatures who live in a far away land. He becomes king of the Wild Things and they have a great time dancing and playing. But Max misses home and leaves the Wild Things to travel back in his own little boat to his room. Were is supper is still hot, waiting for him.

          -Positives-

          I was first drawn to the book my its large size and beautiful illustration on the front. Unlike the simple and often childish drawings of other childrens books, Sendak has taken a very adult style in his illustrations, but one that works well I feel.

          The style of both the writing and illustrations is quite quirky and different, and with an interesting darkness and depth to the story that draws both adults and children in.

          I love the size of this book, it is just right for sharing with a group of children. Its about 30cm x 30cm (ish!) and the cover and pages are REALLY thick and durable. The quality of both the paper and colour/print is, for a reasonably priced children's book, amazing!

          The story is very clever, at every turn it is aimed towards the imaginations of small children. I really think its one of the best books for letting (little boys especially) imaginations run wild. The story has all the elements to make it an exciting epic tale that children can relate too;

          From dressing up in a wolf suit (don't all children love to dress up!?), Max is sent to bed for being naughty (I'm sure most children can relate to this!). As max has chased the dog (which honestly looks like our dog, scary!)

          Max then imagines a forest growing in his room. This is great for our little boy as his dad went to Borneo last year. He still remembers and loves this story as he thinks of it like the jungle there!

          Then Max steps into his own private boat. For any children who have a boat this is great. We have a boat and our little boy loves to think of it as his boat. In the story it is 'Max's own private boat' with his name on.Very exciting!

          Then we meet the Wild Things. I'm sure all little children love stories about monsters. This is no exception, although I do think there is more to interact with here than the usual story. On each page about the Wild Things there are around five characters, which change on each page. I think it's very cleverly done, as the Wild Things look somewhat like animals they aren't too scary; e.g. there is one with chicken feet, one which looks like a cow, one like a goat.
          We love pointing out what they look like and the body parts.

          There are a couple of lovely two page spreads in the middle of the story that are simply pictures of Wild Things jumping about without any text. We love these ones, especially the younger children. My little boy loves jumping up and down like the Wild Things.

          Then when Max tries to leave the Wild Things threaten to 'eat you up' [Max]. I think the balance between being too scary and staying interesting is just kept right. There is not too much tension and the simple language is great.

          Max sails back home and then finds his supper waiting for him.
          I think this classic tale has a great underlying ability to make children imagine there own Wild Things and make up stories of their own. Key skills and my two and a half year old loves it!

          -Negatives-

          May scare the more timid children.


          -Conclusion-

          Lovely story that will draw in both young and old with its simple writing style and beautiful illustrations.

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            03.06.2010 15:08
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            Classic

            -Introduction-

            We have accumulated many Mr.men books over the years. Unfortunately we never bought a full set but we still have a few floating around! I simply love Mr.mischief. This is one of the stories that has stood the test of time.

            Writeen by Roger Hargreaves and published in 1991 these books are still going strong now. Children of every age love Mr. Men books. I think they retail around £2 per book.

            -Story-

            The story follows the Mr. men character, Mr. Mischief. It follows him pulling tricks on his fellow Mr.men and running away laughing. However when he tries to pull a trick on a Magician, this is the last straw! The magician puts a spell of Mr. Mischief and all manner of horrible things happen to HIM instead!
            It would seem that Mr. Mischief has learned is lesson, but before long he is tempted and commits the ultimate crime- cutting off half of Mr. Fussy's moustache!!


            -Positives-

            The price of Mr. men books compared to other childrens books is great. I think for what you get they are really quite cheap. The pages are thick and will withstand pretty rough treatment. The cover is thick and ourshas not really worn in over 15 years! Although we do try to keep things a long time!

            I think Mr. Mischief, over some of the other Mr. Men books has some of the best illustrations. Some of the other books, although lovely, I do find the illustrations rather drab. However not with this book, the illustrations are simple with bold blocks of colour and a great range of colours which makes them really special.

            I think the expressions and scences depicted in the book are also well chosen and really amusing. I chuckle along too!

            The story is not too fast, but on the other hand does not labour along and bore the child. There is a good balance between hunour, anticipation of what is to become of Mr. mischief and then the finale- Mr. fussy and the moustache!

            I think this story has got the balance between being mischevious and being funny. It is not overly bad (so children get ideas!) and on the other hand is not PC and totally watered down. My little boy finds this story hilarious, the idea of having toothpaste in a cake!!

            I love Mr. men books as on the back are all the Mr. men characters. After we have finished reading the book, my little boy likes to talk about the characters on the back.

            Mr. men books are small and compact. Great for popping in your bag for in the car. It also means little people can look at them on their own as they can easily turn the pages.

            -Negatives-

            None

            -Conclusion-

            One of my favourite in the Mr. men collection.

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            03.06.2010 13:15
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            Great childrens book

            -Introduction-

            I love Meg and Mog, many children's books I find a little dull when the child loves it. However Meg and Mog is interesting for child and adult I find.

            Written by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski, the story follows a Witch Meg and her stripey black and white cat Mog.

            Retails around £4.99
            ISBN 0-434-96054-3

            -Story-

            The story follows the midnight antics of Meg. She is getting ready for a spell party. You see her go through the routing of getting up, putting on her clothes, making breakfast and then flying off on her broomstick.

            Meg meets her 4 friends on the way. Once on the hill they cast a spell and each witch puts something into the cauldron (a frog, bettle, worm, bat and spider). The chant the spell but something goes wrong! There is a big boom and Meg's friends are turned into mice and Mog chases them.

            Meg says she will turn them back next year!

            -Positives-

            I think its a really clever story. As the story follows a witch getting ready to go out, comparisons can be made with a child getting ready to go out. I think the differences add interest and colour to the story, however the theme is suitably similar to a childs own experiences (i.e. getting dressed, having breakfast) that they can interact with it.

            I think the way the story is written and displayed is really child friendly and provided lots of interest and interactiveness.
            When Meg is getting dressed you see each stage and the words say what she has put on e.g. 'her big black shoes'.
            My little boy loves to do a 'spot the difference' and see what has changed for each picture.

            The story has lots of big pictures and speak bubbles. My favourite is the picture of Mog when Meg steps on his tail. There is a big 2 page picture of mog and a zigzag speak bubble with 'MEEEEOW' in it. We love to shout this bit!

            The breakfast part is great as well, the page shows all the things she is putting in the cauldron- eggs, bread, milk, fish etc. We love to point to each one and say what it is.

            The cauldron spell is lovely as you see all the ingredients going in the pot. There are pictures of the bat, frog etc. We love making the animal noises/actions to go with this bit.

            I think the illustrations are simple and primary colours and blocks of bright colour are used. It makes it great for small children.

            I have the book in hardback which has really stood the test of time.

            I also love this book as it is quite small and great for in the car/travelling.

            -Negatives-


            -Conclusion-

            This is a great interactive story, but I would say it is definitely worth getting the tape/CD to go with the story as it adds lots to the experience!

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            03.06.2010 13:02
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            Great for children afraid of dark

            -Introduction-

            I'm not sure where this book came from, but we love it all the same! I am a big fan of Mick Inkpen and his books. This story is in the Kipper book range, which follows the story of a cute little dog called Kipper and his adventures with his friends.

            The book retails at £5.99 and is published by Hodder Children's Books.

            -The story-

            The story follows a nights adventure with Kipper and his friend Tiger (who is a Westie-looking dog!?)

            Tiger has a super new torch and wants to try it out. The friends read a book under a blanket in Kipper's bed. They decide they will camp outside in the tent tonight. They set it up in the wood. Kipper is having a whale of a time, but Tiger is a little frightened. They start to read the scary book but are startled by an owl screech.
            The friends decided to go and look for themselves. They take Tiger's new torch and set out. They are startled by the owl again and run back to the tent. They dropped the torch outside in their fright.

            Huddled up in the tent, they see the shadow of a terrible monster climbing up the tent wall. But Kipper is sure he has seen something like that before and bravely sets off to find out.
            Tiger sees that it is only the torch projecting the shadow of a snail caught in the torch light.

            The friends decided they have had enough of camping outside and put the tent up in Tiger's bedroom where they FINALLY get to read the book!

            -Positives-

            This is a great story for children afraid of the dark. Children can see the two attitudes towards the situation, of Tiger and Kipper. Many children may understand what Tiger is feeling.

            Mick Inkpen uses gentle humour to show how there is nothing to be scared of really. Using Kipper as a great example of how to overcome that fear with laughter!

            My little boy is quite scared of owls hooting and the like, he loves this book as we do the owl noise together and he is getting much better.

            I think this story is great, especially for little boys who like stories which are a bit scary. The title 'Kipper's Monster' instantly draws them in. The front cover has a picture of Kipper and Tiger huddled in the tent.

            I think the story is captivating but on the other hand not too scary. The illustrations are the same lovely Mick inkpen illustrations used in his other books.

            -Negatives-

            None.

            -Conclusion-

            Great story for those children afraid of the dark.

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            03.06.2010 12:49
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            Classic story

            -Introduction-

            We have both the normal sized book and the extra-big book for sharing (the one teachers use). I love this story, my partner is in teacher training at the moment and he said this was a must have, so I got it from the charity shop. I think its normally around £5.

            The book is published by puffin and written by Eric Carle. I am not aware of any other books he has written that are well known, but even if this book is a one-off, then its a great book.

            -Story-

            The story follows the development of a caterpillar from egg, to caterpillar and finally through metamorphosis to a butterfly! It follows him as he eat his way through food until he enters his cocoon and emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

            -Positives-

            This story is great for learning on many levels;

            Firstly for counting. The first food the caterpillar eat is different fruits, he starts with 1 apple, 2 pears, 3 plums etc. This is great for learning numbers and counting the fruits. The way this part of the page is laid out gives added interest. It is a kind of layered affect, where you turn over the one apple to reveal the 2 pears etc.

            It is great for learning food names. As well as the fruit the caterpillar munches through some more human food, including a slice of chocolate cake, an icecream and a cupcake! The lovely coloured illustrations makes this great fun for children to point to the food the know. We also make games about saying which food items we like and which other people in our family like too.

            This story is great to learn about biology, it has all the bits without being overly complicated. It means the children don't actually have to think too hard and it sub-consciously goes in. There is the egg which gives the caterpillar. There is information about how we need to eat food and the caterpillar grows bigger. There is a lovely picture near the end of a HUGE caterpillar, great to compare against the smaller one.
            There is also a picture of the cocoon and the buttefly.

            The illustrations in this book are timeless, although this book was written in 1970, the illustrations are so simple and lovely the do not look outdated or old-fashioned.

            -Negatives-

            The holes in the pages for the munchy caterpillars may leave a window of oppurtunity for small children to rip pages. Adult supervision required.

            -Conclusion-

            A timeless childrens classic story about the life cycle of a buttefly.





            Through each peice of fruit the caterpillar eats is a little hole he as munched, my little boy finds this very funny as he can just about fit his finger through the hole.

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            03.06.2010 12:35
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            Great story to read together

            -Introduction-

            My mum is an ex-primary school teacher so we have LOTS of children's books. This was one of my favourites when I was a child. No doubt as it was also made into a children's TV programme.

            The book is written by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. This is one book of a series of funny bones, including Mystery tour and the pet shop. Allan Ahlberg is a highly regarded children's writer, with such books as The jolly postman, peepo! and the Happy Families range.

            The book is published by puffin. The front cover shows the 3 characters and the title in 'bone' writing. The cover is bright yellow and red.

            -Story-

            The story follows three skeletons- big skeleton, small skeleton and dog skeleton. One night the skeletons decide to go out and find someone to frighten. The walk around town and can not find anyone. They spend time playing in the park. Dog skeleton ends up as a pile of bones and the other skeletons try to put him back together! (the toe bones connected to the....foot bone!)
            They end up in the zoo and spend time with the skeleton animals there.

            In the end they can't find anyone to frigthen so they frighten each other, before running back home.

            -Positives-

            The style of writing is very like a poem for children, it has lots of repitition and description which is great for the 2-3 year olds I feel. For example:

            'On a dark dark hill
            there was a dark dark town.
            In the dark dark town
            there was a dark dark street...'

            This is great for small children to get involved in the story and join in and they can remember bits.

            With the extended description its great to get children involved at describing the pictures too.

            The illustrations are brightly coloured and great for smaller people without being overly babyish.

            The bones song, about which bones connected to which bone, is great to sing along with your child to. Everyone knows the tune and its great to point to the parts of the body as you do the song. Great for learning body parts. Its also great as the song is about half way through the story, so it keeps the interest up.

            The part about the zoo is great as the animal skeletons do look like a parrot, crocodile etc. so great for learning animal names.

            Also the characters have speach bubbles and say things (different from the text) which is great for the children to imitate voices and read the words.

            The pages are thick and glossy, so durable and wont rip.

            -Negatives-

            The text can be a little scary for smaller children. My little boy is fine if you read it with him, but can get a little scared on his own.

            -Conclusion-

            Great story that keeps children entertained and will read again and again. Great for a range of ages 2-6 (?). Bright, lovely illustrations.

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          • Gaymers Pear Cider / Beer / Cider / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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            02.06.2010 22:04
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            Great summer drink

            -Introduction-

            After buying a magners pear cider by accident at the supermarket once, I was instantly converted from apple cider. I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to strong drinks. I can't stand bear, way to bitter. I love the sweet stuff :)

            I bought a pack of pear cider in the cans from the supermarket. It was on offer, I think about £5.

            It is 4.5% alcohol and coms in a 440ml can.

            It comes in a bright green can with the typical ring pull cap.

            -Positives-

            I think for people who like the taste of apple cider, but find it a little strong, this is the best alternative. It still has the nice sweet fruity taste, and a slight kick to it, but doesn't leave that bloated feeling I get with apple cider.
            It is altogether a more sutble kick, but still has the same alcohol content.

            This alcohol is best served on ice and I think this drink is enhanced more by ice than the apple cider. I dont know what it is but ice cold pear is better!

            I dont like ciders where you get loads of froth on top. I work in a bar and find with magners you get more froth on top than gaymers.

            -Negatives-

            Some people may find the taste just too weak. I know for me its just great, but especially with melted ice in there as well, many people may say this is not cider! Each to their own I guess!

            The packaging again! I know that glass bottles tend to be more expensive, but cans just look cheap.

            -Conclusion-

            For those weak cider drinkers this is a great drink against apple cider. It has a more sutble taste and is suitably different to warrant trying both.

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          • Gaymers Original Cider / Beer / Cider / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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            Great alternative to well known brands

            -Introduction-

            It was my sisters birthday, so we were dispatched to the supermarket to get 'cider'. Whatever was on offer. I tend to go for bulmers or magners, (sweet tooth!) but at 3 crates for £15, I couldn't resist!

            Gaymers is one of the longest running ciders seen on our supermarket shelves, established in 1770 it is 4.5% and is best served over ice/ ice cold.

            Gaymers comes in the tin cans and not in the glass bottles of bulmers and the like. It is a typical ring pull design.

            The packaging is bright red and has the gaymers name on the front.

            -Positives-

            Since buying this product, I have noticed that is:
            a) Both cheaper than other well known brands
            b) consistently on offer most of the time

            I dont know if this is just brand image, but it suits my wallet!

            I think the design is great, having red for apple and green for pear cider, means when I'm full arm in the cupboard its easier to pick the one I want.

            As quite a un-seasoned drinker, I told like things too strong. I find after a full bulmers/magners the taste is overpowering. This cider has a much more sutble taste, not like it is watered down, but simply less strong.
            It's really easy to drink.

            It also does not have that chemically-apple taste that some brands have. It tastes very fresh and natural.

            As the bottles are a more convenient shape than the glass bottle ciders you can pack more in the fridge. Win!

            -Negatives-

            I am not particularly bothered, but I know there are certain opinions about cider 'in cans'. That it's associated with being cheap. Some people may feel more comfortable with a glass bottle.

            If bulmers/magners is not ice cold, its not the end of the world. With gaymers, without ice it tasted horrible! It's about as horrid as warm ribena! :p

            -Conclusion-

            Lighter taste than bulmers/magners and often on offer. But the can Vs. Bottle,may put some people off.

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          • Pimm's No.1 / Tea / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            02.06.2010 21:26
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            Great summer alcoholic beverage

            -Introduction-

            During the summer we always have a bottle of emergency pimms in the cupboard. Pimms is a sweet, refreshing alcoholic drink served with lemonade and fruit (strawberries, orange, cucumber, mint).
            It is the colour of cough medicine (although thinner in consistency!) and comes in a 1 litre bottle. Retails around £15 and is 25% alcohol.


            -Positives-

            I first had pimms as a relatively young adult at a wedding. It seems the chosen alternative to champagne or wine at a wedding. It is a great lazy, warm afternoon drink.

            Its sweet, heady fruity taste makes it a great accompaniment to meat dishes, great with Barbeque's as an alternative to cider!

            Pimms is a great social drink, you can make a big jug of pimms simply and quickly and share with friends.

            Pimms has the reputation of being quite 'posh' I think, and a great ladylike drink instead of cider. It still has the alcoholic kick which is great.

            I think pimms is really a unique drink, I suppose it could be somewhat similar to Sangria but with more of a honey-ness in the taste too.
            The fruit added gives added enjoyment and I love eating the pimms-soaked strawberries at the end!

            Pimms is also a very 'attractive' looking drink in the glass, with the amber like colour sparkling in the sun and the colour of the fruits, if asthetics is important, this is the drink to go for.

            This drink is very versatile, I have heard it used as a shot as well as with lemonade or tonic water.

            The product is produced in Great Britain, great for the moral conscience i.e. food miles, production in this country, its all good!

            -Negatives-

            Pimms is a 'secret' recipe, so the labels contain no information on the ingredients. For those with intolerances/requirements etc. this might not be great.

            The 1l bottle might be a bit cumbersome for some people.

            Quite pricey.

            Need lemonade at the least, and fruit. Added ingredients and preparation- may be just too fiddly for the ''oour and go'' types!

            -Conclusion-

            Great summer drink. Slightly pricey but great taste ad look.

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          • Mars Maltesers / Chocolate / 20 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            01.06.2010 16:12
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            Probably one of the best options for chocolately snacks

            -Introduction-

            I will be reviewing the 135g bag of maltesers. We tend not to buy these sort of products but needed maltesers to go on top of a chocolate birthday cake. Obviously there was still some left after decorating the cake, so we munched through them!

            -The product-

            135g plastic bag with a tear off top and resealable sticky label.

            The packet is red and has the maltesers logo on the front and 'floating' maltesers. It is advertised as 'the lighter way to enjoy chocolate'.

            Each serving (37g) contains 187 Kcal (9% GDA)

            -Ingredients-

            Honeycombe (23%)
            Sugar
            Skimmed milk powder
            Cocoa butter
            glucose syrup
            barley malt extract
            vegetable fat
            cocoa mass
            lactose
            whey powder
            milk fat
            wheat flour
            emulsifiers (soya lecithin, E492)
            raising agent (Ca phosphate, NaHCo3, KHCo3)
            pectin
            salt
            natural vanilla extract
            Milk Choc (14%)

            -Positives-

            I simply love the taste of maltesers, I think the supermarket brand 'maltesers' simply do not cut the mustard. If its little honeycombe chocolate balls....maltesers are the only balls for me!

            The lovely honeycombe centre stops the chocolate being too sickly. I hate that feeling when eating for example, cadbury caramel chocolate.
            Some people may see this as a bad thing- you can eat more without feeling sick!

            I love popping one of these in my mouth and letting all the chocolate melt off before crunching up the honecombe, so satisfying!

            These bags are great 'to share' bags of chocolate. As the sweets are small and individual (i.e. not a block of chocolate) they are great for parties etc.

            The reseal option is great, we tend to eat a bag over 3-4 days. so its great not having to find a plastic container to put them in.

            For a chocolate snack I think these are great for calories, only 187 calories per serving!

            Great for the salt intake, only 0.15g per serving!

            This product is great for use on cakes. Looks good, easy to use and manipulate and tasty too!

            -Negatives-

            This product is not great on sugars (22% GDA) are saturated fat (28% GDA).
            As the product is so tasty, its difficult to resist the temptation!

            It does contains emulsifiers, E numbers etc. Those on the healthy side beware!

            Sometimes you get the horrible malteser that has gone a bit chewy and the chocolate goes yellowy. Not nice!

            Im not sure if you get a bit bored of maltesers after a while, without the added change of say revels, the same old might get a bit tiresome.

            -Conclusion-

            Not too healthy, but if you are going to eat chocolate is probably better for you than dense chocolate blocks.
            Great taste and good for cooking.

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            • Whiskas Complete / Cat Food / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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              28.05.2010 11:30
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              Great for older cats

              -Introduction-

              I'm sure we have inherited the oldest, grumpiest cat known to man. Other than freshly cooked chicken he turns his nose up to all other foods. Supermarket shopping and we get to the cat food isle. This is were the most decision making occurs. choose wrongly and the cat gives you dirty looks for the next week..
              So we ended up with Whiskas. To be honest I've no idea what to pick, but knowing his expensive taste I went for one of the more well known brands.

              The product comes in a 950g box, purple colour with a tabby cat on the front.

              -Positives-

              Our cat is getting a little long in the tooth now and this product has Dental protection plus. It has a texture to gently clean the teeth. We have seen a big difference actually. Before, he found it quite difficult to crunch up biscuits with his few teeth. I think this and the fact that the biscuits are quite a lot smaller than some other brands, mean this product is great for older cats. A lot easier for him to eat.

              Our cat turns his nose up at fish varieties, so I bought the 'chicken' biscuits (his old favourite!). He literally wolfed them down. We stood there dumbstruck! Never before had this kind of eating occured with our fussy cat!

              I hate the smell of cat biscuits, that get-up-your-nose smell, eurgh! But these biscuits are really not too bad. It is sutble.

              As our cat doesnt eat that much food, I wanted a product which would be 'complete'. This product contains:
              Taurine- for healthy heart
              Natural oils- Shiny coat
              Vit A- Eye sight
              Minerals- urinary tract health. (Vit D3, E)

              I have noticed that our cat used to sneeze a lot and this is getting better. He seems more up and about as well!

              -Negatives-

              It's rather annoying, but when you have finished pouring the biscuits into the bowl and lift the box up to stop pouring, EVERY time I end up with biscuits all over the floor. No worries as the jack russel quickly scoffs them up. But still, annoying!

              -Conclusion-

              Great complete food, especially for older cats.

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              28.05.2010 11:21
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              Great non- alcoholic summer drink

              -Introduction-

              Robinsons has been around as long as I can remember. As a child my mum bought this big squash bottles and we still have them now!

              We tend to buy the original orange squash as this is a firm favourite with everyone.

              The product comes in a 2L plastic bottle with dark green screw top lid. It has hand holds on the sides for pouring. It has the robinsons logo on the front and a label on the back with ingredient information.

              -Positives-

              The flavour of the product is great. It does not have that chemically taste that some cheaper brands have. Not the overly tartness either.

              I always find in the summer that I am drinking lots of orange juice (from concentrate) but not really getting that much hydration from it. I am not a big fan of drinking water. This is a great way of combining the great taste of orange with quite a lot of water.

              Its great for small children, the sweet taste encourages them to drink more in the hot weather.

              This product is great for a non-alcoholic adult drink with tonic water or lemonade. A great summer drink.

              The product contains no artificial colours or flavourings.

              The product has only 28 calories per serving. I think for the sweet taste this is really great. No need to watch your intake of juice!

              It contains a trace of fat, no saturated fat and no salt. Great!!

              Contains 0.6g of fibre per serving.

              This is a great drink to give seriously ill people. It contains quite a lot of sugar without being filling. It also gets lots of water down them. I remember when I was very skinny due to disease, this was all I could manage, but it helped keep my weight on.


              Often robinsons have 'offers' and the like on the product to win prizes or send off for children's books. I tend to find robinsons are the best for this sort of thing. We have snipped off lots of coupons in our time and sent off for things!

              -Negatives-

              This product does contains quite a lot of sugar. For the weight conscious it contains 7% of your daily sugar intake in one glass. (250ml)

              Does contain (natural) preservatices, acidity regulator, sweetner and a stabiliser.

              -Conclusion-

              Great summer drink for hydration. But does have high sugar content.

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