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This is my first Dyson and I have only had it a few weeks and I have to say I will never ever buy another brand - it is absolutely fantastic.
At the moment, Argos are doing a deal where you can take any old vacumm (and my was very old!) in to the store and 'part exchange' it for a dyson. The % off differs but works out at about 20% which is a fantatsic saving.
I love the look of the vacuum, it is ultra modern in clear plastic, grey and yellow with various bits and bobs attached to aid you in cleaning various parts of your home like between the gaps in the sofa, the mattress, skirting boards and curtains. All of the attachments detach and go back on easy and are made really well and strong. The machine is light too and compact enough to carry from room to room and up and down the stairs.
If you are using the vacuum as a regular upright hoover, the ball makes gliding round the furniture really really easy and as you dont have to vigorously push and pull, your floor stays scratch free.
I have also found that the vacuum is relatively quiet, giving out more of a humming noise rather than a 'wherrrrrrrrrrr' which keeps the kids happier when they are trying to watch the tele.
The vacuum, like most modern devices is bag-less which means that once you have bought the machine, you shouldnt have to shell out on any further expensives. The dust collected goes through a filter and into the cylinder, which is transparent and so allows you to see how much has mounted up and when to empty. I have found that it holds quite a lot (1.4 litres at max capacity) The cyclinder removes with ease and empties easy too. The device allows you to tip all the rubbish and dust into the bin or a carrier bag with spillage and therefore without sneezes!...Great for allergy sufferers. On that note, this machine is actually accredited by the British Allergy Foundation.
The filter is easily cleaned in just water, I havent cleaned mine yet but friends and family tell me that monthly is more than enough.
The vacuum is height adjustable which is great for storage and transportation.
The Dyson ball is a brilliant all-in-one vacuum that works well on varying surfaces and furniture, Its not a cheap buy but comes with a 5 year guarantee and so bearing that in mind, and if you can afford to pay the current price I would recommend it to anyone.
ps: Great for pet hairs and liquid spillages too.
I have just decided to put pen to paper well, finger to keyboard to review these pumps after having to purcase them to soothe my aching feet.
I was walking round Manchester City Centre and got the normal pinchy feet so decided that £6 was a low price to pay as my feet were killing.
I decided on these as they look really cute and smart enough to get away with at work too. If the weather wasnt so naff they woulkd also look great with crop-pants or dresses.
Obviously, Black is also a safe bet and the leather look means that they will be easily cleaned so Im not declaring that it was a risk purchase in any way but I have had Primark shoes in the past that didnt last very long and so I was hoping that I would be able to get a good few months out of these, if they last me until the first drop of snow then I will be a happy bunny.
So, I made my purchase and slipped them on right there at the till..arrghhhhh, heaven! Right, ready to hit the shops. 5 hours in, and no signs of rubbage, blisters or even the slightest pinch and now 8 hours in with glass of wine in hand they are still on my feet which is a rarity - I am definetly a PJs and slippers gal about 10 minutes after getting in.
The sides of the shoe are tight enough to offer support when walking and driving but offer enough flexibility to mould around your foot. I bought a size 5 which is my normal size but I mention that as I do sometimes find I need a bigger size especially with cheaper shoes.
One slight issue is that I find the sides quite low and also I feel like my feet shift out to the outer edge a lottle when walking but they are still very comfy and a great bargain find....just wish i'd found them earlier on in the summer
When Pauls Boutique bags, coats and cardigans were hanging off every girl on the high street, me and my sister went through a mad phase of buying all things Pauls boutique including this purse.
What i like about PB was that I could get the more subtle items that still stood out like my Navy spotty bag and small coin purse while my sister who is 17 years my junior could have the more loud and daring items.
When I spotted this purse, I loved it and I knew my sister would too but I thought that she would find the purse too long as she normally just whacks her money in her pocket so I was torn about whether to buy it or not as I thought it might be a bit too much for me to pull out at work but knew it was a bit too big for my sis (about 8'' x 4'') but I just loved it and couldnt seem to walk away so I purchased it. I bought it for £30 which I reckon is expensive but then again its more like a mini bag with lots of different compartments including credit card spaces (hold 8 cards) and a coin section which holds a fair amount of coins. In addition, there is also a section where you can put your phone top-up card,mini greeting card things or stamps etc
As you can see the design is a leopard print in dark brown and black colours but the difference is that this also has a rock and roll type rose and skull design in lime, white and pink.
The zip and the plaque are in gold and add a bit of posh to the purse and then the typical PB charm hangs off the side.
I have to admit at this point, being the honest person I am that I didnt keep it long - a few months top but thats only because I felt daft whacking it out at work (didnt go with my black suit and court shoes!) but I do love it and would recommend it.
I wore these on Saturday night and am still suffering so writing this review by way of revenge and to vent my anger!!!! Joking aside, my feet are still throbbing like mad. I have had these shoes for a while now, but only wore them a few times so they still look spankingly new.
Originally, I was looking for some 'nude' heels as I had seen them on a few people both at work and out and thought they looked both sexy and smart. I couldnt find any nude heels in a style and size that suited me so opted for these thinking that they would look really good with my jeans which I tend to wear wherever possible on a night out but also with pants or a skirt on the off chance that I might actually one day get that dressed up. They were £25 but I think that they look much more expensive.
I love the fact that the shoe, platform and heel are all the same colour as quite often they are now and sometimes, especially on plastic shoes this can really cheapen the overall look of the shoe.
For me, the heel is very high, (about 5-6 inches) but I kind of convinced myself that the platform would make them feel more like a 4 inch heel which even I can handle....how wrong was I?
I wore them Saturday night with a pair of bootcut jeans and a tan leather jacket and I felt great and at first they didnt hurt but to be fair I only walked to get a drink or go to the toilet but after a few hours OMG! OW! OW! OW! and 3 days in...OW! OW! OW! I feel like binning them my feet hurt that much but they are so sexy I think I will save them for an outing where Im mostly sitting instead!
When me and my poor feet got in on Saturday night, I was surprised to find that I didnt have blisters on my heels but this is probably owing to the fact that my feet felt like they were sliding forward and that resulted in a big red rainbow arch across the front.
I'm not the best with heels anyway but I really struggled with these and so cant recommend them. They do look great but there must be so many similar, shorter, more comfy alternatives available so I can only spare a few stars Im afraid :(
Aww my trusty slippers. These were from Shoe Zone and were an absolute bargain at £5 I really like them and think that they look much more expensive that that and ended up buying 4 pair.
Me and my girly mates were going on an overnight trip and we had matching PJs but in different colours depending on our fav colours. Mine was purple, My best friend turquoise, the girl who had organised the do, pink and her sister, black. I decided that I was going to buy me and my bezzie a pair of these but thought It'd treat the other ladies too and they were all well chuffed. And the grey looked great with all our individual PJs. (accidently but luckily)
The outside of the slipper is a sequin laden zig-zag effect woolen grey pattern which reminds me of the beach after the tide has gone in. Also on the front is a cute grey bow which gives that added girly look to the slippers.
The inside of the slippers are a thick foam material covered in white faux fur, very comfy and cosy under foot.
The sole of the slipper is, as expected made of rubber and is thick enough to protect your feet and the slipper from spills within the house but I wouldnt recommend going to the bin in these as they are clearly just house slippers and whilst they look great, it is evident after a while that they are not the highest quality of shoe but saying that, I never buy slippers with the intention of keeping them for a long time so I was not disappointed when they started 'dipping' under my heel.
I have washed them a couple of times and they are fine but have lost some of their sparkle but the wooly top and the bow is still firmly in place and I still feel quite proud plodding round the house in these even in front of visitors.
I would definetly buy these again and would buy them as gifts at Christmas as I think they are super cute and as good as any other slippers I have had at this price.
Love Love Love these shoes and to this day am surprised that they are from Asda! I think they look much more high end and in real life are really well made and are simply stunning. I just love them.
If you want the truth, the main reason I bought these is I had just been to see P!NK in concert and was going through an all-things-pink stage and she wears a similar pair to these in her video ' you and your hand' so at £14, I was definetly having them.
I am a size 5 but sometimes find a need a size bigger but I opted for a 5 in these and they fit great. I really am not one for heels (I like them, they dont like me!) and even on a night out, I go for the flattest shoes I can possibly get away with but on the rare occasion that a heel shouts 'WEAR ME' then you have to listen so they came home with me and I have worn them on many a night out.
They look super duper sexy with jeans, looks dynesty-esque with black pants and would imagine that they would look fab with a skirt but you'll never catch me in a skirt so I can only hope that these are still in good nick when I have shed a few stone so I can put the skirt look to the test too. To be honest, Im sure these shoes will still be in tip top condition as I have had these over a year now and they still look new. I am quite heavy footed and after a few drinks will take off my shoes, drop them, fall over on them and have been known to lose a few heel which is why I'm reluctant to spend a lot on shoes but these havent scuffed, the base is still comfy (well as comfy as 3 inch heels can be) and the lace design is still all intact.
Cant rave about them enough. I wont pretend that they are comfy enough to wear all night but Im like that with any shoe but out of all my heels they are defo one of the comfiest and if I am going for a meal or somewhere I know I am guarenteed a seat then I woulnt hesitate in slipping my sexy shoes on ;)
Im currently in the process of clearing out my shoe cupboard and you would not believe the amount of shoes I have in a very similar style...the ballerina / dolly type shoe. My husband was right everytime I came home with a new pair of shoes....I have got a (well several) pairs exactly the same!!
This shoe is no execption, although at £6 then surely I am allowed a few similar pairs? and theyre black so they go with everything, right? Well, kind of. When I bought them I did think that they would go with everything and I do chuck them on at every opportunity but really they are not the most glamorous of shoes. I think they look ok with jeans, if you team it with a cute t-shirt for that girl-next-door look but other than that, my opinion is that they look 'little girly' Dont get me wrong I have tried my best to team them with other outfits but as they are so simple and with the rounded toe they just seem to look wrong. I cant really explain why, maybe its because Im fat, short and dumpy and need more of a heel or maybe Im just overthinking things but in my opinion they just need that extra bit of detail, maybe if the bow was a different colour or the heel was ever so slightly bigger ? But, for £6, does that bother you because that it what is important.
The shoes are plastic as expected and are completly black with a cute little bow on the top. I got a size 5 (my normal size and a size I have other George shoes in) but the sides are very tight and do take quite a bit of wearing in, i actually ended up putting wet newspaper in to try and expand the shape as I was going training and really wanted to wear these on the long train journey but it didnt work and my feet were very uncomfortable that day.
I cant say that Im disappointed I bought them as I have had my £6 worth out of them and much much more but they are far from my favourite shoes and with so many cheap shoes on the market I wont be recommending these.
I spotted this purse whilst in the queue waiting to pay at my local bank store and thought it was super cute. It was £15 which for the size, is quite expensive but for the brand was one of theri cheaper items and I thought it would be great to use over the christmas and new year period as a little purse in my clutch bag. Its quite small, (10cm x 8cm) so you can also chuck it in your coat pocket on a dash to the shops.
I bought the navy blue one but have since bought a bright pink one and a patent black one, and both were only £10 from Pauls Boutique online shop however these did not have the charms on.
The zip goes around 3/4 of the purse so your contents are very secure, and on the zip is the trademark charms. I personally take mine off as I am 31 now and the cherries, ice creams and pom poms dont really go with my image but nevertheless, they are a cute fun addition and are the main attraction to the brand for some people. This is what makes this brand so diversely attractive, I think that this purse minus the charms looks very smart with the nice leather and the gold plaque on the front and equally my sister who is 14 likes the purse also and may just be getting for in her stocking this Christmas!
Inside there is a sneaky hint of leopard print but mostly the inside is a snake skin design in the same colour as the purse so very subtle but very attractive too.
There is a space for your card but it is a very tight squeeze and I have lost a few false nails trying to pull the card from the slot so I wouldnt bother however you can still fit your card into the purse and then I use the slot for notes or train tickets (or even my front door yale key)
Despite the name, you cant fit alot of coins into the purse but its better than most and it hasnt ripped or torn under pressure yet and Im almost a year in so very impressed.
This is clearly a very difficult subject with many of us will have polar opposite views on.
Many of these youths have been dragged up in lives that me and you have only seen on TV. They are so entrenched in this way of life by the time they get to high school that stealing, fighting, drugs and alcohol are the norm and to act differently would be going against the grain and would be acting in a completely different way than those people who they know, love and trust. Where on earth are they meant to start? They act in an anti-social manner which results in local agencies attempting to intervene and trying to 'unravel' what the great mystery is but there is none, its simply years and years of mirrored behaviour and officials with a wagging finger and a sympathetic smile are not going to help! So, warnings are issued but of course the youth carries on and breaches bail, breaches behavioural contracts etc and so it gets to the stage where an ASBO is considered and then family support agencies try to intervene but guess what? Mum and Dad dont want to know so the child doesnt get the help he/she needs and goes on to commit worse crimes as they get older, meet other more entrenched criminals and it snowballs then they have kids and we start all over again.
So whats the solution? I dont know but I do know that we need to try to attempt to understand why and go as far back as we can, every case, every family, every child has to be looked at as an individual and a holistic approach must be taken to truely help. and it will take time, a lot of time but we have to keep going and keep going and keep chipping away and see it as a rollercoaster ride because they will dip at times and reoffend but we have to give them a chance as these kids are our future and we have to break this cycle. Government needs to recognise the exceollent work done by authorities, youth services and social care and invest in these great strategies at the earliest stage rather than waiting until a young person is in too deep. It can cost a quarter of a million to keep a young person in custody, surely this can be better invested elsewhere?
We quite recently had a brand new kitchen makeover with black glossy cupboards and shiny silver appliances. I wanted to go for that minimilistic look and didnt want things all over my worktops but a must for me was a coffee machine. I had hinted at wanted a caffetiere for years but as my hubby doenst drink hot drinks, he had no idea how different coffee can taste and my hints went unnoticed, or at least unanswered. I vowed when the kitchen was complete, I would treat myself to a coffee machine but not having much funds left I was looking for something around the £50 mark.
I think I paid £55 for this, including delivery which for such a reputable make I think is quite reasonable however you dont get many add-on features like you do with some other machines so you have to buy your own milk jug and templates (for hot choc sprinkles which for me is a must :) )
A bloke at work (a very well paid manager actually) had previously purchased this model - the Delonghi EC152 and as a coffee machine virgin, I have to admit that I trused his judgement and thought if its good enough for the boss man, then its good enough for me so I ordered online via google shopping to ensure I got the best deal around.
I was surprised at how small the machine is, I dont know what I was expecting but it isnt much taller than a normal kettle, however it still is very easy on the eye and certainly adds that modern look to my kitchen.
The majority of the machine is black plastic, probably owing to the reasonable cost but I am much happier with that anyway as we all know what a pain stainless steel can be to clean.
I felt like a fish out of water when I first attempted to use the machine but soon got the hang of it as the manual is pretty good. The top of the machine is removed to expose a tub that holds a max of 1 litre of water, you can either remove the tub or pour the water into the tub. Also stored in the top is your coffee holder, which you pop your ground coffee into.
Next step is to put the 'lever' into place. I can do this now with my eyes shut but have to admit at first found this very fiddly. You have to line the lever up just right and then twist it into place so it is set securely and tightly - This is where the coffee will drip through so it is important that it is in place correctly. When the water is ready you will get an OK sign illuminated so you know youve done it right and can do your milk...
The milk is frothed up by a little knob that you literally stick into your milk. You dont get a milk jug with the machine so I bought a separate one but usually just use the cup that you are going to drink your coffee from - This seems to work best for me, especially when you are only brewing for yourself. To control the level of froth, you simply adjust the level using the spinning knob on the top but I normally just set it between midway and full throttle and leave it there.
The steam is extremely hot and so you have to be very very careful when using, I will not allow my children to use the machine even though they are desperate to as the steam is just way too dangerous.
To clean, you simply wipe over using a damp cloth which is really easy to do, although the milk frothing part needs an extra bit of elbow grease to get clean.
You can also make delicious hot chocolate this way and you can buy these little templates to make shapes, smiley faces etc on the top of your frothy drink and we have also made our own templates using cardboard, kids absolutely love it.
I hate shaving, no matter what part of my body I shave, and whatever razors, and cream I use I always end up with rashes and spots and an embarressing itch to scratch.
Being the mard arse that I am I wouldnt even consider waxing - I have had my eye-brows waxed a couple of times and I honestly cried. Years and years ago, I tried a hair removal cream which Im sure was Veet but with its previous name (which escapes me) but I really didnt like it as the smell of amonia was overpowering and the cream was thick and burned my skin both as it was working and for days afterwards. So, when I spotted this, a spray on hair removal cream that is also available for those with sensitive skin, I was keen to give it a try.
I tend to get mine from Superdrug when they have it on sale and typically pay between £4 - £6 but it lasts for ages so I dont mind paying full price if its not on offer.
There is a vast range to choose from but I always use the sensitive one, which is a sky blue colour. I dont think I have particuarly sensitive skin but my previous attempts at hair removal have left me emotionally scarred and so I prefer to edge on the side of caution and go with the sensitive products.
To apply, you literally spray on to your body and wait 5-10 minutes before scaping it off with a handy little plastic tool that scrapes of the cream and your unwanted hair. I was really surprised at how easy it is to use and how good the results are too. It honestly works a treat.
==Any spots or rashes?==
Nope! It leaves your skin feeling soft, silky smooth and moisturised. You would expect the smell to be strong too wouldnt you but it honestly isnt. You do need to have a good wash afterwards to make sure that all the cream has been removed and I would definetely recommend a shower rather than a bath as if you have got clumps of cream left behind you dont want to bathe it in do you and added to that when your skin touches hot water it does tingle somewhat especially in those extra-sensitive areas!
How long it lasts is dependent on your hair colour and individual growth but I get away with a couple of weeks however I always have my legs covered up so I would imagine that I shave less than most ladies.
Overall, Its a must in my bathroom and I would never go back to shaving...or ever consider waxing.
Blimey, these have been going years havent they? If you are reading this review in an attempt to decide whether or not to buy some of these socks then all I can say is...' why on earth have you left it so long? Your poor feet!'
I was still living at home with my mum when I got my first pair of these, I dont remember if they were a gift or what age I was but I remember the bright pink socks so vividly. I remember that they were the first things I changed into when I got home from college and I used to sit on the sofa picking at the thick grips on the base of the sock.
Since then, I must have had over ten pairs of totes slipper socks and still wear them all the time. They are great and I wouldnt be without them. My favourite ones are a dark purple set closely followed by a lovely snowy grey pair. I wear these instead of slippers sometimes but also, in winter wear with slippers too, they are thin enough for you to do this but you really dont need to as they are very snuggly on their own. The grips are surprisingly strong and despite taking some hammering the grip remains strong for quite some time. I always get at least a year about mine and normally own really bin old pairs as I normally get a new pair for Christmas.
They wash really well and have their shape and colour, and not really bobbled much at all. You dont have to wash them each time you wear them (I hope, cos I dont!) I get a good few wears out of mine before I pop them in the wash.
What I would say though is I cant sleep in mine, my feet get far too hot and sweaty under these and a duvet but they are great for camping where its a little chillier.
They are one size fits all so they do have quite a bit of strecth in them I am a size 5 and mine fit perfectly.
They are available from lots of different stockists but look out for them on markets as you usually get them for a really good price.
Even though we are just entering Autumn, I dug this book out today to read with my 6 year old son as he really loves it.
The book is an ideal christmas present for either a girl or a boy but is especially magical to read on Christmas Eve, which is why I bought this book last year.
The book is a square-ish shape which has Father Christmas stood wwith his legs together looking like he is desparately trying to hold a wee in. The picture on the front has a typical winter christmassy look with the letters in shiny silver writing and a backdrop of snow falling.
The book also comes with a story CD which you can play through a DVD player or computer (or car) so its great to pop on for your child to fall asleep to or as background noise when you are doing something christmassy together like making cards or decorating the tree. If you do choose to listen to the CD you will hear the unmistakable voice of Bernard Cribbins who also reads childrens stories on TV and appeared in Fawlty Towers (Hotel Inspector...SPOONS!!!) He reads it so well with great comedic voices and added noise effects. we love listening to the CD and tend to have it on in the car alot.
Another great feature is the story is also told with a little sound effect indicating that its time to turn the page so little readers can try and read along.
*** Why does Santa need a wee? ***
Because he has drank far too much!!
At number 1, one hot choc..yum
At number 3, three cups of tea
At number 5, five pops with pies
A number 8, eight cool milk shakes
At number 9, nine lemon and limes.....
***So why doesnt Santa just have a wee? ***
Because he is too busy delivering presents of course...
At number 10 he left 10 pens
At number 8, 8 pairs of skates
At number 5, 5 toys to drive
At number 4, 4 beasts that roar
When he is finally done, his reindeers take him home but he has lost his key so a kind elf has to help him find his key so when he is finally in, he runs up the stairs for that well deserved wee.
==why I love this book=
Apart from the fabulously bright and great pictures, this book is a great way to encourage counting and offers loads of opportunities for you to talk with your child, for example we discuss who the gifts might be for (ie girl, boy etc and why)
This is a beautifully created special book that we all love and the CD is a great bonus.
This is available to buy online and at various book shops although I got mine at Red House and I think I paid around £5
Author- Nicholas Allan
A red fox book published by Random House Childrens Books (978 1 849 41049 6)
No - 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2
I bought this set as I was originally just looking for a gym bag for my then, 5 year old boy and spotted this on Amazon for just over £20, it was a bargain that I couldnt resist.
My son loves all things superhero and so i knew this would be a winner for him. When the set arrived, I was really impressed with the great quality of all 4 products. The set comprises of a roll-along suitcase, rucksack, swim bag and wallet. Each item features Spiderman within a black spider and has really strong bright vibrant colours of blue, red and black.
The suitcase has big chunky wheels on the bottom and a couple of plastic 'legs' at the front which enable the case to stand both when empty and full. Sometimes, cases like this can tip if they are not packed correctly but this has not let us down yet and also doubles as a little chair when waiting in long queues!!!
The case zips all the round around which is helpful at packing time, and it is surprisingly spacious. I have been known to squeeze a weeks worth of clothes, shoes and toys into this which I never would of expected when I first got it.
You can lift the case with the handle on the top or of course, pull the case along with the black plastic handle.
The rucksack is a great size and is really handy for sleepovers or day trips out and of course, ideal for use as a school bag and easy fits in a small lunch bag, drinks bottle and a couple of books.
The bag has the same Spiderman design as the suitcase and a zip that winds over the top of the bag, again giving enough lee-way to pack a few extras in.
There is also a handy hook noose on the top so that your chikd can peg his bag up safely.
===The pump bag / swimbag / gym bag===
This is the reason I bought the set. I was looking for a pump bag that my son could use for football, karate etc but also it would be ideal if it could be used for swimming so this is ideal and is waterproof so really is versatile.
The bag has a drawstring at the top so easy to open and close. The string is quite lengthy and so when worn on his bag, its a little too long so he has to wear it diagonal across his chest.
The wallet is great and my sons favourite part of the set as it makes him feel really grown up.
What we have found though is that there is hardly any space for coins which is what little boys and girls have most isnt it so its not really ideal but we still use it on holidays where my son is allowed a set amount each day to go to the shops or the arcades.
Overall, I am really impressed with this range and it has inspired me to buy a similar set for my older child and for me.
When we bought our son one of the small Acer notebooks for Christmas, we thought it would be wise to also get a case that would assist in him carrying it round and also offer some protection.
Currys had a large collection of cases but we really wanted one that would have an handle on so it could be easily transported but they only had them for standard size laptops so we purchased this, the Acer Notebook case and paid £15.
The case is really well made and the material is apparently Neoprene which is an elasticated material that is also waterproof which is a great advantage as it obviously protects the netbook from out horrid weather and accidental spillages. The case also has a bit of stretch to it, so my son also tends to chuck a little book, pens etc in it. There is a inner secret pocket for your memory stick which is great as this is what my son does and stores his homework on as he has no space hardly left on his laptop after downloading 'big' games.
The case is padded but not enough to offer complete confidence and I'd say that the case serves better as a protector than a safety net if dropped.
Another negative is the fact that it doesnt have a handle so you have to carry it round in your arms.
I have washed the case twice now and it still looks brand new. I just put in the wash as part of a normal load and washed at 40 degrees and then pegged it on the line and it kept its shape and colour really well.