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    • myfitnesspal.com / Internet Site / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      07.10.2014 20:21
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      • "Accountability for your calories"
      • "Lose weight for free"


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      • "Can initially be a challenge to log everything"

      MFP - A fantastic free website that I want to shout about.

      Several years ago, I lost 3 1/2 stones using Slimming world, but over time it crept back on and more. For most dieters, the frustrating thing is we know what we do wrong, but struggle to stay on track. At last years Christmas works party, I felt fat and unhappy with my weight. This would reinforced when I saw photos on facebook.

      So New years day my resolution was to melt the fat. Using MFP I was able to count my calories and log my exercise. Previously I had thought that logging everything would control my life, however it gave me more freedom to choose where I spent my calorific allowance each day. For example, I like a glass of wine (or 2) so if I want a drink, I work my food in around it.
      I decided what deficit to work at, based on the data that 3,500 calories deficit equates to 1lb loss, therefore by having a 500 calorie deficit a day I will lose 1lb a week. Since New years day, I have lost 64lbs and have reached my target and now have a healthy BMI (was in the obese range). I feel fantastic and it felt quite straight forward and easy. Logging creates the accountability and the ability to completely control the deficit. I eat whatever I want, just not the portion size or frequency I did before.

      When starting you put in your data, how much you want to lose, setting a "ticker" of your progress. Similar to facebook, you can have friends and they can see your progress and your diary if your happy to share.

      Another bonus of MFP is the community spirit and forums. Seeing posts of successful dieters or finding answers to questions that I have. I can either search for it or post anew topic.

      There is a lot of advertisements on the site, which is a downside but I do hold my succesful weight loss to this wonderful and free site.


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        08.03.2014 22:05
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        Long lasting protection in an aerosol

        I am a "Buzz agent" and occasionally get freebies through the post. Last week I got a range of Women Sure long lasting protection Compressed aerosol deodorant's. Now I'm the first to admit I love receiving freebies, even more so "new" products but personally prefer roll on deodorant but always open so happy to give them a go.

        I suppose the most key issue with this product is that the aerosol is compressed and it states "lasts as long with less packaging" so better for the environment and takes less space. This 125ml can is the equivalent to 250ml.

        My product is in a white aerosol can, with a blue swirly strip down the side and a big blue tick which is recognisably the Sure logo. The top is clear white plastic. Around the top of the can is a green section, stating that its "compressed". The can also states 48 hour motion sense system and that its anti-perspirant 0% alcohol.

        On the rear of the can, the Ingredients are stated as
        Butane, Isobutane, Propane, Aluminum Chlorohydrate, Cyclopentasiloxane, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Parfum, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Gelatin Crosspolymer, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Aqua, Hydrated Silica, Sodium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Maltodextrin, Hydrolysed Corn Starch, Silica, BHT, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citral, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool

        Sure is manufactured by
        Unilever UK
        Unilever House
        KT22 7GR.

        This deodorant is currently £2 for 1 or 3 for £5 in Asda.

        So what do I think;
        My first application I managed to get a full arm pit of white dust, which I rubbed off with my hand. A little later, I accidentally tasted it and it very much reminded me of the acrid taste of products to stop you biting your nails. Clearly this product is not for tasting...... So next day, read the back of the can and realise supposed to shake well and then spray 15cm away, which as I was dressed all ready was a challenge. Anyway spray now on and no snow fall arm pit. The aroma is very much like newly laundered sheets, almost linen like, which is nice and fresh. Later whilst at work (whilst interviewing) I notice I have a white circle on the front of my uniform, when using the wet finger and rub technique, I realise that this is definitely deodorant as it tastes foul. I'll be honest, I am already fed up, I had snow and now I have a white stain. The freshness lasted the shift but the smell definitely disappeared early on. I tried several more times on different days, spraying before dressing but had similar issues, so confess to having returned to my roll on's.

        Sorry, appreciate eco friendly and small, but getting 2 stars from me but could be user error.....


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      • We Bought a Zoo (DVD) / DVD / 34 Readings / 33 Ratings
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        04.03.2014 22:51
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        Easy to watch family movie

        I bought this DVD for my daughter for Christmas and although she watched it not long after, I hadn't watched it till last weekend on our family movie night.

        What attracted me to this movie was that it is actually based on a true story, written by Benjamin Mee. Also that Matt Damon plays him... The film is set in America but the "real" story is Dartmoor Zoological Park in Devon, England.

        The film was released in 2011, directed by Cameron Crowe and lasts 124 minutes.

        The DVD was bought for £5 but is currently on Amazon for £3 with free delivery.

        This film has some excellent acting, not surprising when you look at the key cast member. Matt Damon is Benjamin Mee and Scarlett Johansson is Kelly Foster. Mees children are played by Colin Ford and Maggie Elizabeth Jones.

        The story sees Mee coping with his son and daughter following the death of his beloved wife. He is clearly the object of the school mums affections and things are not going well with trying to balance is life as a journalist and the needs of clearly upset children. In the search for a new home, he comes across a lovely house, only to find it is part of a zoo package. This film is all about overcoming adversity and is quite emotional / heart warming at times. The life on the animals giving insight into how the humans are feeling.

        I enjoyed this film, it felt honest and it was easy to warm to the characters within it. It kept all our attention throughout (I have children 11, 13, 15). Slightly predictable but not annoyingly so.

        I am going to give this film a 4 star rating as it feels worth a watch.


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      • Huawei Ascend Y300 / Smartphone / 32 Readings / 32 Ratings
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        20.02.2014 22:41
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        Its "Way" cheaper than an Iphone

        I have a shiny blackberry that I use for work, with all its functionality however my own mobile, I have quite literally had years. An old PAYG phone which did exactly what I wanted it to do, I made calls and I texted. I decided to look into getting a phone on contract when I was topping up between £5-£10 a month for what felt like very little useage and I suspected I would be better off with a contract.
        So why did I choose the Huawei (pronounced Way Way)? To be honest I wasn't that bothered what I had (I am of a certain age...) but am used to using a smart phone and whilst researching a phone for my middle daughter, who desperately wanted an iphone, the salesman suggested this, stating it was like an iphone but cheaper. Anyone with teenagers will instantly realise that if I turned up with this instead of an Iphone, there would be one unhappy daughter and the level of unhappiness would be at catastrophic levels. However for me, yeah why not.

        So research continued, the best deal I found (just before christmas) was with Car Phone Warehouse, I did it online via TCB and got an extra £36 back. It was £7.50 a month on a 2 year deal with a free "experience" voucher included. I am sure similar deals with varying minutes / texts / internet are around.

        So my shiny new phone arrived, I quite like the look of it, not dissimilar to an iphone (my daughters would disagree). It was quite easy to pick up cheap covers to fit at the usual sites (amazon / ebay). It came with everything you have now come to expect (ear phones, charger...)

        I must immediately apologise as I am not technologically minded, but argos states

        4 inch screen.
        800 x 480 pixels.
        TFT LCD display.
        5 megapixel camera .
        Video capture and playback.
        Network and connectivity:

        3G network capability.
        Standard SIM card.
        Wi-Fi connectivity.
        Memory information:

        4096MB/4GB of internal memory.
        Type of memory card required: microSD.
        General information:

        Up to 320 hours standby time.
        Up to 300 mins talk time.
        Size H124, W63.8, D11.2mm.
        Weight 130g.
        Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.
        EAN: 6920702767459.

        What do I think.
        The phone is touch screen, which has been very challenging as I appear to have frustratingly fat fingers, causing difficulty when texting. I had a little widget on my old phone but this one hasn't got one so I may need to invest.

        It took me at least a month to work out exactly how to answer the phone. I expect this says more about me than the phone, although my friends mum has said the same.

        The other biggest downfall is the sound. Excuse me if I am clearly thick, but it appears the only way to adjust the volume is to go into settings. You are then very limited as games / music are together, as is ringtone and notifications. This means that I can turn the sound off and not hear it ring or hear its perpetual pinging all night as emails etc come in. In the gym, I can put the sound on, but to turn it up or down is a complete faff. The sound quality is good / above my expectations.

        The camera appears to be of a good quality.

        The variety of apps available very varied, with lots of free ones.

        Overall I am pleased with the price and the quality of my phone. Although the sound issue is a pain. So I'm scoring a 3 star based on that.


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      • This Means War (DVD) / DVD / 43 Readings / 43 Ratings
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        15.02.2014 23:31
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        A Rom Com with some high energy scenes but a predicable plot.

        Was quite desperate for something to watch Friday night, having watched everything we own on numerous occasions and unable to find anything that sparked our interest on the telly. So we decided to raid our oldest daughters supply of DVD's, most were definitely not something my husband would want to watch but she advised that we'd like "This means war".

        So stored in a red case, a picture of the main characters on the front, so the stars Reese Witherspoon (Lauren), Chris Pine (FDR) and Tom Hardy (Tuck) walking towards us. The film is rated as a 12 as "contains moderate violence and sex references and one use of strong language". The film lasts 93 mins.
        The film is directed by McG, and produced by Simon Kinberg, James Lassiter, Robert Simonds and Will Smith. The tag line is "2 Spies, 1 girl, no rules".

        The plot
        Pine and Hardy play CIA agents who are also best friends, we see them in action in the first scene as they work together, in a very Americanised high energy fighting scene, the graphics and stunts are overall very good and dramatic. We then see the lighter side of Tuck, as a father and clearly missing the relationship he had with his now ex wife. FDR is the complete opposite, wanting only casual relationships.
        Enter Lauren, a business women, trying desperately to avoid her ex and new love, with her best friend setting her up with an online dating site. She has a date with Tuck, which goes well but then after bumps into FDR. He doesn't realise that its Tucks date and sets out to woo her. The story unfolds from here, in a predictable way.

        What Did I think
        I thought the acting was of a good standard, the graphics and stunts good. The plot predictable in the Rom Com way and was an easy watch that did keep me watching but was fairly average. Not something that would win an award or be worth watching again but enjoyable for what it was, so to reflect this its getting 3 stars.

        I think it was purchased second hand on ebay but for £3 you can have new and delivered via Amazon.


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      • Taken 2 (DVD) / DVD / 62 Readings / 60 Ratings
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        31.12.2013 22:46
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        Dont be MisTaken and buy this one 2

        Having watched Taken earlier in the year, I decided to buy this DVD fr my husband for Christmas. Currently selling for £5 on Amazon with free delivery, I thought it was a reasonable price for a film that was released in September 2012. It was directed by Olivier Megaton and produced by Luc Besson. The film lasts 91 minutes.

        The cast is very much as was in Taken, starring;
        Liam Neeson - Bryan Mills
        Maggie Grace - Kim Mills
        Famke Janssen - Lenore "Lenny" Mills
        Rade Serbedzija - Murad
        Leland Orser - Sam
        Jon Gries- Casey
        D.B. Sweeney - Bernie
        Luke Grimes - Jamie
        Olivier Rabourdin - Jean-Claude Pitrel
        Kevork Malikyan - Inspector Durmaz

        The Plot
        Again not dissimilar to Taken but with a slight twist. The father of one of Kim or "Kimmy"s kidnappers who was killed in the previous film, sets out to revenge his sons death by capturing Bryan, his wife "Lenny" and daughter. Circumstances lead them to be in Istanbul and in a reverse turn of fortune finds Bryan in a very different position.

        Now I enjoyed Taken, but the acting in this was poor. Lenny, who in real life is Famke Janssen, whose acting many will remember from being a russian Bond villain (Xenia Onatopp, Golden Eye) among many other parts, is quite frankly surprising stilted. Kimmy, whose goes from mature young adult to silly girl, again was below expectations. And Liam.. In Taken, he was the concerned, focused father hero but in this, it came across that he had no personality at all. The previous devoted husband of Kimmy deserting her and the swift turn of relationship between Bryan and Lenny was too predictable and poorly done.

        Superb location but lacked the believe-ability.

        Taken 2 got a Rotten apple score of 21% and I'm afraid its getting a 2 star from me, I would give it more but I was disappointed in this film and wouldn't recommend.


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      • The Bourne Legacy (DVD) / DVD / 30 Readings / 30 Ratings
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        30.12.2013 21:54
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        Bourne Again - Legacy

        Another DVD in husbands stocking with the Bourne Legacy in the Bourne series. First we had Bourne Identity, then Bourne Supremacy and then Bourne Ultimatum, all staring Matt Damon as Jason Bourne. This fourth instalment was Legacy, starring Jeremy Renner as our hero. All the stories are based on Robert Ludlums books. I bought my copy from Amazon several weeks ago and its still the same £5 price with free delivery.

        There was some familiar faces in this movie, the cast members included;

        Jeremy Renner - Kenneth James Kitsom/Aaron Cross
        Rachel Weisz - Dr. Marta Shearing
        Edward Norton - Eric Byer
        Stacy Keach - Mark Turso
        Dennis Boutsikaris - Terrence Ward
        Oscar Isaac - Outcome 3
        Joan Allen - Pamela Landy
        Albert Finney as Dr. Albert Hirsch
        David Strathairn - Noah Vosen
        Scott Glenn - Ezra Kramer
        Donna Murphy - Dita

        Released in August 2012, this film was Directed by Tony Gilroy and produced by Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, Jeffrey M. Weiner and Ben Smith. It lasts 135 minutes. Its rated as 12 as contains moderate violence.

        The plot;
        We first find Kitson floating in water, he then dives to retrieve an object in the water and when he returns to the surface, he is in the freezing mountains on some kind of mission, travelling through dangerous terrain until he reaches a mountain shack. The story flicks between what we have already seen and know about Treadstone and what is happening to Kitson and its quickly apparent how Kitson fits into the story.

        The story is high energy, exciting, had the feeling of the previous Bourne movies which was surprising, as it could so easily have disappointed. It also truly fit in with the series, which again I think was a true accomplishment. The "bourne" music / theme again heightened the build up / energy of the film as well as tying nicely into the previous films.
        Renner and Weisz are clearly at the top of the game, their characters believable. There was a few times that I thought, surely if they are that good at "hiding" they would have done ... but it didn't detract from my viewing.

        I notice that Amazon reviews give this film a four star rating, which I will match. Its well worth buying if you liked the previous films or thriller / action movies.

        There is rumour of another Bourne movie, again starring Renner and I will definitely purchase if and when released.


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        • Contraband (DVD) / DVD / 25 Readings / 24 Ratings
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          30.12.2013 17:45
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          Was worth smuggling into my husbands santa sack

          Having bought my husband several DVD's for Christmas I thought I would start reviewing the ones we have watched. I have been keeping a pile on my Amazon Wishlist and buying them as they get cheaper. I seem to think I paid £3 for this one, a while ago but its currently retailing at £5.93 and delivered free on Amazon currently.

          My husband prefers gritty thriller type movies and as Mark Wahlberg has been in several films he enjoyed, such as Planet of the apes, Italian job, Shooter, Departed, Date night, although we did start to watch Max Payne on terrestrial telly recently and quickly gave up. So when I saw this movie "contraband" I thought it was worth a watch, being described as a "fast-paced thriller about a man trying to stay out of a world he worked so hard to leave behind and the family he'll do anything to protect".

          The film lasts 110 minutes, was released in January 2012 and then out on DVD in April 2012. It was Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Baltasar Kormákur, Stephen Levinson And Mark Wahlberg

          The cast list includes;
          Mark Wahlberg as Chris Farraday
          Kate Beckinsale as Kate Farraday
          Ben Foster as Sebastian Abney
          Caleb Landry Jones as Andy
          Giovanni Ribisi as Tim Briggs
          Lukas Haas as Danny Raymer
          J. K. Simmons as Captain Redmond Camp
          Diego Luna as Gonzalo
          Robert Wahlberg as John Bryce
          Jaqueline Fleming as Jeanie Goldare
          William Lucking as Bud Farraday
          David O'Hara as Jim Church
          Kirk Bovill as Crewman
          Viktor Hernandez as Edwin

          The plot:
          The film is set in New Orleans, where Farraday is now very happily married with 2 children, having turned his back on a previous life of crime, working in his security business. In the opening scenes, we see his brother in law nearly caught for smuggling drugs but saving himself by throwing his package into the sea. Thus putting himself at the mercy of his drug lord boss. We see Farraday struggling to help his brother in law, and with the help of his best friend, Sebastian, choosing to do that "last job" and sets off for Panama.

          My opinion
          There is a mixed bag of reviews online, with a rotten tomato score of 51%. It has a 4 star rating on Amazon.
          Whilst a fairly predictable, done before, storyline, there were a few interesting twists that keep it interesting and an enjoyable watch.
          The quality of the cast, the scenery and the plot provides a good entertaining film which is well worth a watch and so with this in mind I am rating it as a 4 star film. However I personally would wait for it to drop to £3 again before purchasing.


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            22.12.2013 22:19
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            Festive Christmas Crooner

            As I'm sure your all aware, its that magical time of year, and on the way to panto yesterday with my family, I dragged my Christmas CD's out to get us all into that festive mood. My favourite and first in the car CD player was Canadian singer Michael Bublé. As a crooner, his voice makes me anything but frosty. His aptly named CD "Christmas" was released on October 2011. This Christmas CD rose to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart, and also won a Juno Award for Album of the Year. I got 2 copies of this that year, so I take it, the hint was well and truly taken, as well as another one of his CD's.

            The CD lasts just over 50 minutes and contains this medley of Christmas Classics;

            "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas"
            "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
            "Jingle Bells" (featuring The Puppini Sisters)
            "White Christmas" (with Shania Twain)
            "All I Want for Christmas Is You"
            "Holly Jolly Christmas"
            "Santa Baby"
            "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
            "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
            "Silent Night"
            "Blue Christmas"
            "Cold December Night"
            "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
            "Ave Maria"

            This album can be purchased on Amazon for £3.49 as an MP3 download or for £7.99 as an Audio CD. Alternatively try dropping lots of hints..

            Last year I popped this CD into the player just as we sat to unwrap presents. The first sound we heard was a gentle noise of santas "bells", I so wished I could have captured the next moment as the pictures on my 2 youngest children was absolutely priceless. For a split second they both clearly thought it was Santa, despite the middle one adamantly deciding she no longer believed. Absolute classic.

            My personal favourite, is "Santa baby" as his Bing Crosby / Frank Sinatra croon is at its best (IMO). How could it not get 5 Stars?


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            • Bingo / Discussion / 40 Readings / 38 Ratings
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              17.12.2013 23:46
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              You can't mecca me go there again...

              I haven't played bingo in years, probably last time was as a child in a working men's club we used to go to. Anyway we struggled to think of something different to do for our managers lunch out and decided to do this. One of our colleagues recommended it and as willing to give it ago, so off we went to Mecca bingo...

              We all had to "join" which involved basic ID information, and we got given a pink mecca bingo card, plus a little pack, including some free coupons.

              Our colleague arranged a party pack, which was £5 each for a Christmas meal and a glass of champagne. The meal was a fairly average but ok Christmas deal, copious Brussels, carrots, turkey, stuffing ball, pig in blanket and roast potatoes with gravy. With my free "champagne" to celebrate but I also bought a large coke which was about £1.50. Puddings were available but very limited in choice, all costing around £2.50, I had a doughnut cheesecake with raspberry coulee which again, although wasn't awesome, it was nice.

              I am really glad our colleague knew what we needed to do as it was quite confusing. She recommended doing the bingo on the mini computers, which self marked on the numbers, which at first thought was very strange as why bother going if its going to do self, but was surprising how quickly the numbers were shouted, although I was disappointed as it was just the numbers, no "TWO FAT LADIES", "TWO LITTLE DUCKS... quack quack" or "LEGS ELEVEN.. whit woooo" although I did improvise.
              We were advised to have 6 game cards costing £6.50. We had 3 30 minutes sessions with gaps for this. You could do additional games for extra £1-1.50. The screen was a little difficult to navigate initially but I'm sure most people would be ok but we were challenged which caused much hilarity.

              In my pack I got a free £5 for the slot machines, which I cashed in and did leave £4 richer. It also provided a stake on the computer slots which I again won bits of cash but struggled with how to collect and ended up spending accidentally.

              It was a day time venture but the place was only very partially occupied. We took our own atmosphere but I'm not sure how much fun it would be in a smaller group.

              To be honest, its definitely not for me, I don't like the thought of "wasting" money and it felt (despite the bright pink) quite a depressing place. I "enjoyed" the trip but that was more to do with the company rather than the activity. I will not be returning.

              Sorry Mecca, you get a 1 star from me.

              The website (also has a postcode search to find your nearest venue)


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              14.12.2013 21:51
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              Mens Gift ideas 2013

              Quite a few Christmas gifts reviews on DY at the moment and as I've found them so useful, thought I would do one too. I have 3 daughters so my main focus is girlie however I do buy for my husband, dad, FIL and brother. These are my main idea groups from past and present Christmases.

              I have bought a whole range of mugs from Snapfish with photos of the girls on, with "to daddy" and "to daddar".
              I have also bought canvases with a mosaic of favourite photos on (from Ebay - you send your digital photos and they send you what it will look like for approval first).
              Digital and photo keyrings and digital photo frames were also bought as dad and daddar presents.
              I have also bought wallets with personal inscriptions.
              Fridge magnets with the childrens photos were also a winner.

              DIY Gifts
              My poor husband does enjoy DIY but he has had rather a lot of gadgets over the years (we've been together 22 years). I have bought;
              Loft Ladder
              Step Ladder
              Angle grinder
              Black and decker tool bench
              Emergency lighting
              Blow torch
              Leaf blower
              Hedge clippers
              Spade / Fork / Rake
              Plastic mini greenhouse
              Hand garden tools
              Hose Pipe
              Pressure Washer
              This year he has a big outside clock for his shed, some solar fairy lights and a wind chime also a sack trolley.

              My dad loves golf and bowling, therefore every imaginable gadget...
              My husband likes our family bike rides, so he's had bike tops and rain coat, bike repair kits, cycle pump,

              DVD's / CD's
              As I review on DY, I read the DVD's with a mind to shove in my wish list for the males in the family as the year goes on, and as they reach that magical price I purchase (with my AGC obviously).

              This year I have bought my brother a slow cooker and a slow cooker recipe book, as his cooker is broke. This list when buying for husband includes alarm clocks, radios/cd, TV for "his lounge", mini hi/fi, lap top etc

              Breed of his own, his motto is if he can't eat it or drink it, he doesn't want it. So this has led to many bottles of whiskey, various jam sets, cheese boards, posh biscuits, chocs, etc. Saying that my husband does like vodka, so a nice bottle is already wrapped and my dad has a gift set of bottled ales.

              This year my dad and my husband have (amongst other bits) digital luggage scales, Have also bought in the past - weather forecaster type devices, computer gadgets and "boy" gadgets. Despite FIL's criteria I did buy him a heat pad (electric) about 10 years ago and although he never commented on it in the interim, it broke this year and within a week they'd bought a new one as it was so good for his back pain.

              The whole range, from the staple pants, socks and handkerchiefs, to dressing gowns, jumpers, T shirts, Pyjamas. Added in slippers and wellies. Added in the "jewellery" aspect, so watches, chains, etc.

              jigsaw puzzles, wii, wii games, ipod,

              I do find that I tend to have an "idea" and everyone gets one. 2011 was mugs, 2012 was photo canvases and this year slightly randomly, every has luggage scales. So heres a snap shot of my boy buys. I do buy and write ideas down all year long and hate "wasting" money so suspect my presents have generally a more practical use-me type genre.
              I'm scoring my list 4, although looking at my DIY list, perhaps it should be a 1!


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              • Old El Paso Flour Tortillas / Snacks / 44 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                14.12.2013 11:29
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                Flour tortillas - a versatile snack

                On my weekly shopping trip, I now frequently buy tortillas. I am finding them quite versatile, as a saturday afternoon tea, which we frequently do as a "help yourself" type affair. With bowls of spicy chicken, mince meat etc, and then big bowls of lettuce, cucumber, peppers, onions, tomatoes, grated carrot, raw white cabbage. Even more frequently the children create different school lunches, which saves worrying about is their enough bread defrosted as they come in a heat sealed package.

                Many nice recipes can be found on the El Paso website

                These Old El Pas Soft Flour Tortillas come in packs of 8 and are currently selling in Asda for £1.38. They come in a distinctive yellow packet, with red wording. A picture of the flour tortillas on the front. If you turn it over, you can see your tortillas through the transparent wrapper.

                Ingredients include Wheat Flour, Water, Stabiliser (Glycerol), Vegetable Oil, Raising Agents (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate), Emulsifier (Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Dextrose, Salt, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)]
                These Tortillas are suitable for Vegetarians.

                El Paso recommend storing in a cool, dry place. Once opened, close pack, refrigerate and consume within 3 days, I find that if the wrapper is left open (by the children) the tortillas go very hard overnight. I personally have never frozen but they are suitable for home freezing. The packaging recommends that you freeze immediately and use within 3 months. Ensuring that they are fully defrosted before use.

                Nutritional Values for these 28g tortilla are
                Energy 366 kJ / 87 kcal Protein 2.3 g
                Carbohydrate 14.6 g of which sugars 0.6 g
                Fat 2.0 g of which saturates 0.8 g
                Fibre 0.6 g Sodium 0.15 g Salt Equivalent 0.4 g

                The tortillas are distributed by: General Mills UK
                P.O. Box 363
                UB8 1YT.

                So what do I think, I personally can't tell much difference between this brand and others of a similar price in terms of taste and to be honest, although these are regularly chosen, I tend to pick up whats the cheapest on that visit. They make a nice and easy quick meal, eaten or cold depending on what intend to eat with them. They taste fresh but definitely would ensure if not using all 8 that you seal the packet as definitely not as nice when been open overnight. I'm scoring a 4,


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                  03.12.2013 21:58
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                  Cheap and cheerful yorkshire puds

                  Its no news to those who know me, that I truly can not cook. More to the point I don't like cooking, so any trick that I can find to assist my kitchen skills are grasped eagerly. Added to that my frugal ways, these ready baked Yorkshire Puddings are right up my street.

                  These Smart Price Bargain Range Yorkshire puddings are sold in packs of 12 for 49p. Asda's own brand sell for £1.50 for 24, whereas 12 Aunt Bessies also sell for £1.50.

                  They come in the traditional Smart Price white with green writing packaging, as recognised by all Asda customers. Its a heat sealed plastic wrapper that is not reseal able once opened. My Packaging advises that they contain no artificial colours, flavours or hydrogenated fat. That they are suitable for vegetarians.
                  Ingredients are stated as Wheat Flour, Water, Pasteurised Egg White, Rapeseed Oil, Pasteurised Egg, Skimmed Milk Powder, Salt.

                  The Cooking Guidelines recommend that these are not microwaveable and are best cooked from frozen.
                  The oven should be pre heated, although I personally only really have these with a roast dinner, so mines usually been on anyway. The puddings placed onto a baking tray on the top shelf until crisp. 200°C / 400°F / Fan 180°C / Gas 6, this takes about 3-4 minutes.

                  This is found in the frozen aisle and therefore once defrosted, should not be refrozen. There is a clear best before date on the packaging.

                  My Yorkshire Pud has the following values;
                  Energy 193kJ 46kcal
                  Protein 1.4g
                  Carbohydrate 6.6g of which sugars 0.7g
                  Fat 1.4g of which saturates 0.1g
                  Fibre 0.6g Sodium Trace equivalent as salt 0.1g

                  As this is an Asda product, it can be bought instore or online at www.asda.co.uk.
                  To contact Asda direct you can use this address;
                  Asda Stores Limited
                  LS11 5AD.

                  So what do I think; I think compared to Aunt Bessies, these do lack the quality however they are still a nice Yorkshire pudding, and any loss of flavour is lost in the rest of the Sunday dinner. The do look nice, and once cooked do look like I have made them myself with the right colour and not anaemic like some products appear when are prebaked. I have done them for my parents and in-laws and have had no negative feedback which is high praise indeed... I think they need slightly longer than 4 minutes as once I had some where the bases where not as hot as should have been so I had to put them back in the oven.

                  I'm awarding 4 stars, as Aunt Bessies are nicer but they are also considerably cheaper.


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                  • Walkers Crisps / Other Food / 58 Readings / 55 Ratings
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                    23.11.2013 21:55
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                    A quality crisp

                    I do like a bag of crisps at the weekend with a glass of wine, but usually Walkers are more expensive than Smart Price so imagine my delight when in Asda this week I spotted a variety bag of 20 x 25g packets for £3, the flavours included are Salt & Vinegar (using british vinegar), cheese & onion (cheddar from Somerset), ready salted (salt from Cheshire), Worchester sauce and prawn cocktail (tomatoes from the Vale of Evesham). More exciting was the offer of 2 packs for £5, that 40 bags for £5!

                    The bag is typically and distinctively walkers, red with the walkers label and across the centre the packs included clearly shown in their respectively colours. So Salt & Vinegar (green), cheese & onion (blue), ready salted (red), Worchester sauce (purple) and prawn cocktail (Pink).

                    Other flavours available are Roast Chicken (Orange) Pickled Onion (Lime Green) Smoky Bacon (Dark Red)
                    Tomato Ketchup (Dark Brown & Dark Green) Cheddar Cheese & Bacon (Dark Yellow) Sour Cream & Chive (Cream). In the past they have been Baked Bean (Orange) Baked Ham & Mustard (Orange) Barbecue (Black)
                    BBQ Rib (Black)Beef & Onion (Brown) Cheese (Yellow) Cheese & Branston Pickle (Dark Green) Cheese & Chive (Green & Yellow) Chicken Tikka (Brown) Ham & Mustard (Dark Pink) Jamaican Jerky Chicken (Light Green) Lamb Curry (Dark Yellow) Lamb & Mint Sauce (Dark Green) Marmite (Yellow/Black) Ploughmans (Light and Dark Green)Roast Gammon (Pink and Black) Roast Turkey & Stuffing (Dull Green & Snowflakes)Roast Turkey with Paxo Sage & Onion Stuffing (Dark Purple) Christmas edition
                    Sausage & Heinz Tomato Ketchup (White) Spicy Chilli (Dark Purple) Spicy Mango Chutney (Yellow) Spring Onion (Light Green) Steak & Onion (Brown) Toasted Cheese (Yellow) Pizza (green) Vanilla essence (beige)
                    Other Flavours include the 2010 FIFA World Cup range, American Cheeseburger, Argentinean Flame Grilled Steak, Australian BBQ Kangaroo, Brazilian Salsa, Dutch Edam Cheese, English Roast Beef & Yorkshire Pudding,
                    French Garlic Baguette, German Bratwurst Sausage, Irish Stew, Italian Spaghetti Bolognese, Japanese Teriyaki Chicken, Scottish Haggis, South African Sweet Chutney, Spanish Chicken Paella, Welsh Rarebit

                    Walkers states that this product is made from 100% great British potatoes. Cooked with sunseed oil, which are naturally lower in saturates.
                    Contains Barley, Gluten, Wheat, Milk.
                    The packaging advises that they are made in a factory that also handles: milk, wheat, gluten, barley, soya, celery, mustard.
                    Free From MSG (Glutamate) Artificial Colours and Preservatives. They are Suitable for Vegetarians.

                    The Manufacturer is Walkers Snack Foods Ltd, and they can be contacted via facebook.com/walkers or
                    via this address;
                    PO Box 23
                    LE4 8ZU

                    So what do I think, well they aren't in the same ball park as my cheapo Smart price. The crisps are a good size, taste crunchy and bursting with their respective flavours. The crunch just smacks of quality and due to the foil packet, I have never had a soggy crisp. The variety is great for families, as there is always different preferences.

                    These two crisps were crossing a road, a car stopped and said would you like a lift, the crisps said no thanks were walkers.

                    A score of 5 from me.


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                    • More +
                      19.11.2013 22:48
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                      Multiple Meringues

                      Currently price at £1 for 20 mini meringue shells, these Asda treats meet my budget requirements. They frequently retail at £1.18 and its very similar sister is Asda Meringue nests which are £1.18 but again frequently drop down to £1, which is when I stock up.

                      The box shown is purple but this product is currently in a similar box in a pinky red colour. They come in the box, in a plastic tray with a cellophane wrapper in order to keep fresh.

                      My box states that these meringues contain no artificial colours or flavours. They are suitable for vegetarians.

                      Ingredients are Sugar and Pasteurised Egg White.

                      The Nutritional Values for each shell is
                      Energy 63kJ 15kcal Protein 0.2g
                      Carbohydrate 3.5g of which sugars 3.5g
                      Fat Trace Fibre Trace Sodium Trace equivalent as salt Trace

                      These meringues are manufactured by
                      Asda Stores Limited
                      LS11 5AD.
                      Their website is asda.co.uk

                      So what do I think;
                      These meringues provide a real sugar hit for relatively few calories, so when trying to control calorific intake, its a nice treat. On slimming world they do a meringue using low cal sugar which would be much better however my cooking skills are very inadequate and therefore I really like these. If you want to jazz up, a bit of fruit, a blob of ice cream and a few crumpled up shells I think make a really nice desert. My husband doesn't like these as much as the nests, I would agree that the nests have a chewy element which these shells don't have and are quite dry. They do however melt in the mouth and I really like.

                      I'm awarding a sugary 4 stars, as I agree with my husband and do slightly prefer the nests, but are overall a nice cheap product.

                      What's white and fluffy and beats its chest?
                      A meringue-utan!


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