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I have got lots of books all stored in my cupboard. Every now and again I feel like reading a book and grab the first one that I come to. I can not say where I got this book from but I am asuming that this was bought for me at some time.
This story is about murder, love and life. This is normally not my cup of tea I am a lover or romance and fairytails but I couldn't put this down when I started reading in total it took me 3 days to finish reading it.
The storyline to this is very good because you have a secret that is not reveiled to way into the story so that part keeps you gripped although I did work out half way through the book what would happen but not sure who was involved.
There were a lot of twists to the story and things that you wouldn't have expected. The charactors were very good and they all had their own story to tell. The major twist and secret is brilliantly thought of yet quite desterbing. Each character has been well thought out by the author and the author makes you feel sorry for them and feel intouch with their feelings but also you get the burning anger that they feel and at one point when I first started reading it made me feel physically sick and I had to put the book down for half an hour to let the feeling pass. I have never read a book that could get me feeling so many different feelings and so many powerful ones.
About 5 pages into the story I didn't think I would be able to continue reading but if I didn't I think I would have had nightmares until I did finish it.
I liked the ending but was slightly predictable but it is something that the reader would want to happen. As the events unfold the story gets more and more interesting and you have to keep reading with secret hope.
I wouldn't advise that anyone reads this book if they have a sensitive stomach and I wouldn't advise that abused individuals should read this due to explicit content that may hurt or harm in anyway. The main thing about this book is that it is so close to life and could very easily have been based on a true story. We don't like to think that these things happen or could happen in our world but this book does touch on these things.
Overall this was a very good read with a great storyline but I found it very disturbing and it made me sick to my stomach and glad I have only got to read it once.
I quit smoking 3 months ago this time is going very well which I am proud to say but on the down side of this I have found that I have gained a lot of weight. At first the weight wasn't a problem due to now I was eating 3 meals a day which I only used to eat one and a few snacks. However 2 weeks ago I weighed myself and I had gained over a stone, this wasn't good due to I wasn't my ideal weight to start and I was finding my clothes very tight. Due to having a little more money in my pocket lately I decided that I would invest in a weight loss game for my computer due to my exercise bike and dance DVD wasn't having the desired effect.
I went to adsa looking for the new dance game for the play station which unfortunately wasn't out yet, this is when I spotted the zumba game for the Wii which I also have. I had remembered how my friends had all joined clubs for this exercise which I am not able to do due to not having sitters for my children and the ratings were very high. The game itself was £20 but to buy it with the belt it was £30. I purchased the one with the belt because this is the best way to monitor your progress but you can play with out it but you will not know how you are doing or if you are doing it right.
The next day I thought I would give this a try once two of my children were at school and my other one goes to bed of an afternoon this gives me a good two hour gap to try it out. I ensured I ate an hour before exercising but only a small snack to build my energy levels. I put the game on and set up a save file in my name. This means that it will document everything that I do and how many points I gain this tells me how I am progressing and what level I am. I set this up to beginner due to never doing it before which means this is going to be easier. When you have set yourself up you have 3 options which is class's mode, verses mode and a practice mode. I am not one to explore all features and got stuck into the classes' mode, I have now found out about all the other modes though.
I have not been able to do this due to one having someone to do it with, two I do not have two or more remotes or belts to play with and I haven't got the gaul to be doing this in front of people. This is a good idea for the moms that can't get to the classes and would be cheaper but you would need a very large room to be able to do it and a large tv for people to be able to watch it.
This is good when you first start because it teaches you every routine before you go in full hog like I do. Some of the routines are very fast and are hard to keep up with so in practice mode you are able to get a basic idea or practice until you have the exact moves in order.
This is the one that I use and I am not too bothered that sometimes I do not know the moves and get a little lost. When you enter this mode you are asked which one you would like to play beginner, intermediate and professional. I chose beginner and was given routine one and two which were both 20 minutes. I chose routine one to start and got given a list of places, warehouse, roof, outside and club. I could only choose the one which was club due to you have to earn the other places the more that you play. I put the belt around my hips and the remote in the little holder for it that is attached to the belt and started the routine. This was brilliant you have a warm up first which really gets the blood pumping, and then you have 3 other routines which are faster or more strenuous and then a cool down. Each routine is between 3 to 5 minutes which total to 20 minutes between each routine you have a 5 to 10 second break time to quickly drink water and get ready for the next one. I would advise that you have a large glass or bottle of water on the ready when you do this game it really works up a sweat.
I did this game every day for four days due to my children being at home sat and sun I don't get time and my partner is off work on Mondays so we are always out and busy. When I weighed myself the following week I had not lost anything but I had also not gained which was good news For the following week I upped the game to 45 minute work out. This was the same routines but more routines thrown in. The 45 minute work out for 3 days that week was very good. I had sweat rolling off me and had to shower every time I did this, I liked this because I could feel it working and was feeling the benefits. When I weighed myself the following week I had lost 2lb this doesn't should a lot but I was happy that I wasn't gaining this week I have only been on once and I have remained the same weight so I am still happy with this and will have to take this week off due to my partner being on holiday from work so I am expecting to gain a little weight but will get stuck in when I get a little time to myself again.
The belt is brilliant it attaches with Velcro which is really good and strong and the remote has a little pouch for it to slip into and securely fits when you are dancing around. This also fits around my partner who is an x large with enough give to go a size bigger maybe two.
The idea of the game is to dance and follow the routines. The trainer which you can choose to be male or female will light up green when you are following correctly and red when you are not, a bar across the bottom of the screen fills up when you are doing the moves and if you fill it 3 times then you are given bonus points which make you more professional which is great. You are able to choose your routines to suit you so you can take it a little easy. The way you gain your points is by wiggling your hips while following the dance moves.
This game is brilliant, I would recommend this to everyone, and this is a fun way of loosing weight and is hard work. You will loose weight gradually and you will see a difference in the way that you feel as well as loosing the lb that you want too. This is also good that you are able to do this in your own time with the computer and can do this at midnight if you wish so you are always able to keep fit. This is the best work out game that I have tried and the best weight loss method I have used. I think this is good value for money and can't wait for the zumba 2 to come out very enjoyable game and widely available.
I was a bit of a funny girl when I was younger and always asked for the boys toys and a scalectrix was one of my favourite toys. When I had my little boy it was one of the things I couldn't wait to get him when he was old enough.
One Christmas my grandmother ordered this from her catalogue for him for Christmas. This works in the same way that the car tracks do but with a twist which was very good.
This is a winding track that homer is on one skateboard and bart is on the other and you race them around the track to see who wins. It is very funny because homer is lying down on his board and bart is riding it as normal which is like the actual show. The track crosses over and goes up in the air at one end. The controllers plug into the track one red and one yellow. I wasn't sure which one worked what in the beginning and still have to test it now to ensure which child is which. The part that goes up in the air has a cardboard stand to help hold it up and in one part there is a cardboard tunnel that covers part of the track. This is about a metre in length and half a meter wide when assembled so enough room is needed.
This is very easy to construct. Each piece clips together and the best thing about this is that it doesn't fall apart very easy, I have found that I am able to pull this along the floor without it falling apart. The skateboards are already as one piece but if the little fibres on the bottom wear out then you can change them to new ones that are supplied this is very simple to do too. The controllers have a pin that plug into the holes on one of the track pieces that has the charge station. Each controller takes 2 aa batteries.
This was a nightmare at first and the skateboards kept coming off the track when we fiddled a little with the little fibres we found a way that it would work better as get more enjoyment out of the toy. We have now used both sets of fibres so this no longer works and I do not know where to get anymore from to fix it but it is still sitting in the cupboard waiting to be used.
This cost £50 and I think it was worth the money. The track is very good quality and so are the controllers and skateboards. The only problem is the cardboard doesn't hold the end up very well so the skateboards tend to come off the end we solved this by finding something stronger to hold the end up better. The controllers are easy to use and they are a meter long so younger children don't tend to tug at them in over excitement. It is easy to put together which is great and my son was able to do this without instructions after playing with it a few times. I think this is good quality and makes a change to cars around a track due to my son is more interested in the Simpson's than he is in cars.
I believe in having at least one hot me a day when it comes to children. The only problem is the fact that I like it to be healthy too and I don't like to cook a roast dinner every night of the week so I like to try other meals to suffice this.
When out shopping in my local supermarket I noticed this Homepride jar on a special deal at £1. When named products are priced like this I will always pick them up to try them or stock up on them if I like them that much. I have had sausage casserole sauces before and liked them so I bought two of these. Unfortunately my son and daughters do not like sausage casserole that I have cooked in the past but since this was a different one I thought I would try again.
This is a 500g jar which is perfect for approximately 4 people I did manage to make it stretch to 5 since 2 of the children are very young so do not eat a huge amount. This is supposed to have 8 sausages added to it which for 4 people would be 2 each which I never find enough for an adult. I added 12 sausages to mine and it just about covered which was good but didn't leave a lot of sauce to be added to the meal.
I found this sauce very flavoursome, it had added tomatoes, onions and peppers which gave it a different kick compared to others that I have had. The peppers were a lovely addition to the sauce and even my partner commented on it. It had a very warming flavour to it so on a cold night this would really make me feel happy and full. It looked like a very rich sauce too because it was such a dark brown colour and the peppers and onions were chopped quite large in it too so you could see them the tomatoes however were not to be seen and you couldn't really taste them in there either. I would say that if I had added my own ingredients such as chopped tomatoes and some more onions this would have gone a little further and I may try this with my next meal and hopefully it will change the taste a little due to my children were still not keen on this. My son said he never wanted to eat this again due to it had a vinegar taste to it and didn't like it, this is where we differ because this is the reason that I like the taste of this. It is a nice thick sauce too which covers well I have always liked my gravy thick on my dinners so this is great that it is thick and may be the reason that my children wont eat it because they tend to have all their dinners without gravy.
The way that you cook this is very easy you simply cook your sausages then add the sauce to them in a casserole dish and cook in the oven for around 35 minutes and serve with potatoes. This is the easiest meal I have ever had to cook for a filling and hearty meal. I would go as far as saying a monkey could do it. There is a meal suggestion on the jar too which is a quick toad in the hole which you simply add warm and pour it over the Yorkshire pudding and add peas which is just as quick as the casserole. You could add whatever you like to this sauce to supply to your needs mine is carrots and because you just add it all to a pot to cook it is very easy.
This contains wheat, barley, gluten, celery, fish, sulphates and mustard which is not good if you have intolerance to any of these which I have found that a lot of people and children are being diagnosed with intolerances lately so this would not be suitable.
I really like this sauce but I would have to add other ingredients to this to make it stretch further for a large family like mine. I think that these jars should be made in 750g which is enough for 4 adults or a family of 5 or 6. I think it has a lovely original taste and the added ingredients in the jar are a good addition. I think this is a great meal to have in colder weather and is very filling if served with mash potatoes. This was a great price due to being on a special deal but I don't think I will buying this at the normal price. If you have a small family of 3 then I would advise to buy this sauce because it makes a nice change to a meal but if you have a large family the cheaper sauces are as good but you will have to add other ingredients to them but it does go a little further. This is easy to cook and has a good use by day on the jar for storage reasons which is great. I really enjoyed my meal and so did my partner but my children were not keen so wasn't a huge success for us depends on your tastes. This was good value and if it is ever on special again I will be purchasing it even if it is just for 2 of us.
I can't be the only parent the dreads that ice cream van coming round. We get 3 a day and the annoying thing about it is that it comes round at the wrong time in the day. My children stand at the window when they hear the music and then when they have him in sights the windging starts. I have now solved this problem Askeys treat sauce.
This is a strawberry sauce that sets of f a bowl or cone of ice cream lovely just like the 99's from the ice cream man. It is red in colour but I must warn is very sticky. I used to have this when I was a child but never remember it being as nice as this. It is very sweet and really sets the ice cream off. I think it has a juicy flavour but it does not hold any artificial colours or flavourings which is good especially for the children.
These are quiet simple simply open the top and pour over your dessert. This does tend to drip if you are putting it on a cone which you have to try and get the children to lick it as soon as possible. There is no need to shake the bottle and it is easily stored in a cupboard.
There is only one down point and that is the fact that it is sticky, if you do not replace the cap properly then a spillage always seems to occur and if this does happen you will find that all surfaces will become very gooey and so will the bottle this doesn't cause major problems it is easily cleaned but doesn't seem very pleasant when you go to use it.
This tastes really nice but you will have to be a lover of strawberry flavours to enjoy this. It makes puddings very fun for adults and children and it tastes very sweet so even the most boring of puddings are made to come alive. I would recommend this to add to a pudding and it is not very expensive. When I bought this I paid £1 it is not priced at £1.29 in my local supermarket. Prices may vary from store to store. I find that it is cheap and cheerful.
I have a large family which means I am in need of lots of food. I don't buy frozen foods much but I do buy a stock of meat and bread that needs freezing and my old fridge was simply not big enough to cater for everything. My grandmother said that she would buy me one for my birthday this year and we went shopping at Currys. There was a range of fridge freezers that I liked but the one that I liked the most was an LG American style fridge freezer and was not in stock. The next best thing in store was this one also made by LG but a single fridge freezer.
Why I bought it
This is simple to answer and it was because of the chrome plated look. It seemed so sophisticated and smart. It reminded me of some space age contraption. I feel like someone from star trek with it. When I was looking it had a lot of fridge space and freezer space was more than the one I had. It was expensive at £650 but it has been worth the money.
This is very large, it has 2 large draws one which has all my fruit in and the other my veg there are pictures on the front of the draws which show meat but I tend to freeze my meat until I need it so I don't use them for it. The bottom shelf is glass and I tend to stand the cans of larger on this shelf along with any meat that I may have defrosted. The next shelf up is used for my yoghurts ,ham, butter and eggs the next one up from that is extra storage I tend to keep my open jars of jam or extra stock of cheese or milk. Then comes the door part this is the most amazing fridge door I have ever seen. You have the water dispenser to start that has to be filled every day with us but it does hold 2 to 3 litres of water we just drink lots of it. It is easy to remove and fill and has a handy handle to carry it. Above that is small tray that I keep my vegetable oil in or lard depending on what I may use at the time and the one above that has my cheese in this draw has an opening at the top but is also covered by a flap that you can open. The draw next to this is the same which I keep the medication that needs to be kept in the fridge this is because it is the highest point and my children still can not reach it even if they stand on a chair. The one below this is for the fresh orange which a 1lt bottle can stand upright in and I also keep my salad cream in it. The next one down is an egg tray this can hold 8 eggs this is good but we get through around 15 eggs a week so I always have to store some in a box in the fridge then the last tray which is the bottom one is for the milk. You can fit either 2 4pt bottles or one 6pt bottle in this tray so if you have to buy more like me you will have to store it somewhere else in the fridge but there is plenty of room to do this. Then comes the cool part the light in the fridge it is a blue led light it is amazing I love this when I open it at night it really gives a hi tech feel and it is really bright too.
This is an average size freezer and I have managed to fit a months worth of shopping is this at a push but this does not include my bread. It is bigger than my last freezer but still not big enough to hold everything that you may need to store but I do find it sufficient. Usually I do a weekly shop so this size is great and do not struggle to store what I need to but this monthly shop has been difficult. The top tray is the ice tray I also keep my ice, lollies in this tray too I have managed to fit around 30 lollies in here which is brilliant and the children can not see that they are there so they never know where I am getting them from I am sure that this will change they will soon work it out. The next tray down is large I can put two ice cream boxes on top of each other and there is room for the other things I need to fit in which at the moment is 6 bags of frozen veg. The next draw down is also equally as big which stores all my meat which I have 3 packs of pork chops, 2 packs of frozen sausages, 2 packs of chicken 2 packs of bacon and 2 packs of fish fingers. The last draw is slightly smaller than the other 2 and usually I store 3 loafs of bread in at the minute it has 2 packs of frozen chips the odd ice cream a pack of bacon and 3 bags of nuggets. This is also frost free which is brilliant for many reasons. The first reason is that I do not have to empty my freezer contents to clean it and defrost it, I hated having to wait for my old one to defrost and having water all over my kitchen floor and soaking wet towels, the other reason is that when a freezer starts building up the ice you start to struggle to fit in the food and I found that I always managed to break the draws too.
The fun part
If you are like me anything with a button on it is brilliant and this has a few for me to play with. Usually you would have a dial in the fridge to control the temperature this one is on the front of the door and you simply press a button to change it. The best part is that you are able to have 2 different temperatures one for the fridge and one for the freezer. When I first had this I was able to do a quick freeze which means it froze my frozen food quickly which was brilliant. It is also made like an American style which means you can set it for vacation which will keep your food in your fridge fresher for longer if you are away for a week or two which is great because most people give their food away or try to eat it all in case it spoils when away. I have found that my fruit has stayed fresh for over a week without softening but I have also found that if the temperature is too low on the fridge it will freeze the things in the fridge. There is a lock button on this, no unfortunately this does not lock the fridge although I hoped it would to keep my children out of it all the time this button simply locks the ability to press any buttons this is good because if my children do manage to get to them they are not able to change any of the settings.
This is a very tall fridge freezer which amazed me when it came due to I didn't realise it was so big and I have a small kitchen. It isn't as wide as my old one but I am glad that I have high ceilings so that it fits brilliantly in my kitchen. I am not able to store anything on the top of the fridge anymore due to I am a mere 5ft 3inch and can not reach because it stands around 7ft tall. This is good for small or large kitchens as long as the room is high. It is brilliant in size for what needs storing in it if you have a large family if there is not so many of you it may be that there is too much room.
The only problem that I had with this was when it came to the delivery. In the LG warehouse it was not being packed properly which meant that as it was being moved it was being damaged after 3 attempts the 4th fridge came without a problem and the problem was reported to LG to make their checks before despatching. I will say that it was worth the wait though.
I love this fridge it is very stylish with its chrome front which is easy to clean but does show the handprints if touched. I think it is very high tech and space age looking and feel. It has a large compacity that can hold almost everthing. It keeps food very fresh for a long period of time. It is good value for money. It is easy to use and change the temperature. It is frost free which limit's the mess made when having to defrost. It looks expensive and makes you feel the need to look after it. It is good for the large family. I like the water dispenser too on a hot day it is great because you get ice cold water with no need for ice in it. A medium sized glass can be filled easily. This is simple for the children to use and help themselves and I know that they are drinking enough water because they empty it every day. I would recommend this for everyone it is amazing.
Now that I have a bit of time to myself it means that I am able to do things that I enjoy. Around 6 months ago I borrowed a wii fit board and wii fit plus from a friend after a week of playing this game I really did feel the difference with my fitness and my overall attitude about feeling happy. I decided to purchase this for myself. In store this is priced at £70 for the game and the board I managed to find a private seller and only paid £40 which is more than reasonable in my opinion.
This has so many things to do on it to help with fitness and you can also have fun on it. The idea is that you will loose weight if needed or even turn fat into muscle which makes you heavier. This game is to produce overall fitness and make a more healthy and balanced lifestyle.
The fitness side of the game for the adults mainly are yoga which I have not tried due to this does not interest me. My children have tried this and they find it difficult to get into the right position but do try. There are lots of different positions and they are also explained how to do them which is good. The other one is muscle workout this is more strenuous but can be a very good work out this is from sit ups and press ups, my young lads love this and get into competitions of who is the best.
The fun side of the games is the cartoon type games which you can get better scores on or play against each other to have a winner. These games are fun and are aimed to keep you fit and loose weight without you realising that you are exercising. Once you get a high enough score you have a more advanced level unlocked to make it harder and give you a better workout. These games all help you with your posture and balance which is interesting to see how off balance you are and also helps your children gain balance and co ordination.
This game when setting up will give you a bmi test and weight test. This is good because it can tell you if you need to gain or loose weight and how healthy you are. It does this by taking your height and how heavy your clothes are when you stand on the board it will calculate it for you. This will then be saved so that you can set yourself a target. It does state that you should do this along with a balanced diet too though.
You can also get a personal trainer and it will create a workout for you that will suit your needs. Each time you play you will update your record and can keep track of how you are doing which is just like the gym but more fun and in the comfort of your home.
It will also tell you how many carbs you have burnt off each game you play which is great because you have a recommended amount of intake per day so if you go over it is a good excuse to play this and burn them off.
You can create your own wii and I think mine really looks like me but my sisters reminds me of dora the explora which makes us all laugh.
One game is a running game this one got very competitive and addictive. My son was the first to completer this it is an assault course that you have to move your feet to run and dip and stretch your legs to jump over things. It is set in the air so if you fall you have to start again. You are on a timer to get through each level and there are 3 levels on the basic and 3 on the advanced my son has completed both of these in the 3 times he played it.
My favourite is the hoola hoop. You stand on the board and make a hoola movement while other mii's are throwing hoolas towards you to catch and hoola this is a very good work out and so funny to watch others have a go the hard level is a very good workout and you can feel the pull in the stomach muscles.
There are basic running games where you are not on a timer but you have to run round and collect flags to finish this can go on forever when the child doesn't understand how to play it. You have a cycling game to do the same thing but you only use the remote for this and place it in your pocket.
There are balance games like tight rope walking where you would just tilt either side to walk while moving while leaning forward to move forward. Needless to say I am rubbish at this one. The other game played like this is a table tilt which you move in all directions to control the balls in the right direction.
The snow boarding and ski ing are played by tilting from side to side they are very fun but I find them hard to play.
I like the ski jumping game which is movement and balance but you have to ensure that you do not jump off the board this is very hard to get to grips with.
My children think that the snowball fight is fun to do but they do find this very hard.
The family game is the karate type game and you need to use the board controller and num chuck to play this. You have to keep in time to the music but you don't realise how much exercise you are doing when you are doing this.
There are so many other games I could go on forever but I would suggest you try it for yourself. You are able to buy this game separate if you already have the board but normally it comes with it in store.
This is a very cleaver design, I find it amazing how this can calculate your weight and tell you your balance. It is a white rectangle with smaller rectangles on the top for where your feet go which is good because it makes it easier to explain to children or my partner for that matter where they should put their feet. It has a power button on the front which you have to press when the computer tells you to switch it on. This takes 4 AA batteries which do tend to last a long time I have not had to change mine yet and they have been in for 4 weeks with regular play. Always make sure that you use all the same brand of batteries so that you will get good play from this. When you first buy this you will have to sync this with your computer and if you lend it to someone when you get it back you will have to sync it back with your computer again. This board is ok for anyone over the age of 3 to stand on but does have a limit to how heavy you are please check the manual before buying. My partner was 18 stone when he was using this and it was perfectly fine between a healthy diet and regular exercise and working hard he is now 15 stone which is closer to his target.
I think this game and board is an ingenious piece of machinery. It really helps with your fitness and health. The fact that the game can be adapted to suit you is brilliant because you have your own workout plan. The other reason that I think it is brilliant is because my partner suffers with low self esteem and this is able to be played in the home which means he hasn't got to go to the gym and feel uncomfortable about himself and is also able to do it in his own time if he is late from work or even up early in a morning. I am not very good at running and was bullied through school because of this which means if I go to the gym I avoid anything to do with running so this is also good for my self esteem. I have found that it helps with my childrens fitness and also keeps them amused for a long time especially when all 3 are playing because they are glued to what the other is doing. This is great because children from the age of 3 can play this my 1 year old daughter stands next to them and tries to copy what they are doing so she is getting the same sort of fitness without actually playing. I think this is worth the money even at £70 but if you can find it at a lower price you are having a very good deal. There is so much for you to do on this game you will never fail to be amused by this, you will find that you will get quite addicted to to it. I think this is a great weight loss game and I would advise it for many different health reasons. I think it is easy to use and understand and it doesn't take up much space when needing to be stored and you don't need much room to be able to use it. I only have a small living room but it is more than suitable to play this.
I love my caffeine and can easily sit in all day drinking it. My body has now started to only function after 3 coffees in a morning, I will say this is not good for me and I must cut down but it is now an addiction. I have drunk coffees when I have been out and about but nothing beats the ones that I make at home. I only ever drink black coffee which medical studies show at least one a day is good for you and can also help you break down fat within the body if drank in a morning so it can not be all that bad. I only ever buy Nescafe and there are two reasons for this one is that it is strong but smooth in taste with a hot cup and that it mixes the best when making an ice coffee.
This is granules that are made from the best coffee beans from my opinion. It is made by a known brand that makes different types of coffee such as decafe, cappachino, late and much more. I do purchase the cappuccino boxes which are also very nice and quick to make. This coffee comes in different sizes I normally buy the 300g jar because of how much I drink but you can buy them in 200g.100g and 25g jars so if I do need to just top up these can be convenient. They also do big tubs which are normally purchased for café's. When my local supermarket has a deal on it can only cost £5 for the large jar which is good otherwise it can be quite expensive but worth it. This coffee is naturally rich in antioxidants which are good for you and great to remember if you are a coffee lover like myself.
The first taste I will tell you about is the hot cup. This has a strong taste depending on how much coffee is used. I tend to use a level tea spoonful and two heaped sugars because I have a sweet tooth. Although I use a lot of sugar the flavour of the coffee can still be tasted. I think it has a smooth taste which is very pleasant and has a lot of flavour to give me the best experience especially first thing in a morning. I find it very warming and comforting on a cold day. The best thing about this is the coffee aroma with this coffee. When I have made it and I am waiting for it to cool I find the aroma very settling.
The next taste is the cold taste there is some added extras in this drink which makes it satisfying but the reason that I use Nescafe is because it is the only coffee that I have found that dissolves with cold water. The taste of the coffee is their and this is more of a milky coffee if you are a coffee lover you will love this. I have never bought an Ice coffee but a friend of mine has shown me how to make one. The reason that this is good is because in the hot weather it is very refreshing and has the caffeine content for my body. The coffee taste is made very smooth yet refreshing which is different but good for a coffee, I have stated below how to make it.
These jars can be quite expensive and for the amount that I consume then it will work out costly. Different supermarkets have different deals on which is always good to look out for and the large jar for £5 will last me around a month which is not bad value for money. I find this a very versatile coffee so it is good value in that aspect too.
My Ice coffee
You will need
Chocolate scoop ice cream
Vanilla scoop ice cream
A large glass
How to make
Take the large glass and just over half fill with cold water. I use my fridge water dispenser but tap water will be sufficient. Add one large tea spoonful of coffee to the water and mix until dissolved this will only take a matter of seconds. Add sugar if you like to this is optional I have two and mix again. Once mixed add ice cubes depending on size 3 should be sufficient. Add one generous scoop of each flavour ice cream and add a straw. It is as simple as that.
This is a relaxing drink that has a lovely aroma and smooth but rich taste. It is good value for money and very versatile. It is as nice hot as it is cold and is great for a get together with friends.
I don't know if it is just my children or if every child is the same but after every meal my children like to have a pudding. I limit my children to one nice pudding a day after dinner they will have fruit for a pudding which is the more healthy option, however after tea I will allow them to have an ice lolly or ice cream. The only thing with this situation is that with 4 children the ice creams tend to start costing a lot of money so the cheapest option that I found was smart price vanilla scoop. This is a little bland so I try to find things to make it a little different when they are having it. The new thing that I found when shopping was this sauce.
This is a chocolate sauce which is to be drizzled on the ice cream before serving, what I didn't notice at the time was that this sauce was a crackin sauce. I had never had this before and was quite surprised how it worked. It is made my Askeys which is a known brand of ice cream sauces, cones and wafers.
The way that you use this is quite simple to understand but me being me didn't read them and expected it to just work. When I first used this it poured lovely but didn't set to make a hard chocolate. When reading the instructions I realised why. You should shake the bottle a lot for 30 seconds which I tend to get the children to do because they find it very fun then you should pour it over the ice cream. I would advise also that you ensure the cap is tightly fitted before you shake or it will go everywhere like I found. I have also noticed that the sauce stopped working at one point because I hadn't used it for a week, if this happens let it stand in hot water for a while then shake it and it will work as normal again.
What I like about these sauces is that they can be stored in the cupboard and have a long best before date so if my children do decide that they don't want ice cream then they will still be good enough for the next time they do. I will say that my children like this that much that it never lasts longer than a month and my partner who constantly tells me that he is not a chocolate lover will always ensure that he puts this on his bowl of ice cream.
Way it works
The way this works is like magic and my children are amazed by it. When it comes out of the bottle it is like a liquid but when it hit's the cold ice cream it turns solid this is because the cold makes it hard we have had many conversations about how this works.
Luckily we do not suffer from any allergies in our house but for information it contains soya so if you have intolerance it will not be suitable.
This is a great fun sauce for children to make that plain pudding more exciting and tasty. It is easy to use but I would advise to read the instructions and not just assume you know how it works. This was on a special in my local asda at £1 which is why I purchased it at the time. This is not on a special anymore but is priced at £1.29 which is not much dearer and I would still pay this price to have almost 2 months of use from this. I think that it has a nice taste to it and the fact that it is crunchy is really good too. If you are able to be a bit fancy you are able to make patterns with it on the ice cream which can make it a little bit more fun. I have made heart shapes and criss cross patterns I am still trying to find more interesting ones that I could make. I think this is good value for money, good fun and nice taste can't go wrong.
I have had 3 high chairs so far with my children and all of them have been different. After my son I gave all his things away then found out I was pregnant with my daughter I did the same after having her then planned a year later to try for another I was lucky enough to get pregnant the day we decided so yet again I had to start from scratch. In the time of my pregnancy both I and my partner got made redundant so money was really tight since we also moved house.
My friend was a childminder at the time and was having a career change so she had lots of baby things that she had to get rid of. One of these things was a high chair which I needed.
This is a very simple chair it has 4 metal legs with a white plastic seat and a detachable white tray. There is a lap belt to secure the child in the chair. The legs just clip into the seat to make it stand up and are easy to assemble and take down which is great. It is easy to clean too because we all know how much of a mess children get into. This cost £10 from Ikea which is the best price I have ever seen for a baby accessory.
This is a brilliant chair for many reasons the first reason is how easy it is to clean. The legs come off the chair and the tray detaches so the whole seat and tray are able to be washed in the sink if there is a lot of mess. I have been able to bleach the chair too when my daughter has stained it with food like spaghetti bolognaise and it has bleached back to white. When she has had simple things like breakfast cereal I have been able to disinfect spray the chair and wipe it clean which is the easiest way to clean it. The other reason that this is a great chair is the fact that you can travel with it, once taken apart this does not take up much room in a car although you would not be able to take this by bus to places but you are able to take it on holiday and we take it to the mother in laws on a weekend due to she only has a 4 seat table and 6 grandchildren on that day. It is not a big chair either so it is a space saver and is light so that it is easy to move. You are not able to fold this down to be put away in a cupboard but if the legs are detached you would be able to store it somewhere and will not take up anymore room that a folding one. It is a hard plastic so comfort for the child is not great but I would say that this chair is no use to a child under the age of one because they have to be able to sit upright and my daughter has never had any problems when sitting in it. The safety harness is not very safe it will hold the child in and the bar between the legs on the chair will ensure that they do not slip under the chair but by the time the child gets to my childs age they will find that they are able to climb out or open the clip to get out no matter how tight you fasten it. Whether this is my child or every child I am not sure because she is a little monkey lately.
This is the best high chair I have ever had for my children. I have found it is very practical and safe. I think this is a good value high chair but would advise that you ensure your child is sitting unaided before purchase. Ikea is a well known store and I have always bought products from there and this one is as good quality and price as all the other items I have purchased. This was great because it was given to me but if she hadn't have given it my I would have definitely purchased this.
I struggle to find presents to buy for my youngest daughter due to her sister only being a year and a half older she tends to have them all passed down and at such a young age they can not tell you what they would like.
At charismas I wanted to buy her something that she would be able to enjoy and what I class as a big present so when I was going through the sales catalogue for Littlewoods I noticed this push along pony. She was one and half at the time and was walking so I thought this would be a lovely present for her.
This is a pink pony that has 4 purple wheels that allow it to move along the floor. It has two green handles on the head so that the child is able to hold on and a little yellow basket on the front for the child to put toys into to play with. There is a felt like material for the tail and the mane which really sets it off. There is some detail on the toy such as the reins around its head and its eyes and cheeks either side there is also some swirl patterns on the side of the horse so that it doesn't look plain which I think makes it look pretty. This has a speaker and an on off button on the side. The cheek button makes the horse make a noise when the child wants it too.
This works by the child sitting on the toy and pushing it along with their feet. When my daughter had this she seemed very scared of it and wouldn't even sit on the pony but did enjoy pressing the button. After a few weeks she did sit on it if we helped her but could only push backwards. Now she is able to get on and off the horse any push it along without any assistance and very fast may I add. The button that has to be pressed to play the music and the noises is easy to press and took a few weeks for my daughter to realise where the button was.
This is quite pleasant to listen to. It plays 3 songs with a horse noise between each song. This doesn't have different volumes so it can get a little annoying after it has played a few times.
This is a lovely little toy that is suitable for children from the age of 1 year, it may take the child some time to get used to how it operates. It is lightweight so this makes it easy for the child to manoeuvre. It was good value for money due to it being in a sale it was reduced from £25 to £11 which was a steal for me. It made my daughters Christmas too. It has different textures which makes it interesting for the child to touch and I have only seen it on internet shopping sites to buy now unfortunately but it is a very good investment and good value for money.
I have lots of computers in my house but the Wii is mine. The best thing about the wii is the fitness which is why I bought it. Lately there are lots of games being made for dance fitness and Just Dance 2 caught my eye when advertised. When out shopping in Game with my partner last week I saw Just Dance in the pre owned section it was the old one but as reading the back of the box it seemed very good so at £9.99 I thought I would give this a try.
The idea of the game is that songs are played and you have to copy the person that is dancing on the screen. This can be played as a challenge or just one song at a time. There are different moves and songs and some are easier than others. You can play against up to 4 people and see who can get the most points. I only have one remote so we have to take it in turns. You have two options when you start the dance there is a short version which is not as tiring and the full version that builds up a sweat.
There are 32 songs on this game and each song is a different dance routine some are more difficult than others:-
Cyndi Lauper - Girls just want to have fun - this is not a bad dance routine and my 3 year old manages to get quite a high score on this
Anita Ward - Ring my bell - this is very enegetic routine that builds up a sweat but is very funny to watch someone dance to it.
Elvis - A little less conversation - I don't find this a very good song to dance to but is easy to copy most of the moves.
Rednex - Cotton eye joe - this isn't very hard to copy the moves but is a brilliant workout.
The Trashmen - Surfin Bird - this is the most annoying song that I have heard and try to avoid playing it the dance moves are easy but it is a good work out.
Blondie - Heart of Glass - I love this song and is easy to dance to.
The Gym all stars - Womanizer - this is a good song that is easy to dance to but not very energetic compared to some of the others.
Deee-lite - Grove is in the Heart - This is very difficult and very fast we have not had a good score on this game and it also builds up the sweat good fitness for the disco divas.
Caesars - Jerk it out - this is one of the hardest songs on the game there is a lot of moving about and gives you a good workout but I am not keen on the dance moves for it.
Reel 2 Real - I like to move it - This is an in between song which means it has some difficult moves but most parts are quiet easy this gives a good work out too.
Katy Perry - Hot N Cold - This is an easy song to dance to and is one of my daughters favourite this is a good song for fitness too it will build up a sweat.
Dee Dee Sharp - Mashed potato time - this is not a favourite of ours it is and easy song and doesn't build up a sweat but is too slow to interest some of us.
Blur - Girls and Boys - This is a blast from the past it is an ok dance routine and isn't very hard.
Irene Cara - Fame - Love to dance to this makes me feel like I am part of the film this is a great workout and is not difficult to dance to.
The presidents of The united States of America - Lump - I'm not familiar with this song and the dance routine is not to my liking but it is very energetic and is good for fitness.
Kim Wilde - Kids in America - I love this song it is an energetic song that is not hard to dance to and I can really put some passion into dancing to this.
Technocratic - pump up the jam - This is a blast from the past and is a fun dance routine it is not too difficult and works up a sweat.
The Beach Boys - I get around - I like this song but not keen on the dance move doesn't build up a sweat but is not too difficult good for the children to try.
Chic - Le Freak - This is a fun dance routine doesn't build up a sweat and is not difficult to do but still fun to dance to.
Kc and the sunshine band - that's the way - Not keen on this it is quite difficult to dance in time to and it doesn't give the best workout.
Iggy Pop - louie louie - something for the boys. Funny dance routine builds up a sweat and is not hard to dance to.
The B-52s - Funplex - I'm not familiar with this song it gives an ok workout and isn't very difficult to dance to.
Fatboy slim - Jin go lo ba - this is difficult to dance to and is a good workout I found this very fun.
Gorillaz - Dare - I like this song but don't like the dance routine but is not too difficult to dance to.
Dine Brown - Bebe - This is a fun dance to do if you're an 80's fan like me and my daughter likes this one too. It is not too hard to dance to but it isn't one for great fitness.
Survivor - eye of the tiger - This has never made me laugh so much in all my life as when my son danced to this it is a good workout and a fun routine.
Kylie Minogue - Cant get you out of my head - not a bad dance routine doesn't build up much of a sweat.
Calin Harris - acceptable in the 80's - this is a hard dance routine and builds up a sweat and I love this no matter how much it gives me the stitch.
Baha Men - who let the dogs out - this is the most played my daughter now knows the dance routine and song without it being on and I struggle to get another song playing if she gets on this one.
Spice Girls - wanna be - This isn't a difficult song to dance to and is an ok fitness routine but not the best.
New Kids on the Block - step by step - this is ok to dance to and is not too hard but there are better routines.
Mc Hammer - U cant touch this - This is a fun song to dance to and brings back memories when I do the dance moves. It is a good workout.
There is a warm up option which is good if you are out of shape like me and I will advise that this is done from personal experience you can cause yourself a lot of problems if you do not.
I tend to play the quick play so that we all get a go but you have the option of challenge which I only did one song and found I was that unfit I couldn't carry on.
I think this is a great fitness game that makes fun for the family and I have noticed my children really like it so I know they are getting a sufficient amount of exercise if they are playing it. The game has an age rating of 3 which is true due to my daughter is very good at playing this she is in better time than me and it is teaching her co-ordinace. I have noticed that my one year old daughter who I must stress is nearly 2 is also trying to copy the moves when they are dancing she just doesn't understand that she has to hold the remote. There are different options on the game such as you can play the short version or full version which is good because you can do a small amount to break yourself in. There is the challenge mode which is good if you really want a good work out and the normal mode just to play as a family or with friends and beat them. I really want just dance 2 because there are some better songs on that one you really have to be above the age of 30 to appreciate the songs on this game. I would have enjoyed it better if there were more songs and that you were able to unlock songs the better you got. It is a good way to keep fit and not realise that you are doing it and your children will have fun and keep fit too which is good. It wasn't expensive because I bought it pre-owned but I don't think I would have paid more than £10 for it either way. I would advise this to be bought for fitness routines for adults and children and has been worth the money that I have spent.
When I was a child I always dreamed of having a wooden dolls house. So when I had my daughter it was a perfect excuse to get one. I was very tempted at the time to build my own but I can't say that I am that skilled.
When I looked at the limited space I had in the house I realised that if she did have one it couldn't be too big so when I saw this in the Argos it was perfect. My mother in law said she would buy it for her for Christmas and by this time it was reduced to £25.
This is all made from wood with two opening front pieces. These are held with small hinges, I was unsure at first if this secure enough but with good care this has been very stable. It is a pine wood which the roof and doors are pink with little detail to the roof to make it look like tiles. The windows are shaped holes in the front which are white painted frames. You can not really see into the house through these windows it is just decoration. The door opens in or out in the one front piece but this is not often used because you wouldn't be able to play with it otherwise. Inside are 4 rooms 2 small and 2 large which are separated with other pieces of wood with a hole cut in the one piece to attach a staircase.
This comes with a lot of accessories which makes it very good value. It came with a man and a woman wooden dolls. One is dressed in pink cotton the other in blue they stand about 5 cm tall and are able to be positioned to sit or stand they have woollen hair and look very cute. All the furniture is made from wood too which matches the colour of the house. There is a large sofa and a small sofa with a large two small tables which are in the living area of my daughters house and two wooden lamps on the tables. There is also pieces of material that can be placed on the sofas which are blue but as time has gone on these seem to have got lost. There is a kitchen area that has a larger table and a cooker and sink. The bedroom area has a double bed and a cupboard and two more small tables with two more lamps. The bed also has two pillow shaped pieces of material and a large piece of material to make a bed sheet. The last area is the bathroom that has a toilet, sink and bath all made from wood. There is a set of stairs that can be fitted in the house and two chimneys which can be placed on the top of the house, these chimneys are never really on the top of the house because they get knocked off every time we play with it. I will say there is a down side which is that the dolls do not fit well in the furniture which is a shame.
I think this is very cute for a first dolls house. It is very simple yet still very girly. I think it was good value for money and is a perfect size for small houses. I think that this is very well made but is not made for rough play. This is a perfect buy for a first dolls house from the age 3 and has enough accessories to make it interesting to play with. It fits easily in the corner of a room and doesn't take up much space which is great in our house because we can only just fit a bed in my daughters room. It is easy for the child to move when they are playing with it because it is light and this means that they have less chance to break it. It has created imagination in my daughter and she has now started using different voices for the dolls. I have also found that my 1 year old daughter has started to play with it in the way that it supposed to be and is taking care of it.
There is added extras to this because you can purchase other items to go with the house. You have a garage and a car and also you are able to buy other furniture and an extension for the house. I would really like to get this and make it a complete set but I haven't got the room for it at the minute. These additional items are all reasonably priced and are also sold in Argos. They are all made from the same wood with bits of pink and white on them.
This is made by Chad valley which I think is a very good toy maker which is also good value for money. They now produce a lot of products in various stores such as Littlewoods, Argos, smyths and on line stores. I would recommend this for the girly girls and have found that it creates a great imagination. My daughter really likes this house and so do her friends I will find them playing with this on a regular basis and taking good care of it all.
My daughter is a typical little girl. She loves pretty things that sparkle and if they are pink they are even better. This book is brilliant for those types of little girls.
The book itself is very good quality and has very thick pages which are easy to turn for a child. They are a 3d book which is not like the normal pop up books that I have seen the one page has the story written on it and the other has a two layer pop up page.
The writing in the book is quite big but this will have to be read to a child due to the words in it. The writing is on a scroll type page which I think gives it a lovely old and magical feel. It is a simple story that has a meaning to it which teaches your child some basic knowledge. The meaning to this story is that if you try hard enough that you will be able to achieve what you want in life.
I found this story very enjoyable to read and my daughter really enjoyed it because it had a fairy in it. There are only 6 pages to this story so the child will stay focused throughout the book which is good and every page has different colours and pop up which is also very interesting for the child. My daughter will sit and spend lots of time talking about each page and tell me what is going on. She is not yet able to read but enjoys making her own version of the story which is lovely to see.
This book is priced at £9.99 but I bought mine for £4 at asda at the time this was bought and you are able to buy it on-line for cheaper than the £10 price tag but I would have bought this at this price because I think that it is worth the money.
I found this a very magical story and I own 4 of these types of books this has got to be my favourite book from them all. I find this a magical story with lots of interesting colours and pictures throughout. I have found my daughter loves to read this story and has developed a lovely mother and daughter relationship between us.
I would advise this book for all little girls because they are very interested in the colours and the way that it is made and the hidden meaning is good for the child and their imagination. This book is worth the money and is a good keepsake for the child in the future. I am trying to ensure that this book is taken good care of because I would like this to be kept for my younger daughter and any grandchildren I may have in the future.
This is my favourite book of the whole range. This is called the Ballerina and her Dream. The reason that I like this story so much is because it is telling a story about a little girls dream of being a very good dancer. My daughter likes to dance although dance classes didn't suit her and lately she has been talking to me about dreams so this story shows a nice thing to dream about and that you can make your dreams come true which is the moral of the story.
The cover of this book is pink which automatically makes this book my daughters favourite too. It has glitter on the front which makes the picture stand out and makes it very appealing for a child to want to read it. This is a 3D book which is a pop up book. The normal pop up books that I have seen have one picture that may pop out of the book usually from the centre of the book whereas these are different. The pop up in this book covers the whole one page and can be made up of 2 to 3 layers which gives a lovely effect and very personal approach. On the other page is a picture of a scroll that has the story written on it. This scroll gives a lovely effect for the fairytale. The writing on scroll is lovely and also sets a scene for a fairytale but it is still very easy for a child to read and associate words on the page which is good for early development.
Each page is different colours mainly they are vibrant pinks and purples with blues there is flashes of white on very page to make them look like they are sparkling which is lovely. This book has 5 pages of writing in it which means that the book is not too long so the child will not get distracted while it is being read and will tend to take the whole story in this is good for early years learning. The reason that I like this book the most is due to it is about a girl with a dream. She is a normal girl just like my daughter which means she can associate with this character and understand the meaning more to the story. The middle of the story is a dream which we all have and she can relate to her dreaming herself.
The book is made very well and is a hardback book. The pages in the book are made with card which makes the pop up pages more stable and very good quality. The whole range of these books are made like this and I have found because they are made to look so special they are well looked after which is teaching my children respect for their belongings at a young age. Everyone that has seen these books have commented on how beautiful these books are. They are aimed at girls and all the girls have been taken by them due to the glitter on the cover.
These are published by Igloo Books Ltd in 2010. They are part of a series of 4 and each one is special in their own way. These are priced at £8.99 in store which mine were purchased for £4 in Asda just before Christmas and haven't seen them anywhere since. You are able to buy them on line for £5.99 from the publishers web site www.Igloobooks.co.uk these are worth the money and I would advise anyone with a little girl who loves pink and fairy's to purchase these they are a lovely gift and a brilliant opportunity to bond with your child.