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I absolutely love my local Sainsbury?s. It has to be the best supermarket in the area. It is fairly big, although not the biggest Sainsbury?s that I have been to before. The thing that I love about the supermarket the most is that everything is easy to find the aisles are all labelled up with what the aisle has on it and the supermarket is laid out in a logical manner. I also get points for every pound that I spend and there are often offers on simply by putting your reward card into a computerised machine and printing out money saving coupons. The variety of foods that they stock is great and the Sainsbury?s own brands are always very good and I do not find that it is expensive to do my weekly shop there. My local Sainsbury?s also has an Adam?s clothes section and sells some Early Learning Centre toys. I find this great as I can buy lots under one roof, I also get to save reward points on these items which I can then redeem in a variety of ways. I find the best thing is to save up my reward vouchers for Christmas so that my reward pays for all the extra goodies!
Dorothy Perkins is one of the few high street retailers that sell maternity wear that is actually fashionable. The items of clothing that I have bought from the Dorothy Perkins Maternity range have all been well priced and are well made, so making them terrific value for money. The clothes in the maternity range are available in sizes 8-18 so there is quite a good size range. The styles that the clothes are available in reflect some of the current fashion items that they have in stock in the normal size ranges, in the summer they had some lovely cropped maternity jeans with embroidery at the bottom. The range enables mums to be to buy quite a few items that will see them through the pregnancy without breaking the bank. This is important as the clothes are worn for such a short duration that most mum?s to be don?t want to spend a fortune, but off course still want to look good and feel comfy.
Prima is an excellent all round read that is aimed at all women. It has lots of different articles, along with sections on fashion/beauty, health, money, lots of different recipes and there is a free pattern every month which enables you to make a variety of different clothes and other makes. The magazine is well put together and every month there are lots of different articles, the features are often accounts that an individual/family have gone through and there are often numbers to call along with advice from professionals on whatever the subject matter may be. Prima is visibly different every month and does not just regurgitate old articles. It is an excellent all round read that appeals to women off a variety of different ages.
Pregnancy and Birth magazine is a great all round read for those who are pregnant! It is packed from cover to cover with informative articles and is a magazine that is difficult to put down until you have read every article. It has features on early baby care, pregnancy health and tests products that you need to buy for your baby. It also has a detailed diary section which charts an individual preganancy along with a detailed section of what is happening to you and the growing baby at each stage. it then charts the first few weeks that the new family have after the birth. It has good features on birth, different kinds of pain relief etc, and has several experts writing on each field. The magazine ends with a light hearted look at pregnancy/early chilhood by two feature writers, a man and a woman. Both are parents themselves and give funny accounts of preganancy and parenthood. They both write on the same subject and it is interesting to see the views of both sexes on the same subject.
Stuart Little is a really good film, it appeals to both children and adults. It is a very watchable film keeping everyone entertained for the duration of the film. The storyline of Stuart Little is based on the book, which is written by the same author as Charlotte?s Web (E. H. White). The film has both a sensible storyline but also has a variety of moments of humour. There are several moments of humour that are in the film to appeal directly to adults. The actors in Stuart Little is very good as is the animation of the puppets and the animals, the screen conversations between the actors and Stuart Little flow and it doesn?t look like Stuart Little is pasted into the film. The storyline is based on a family who go to adopt another child from an orphanage and pick Stuart Little (who is a mouse) to adopt. The story follows the life of Stuart with the Little family, which includes their older son and the cat Snowbell. The film mainly shows the relationship that Stuart has with his older brother and how he comes to love Stuart. It really is great all round family entertainment.
I bought my mobile phone about three months ago now, at the time it was £80 from Sainsburys and I also got £10 in reward vouchers so making the phone a bargain. The phone is on pay as you go with one to one and I have found it to be a great phone. The phone is easy to navigate, has an alarm clock and three games. It is small and light enought to be carried without being to tiny to find in a bag. The battery life is long, I find I charge it about once a week. The phone has changable front covers so if you fancy a change you can change the front cover. I bought the phone so that I was able to call someone in an emergency and so that I am easily contacted. I find that the reception the phone has on the One to One service is fine and I have not had any problems with the coverage. The phone has around 30 dialing tones and can be set at a variety of voulume levels and there is a choice of three alerts when you recieve a text message. All in all a lovely easy to use phone.
I bought this toy when my daughter was a baby and she never tired of playing with it. The toy then only came in one colourway but since looking in Boots recently it now comes in Blue and silver. The toy has a chime in the centre and the eight tentacles, each have a different feature as well as being different colours and textures. The toy plays a tune when one of the tentacles is pressed. My little girl particulary liked the crinkly tentacle, which was smooth on the outside but when squashed in her hands made a sound like crinkly plastic. It really is a good toy as when a baby is young it is light enough to place on their legs while they are sat in a bouncy chair, as it makes a sound every time it is moved. When a baby is bigger their is lots for them to explore, it is certainly a toy that provides a lot of entertainment. I will be buying a new one for when my new baby is born as my daughter continued to play with it into toddlerhood and totally wore it out!
Toy story 2 is a brilliant movie and it is typical of Disney movies in that it is a film that appeals to both adults and kids alike. The basic plot is that Woody is a valuable toy who was part of a cult tv show from decades ago. He inadvertantly is in a garage sale when he tries to rescue another toy. He is then stolen by a toy shop owner and is set to go to Japan with the other toys fron the tv show. This is the beginning of a rescue expedition for Woody's friends, including the intrepid Buzz Lightyear! The storyline is fast moving enough to keep any adult entertained but easy enough to follow for young children. It is easy to understand even if you did not see Toy Story. The characters in the film are a childs toys and it is filled with humour, lovely songs, and slightly scary moments when you think that Woody wil not be rescued. If you haven't seen this film yet- you must it is far too good to miss!
I breast fed my daughter for a full year and she was entirely breastfed prior to being weaned. Not that it was always easy I found it very difficult to begin with. My breasts were very engorged and my baby found it hard to latch on. I ended up with sore nipples as I had not made sure that my daughter was positioned properly. But I perserved and once over the first few weeks, with the help of my midwife (who was excellent and visited me after the normal 10 day discharge.) I got over the initial hurdle. Once I was used to ensuring that I had my position correct it was far easier than having to make up bottles and to spend time sterilising etc! I found that if I wore a loose top I could feed my baby in public, without having to bare all. It was just a case of lifting my top slightly, but with a loose top there was enough fabric to save everyones embarassment. To be honest I don't think that anyone noticed that I was feeding, it looked as though I was cuddling my baby. I found it convienient when I was going out as I didn't have to worry about making sure I had enough bottles with me and I was free to make changes to my arrangements. The biggest disadvantage was obviously no-one else was able to feed my baby. I tried expressing but she re-fused to take anything out of a bottle! But I found this only a small inconvienience, as once she was weaned and going longer between feeds I was able to go out with friends in the evening if I wanted. The bond that I developed with my daughter through the special times that we had during feeding was magical and nothing can describe it!
Derby over the last few years has had lots of new halls of residence built. As Derby Uni used to be a college of higher education it had limited capacity for housing it's students. Now though this is not the case. It has modern halls of residence with single rooms (all halls at Derby are mixed blocks) and there is also a block of flats that have six single rooms, and a kitchen (the flats are single sex). The university also owns a lot of houses that are large semi detached houses that have been converted to house up to 6 students. Some of the bigger houses are two houses that have been knocked into one! The rent cost of the halls is obviously greater than the private sector but hall rent includes water rates and all the bills. So once you have paid at the beginning of term you know exactly what you have left. This can be a great help if you find it difficult to budget! Once you have compared the two it doesn't seem so costly. The halls also give you the opportunity to meet other students who aren't doing the same course as you.
I absolutely love Primnark. It is one of the best clothes shops on the high street. They always have similar clothes to other high street shops at real bargain prices! What makes it good is the very low prices and the great selection of clothes. The clothes last well and don't shrink or fade. The is always a good range of clothes and they have up- to the minute fashion ranges for the whole family. The clothes for children are great with items like a dress or a pair of trousers being on average about £5. You buy a lot of different outfits for a very low price. They also have the cheapest underwear for the whole family than any other shop that I have been in. They sell shoes and sandals which are also as good as there clothes range! They sell bags both for ladies and children- I have a very nice mini- rucksack that was only £4! The store has regular deliveries with different ranges coming in regularly so it is worth visiting the store on a regular basis. They also sometimes have things like duvet covers, bed sets and cushions at a reasonable price. It really is my favourite shop!
L'oreal for kids is an excellent shampoo. It leaves my little girls hair not only clean but shiny and completely detangled. Her hair is difficult to detangle even with brushing as it is curly and tends to stick together. The smell of the shampoo is also great- it comes in a variety of fruit smeels that smell almost good enough to eat. This is great as it gets my little girl far more co-operative to have her hair washed, and anything that makes washing an un co-operative toddlers hair easy is a gift to parents. The shampoo is not to soapy either so rinses out of hair easily. The shampoo is reasonably priced and lasts a long while.
Weightwatchers makes loosing weight easy. Although I did not have a lot of weight to loose (only 14 pounds) I still thought that it would be impossible. But no not impossible, not with weightwatchers. The secret to the success of this diet is that it doesn't feel like you're on a slimming diet. Well you aren't in a way as the weightwatchers diet is based a round a helthy balanced diet. All foods have points and the more points the food has the higher the fat content it has. A lot of vegetables for instance are free foods i.e they have no point value. The idea is that you have a certain point value, (this depends on how heavy you are as different weights are allowed different amounts of points.) and you choose wahtever to eat that you like, keeping within the daily point total. Exercise gives you extra points and you can 'save' points from each day so that if you are going out for instance you have points to spend! It really is easy and far better than working out calories as long term the weightwatchers diet is based around a healthy diet so you are able to maintain the weight loss.
If you are finding it difficult to manage for whatever reason then the access fund can often help you out with some extra funds. While I was at Uni I applied to the access fund in my final year. You normally have had to have taken out a student loan and have to show your last three bank statements etc, (to show that you have not stashed it another account!). The amount that anyone can recieve in an accademic year is normally limited to a capped amount but whatever this is you will be informed at the time of application. Applying in one academic year does not stop you appying in other academic years, so if you needed to you can apply in each year. The process is pretty painless, after filling in the forms and talking to someone from the student advice centre. All you then have to do is wait for the outcome, and of course any money!
Kays catolgue has a limited choice of fashion wear items that you would be able to buy in the high street. A lot of the ladies wear is dated and not very wearable. However, the items that are aimed at the more fashionable end of the market are good and well priced. The childrens fashion section offers clothes that are both well made and reasonably priced. The catolgue also sells home goods such as white goods, sofas, sheets etc and toys/garden equipment depending on the time of year. For every pound you spend in the catolugue you get 10% comission in cash or you can have it to spend it in the catolgue which gives you the higher comission rate of 12.5%. Overall it is a good catalogue to have for items that you want to spread the cost of as items can be paid for over upto 40 weeks (if over £60 some more expensive items can be paid for over 50 weeks), if you pay for the item in this time it is interest free!