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    • Dreamies Cat Treats / Cat Food / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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      21.03.2012 19:00
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      an affordable treat for our pretty kitty

      I was highly skeptical of these treats when I first heard about them - I thought from their advert they would just be an overpriced cat biscuit, but I saw them on offer on the Asda site (£1 for a pack) and thought I'd give them a go. Usually they seem to be priced at around £1.50, dependent on where you see them sold.

      They come in a clever resealable pack - the top tears open like a cat food pouch, but underneath this top bit is a plastic push-together air-tight seal, which means that these will keep fresh for a long time. I closed the seal before tearing them open to make sure I didn't rip down past it. The pouch we got was chicken, since our cat likes meat, but similar to many cat biscuits I would assume that all the pouches contain virtually identical ingredients, and just a "minimum amount" of the cited flavour. Each biscuit is 2 calories each, so for a little treat these don't seem bad at all.

      The first thing I noticed was - no horrible smell! Cat food in general is pretty whiffy, and not very pleasant, but these smell fairly mild to me which is very acceptable. The cat seems to think they smell great though. The biscuits themselves are a lot smaller than I'd guessed from the TV advert, but this is great as we just have a wee kitten! You also get a lot of them in the bag, so I imagine this will last us quite a while.

      Each biscuit is a hard, crunchy shell, with a small amount of a soft substance inside it. The crunchyness is good for the cats teeth. We were dubious about whether our cat would enjoy them since he prefers wet food, and up until now hasn't touched any cat "treats", but he took to them straight away He wolfs right up whatever we give him, and angles for more if he thinks he'll get away with it! The last one I gave him, he could obviously smell where my hand had been in the bag and spent a good while licking off all the taste he could get. I would say that this is the only downside - they clearly leave a slight dusty residue when you pick them up, which means you'll need to wash your hands afterwards.

      Our kitty really does seem to enjoy them, which is the whole point, so we've finally found an affordable treat that we can use as a reward. We've only tried the chicken flavour so far, but now we intend to try out the other flavours in the range too.

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        21.03.2012 16:04
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        A very sweet bite-sized appetiser

        I'm a huge fan of Greek-style appertizers, such as these cheese-stuffed peppers. They were bought for me as a treat from Sainsburys, where you can find a variety of similar products. The counters in particular stock a few different types, and if you intend to eat them the same day you can often pick up a reduced pot.

        These come in a little plastic tub that can be stored in the fridge, and are good for a couple of days after opening. The tub can also be re-used afterwards if you like to recycle. They can be added to a salad or eaten on their own; if you're health conscious then make sure you drain off some of the olive oil before eating!

        Each pepper is bite-sized and very sweet; I personally prefer a spicy pepper to a sweet one, when it comes to stuffing with cheese. The cheese itself is very sweet too, which is where the problem lies. Each mouthful is quite sickly with all this sweetness; I am used to these dishes having a spicey, savoury pepper filled with a sweeter cheese, which allows the different extremes of flavour to combine very pleasantly. I found the sweetness to be overwhelming and sadly couldn't finish the pack.

        The peppers are also quite oily, as with all similar products; If you're eating them on their own I would recommend a light rinse or putting them onto some kitchen towel briefly to take off the excess, as the amount of oil is unpleasant. Added to a salad, however, the oil would make for a good dressing, so no draining needed!

        I would recommend these to someone who was a fan of sweet dishes, or who wanted to try out stuffed peppers but isn't a fan of the spicier varieties.

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      • Cadbury's Mini Eggs / Chocolate / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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        21.03.2012 15:52
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        A sweet treat that's great for kids

        Cadbury mini eggs are a very sweet treat, particularly for children. They come in a small treat-sized bag (which doesn't contain quite enough) or a larger bag which is apparently for sharing (like that ever happens). You can also get two of the small bags with an Easter egg at Easter-time.

        Each sweet is an egg-shaped piece of chocolate coated with a sweet crunchy coloured shell. The shells come in a variety of pastelly colours, each mottled to look convincingly egg-like. I prefer to think of them as dinosaur eggs, myself. The shells are lightly sweet and crunch pleasingly.

        The chocolate inside is good cadbury's chocolate, nothing cheap, but that does mean it's not a good idea to leave them in a warm room because the inside will melt and go all gooey. It's a solid egg too so you get a good amount of chocolate in each one. They're pretty moreish but I find that the sugary shell makes them a little too sweet for me to appreciate them.

        My husband absolutely loves these eggs, and always gets lots of them at Easter time. They make a great treat for kids too, and are a staple part of Easter-egg hunts. I've also had them put into tiny little nests with those fluffy yellow chicks you get, as a little Easter decoration or gift. All that talk about Easter is just because it's round the corner; these are great for any time of year, and make for a nice treat or snack. I find that because of their sweetness they go particularly well with coffee!

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        19.03.2012 00:27
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        a gentle thorough clean at a good price

        I was very happy with this mouthwash, it was great value but produces a result comparable to some of the more expensive branded items I've tried. It's not the cheapest stores-own wash, but it's still very good value.

        This comes in the usual lovely bright green colour that mouthwash is available in, and tastes pleasantly of a sweet and semi-strong fresh mint. It's weak enough that it doesn't burn your mouth when you're washing with it so you can keep it in your mouth for the recommended time, but it leaves a lovely tingly sensation and a fresh flavour in your mouth for a while.

        Post-brushing, this cleans your mouth quite well and I'm very satisfied with the results. My mouth feels much cleaner than without washing and this lasts for quite a while. Without brushing, it still manages to leave your mouth very clean and fresh, although obviously the usual scale is left on the teeth. This means that it's pretty good for a freshen-up between brushes, or in an emergency.

        This wash claims to "remineralise tooth enamel", which I can't attest to the truth of (since I haven't done a biopsy on my teeth) but I'm hopeful about; my enamel wears quite thin so anything strengthening for it buys points with me. This seems to be a relatively new claim on mouthwash bottles; I'm not sure how unique it is.

        Overall, I'm very pleased with this buy. It's a low price but does a job as good as expensive brands, and leaves a nice tingle in my mouth.

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        19.03.2012 00:01

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        A gentle cleaning wash, but not powerful enough for me

        Oral hygiene is really important for me, but since mouthwash can be quite expensive I tend to get whatever is on offer. Colgate Plax is usually sold at mid-range price, so it's suitable for a lot of budgets, especially if you're looking to downgrade from something more expensive in these tough times.

        Cool mint comes in the usual lurid shade associated with this flavour, but unlike a lot of other "cool" mints I've tried, it doesn't burn your mouth. I've had a lot of mouthwashes that are too painful to keep swilling around your mouth for the recommended time, but this is more on the level of your average minty sweet. It has a pleasant, fresh flavour which is actually quite soothing. It doesn't leave your mouth at all tingly, which is to me a downside but someone with a sensetive mouth might prefer this.

        Used after brushing your teeth, this leaves your mouth feeling quite fresh, and the flavour doesn't really linger for long. It doesn't seem to remove much debris - I know lots of people are fans of being able to inspect the evidence after a clean, and this mouthwash would leave a lot to be desired in that respect. Despite this, it makes a noticeable difference in terms of cleanliness compared to not using any mouthwash.

        Where this sadly falls down is as a quick freshener between meals. I like to use mouthwash when I don't have time for a proper brush but want to freshen up, and all this seems to do is cause a few minutes of mintyness. My mouth doesn't feel much cleaner at all, whereas some stronger mouthwashes can make quite a difference here.

        Overall, I would recommend this wash to anyone with a sensetive mouth or who prefers a milder wash; but if you're like me and like something strong and tingly, this isn't for you.

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        15.03.2012 19:08
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        tastes great, doesn't hurt your throat

        I bought this soup with much trepidation, but considering the price I thought it worth a try. I wasn't disappointed; far from it - I think this is the best tomato soup I've ever had.

        It's quite a creamy consistency, not as thick as some tomato soups but still nice and gloopy enough to have a good texture. It's smooth and creamy, but more of a drinking soup than an eating soup. I like it in a mug, you can just pop it in the microwave and it's much nicer than the cup-a-soup style things. It also goes well with buttered toast or thick bread, of course!

        The flavour is nice and tomatoey, but not overpowering. It's not bitter or strong like some soups, although some people may prefer a stronger flavour. It's also mildly sweeter than some tomato soups, which could put people off. However, in my opinion the flavour is perfect, and it's worth a try.

        The reason I love it so much is that most tomato soups I've tried make my throat hurt slightly, possibly because they are too vinegary. This soup doesn't have that at all, it's nice and smooth and easy to drink. Don't be put off by the low price and basics name - this is really good soup and I highly recommend it.

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        15.03.2012 18:51

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        Delicious apple juice

        I was pleasantly surprised with this budget apple juice; it is much better than the price would indicate, and especially refreshing on a hot summer's day.

        At the moment this costs 56p for a 1 litre carton, which is considerably cheaper than many other juices. It comes in quite a plain packet, the usual white and orange of sainsburys basics - although blessedly free of the usual puns that they tend to market these products with. The carton claims that you get 5 servings, but these are only 200ml so I find that it's more like 4 glasses worth.

        The juice is pleasantly appley, not too sharp or dry - I would describe it as quite a sweet and mellow apple juice although it's possible they vary the recipe according to what is in season like with other products in their basics range. It has always been consistent in flavour when we have had it though! It's better if it's been refridgerated (cold and crisp) but still drinkable at room temperature. You can keep it open for a while in the fridge which means you don't need it to be drunk in one go. It can apparently also be frozen, although I can't attest to whether this has negative consequences on the flavour or not.

        As for my pleasant surprise - I would judge this juice as comparable in quality with any other from-concentrate brand, and some of the cheaper fresh brands (which can be a little sharp in my experience). Even my husband, who is a little picky with brands, loves this stuff and it's his apple juice of choice. I would certainly be happy to serve it to guests. It's not as good as a high quality fresh juice brand would be, but I really like it and would recommend it to anyone.

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        28.02.2012 21:40
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        A very good value towel for a light-medium flow

        I'm always happy to try a store's own product in the interests of saving money, and especially pleased when it turns out to be as good as any brand!

        These are a good size of sanitary towel, which are long enough to be useable at nighttime if you have a light-medium flow, as well as during the day. The wings are, in my opinion, essential for any decent sanitary towel, as they keep it in place and prevent slight leaks at the side, and these ones do a great job. I wouldn't recommend these to people with a heavy flow though, as they are not absorbant enough to deal with that, you would be changing very frequently! I tend to use these at the end when my flow is a lot lighter.

        The towels are wrapped in mini-packets, making them very easy to carry around with you in small quantities. The packets are plain (unlike some branded ones) but they do the job fine; I don't tend to go around flashing my sanitary products to strangers anyway! They are priced very reasonably and usually available on an offer (along with other boots sanitary products) so definitely worth buying.

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        28.02.2012 21:29

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        A great spray for keeping you fresh and clean in a hot summer

        As much as we'd love to pretend we don't need deoderisers, they do come in handy. This little bottle is small enough to be able to be kept discretely in even a tiny handbag so it can be carried around as desired.

        What I love the most about the whole femfresh range is the scent - it's very gentle and subtle, without there being nothing at all. It manages to be feminine without being totally overpowering like many of the feminine scents out there. "Fresh" is indeed the best way to describe it! I would use this as a general deoderant if it came in a larger size at a cheaper price!

        The spray itself feels quite dry and cool, so it's especially good for making you feel fresh and clean in summer. It's very easy to use, just like any deoderising spray you simply direct and press the nozzle. It doesn't leave any stickyness or white marks, either. I just wish it came in a larger bottle!

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        28.02.2012 21:17
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        A great sanitary towel; absorbant, prevents smells, stays put

        I have always been a fan of long pads with wings, especially for night-times - I think I must wriggle around the bed like mad or something but short ones without wings are useless! Always are, in my experience, a good, reliable brand.

        They come wrapped individually in little plasticy thin packets which are useful for disposal as well as protecting them in your handbag. I love those packets for carrying them around. They stick very well to the underwear as well, even though as I said I shift a fair bit at night.

        I find they are very absorbant and also prevent any nasty smells. The length and wings prevent spillages, making them quite reliable to use - they do last all night. I have had very heavy periods in the past which has required the use of these style of towels during the day as well, and they last a lot better than the smaller varieties.

        I do tend to only buy these when they are on offer though, as you can often find towels of the same quality at a much cheaper price.

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        28.02.2012 21:03

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        Easy to apply and cleans wounds really well without stinging

        This is one of those necessary products that my mum kept in her first aid kit, and I have grown to love it for myself! It always does a great job at cleaning up and disinfecting nasty scrapes and grazes, and never seems stingy or painful.

        The way you use it depends on what you're dealing with. If it's a teeny graze or scrape that seems very clean, a spray or two will ensure that it doesn't get infected. If you're dealing with a big muddy scrape then you spray vigorously at any dirt caught in the wound in order to wash it out, cleaning the wound up quite effectively. It doesn't smell strongly or sting either. The downside of it is if you want to plaster up, it does take a minute or two for the spray to dry.

        It comes in a bottle which is small enough to fit in a standard first-aid bag, handbag or glove compartment, but large enough to last you a while. The transparency also means you can easily see how much you have left. The spray is very easy to use - so it has to be kept out of reach of children - but this means that it's easy to apply even if you're right handed and that's where your scrape is.

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        28.02.2012 20:50
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        Easy to use and protects your tattoo really well

        I was recommended Bepanthen nappy rash cream when I got my first tattoo, which surprised me but when I asked the chemist about it they assured me it was an excellent product. As a new tattoo is basically an open wound, it's important to make sure the tattoo is well cared for afterwards, as otherwise it can peel, heal badly or even get infected.

        The cream comes in a metallic tube, with one of those lids which pierce the foil covering over the end. It's fairly easy to squeeze out and apply, and a little goes a long way. It's quite thick and creamy, and feels a little bit greasy to touch, but it rubs in very well. I hardly used any of the stuff in the tube on one tattoo, so I'm saving it for later - although whether it will be used on further tatts or new arrivals remains to be seen.

        The reason Bepanthen is so good, is that it doesn't soak too deep into the skin and also doesn't contain lots of additives and fragrances that could damage the skin or affect the tattoo. That's not just important for nappy rash, but also for tattoos. It forms a protective layer over the surface of the skin, keeping the moisture in and protecting the wound.

        I followed the advice I was given, which was to gently coat the area with Bepanthen 2-3 times a day for at least a week, and wrap it in clingfilm to retain the moisture. For my wrist tattoo, I wrapped a handkerchief around this to keep it in position so that I wouldn't rub it all off during the night, or damage the area.

        I was extremely pleased with the result - a year on, the tattoo is still bright and clear and well defined. I never experienced any peeling or infection with this protection method. I've only got black and white but my friend who has brightly coloured tattoos also shows the brilliant results - none of them have faded and all are bright and cheerful still. It wasn't at all painful to apply the cream.

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          28.02.2012 20:23

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          the best kitten food we've tried

          We recently got a kitten, and have tried him on some different types of kitten food. We were recommended Felix by the breeder and our vet, and Felix "as good as it looks" has been by far our favourite food that we've tried him on.

          This cat food, while hopefully not as good as it looks, does indeed look a lot tastier than other cat foods we've tried. The meat, instead of being in small processed squares, is in genuine-looking flakey pieces, in jelly. Jelly is great for kittens as it's closer to what they naturally eat, and is also high in water content; good as cats don't drink a lot by themselves! This product also doesn't smell as bad as other cat foods we've tried; we are very impressed. Of course the most important thing is that the cat loves it, which he does!

          It comes in 100g foil pouches, in a box of 12; 2 types of meat and 2 types of fish. The foil keeps the food nice and fresh, and can be popped into the fridge to keep it fresh between the smaller meals that tiny kitties need. The box also has a token on the side at the moment, which is a nice bonus. The downside is that the feeding instructions on the box don't seem very accurate; I would recommend going by what your vet says, and by how much your cat wants to eat.

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          28.02.2012 19:41

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          The food looks and smells horrible, we will not be buying it again

          We recently adopted a lovely kitten, so that of course means kitten food! We saw these multipack boxes on special offer in the supermarket, so we picked up two to keep him going for a while.

          I thought beforehand that these would be a great choice, as Whiskas is a well-known brand with a good reputation for cat food. However, I was very disappointed with the product, especially compared to other kitten foods I have tried. The chunks of meat are very small and look extremely processed, not nice at all. Also the smell is very disgusting, particularly the chicken packet. They are, however, coated in a thick layer of jelly which is great for the kitten as it is full of water, which cats don't drink enough of so they need to get it in their food.

          The cat does however seem to enjoy eating it, so it can't be that bad - all the reservations are on our side. Comparing the quality of this food to other cat foods of the same price, we will not be buying it again.

          The box contains 12 pouches of 100g each, two meat and two fish. The foil pouches keep the meat very fresh and can also be put in the fridge to allow smaller meals. The box itself seems to have very good guidelines for what to feed the kitten too, with adjustments for whether they are eating just wet or a mixture of wet and dry.

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        • Felix Kitten / Cat Food / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          The cat adores this food and we are very impressed with it's quality

          We recently adopted an adorable kitten, and the breeder and our vet both recommended that we try felix kitten food. We weren't disappointed, and neither is he.

          Each pouch contains 100g of a meat mix, coated in a layer of jelly. Jelly is great for cats as it's closer to what they would eat in the wild, and contains lots of water for them - cats don't tend to drink much so their food needs to be high in water. This box contains four different flavours - two meat and two fish - although each "flavour" is actually a mix of various meats, with a higher proportion of that flavour. They all smell the same to me, but fortunately the cat loves them. The kitten pouches are very high in proteins which is exactly what a growing kitten needs.

          I like the foil packets as they keep the meat fresh, and it can be stored in the fridge between meals (since kitties have tiny tummies so they eat little and frequently). In addition, the boxes right now have a nice offer on the side, with points you can collect towards felix goodies - a nice bonus!

          My one niggle is that the instructions on the side of the box for feeding amounts seem rather excessive, indicating 5-3 packets a day for a tiny thing! I would instead go by what your vet recommends and what your cat eats; apart from a couple of breeds, cats don't tend to overeat food so going by what they want to consume is fine.

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