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      12.12.2013 08:18
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      Green tea in a capsule!

      After returning from honeymoon earlier in the year, I have struggled with my health. For some reason since being back in the UK I have suffered with one cold to the next, a stomach bug and then a really nasty episode of tonsillitis. I am sure the timing is just a coincidence but after relaxing on my holiday and then coming back to a busy lifestyle here, I have just struggled that little bit. My mum suggested I take some vitamins to try and boost myself, apparently I was the same as a child, I would have a school holiday and be well rested and then one back, end up sick! I took mums advice and went and spoke to the people at my local Holland and Barrett store, I wasn't sure and there were a number of different options available but I decided to try the Natrol Green Tea Vitamins, here are my thoughts.





      The tablets will cost you around the £8.00 mark; this is for the 500mg dosage and for 60 capsules. As I mentioned above, I thought it was best to get advice from in store as opposed to just ordering something on-line, however these can be found on the Amazon website as well as other vitamin stores. (The price tended to be the same no matter where the purchase.)





      The vitamins arrive in a dark brown glass bottle with a purple label around the middle, this gives you all the information that you require about the product but I was glad that I spoke with the staff in the shop as well. There is the name and dosage on the front and on the reverse is the benefits, these include Rich in antioxidants, that they boost energy and production and promote all over health and well-being. I have tried green tea in the past and never managed more than a couple of half cups so with the help of a capsule I had high hopes I would manage to at least swallow that!





      You are recommended to take the capsule once a day and preferably with a meal. The best meal for me is first thing with my breakfast, I find I am least likely to forget then! Easy to swallow and with no horrid taste I have been taking these vitamins for about 2 months now, I did have one small cold but nowhere near as bad as the one previous to it.





      I am going to continue taking the vitamins as I do feel that they have been a benefit to me, I feel like I have slightly more energy, especially of an evening, I was worried about the caffeine content but as I only tend to have coffee first thing and then turn to tea I am not over doing it with the caffeine content. I do not take any other medication and these have not affected me other than in a positive way.



      I could be more than happy to recommend them and will stay on these for a little while longer, at least until the summer months I think. Of course, I think it is important to get advice before you take them but my only experience with them has been a positive one.



      5 out of 5 from me on these



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      • Dualit 88425 / Mixer / 25 Readings / 24 Ratings
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        11.12.2013 08:19
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        A great time saver in the kitchen, great mixer by Dualit

        Whilst I have a food processor and it gets used on a regular basis, I also have a rather large bowl that comes attached to it but sometimes I just need to blend things up in a quick fix as opposed to having to get the food processor set up so I also have a handy mixer. This is the Dualit 88425 Hand Mixer. I purchased this just under a year ago now, I got into making cupcakes on a regular basis and was making some rather large batches as gifts, I found it just as quick to make the cake mixture with this attachment as to swap attachments around on the food processor. I have now been using the Mixer on a regular basis; here are my thoughts on the product.



        The Mixer will cost you around the £50.00 mark. When I first made this purchase I was a little concerned as the price tag was a little bit more than what I originally wanted but after reading some reviews and the product specifications, I thought that this was not such a bad price to pay, I was also a little concerned as I had never owned a Dualit product before either. I purchase mine from the Amazon website but this can also be purchased from Debenhams and Marks and Spencer's.



        The hand mixer arrived and I was instantly impressed with the leek design, whilst I had seen a picture of the mixer, it was more impressive in real life. The hand mixer is black in colour and has the Dualit logo printed onto the side of it. There are dough hooks, flat beaters and a balloon whisk as your choice of attachments. There is an instruction booklet that comes with the mixer as well as some product information.



        We are told by the Dualit brand that the mixer has been designed for 'domestic and commercial use and is built to last'. The mixer has retractable cord storage which is a really clever design feature, there is about a metre of electrical cord but I only need a small amount so this feature works well for me. There are also 5 different speed settings on the mixer; my old mixer only had three so I was keen to give this a go.



        The first ingredients that I used the mixer on were for my cakes, so eggs and butter with some flour thrown in. I used a medium speed setting as I was unsure how quick this would be, this worked well so I went for the fastest and I had my cake batter mixture within seconds, I was very impressed.



        Since the first cake mixture I have sued the product for a number of different dishes, what I find it works well on is the slightly tougher and hard to break ingredients, I had some fruit and for a cake mixture and it moved it all around so well and so quickly, I don't think I could achieved that by hand.



        I have also mixed a number of savoury dishes with this mixer, again, very impressive. I have found the mixer works best on a slower speed if you are cooking with liquid ingredients. The liquid ingredients do tend to splash if you don't have a really deep bowl and the idea for me is that I can use this when in a rush so don't have time to dig great big cooking bowls out. It doesn't stop any of the efficiency really as I am left with less mess at the end by doing it this way.



        The attachments come away with ease and this is a safe model to be using. The attachments are all dishwasher safe and it is also



        I would be more than happy to recommend this mixer, well designed and very efficient.



        5 out of 5 from me on this one



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        10.12.2013 08:41
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        A great, well priced camera by Panasonic

        We used to have digital camera a few years ago but it sadly got broke after my clumsy husband dropped it on the floor. Then with the introduction of smart phones and us using our camera phones to take pictures we never found the need to replace. With neither of us being that big on photography, we found other things to spend our money on. That was until the summer when we realised we were missing a slightly better camera, we had some lovely family moments and meals etc. and so wanted a camera. After much looking around we opted for the Panasonic Lumix DMC FS20 Digital Camera and here are my thoughts on the model.



        I had guessed that cameras were not going to be a cheap purchase and if you are big on photography then you are looking at parting with a steep amount of money, this model is not quite so bad and you will be looking at paying around the £139 price mark. Availability is very good with the product, you can find it in a number of places such as Curry's and Argos on the high street and Amazon if you are shopping online, and there are also the odd few independent stores that will stock this.



        The camera arrived with a detailed instruction booklet, I can recommend reading through this as I picked up quite a lot and feel I get the most out of the camera from the helpful tips and instructions. The camera comes in either a black or silver design; I opted for the classic silver. This is how I imagined a digital camera to look, rectangular in shape; quite lightweight to handle but still has a robust feel to it as well. There are a number of features that come with the camera, some meant something to me and others were a little bit technical!



        We are told in the summary of the cameras instruction booklet that this has a wide angled lens and a 4 x optical zoom. It is a 10 megapixel camera. The first thing that I liked was the large display screen that displayed the image in front of you, it was so clear and as I was used to the image on my phone, this was great. The screen is 3 inches and really helps to view the subject matter; it is very rare I use the viewfinder.



        I have found the controls really easy to use on the camera, there is the great playback function so as soon as you have taken a picture you can view it, the menu allows you to change settings and contrast controls and there are also clever things like the camera works well in different modes such as night mode and lowlight.



        I am not the best when it comes to technology but I did find that this was really easy to work with and navigate around. The pictures that the camera took were amazing, very clear and when we used the memory card to print some of the pictures of I was glad that we had made the purchase. I did get a case to go with the camera, it is a shame it didn't come with one. I can be as clumsy as my husband and I felt it was best to have something protecting it.



        This gets 4 out of 5 from me



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        • HP Deskjet D4160 / Inkjet Printer / 29 Readings / 29 Ratings
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          09.12.2013 08:17
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          A great printer from the HP brand

          Having had such an eventful year, getting married, an amazing honeymoon and some not to mention my amazing hen weekend, I have so many lovely memories and with those memories come so amazing photos. We have not had a printer in our house for about 4 years. We had one, it stopped working and we never replaced it! With my having the option to print at my workplace and the use of smart phones, I guess we just didn't print documents of like we used to . Myself and my husband had both thought about getting a printer to print some photos off (I am limited to black and white prints at work) and whereas before we have printed the odd individual photo off in a shop, I had a list of photos I wanted printing as well as making some collage prints for parents as Christmas presents so we started researching and after shopping around we purchased the HP Deskjet D4160. Here are my thoughts on it.


          The printer will cost you around the £100. 00 mark. To be honest we were thinking we were going to end up paying more out but this was not to bad and it also met all of the specification that we wanted from our printer. We did shop around and we ended up getting this form our local branch of Pc world, he shop staff were very helpful and we walked away with the printer as well as the inks and some photo paper in what we thought was a fair deal.


          The printer is a long looking printer, different to the bulky looking laser printers that I am used to at work. The printer is a white into grey colour printers, it looks really sleek in our little office at home. There is minimal markings on the printer, we are just left with the HP logo and then there are a few buttons on the front side of the printer. There is a detailed instruction booklet that came with the printer as well as a 2 year manufacturers guarantee. The printer had a disc with it that allows you to link it to your computer / tablet, whist I have a fair amount of IT knowledge, this was hassle free and easy to install so even with basic skills, this step by step guide would allow you to be printing quickly I imagine.


          We are told by the HP brand in the literature that this printer " allows you to easily print form 5 different modes: Fast draft, fast normal, normal, best and maximum." I am used to this method, I print a lot of figure work for our manufacturing team and this is always in draft mode at my workplace. I thought that was a good range of options and for photos we do tend to choose maximum, there is a difference between this and normal but other documents we are less fussy with and set the default to normal.


          There is a separate photo cartridge that you can use with this but we just use the standard colours, ink tends to be best brought in a pack as opposed to individual colours we have found. eBay is also a good stockists of many inks. The printer is quick, it can print 30 pages per minute and 23 pages per minute if in colour so it is also very efficient. The printer is a trusty one, it has never left us down and chewed paper up or jammed, I would definitely say that this is user friendly.


          The printers menu functions are easy to use and navigate around but I don't even tend to use it that often as I just set my photos or documents to print from my laptop and then the printer kicks in. The printer is quick to start up as well, I don't leave it on all the time and as you power it up ,within seconds the document is ready and printing, it frustrates me with those printers that have to go through a long warm up!


          Whilst I am sure some printers could offer a better quality of photo print, the printer is one that I would be pleased to recommend. I think the price was very reasonable and I think I have found a really good deal. With it not letting us down and being very simple to use, it is 5 out of 5 from me



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          A great conditioner from the Weleda brand

          I do sufferer with a rather sensitive scalp, it can be quite embarrassing really as I have even had eczema on my scalp before and it can become very irritating. Whilst I can get away with most high street purchases of shampoo and conditioner, from time to time I like to indulge on something a little bit different and the product that I am going to be reviewing today is my Weleda Calendula and Chamomile Conditioner. I have been using the Weleda brand for a short time compared to other beauty brands as I was brought some of their body lotion as a gift. I have now invested in the Conditioner and here are my thoughts on it.



          The conditioner will cost you around the £8.00 mark and this is for a 250ml bottle. I did have to shop around to try and secure the best price but after looking it tended to be the same price no matter where I made the purchase. The conditioner can be brought from a number of different beauty websites such as Beauty Unique and Salon skincare. This can also be found in the larger Boots stores.



          The conditioner is in a tall and slim plastic bottle. In my opinion it is quite professional looking, as in it looks like something you would find in a top end salon. There is a white pump cap at the top of the bottle and the conditioner dispenses from here with ease. There is the Weleda name on the front of the bottle as well as the name of the product and the size of the bottle. On the reverse of the bottle is further information in the conditioner such as a breakdown of the ingredients that have been used as well as directions for use and further information.



          Weleda state that this is an 'especially mild conditioner for sensitive scalps, with active plant extracts from Calendula and organic chamomile. The soothing blend of oils will nourish and protect hair without leaving a chemical build up' my hair tends to be quite frizzy and I also use moose in it and so this does tend to build up and could lead to irritating my scalp. The first thing that I noticed about the conditioner was the stunning scent that it gave off, the lovely blend of the chamomile and calendula was so refreshing, I have since learned that the calendula is a form of daisy plant so no wonder these mixed together is so good.



          The conditioner is quite thick but works its way through your hair with ease, my hair is quite long but it is amazing how far a small amount will go. The conditioner rinses out well and there is no residue left in your hair other than the lovely scent. The conditioner can be left in your hair for a little longer (up to 3 minutes) as a deep treatment and I have done this on a couple of occasions.



          After using, my hair is left feeling very silky soft and with no tangles in it. The conditioner perhaps leave sit a little too soft so that it is quite hard to style as it is so soft I cannot pin it up! I guess that's not really a bad thing though. This is definitely a product that I would be happy to recommend.



          4 out of 5 from me on this one



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          • Magimix 17638 / Food Processor / 27 Readings / 24 Ratings
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            Only 50% of this attachment is effective for me

            When I had my Magimix food processor, it only came with three basic attachments, there was the mixing blade and dough hook as well and a few months later I decided to invest in some more attachments, the first attachments that I brought were the creative disc kit, this was a great purchase and as I was so please with it I also invested in the Juicer and Smoothie maker attachment, model number 17652. It is that which I am going to be reviewing today, here are my thoughts on it.



            The attachments are certainly not cheap, this will cost you around the £55.00 mark which is even more costly than the creative attachments, as I had been so pleased with that product though didn't mind paying out for this one quite so much as I had high hopes for it. The availability of the attachments is either from the Magimix website or you can look on Amazon and find the attachments on there as well. The price will tend to be the same no matter where you make the purchase from.



            The attachments, that comes with a three year guarantee are nothing that special to look at, there is two parts, there is firstly the is the paddle that allows you to crush the foods or there is the food tube that allows you to sieve larger foods, so ideal when making the smoothies, or as I hoped to do, a jam. As always, when I first started using these, I did have a quick read through the instruction booklet, I found it really helpful and again, as always I found the attachments very safe to use.



            When making a smoothie, I found that the attachment was actually a little slower in working than I would have liked it to be, it just didn't seem to get the fruit juices flowing as rapidly as I would have liked, now the motor in my Magimix processer is powerful enough, I have no issues with other attachments so I think it is down to the design of the attachment. The funnel seems to get some of the fruit for example stuck in it and then I find myself messing around, it is the smaller fruits that tend to come of worst, for example grapes and strawberries.



            The other attachment is much easier to get along with and use on a more regular basis, this is what Magimix describe ' for use with regular fruits such as apple and carrot juice' I take that as the harder fruits and this is really good, I wold struggle to get apple juice out of any other gadget in my kitchen! When I finally got around to making a couple of coulis and jams, I decided to go a little against the advice and use the hard fruit attachment and this actually worked a treat, I had much more success.



            I guess you could say that only half of this Fruit and Smoothie set was a success for me. I do have a blender so tend to use this when mixing up smoothies or cocktails but that is not really the point. On the other hand I am so pleased with the paddle attachment, what it is great for as well is making soup. I make a lot of homemade soups and felt that this was an added bonus, it sieves through the food but it leaves the soup with that little but if chunkiness to it as well.



            In summary, whilst satisfied with half of this product and less satisfied with the other, I am going to give these 3 out of 5 stars.



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          • Dimplex DXDAi2 Daisy / Heater / 28 Readings / 28 Ratings
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            An ok but not great heater by Dimplex....it is very pink though!

            When we all swapped offices back in the spring at my place of work, I was all for it, a new space had been created for us and a lovely open plan office where we could all sit and chat! Well, something like that! As I work in a manufacturing environment and there are constant deliveries, I didn't expect to feel such of a draft as when the office door is constantly being opened and closed from the warehouse, it has been so cold and we have not really had a deep frost yet! We quickly decided that we needed a little extra heating amongst us and so we looked around to see what we could get to take the chill off, well after searching online we eventually settled for the Dimplex DXDAI2 Electric Fan heater, or more affectionately known as Daisy! Here are my thoughts on the product.



            The Fan heater will cost you around the £24.00 mark. We purchased it off Amazon and it was here within a few days. There are others places that you can get this from, there are high street stores such as Wilkinsons and there is also Supermarkets such as Tesco's that are stockists of the brand, the price tending to be the same no matter where you make the purchase.



            The heater is bright pink in colour, no traditional white heater and it was purchased by 3 girls! The heater has the Dimplex name on the front as well as white daisy flowers across the top in white, this really doesn't blend in, and rather it stands out! The main idea of us wanting the heater was just to take it in turns to have under our desks and warm our feet when we were feeling the chill, we all tend to notice it at different times so something like this, a portable heater is ideal for keeping us warm.



            The heater works off 2kw of heat and there are 2 dials on the top of the heater that allow you to set it to the desired temperature. It is around my feet that I tend to feel the cold, I usually have a fleece on my feet are feeling the chill so this for me is best placed by my desk and on the floor. The heater is very neat and compact and doesn't get in the way, the dimensions are 11 x 25 x 24 (H x W x D). There is a generous amount of electrical lead so you can plug this in and get it placed wherever you need to. There is a thermostat build in as well as a safety feature which will cut the heater off if it overheats.



            Having used the heater a few times I have been pleased, I would not say that it is amazing but then I do take into consideration the cost of the heater. The heater is great for heating you up quickly and the heat is actually quite intense, even on the lower setting but then it becomes a little to much, it is a shame that the heat does not give a more even warmth. The heater also has a cool setting, we tried this once when the room was actually to warm (A heating problem with the main boiler) but it had little effect so I would not recommend this as a cold air heater.



            Whilst this is great for taking that initial chill away, it is not something that I would recommend for leaving on for any long amount of time, and due to the size, it is only going to warm a small section up, so if at home I imagine this would be ok in a smaller room with the door shut but not that useful for much else.



            3 out of 5 from me on this one



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          • Magimix 17280 / Food Processor / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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            A great extra to my Magimix mixer!

            Having been brought a Magimix food processor a few years ago, I spend the first few months of owning it using it for baking cakes and bread, as it came with a mixing blade and a dough hook I didn't even think about trying out other things as I do have a passion for baking and this catered for all my needs at the time. It was during the summer that I looked to purchase some more attachments for my food processor, the baking had turned to being creative with fruits and making salads. I referred to the instruction and information booklet that had come with my food processor (the 5000 Magimix model) and I eventually purchased the Creative Disc Kit, model number 17280, here are my thoughts on the product.



            The kit will cost you around the £45.00 mark. Whilst this is not a cheap price, this is for 3 discs and not just one. I had a look on the Magimix website and if you are thinking of purchasing this then I advise you to do so as well (www.magimix.co.uk) as it was so helpful and very informative. This is also where I made my purchase from although I did do a little bit of shopping around for the attachments beforehand (Amazon and Electrical shopping are also stockists.)



            As I am used to the Magimix brand, I sort of already knew what I was going to get in terms of quality and style. The three attachments that you get are the Julienne cutter, the Julienne disc and there is also a fluted disc. All three of the discs are made from stainless steel and are very easy to handle and work with, it is also worth noting that whilst there are sharp parts, you don't have to get anywhere near these when handling. The edges of the discs are very smooth.



            All three attach themselves onto the food processor really well, there is a hole in the centre of each disc and this allows them to slot on with ease and whilst thy are very secure when they are in place and in motion, they also slot off well and can be put in the dishwasher or washed in warm water and will come out looking clean again.



            The extra wide julienne disc is recommended for use when you want to use thick shreds of fruit or vegetables, this is probably the disc that I use the least, it is though the one that is the most quickest as it doesn't offer fine precision but thicker cuts, ideal when I making savoury dishes, it chops the onion, carrots and courgette an I have a quick spaghetti bolognaise made! I also used to cut fruit and put into storage boxes for mine and my husband's lunches during the summer, whilst I could do all this with a knife, I can do all the fruits into my large mixing bowl in a much quicker and efficient way, it seems to make me less mess as well. You can also use it for slicing through cheese and cooked meats.



            The fluted dish is ideal for thin shapes, so ideal for crisps. I have a crisp maker and this is so good for working alongside this as it gets the potato cut so thin, the crisp maker used to leave me with grazed knuckles!



            The other disc is the fine julienne disc and this can be used for most fruits and vegetables, I tend to rough chop the ingredients first and then add them in, I tend to make a lot of salads and this just makes them look better with regard to presentation and the foods are cut much more evenly than I could do by hand. I also make coleslaw and this allows me to have it all done within minutes. When I have also made cakes, it is great for slicing delicate fruits and then I can put these on the top of the cake, it just looks so much more professional than when I cut or chop by hand.



            I am more than happy to recommend this product. The discs are a really plus, it is a shame that they don't come with the original attachment as they are so useful and handy to have, especially if you love cooking and have an eye for detail and presentation. There is nothing that I can think is poor about the product, they are of excellent quality and whilst the initial payment is needed and a little steep perhaps, I have most defiantly got my use out of it.



            5 out of 5 from me on this one



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              03.12.2013 08:14
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              A great oven from the Belling range

              When we moved into our new house a few years ago, as I am sure you can appreciate, the money situation was quite tight. The kitchen was one of the rooms that once given a good clean, were liveable, perhaps not to my choice but it was liveable. I was used to cooking on a complete gas cooker, I say complete as in oven and hob whereas in my new home, there was a gas hob and a separate electric oven. This was fine and I got used to it, which was until one unfortunate day when the oven gave up on me, I asked an Electrician to look at it for me but it was no good and ready for the scrap yard. I was now faced with the task of getting a new oven, I didn't want to spend a fortune as in the future we hope to re-fit the kitchen so after much researching we settled on the Belling BI60MF Built in Electric single Oven, here are my thoughts on it.



              The oven will cost you around the £220 price mark. Whilst we did shop around for ours, we eventually got it from a local independent retailer as they also offered free delivery and free installation of the oven. I had no idea what to expect when we brought the oven, having not had to purchase one before as the last house I lived in, already came with a built in cooker. I think the price was fair when comparing to other ovens on the market. Whilst we did get this from our independent shop, you can also buy it from Curry's.



              The oven is a stainless steel model, when they came to fit the oven, I was surprized at just how easy it was, they used a tool which basically slid the old oven out and then this one just went in its place. When shopping for the oven, I made sure we took our measurements' down but soon realised that there are standard sizes. (This is the 60cm one). You get an instruction book and a one year guarantee; the store did offer us further cover. As I mentioned, this is stainless steel and black in colour, I just use an E cloth to keep the front looking fresh and sparkly!



              The oven is accessed by a pull down silver handle that runs across the top, it is lightweight to operate and will stay put in the position you leave it, for example, if you just tilt it open when the grill is on, it won't drop down. There are 9 oven functions all together and the oven has a 69 litre capacity. There are 2 shelves as well as the grill and there are 5 different positions that you can place them on.



              I have found that I tend to use the same couple of settings, mainly dependant on what I am cooking, I use the base only heat and the intensive bake feature on a less regular basis whilst the Convention oven and the fan assisted button are often in use. I find the oven very easy to work with; there are 2 dials at the top of the oven as well as a digital clock in the centre. I find that the oven warms up very quickly and maintains the heat well; it doesn't drop too much if you are in and out of the oven adding food etc. There is a useful timer function that I have come to rely on that my old oven didn't used to have, it just helps when things are in for a long time, I can walk off and here the alarm beep when I need to come back and look at my food.



              There is nothing much that I can say that's bad about the oven really, I do find that the build-up of grease in there, even with the fan on is that bit more than my old one, if I don't clean it on a regular basis then I am left really struggling with the smoke and built up grease in there.



              I would be more than happy to recommend this oven, it is so nice and simple to use and I find it very efficient as well.



              5 out of 5 from me on this one.



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            • Flymo Glider 330 / Lawn Mower / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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              An excellent lawnmower by Flymo

              Whilst it may seem a strange time to be putting a review on here about my lawnmower, I was getting the Christmas tree down from my garage and I had to move my lawn mover out of the way and I realised that I had not done a review of it. We had a previous lawnmower for a number of years, it was not a well known brand and it was a fairly cheap model that was brought for us and when we moved to a larger place it did seem to struggle with the larger lawn area. We had to give in this spring and during the May bank holiday weekend we made the investment of a new one, the Flymo Glider 330 to be precise and here are my thoughts on the product.



              Having never purchased a lawnmower before I had no idea what to expect when it came to the price of them. The range of different products was quite an eye opener for me, as well as the price tags that came attached to them. The Flymo Glider will cost you around the £99.00 mark. The Flymo brand is one that when mentioned to me, I can already picture the bright orange products! I felt that at least trying a brand we had heard of was a good start. We got this from our local Homebase, we did do some price matching but with the Nectar points and Homebase vouchers as well as the ease of the store to our home, this was our best bet. The lawnmower can also be purchased in The Range and B and Q as well as online from the Amazon website.





              The lawnmower came in a large cardboard box and upon opening whilst there was a small amount of assembly to do, the handles being put onto the motor, this was nothing that was to tricky and it was done fairly quickly. There is a health and safety booklet that comes with the mower as well as some instructions and a one year guarantee. The lawnmower is kind of how you would expect it to look, the main difference for me and our old model was that this had a collection box on the back of it, my other would literally glide over and not collect so this saves me having to rake up afterwards. The collection box will hold 26 litres of grass, this was ideal as we have quite a lot of lawn that needs collecting during the summer months.



              If you are familiar with the Flymo brand then this model, the 330 is like their others, orange in colour! There is the orange front with the Flymo logo on and then the grey and green collection box on the back. The handle that you use to push the lawnmower around the garden with is very comfortable to use, there is also a small panel at the top which activates power to the motor. The motor is powered by 1450 watts and my garden was a doddle for it! It coped really well. There are 4 different heights which you can set the lawnmower to cut your grass with, there is a lever to do this on the side of the motor. I tend to use the lowest setting during the main summer and the longer settings for the first and last cuts.



              There is 12 metres of electrical cable which is great as I can plug this straight into my garage without having to use an extension lead like we used to have to with our old one. The clue I guess is in the name of the mover, the Glider does just that, rather than having to use all of my strength to use this, it glides over the grass. There is even an incline in my garden but I didn't feel as if it was to much effort even when doing the lawn up the hill! The blade is fiercely sharp, chopping through the grass and the odd few weeds with ease.



              I would be more than happy to recommend this lawnmower, it is comfortable to use and it is also very easy to work with, the grip on the handle and the button you need to get it going is great. The power supply is great, the lawnmower never struggles with anything at all.



              5 out of 5 from me on this one



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              A lovely bodty lotion if not a little expensive

              use a massive amount of body lotion, after every bath or shower that I take, I will use some body lotion. I have all different types in my bathroom, individual brands, ones that have come as part of sets and ones that match perfume that I have. The body lotion that I am going to be reviewing today is my Weleda Organic wild Rose Body lotion. The Weleda brand was quite unknown to me until a friend brought me a couple of their products as a birthday present. I have since learned more about the range and that they have quite an extensive product range. Here are my thoughts on the body lotion.


              The body lotion that I have is in the 200ml sized bottle, you will be looking at paying around the £14.00 mark for this. As I was researching the price for the purpose of this review, I was a little surprized at what I think is quite a high price tag. The availability was also something of an eye opener, whilst I know that you can get the brand from online beauty retailers such as the Look Fantastic and All Beauty websites you can also get this in larger Boots stores, I only have a small Boots store in my local town but you can get this online from Boots as well.


              The body lotion comes in a plastic cream and pink bottle, at first glimpse I thought that this was a bottle of bubble bath or shampoo, it had an unusual shape that was taller than other body lotions I had owned, there is a dispenser at the top of the bottle. There is a pink box that comes with the body lotion that has a great deal of information on it about the body lotion, most of this is also repeated onto the bottle. There is instructions for use, information on the body lotion and ingredients that have been used.


              We are told by the Weleda brand that this has a formula of rose oil, jojoba oil and these plant oils will are fast absorbed by the skin and will rejuvenate the skins appearance, I guess I just love applying body lotion once I have got out of the bath and that my skin is left feeling soft after applying, I was not so fussed about the appearance.


              This body lotion was a little runnier than what I am used to but it still had a luxurious creamy feel about it, it went on with ease and moved around my skin really well, the lotion was fast absorbed which I liked and then I was just left with the lovely soft scent on my skin, the roses felt really refreshing, this was not a chemically scent product at all.


              Whilst I would be happy to recommend the body lotion, I am not sure that it really justifies its expensive price tag, the body lotion just seemed to be that bit to pricey for me, the body lotion didn't do anything that other body lotions that I have got does, but these body lotions are a fraction of the Weleda lotions price. The body lotion is good and I like that the scent is long lasting but I would be hesitant to buy it as I know others are that bit cheaper.


              3 out of 5 from me on this one


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              29.11.2013 08:41
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              A great, modern reliable machine

              We have just had a new fax machine in our office, whilst the other one needed a new part that was probably going to cost as much as the old fax machine, the bosses decided to move us into the real world and get us a fax that was a little more modern shall we say. The fax that we have now got is a Canon L2000 model. We have had Canon photocopiers in the past so I knew a little about the brand. We are told that the Canon L2000 High end laser fax will "offer high end productivity that includes high end clarity and a high end print resolution" We were all keen to give this a go in my office, there is myself and 2 other colleagues that would be using it. Here are my thoughts.



              Whilst the fax machine / copier was brought by our IT department and we had special rates as we use the local Supplier a lot, brought as an individual item, the Fax machine will cost you around the £350 figure, whilst it may seem a lot to pay out in the first instance and I do appreciate that, the money is soon clawed back through the great quality and time and convenience of having a productive product.



              The Fax machine as I mentioned is by the canon brand, the Canon logo features on the front of the fax machine but this is quite minimal, there are 2 paper trays on the front of the copier / machine. There is also the tray that has the feed for any faxes being sent as well as those being received in. On the right hand side of the fax is the number pad and menu function keys. Whilst we all had a little look through the instruction manual that came with the machine, most of it is either self-teaching or it can be worked out from the easy to navigate menu function.



              Whilst we had IT come in and set this up, I am assured it was relatively pain free! Now on of the key things for me is that this has a security setting on where we can add a password to the printer. You are able to add 50 confidential mailboxes to the machine and only upon putting password in will it release your prints, working within a payroll department; this is an essential facility for me when there am not just me using the device.



              The fax machine has proven itself to be really reliable, it has all the functions that you would come to expect from a fax machine, receipts, error messages, retry on busy function but what I like is that there are also a couple of other functions that have impressed me. The whole transition process is very speedy, you type the fax number in and it is received in seconds, the image on the copy is also of a high standard.



              I have been using the fax machine on a regular basis for some time now, I have found the function really easy to use and it has never let me down. I like the robust and yet compact feel of the actual design of this and that something as simple as that the paper doesn't jam up. Whilst this does have the function to copy a document, this is not what its main purpose is for me, even though the laser prints are of a high quality, it does get used less than the fax function. It is a handy function to have and for those that don't do that much printing, you could use this as a main source.



              The only small criticism that I have is that I would like to see the default function on the menu options be that after a fax has been received, we get a receipt, this seems a little wasteful to me and unless you think toy reset this you get a bit of paper waste.



              I would be more than happy to recommend this product, efficient and well deigned; it is also very effective in what it does.



              4 out of 5 from me on this one

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              • HP ZR24w / LCD Monitor / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                28.11.2013 08:14
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                A great monitor from the HP brand.

                We had been thinking about changing the PC monitor that we had at home for some time, but we have recently sort around to doing our spare room up and we have took the plunge and updated our monitor. I had never really given it much thought, it was something that my husband was suggesting we should do and so we started looking around. Our old computer screen was quite small and so part of the reason for change was that we wanted to get a larger screen area. Whilst we both looked around, I was the one looking at the price and my husband at the specifications and we eventually settled on the HP ZR24w Monitor, here are my thoughts on the product.



                Monitors are definitely not the cheapest thing on the market. I was quite stunned at the price that some of them can go up to; I guess they are important if you are going to be using them on a regular basis but for us it is more of a part time use. The monitor cost us around the £200.00 mark which I have to be honest and say this was a little bit more than I wanted to pay but my husband seemed pleased with the deal. We got it online from PC World; they seemed to have a far better range on their website than they did in my local store. You can also get this from Staples and John Lewis and the price tag tends to be the same no matter where you make the purchase from.



                The monitor was most definitely larger than my old one; this is a 24" sized screen. Whilst I could sit and watch YouTube videos for hours, my husband is more than happy to sit and watch sport on thee that he cannot get through the TV channels. There is a black base that allows the monitor to stand off the desk or table that you put it on. There is then a very thin black border that runs around the screen. On the bottom right hand side of this border are a couple of control buttons that allow you to change your personal settings.



                We are told by the HP brand that the monitor has an "extreme visual performance that has comfort adjustments and power saving features to meet your individual demands. Whilst I am not into the technical aspects, this monitor has a 1920 x 1200 resolution and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. It also has an 85% sufficient power supply. If you are not as technical as me, this monitor basically allows you to change the brightness, resolution and angle that the monitor sits at.



                If you do want to change any of the above features, all you need to do is use the simple to use buttons, this brings up a menu on screen and it is very easy to navigate around. As I have mentioned I am not that technical but I have noticed a great quality about this screen, picture seem so much brighter and clear, clarification when I am reading documents is much better, I even watched a TV program on there as it felt that comfortable. There is no glare that comes off the screen wither.



                The size difference from my smaller monitor does seem to make things that bit better as well; I seem to be able to notice things better on my screen when using it for work based things from time to time, for example just my icons seem to be so much better placed to pick out.



                In summary, I wold be more than happy to recommend his product, whilst there is that initial pay-out, this works well to give you a great quality picture on screen. It is also quite robust and it stands well on my desk.



                5 out of 5 from me on this one



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                A great DIY tool!

                Whilst I may not turn my hand to all things DIY, I don't mind getting stuck in and when we moved house a couple of years ago there were all sorts of different things that needed doing with the house. I am happy to paint, follow instruction manuals and put things together from flat pack and the product that I am going to be reviewing today is our Dewalt Cordless Screwdriver, the product being the DC600KA model. I decided that our household, me and my husband would benefit from one as it takes so much of the hard work and time saving out of doing it the manual way. I knew that my Dad had a cordless screwdriver and so I asked his advice and after having a quick look around we opted for this model, here are my thoughts.,

                The Dewalt range is one that I have come to learn is quite the player in the DIY market. The screwdriver was an initial pay-out but I feel it has been a great investment, I have lost count of the amount of times that I have now used it. The cordless screwdriver will cost you around the £70.00 mark. We were quite fortunate as we purchased ours in the January sales and we had a local branch of Screw fix open by us so they had some great deals on so we paid nearer the £50.00 price tag for ours. There are a number of other places that have the screw driver in stock, Amazon are stockists as well as various tool shops online. The other place that stock this is B and Q. it is worth shopping around to get the best price.

                The screw driver comes and it is black and yellow in colour, it has the Dewalt logo on the side and it actually felt a little bit lighter than I thought it would, not that it is to lightweight and flimsy, this is a robust product in my opinion. There are 8 different settings that come with this screwdriver, there is also the charger that allows you to power this up, also included are the batteries.



                There are 2 speed settings as well as a reverse setting. I first started on the lowest setting, just whilst I was getting to grips with this, getting to grips is the word as there is a well thought out rubber grip on the on the handle of the screwdriver so you can hold this firmly in place when getting to grips with the screws.



                Where I have found that I have benefited the most from using this is when I actually need to undo screws as opposed to screwing it in, it just takes all of the hard work out of the process and it also saves so much time. It helps when there are screws in those difficult to reach places, it does the turning for you as opposed to me having to turn my hand around and move my wrist.



                I have been using this for a couple of years now and find that when using this to do a screw up it works really efficiently, I now feel much more confident using the faster speed setting. With the eight different settings that come with the screwdriver, I have never not been able to find a fitting that is not compatible with the screws.



                I would have no hesitation in recommending this product, whilst I lacked confidence at first, it is really easy and safe to use. The screw driver is really good for saving time, helping with those screws that have been in place for some time and need removing., The screwdriver needs an hour to charge itself back up so I would now rather wait than attempt anything manual!



                4 out of 5 from me on this on, the price is a little eye watering I guess.



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                • Philips GC4860 / Iron / 21 Readings / 20 Ratings
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                  A great iron, efficient and effective

                  The irons that I have always brought in the past and believe me there have been a few have always been at the cheap end of the market, when I have had to go out and purchase a replacement model I have always been and got it from somewhere that I know will not just stock them but have them a t a lower-price, so I have looked in supermarkets and high street stores, when a Tesco iron recently broke on me I decided that I would do some research into the type of Iron that I wanted first and look at the different product specifications before making my purchase, I decided that I wanted a steam iron and a good variable temperature feature and after doing my research on sites like this and product reviews on the shopping sites themselves I decided to invest in the Philips Iron GC4860. Here are my thoughts on the iron.


                  The iron is slightly more expensive to irons that I have purchased in the past, the cost of this one is around the £50.00 mark which I appreciate is a little steep but seeing as I was let down by the cheaper irons in the past I fully prepared myself to pay that little bit more. The iron is one that you can get in a number of different places, I first went and looked at the Iron in the Curry's store but they also have them in Argos, after looking at it, I saw that the iron was a few pounds cheaper in the Amazon store so I made my purchase in there. It is worth shopping around but for me, I wanted to have a feel of the iron before I purchased it.



                  The iron arrived well packaged, and upon opening you will see that the iron is black and white in colour with the Philips logo on the side in small lettering. There is a small instruction booklet, safety information and a 2 year guarantee. There are a number of functions that the iron can do, most operated from a couple of buttons that are sat at the top of the iron. Whilst there are some technical details with the iron, for example it works off 2600 watts of power, there is an electronic safety switch off system and there is also a calc system that stops the build up of lime scale on the iron. However it was how the iron worked and the temperature settings that were most important to me.



                  There was a generous amount of electrical lead that came with the iron, just over a metre, it also swivels around when you are ironing so it gave a great amount of flexibility. The iron heats up very quickly, I set it on the cotton fabric setting and started off with my husband's work tops. The iron glided over the fabric with ease, it felt very light and easy to work with. The handle on the iron is easy to grip your hand around, it is smooth and there I feel really comfortable with it, even when doing a larger amount.



                  The steam shot function worked really well, the press of a button allowed you to add some steam to those stubborn creases, I found this great as I tend to let my ironing build up and so the creases are in the fabrics for a few days, during these winter months I have noticed that it works great as I am drying things on my airer as opposed to outside and the creases tend to be even more stubborn than ever.



                  The dial that sets the temperature for your fabrics is just under the grip handle, It is clearly marked out for the varying settings and unlike other irons that I have previously owned where it is only slightly different with regards to temperature this was much better, silks were easy to iron and I didn't worry about the iron being to hot for thinner and more delicate fabrics.



                  I am not sure if it is all down to the cost of the iron, with it being more than the other irons that I have had in the past but this one just felt easier to use, not just in the ironing of the fabrics but also in the working of the iron itself, I would be more than happy to recommend it, the quality really does come through.



                  5 out of 5 from me with this one



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