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      04.09.2014 01:55
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      Great.

      ~ Elastoplast Water Resistant Plasters ~

      Elastoplast have been around for over 80 years so they must be doing something right.

      I bought these in the summer as having four boys there's always some sort of accident due to happen, usually involving my 7 year old! I bought these in Boots for around £2.40 for a pack of 40 assorted plasters and I thought this was quite good value.

      I wanted water resistant plasters as in the summer holidays my boys love to play with water pistols or in the pool (weather permitting).

      In the pack you get a nice assortment of square, rectangle and small dot plasters. It's the rectangular strip ones that probably get used the most by us though. The plasters come in their own little pack ensuring they are sterile before use and they are easy enough to apply by simply making sure the white material part is over the graze/cut and the rest sticks to the skin. It does stick well and stays put until you want to peel it off.

      They are water resistant and work really well, we have used many of these over the holidays and they have all stayed put whilst the children have been playing so I think they are great.

      To get them off I just peel away the sides and they come off easily, but with the boys they like to make out it's a painful ordeal so I use baby oil to loosen the stickiness ensuring removing the plaster is a painless process.

      I have needed one of these over a cut on my finger from a knife and it has stayed put whilst I am doing the dishes and cleaning up around the house, I would recommend them if you are looking for a water resistant plaster.

      Thanks for reading :o) x

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      23.08.2014 02:07
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      Helps keep blonde hair bright.

      I am naturally fair but dye my hair a really light shade of blonde and to keep it looking bright and not brassy I like to use products specially made for blonde hair and that is why I started buying products from the Pro-Voke Touch of Silver range.

      I bought this shampoo along with the Twice Weekly formula too. The Twice Weekly shampoo is correctly named as using it everyday can cause your hair to take on a violet like tone, but using this Daily Maintenance shampoo in between will keep your hair colour looking bright without it taking on any violet pigments.

      This shampoo is a pale violet in colour and has a nice consistency, it's easy to work into the hair and lather up and rinses out with ease, after using it I notice my hair looks healthy and bright so I would say it works great for me.

      I would recommend using this alongside the Twice Weekly one as I am sure that by using them together helps stop any brassiness coming to the hair.

      The scent is clean and fresh but not fruity or floral, just clean smelling I suppose.

      It is suitable for people with white, blonde or platinum coloured hair.

      I find this really useful in the first few weeks of me colouring my hair as it ensures my blonde stays nice.

      It can be bought in stores like Boots, Asda and even the lower priced places like Savers.

      It comes in a large plastic bottle, with a flip top lid.

      You only need a small amount so the bottle will last a good while, I wash my hair everyday and this lasts me around a month, so at £2 a bottle it's not a bad price.

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      23.08.2014 00:05
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      Great stuff!

      I have been a user of Batiste Dry Shampoo for years and it is something I buy quite regularly.

      When I was scanning the shelf to buy some a while back this really stood and caught my eye as the can has a lovely design. It's really retro and patterned with a ditsy cherry print on a minty coloured background. I love all tings retro so this has been a regular purchase ever since.

      Batiste is great to use if you are in rush in the morning and haven't got time to wash your hair before dashing out as a quick spray of this banishes oily roots and leaves hair feeling and looking clean and fresh, it's also great for when your hair is feeling a little flat and lifeless as this adds a nice boost of volume, making your hair easier to style.

      I mainly use it for the second reason as I find my hair often falls flat no matter how much hair spray I use to keep it looking styled and nice! I spray this, holding the can slightly away from my head, and aim it at the roots, whist quickly moving my hair to reveal the underneath hair to get it there too, I then use my fingers to brush it through and style it however I want. It really helps, and my hair will hold a style much better with the added help of this.

      All the dry shampoos do the same job and to be honest all smell quite familiar but this does have a sweet cherry hint that is really nice.

      I hair blonde hair so don't notice any white residue on my hair but on dark hair it can be visible so I would recommend that you make sure it is properly worked into the hair before heading out.

      It can be bought for around £2 a can.

      I hope this helps, thanks for reading x

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      22.08.2014 15:27
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      A brutal story told with such bravery.

      I recently bought the book My James - The Heart-rendering Story of James Bulger whch is told by his father Ralph Bulger. I knew this was going to be a really sad tale of the little boys short life and I was in two-minds whether or not to actually read it as I knew it would reduce me to tears but I did read it and cried I did.

      I am sure everyone is very well aware of James Bulger and the awful events that took place to lead to his untimely death but for those who aren't familiar with what happened this book holds nothing back. He was taken by two 10 year old boys and subjected to so much torture that even the thought of it chills me, which I expect it does to others too.

      We see that James was a lovely, boisterous little lad who was full of fun, he was just short of his third birthday when he was taken but the memories his father tells us shows he packed a lot into those short years. He sounded like an adorable little boy with a hint of cheekiness just like all little boys!

      Reading the book just reduced me to tears, the terror that the little boy must have felt is just too much too bear, it's terrible to think that another child could inflict such torture on another child. Reading about the search, to his body being identified was chilling. There's nothing spared so you get to know everything. I felt a little uneasy wanting to read this book as you don't really want to know about the bad stuff that happens but if his father was brave enough to write it then why shouldn't I read it? His love for James shows throughout it all and that is great to read.

      Not only was James' life taken but this awful crime broke up a family too so it didn't just stop at the poor baby, but tear everything up. Ralph does continue his fight for justice though all these years after which is amazing.

      There are a few pages of photographs in the book and even they had me in tears, this was just a mindless crime that really did shake the nation.

      It's a hard book to read, but with the honesty and bravery he had to write it, it's definitely worth the tears.

      I don't think anyone will ever forget James, and hopefully through his parents words he will be remembered for the loving little boy he was and not a victim to two psychopathic kids.

      R.I.P. James, you memory will live on.

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    • Jagermeister / Liqueur / Cocktails / 15 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      19.08.2014 19:50
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      Jagerbomb, Jagerbomb, Jagerbomb!!!!!

      I lurve Jagermeister. If I could leave this review at just that I probably would! But I can't so I will go on ....

      I was never really familiar with Jagermeister until bars and clubs started doing the Jagerbomb promotions, and since then this has been my tipple of choice.

      It's a herbal liqueur with a alcohol percentage of 35. It is produced and bottled by Mast-Jagermeister SE Wolfenbuttel Germany. It comes in a bottle green glass bottle that is rectangular with a rounded shoulder with a short neck and a metal screw cap on top. The sides are embossed with the Jagermeister logo. It's a pretty distinctive bottle and stands out on the shelf.

      As soon as you open the bottle you are hit with the herby scent that reminds me a little of Kill-Koff cough medicine! I do like it though. It's a dark brown liquid which suits the scent and taste of the stuff just perfectly.

      It is of course best served Ice Cold.

      I tend to drink it in the Jagerbomb style and mix a shot of this with Red Bull, it's not a drink for the faint hearted as you have the alcohol and the sugar buzz all at the same time, it is also a very sweet drink so I tend to mix between this and lager through the night.

      It mixes well with any other liquid, doesn't cause any curdling and always tastes great, it's nice with lemonade and ice too.

      The only downfall of this drink is the high price tag. A small 35cl bottle will set you back around £10 whist the larger 70cl will set you back around £20. Sometimes I do buy the cheaper alternatives which I will admit don't have the exact same taste but are near enough, they also are not as strong but are always atleast half the price of this.

      I think this is a great drink to have with friends and it can certainly liven up a night out.

      Thanks for reading, I hope this helps you x

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        19.08.2014 19:21
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        They seem to be working for me.

        I have been following the Slimming World diet plan since February and have been doing really well, I was loosing at a good, steady pace when I suddenly hit a wall and couldn't shift anything, I wasn't going up, but I wasn't going down either so I took it upon myself to seek out some magic boost ... And no I don't mean the chocolate bar although I was very tempted!

        I was reading on a forum online when I came across people chatting about these pills - African Mango and also Raspberry Keytones. I didn't know which to choose but after some more reading I decided upon the African Mango, nothing lost, nothing gained apart from 17 quid!

        As soon as they came I started taking them. They come in a little jar and are white easy to swallow capsules. You are to take 2 a day before food, with water. I take one with my dinner and one with my tea as I don't tend to eat breakfast much. I didn't know what to expect but I was hoping for good results and after taking them for nearly a week I went into my slimming class for the weekly weigh in to find I had lost 2lb. I don't know whether I should accredit this to the African Mango pills but these are the only thing I did differently after the whole weight plateau for weeks on end.

        I didn't feel hungry after taking them, so I think they suppressed my appetite which is great, there's nothing worse than feeling hungry when on a diet.

        These Bio Synergy African Mango capsules are high strength and apparently it's the seeds in the African Mango which have powerful fat burning properties. They can increase metabolism and help reduce fat, they are also high in fibre which aids digestion.

        I do think they work for me as I am now back to loosing a steady 1 - 2lb a week which I am happy with. I have had weeks where I have lost 3 and 4lb too and I am sure these are giving me the boost I need.

        I would recommend them, as I see no harm in trying them, they seem to work well for me. I have lost another 10lb since taking them a few weeks back, I haven't got many left in this tub so will be ordering more, I have seen that Holland & Barratt do their own version which are cheaper so I may give these a try as I can get these in my town centre rather than having to order.

        I hope this helps, thanks for reading x

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        19.08.2014 18:38
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        Great all round protection for your iPhone.

        For my birthday my hubby bought me a Hot Pink Supergets iPhone flip case for my phone, he thinks I need something that will cover the whole of my phone but I disagree and prefer my phone with a sleeker case, but I do see his point, this case is ideal if you throw your phone into your bag as it cannot get marked, scratched or damaged at all.

        It is simple to fit the phone into the case as it sits snuggly into the plastic casing inside the flip case. On the other side are slots like you would get in a wallet in which you can store your bank/credit cards, money or even travel cards. It has a magnetic clasp which keeps it closed.

        The iPhone sits firmly in the case and feels safe and secure, the front flip cover folds right back when you want to use the phone so it isn't annoying in any way and can also act as a stand if you so wish for it to do so, by simply angling the flap, forming a triangle with the whole case allows it to stand upright.

        It does look nice, and is easy enough to use, but I just feel it is too bulky for me, in all honestly I prefer my phone near enough naked and try to use the slim plastic back cases just for protection, but I know this will come in handy when we go on day trips or on holiday when my phone is then just thrown in my bag rather being left on the counter at home.

        It is a professional looking case at a low price and they come in a good range of colours too. My was bought on Amazon for around £5 and it came with a pink stylus, cloth and screen protector so I think my hubby did get a bargain.

        Like I say I find it bulky but that's just me. I am not used to having cases on my gadgets others my find it just perfect.

        I would recommend, it's a sturdy case which provides all round protection for your phone.

        I hope this helps, thanks for reading x

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        • McVities Fruit Shortcake / Snacks / 10 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          19.08.2014 18:15
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          Delicious, scrummy, fruity biscuits.

          Fruit Shortcakes are probably my favourite biscuit and I usually opt for own brand biscuits simply because of the price differences but my local Premier store only stocks the Mcvites Fruit Shortcake biscuits so it was these I purchased. They were on offer so I only paid 90p which I thought was very fair.

          I don't eat many biscuits these days (dieting) so tend to buy what everyone else likes so they can carry on eating them but I can't, but I treated myself to these after I really fancied a sugar hit whilst in the shop, knowing I could savour a few later on with a cuppa.

          These biscuits are really morish and taste delicious, they have a slight sprinkle of sugar on the top and little currants are scattered through the biscuits, some more than others but I've to get a plain one which is a good thing!

          I do think they are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea and that is when I enjoy them most. They don't handle a long dunk just a slight dip and they soften a little bit still have the right amount of crunch and texture.

          When I have these I am quite happy to stop at 3 biscuits because they are quite sweet and satisfy any sugar cravings I may have. They are only 37 caloried per biscuit so I see these as a healthy alternative to a chocolate bar which is what I really want when I get the sugar cravings. I am following the Slimming World diet plan and these are just 2 syns each which again I think is brilliant.

          They are delicious, and I would highly recommend them.

          I hope this helps and thanks for reading x

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            19.08.2014 17:55
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            A good heart warming read.

            I purchased this book through the Amazon Kindle store a few months back and it cost me nothing! It is still free at the moment for the e-edition, but an actual book will set you back £8.42!

            I got this book simply because it was free, I don't think the cover particularly stands out so I probably wouldn't have bought it with actual money but I am glad I did get it as I did really enjoy it.

            I read the book over the course of a few nights whilst in bed and I think it made for excellent nighttime reading.

            The story follows Natalie, whom after her mothers death want's to get away from everything for some peace. And it is then that decides that she want to rent out her dream seaside cottage. Unfortunately, things don't go to plan, she is told that she can't have the property unless she goes on a date with Karl Messer (he is the agent), her brother won't allow her to take the dog and to top it all off she gets stuck with a ghost!

            The story is really quite heart warming as we meet Sean O’Shea, the cottages original owner, he makes himself noticed to Natalie and is surprised that she can actually feel then eventually see him. He seems to want to protect the house and Natalie and she feels the same about him.

            We see Natalie and Karls relationship take form which wasn't really much of a surprise from the onset.

            In all for a freebie this was a really enjoyable read with a nice twist at the end.

            Thanks for reading, I hope this helps.

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              19.08.2014 03:13
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              A sad read of Jade's life.

              From the minute she went into the Big Brother House, Jade Goody captured peoples attention, she was, as she would openly admit, like Marmite, you'd either love her or hate her. I for one liked her very much, she was ditsy and silly but loving and warm and I would say that I did follow her career afterwards and up until her sad passing on Mothers Day 2009. I bought this book and shed a few tears whilst reading it.

              The just shows Jade perfectly, you see her success as first of all a mother, and also as a business woman and also the ditsy, not so popular side. It makes for excellent reading and I know it sounds silly, but it's like she there reading it to you.

              The book is an honest account of her life right through her biggest battle which she sadly lost, but she did fight it so well, and with such dignity. We know she did so much publicly in her last months and this was for her childrens future, she didn't want them to have the deprived childhood that she had and she wanted to provide for them even though she wasn't to be around for them physically.

              This shows what a fighter she was and an inspiration I feel too. She did all she could to raise awareness of the disease that stole her life - Cervical Cancer, and in doing so she has saved many lives.

              She tells us of her deprived childhood, about her drug addict mother and how she dealt with this, then we read of the Big Brother fame and also the race row in the CBB show which very nearly destroyed her, we read about her entering the Indian version of BB where she was told about her cancer diagnosis. The shock and terror she must have felt is too hard to think about, being so far from her loved ones, it must have been so tough. It was then that she fought as hard as she could to save her life. By the time she died, I don't think there was anyone who wasn't touched by her plight, and her funeral was televised by Sky news. I think the amount of support shown for her at her funeral would have surprised Jade herself!

              Her boys were her world, and she loved them more than life itself. She did what she could for them until the day she died, which in a somewhat fitting tribute was on Mothers Day.

              She was an inspiration to many young women afterwards and I hope the legacy lives on.

              RIP Jade, your an angel, fly freely x

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                18.08.2014 02:37
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                A super soft, snuggly, cuddly bear.

                My cousin bought this as a gift to my son when he was born, it's a lovely little teddy bear and is so snuggly and soft. It lived on my sons shelf for a good while until he spotted it one day and asked for it, it soon became his comfort toy and is something he snuggles into when he is feeling sleepy.

                I think it makes a lovely keepsake and is a great gift for someone.

                The bear is very soft and feels really smooth, there's no loose pile and you could pop him at the bottom of the babies cot/crib/basket if you so wish.

                I have washed it numerous times now, but tend to stick to the 30c quick wash cycle as I don't want to damage him in anyway. The short cycle also means I can get it washed and dried without my son noticing, I have also tumble dried him and he suffered no adverse affects to this - tumble dried the bear that is not my son!

                The bears nightwear/clothes are so cute and they too are made from super soft material. This whole bear is just made for snuggling!

                I do believe this bear costs 9.99 and can be bought from Mothercare stores or online, it also comes in a cream and pink version too.

                It is suitable from birth and I think it makes a super gift for any new baby.

                He is a soft and cuddly little bear that any child will adore.

                I hope this has helped you and thanks for reading.

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                18.08.2014 02:22
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                A great little garage.

                My parents bought this Fisher Price Little People Racing Ramps Garage for Christmas last year. It came in a large box but still needed to be assembled. The garage is constructed from a nice strong plastic and it seems like it's one of the toys that will last years. It is all nice and bright, with a large red curly ramp, a yellow and green lift with orange flags, a blue base and white platforms. It has a petrol pump and a bell, it also came with two cars, one with a boy driver and one with a girl driver.

                The garage can also be used with any other car/vehicles you want as long as they are small enough to fit down the ramp, they don't have to be small as it is a decent size, it can handle cars bigger than matchbox type ones.

                It's quite a large garage but my son loves it so it does 'live' in the living room, he has toys in his bedroom but rarely bothers with them so I don't mind him keeping his favourites downstairs where he can get more use from them.

                I would definitely recommend this if you have children who like to play with toy cars as this is a great garage, it's really sturdy and looks fun with all the different bits to do with it, my son likes to line all his toy cars up on the platforms so it's a good place for him to store his cars too.

                It gets used pretty much every day and is still in great condition and I think he will be playing with this in a few years still.

                I hope this helps, thanks for reading x

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                18.08.2014 02:11
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                Much better can be found.

                I bought this for my son last year as he loves to draw so I thought this would be ideal, however it wasn't advertised as being a tabletop easel so when it arrived I was quite shocked by how small the box was. Despite it not being what I thought it was I decided to keep it (short of time). I built it up and immediately noticed how flimsy it was.

                The main board is double sided and framed with nice coloured wood around the edges, this then fits onto a frame with chunky plastic screws, and a small shelf sits underneath, on which to pop the bit's of chalk, magnets etc.

                My son wanted to flip the white side over to the chalk board side, so I unscrewed it and changed it over, the shelf fell off (not screwed into place and no option to either) after doing this process a few times, the board just seemed to get looser and looser until it collapsed, in all honestly I wish I had sent it back when I realised it wasn't quite what I expected.

                I wouldn't bother with this, the board by itself is still usable but that means I spent nearly 20.00 on a small chalk board! Not ideal.

                It's not a great design, the wood frame and plastic screws are useless and it's just flimsy. The shelf made from a strong card board surrounded by a wooden frame and it was this that mainly gave the stability so again, flimsy!

                Not good.

                Thanks

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              • Mothercare Bath Crayons / Baby Toy / 5 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                18.08.2014 01:58
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                Not the best idea!

                At 6.00 I was dithering about getting these bath crayons but my son loves bath time and drawing so in the end I gave in and bought them, how I wish I hadn't bothered.

                They look like they would be a fun bath toy and of course in theory they do sound great, we all know how kids like to draw and doodle on everything, so these do sound great but in reality they are useless!

                They just plain and simple do not work which then leads to tantrums. You can, if you press hard enough get some sort of mark on the side of the bath with them but you cannot actually draw with them, you get five crayons in the pack, an orange, red, green, yellow and blue and only the blue and red actually made any marks at all. Then after all the pressing with them I assumed it would just wash away, maybe need a quick rub with my hand, but no those marks stayed firm until I poured hot water from the shower over them, it must have melted it a little to be able to wipe it away.

                Useless!

                And of course there is the fact that these crayons are encouraging children to draw on surfaces that they are not actually supposed to be, so they are sending out the wrong message!

                These soon enough found themselves firmly in the bathroom bin, and I have vowed to never buy such items again!!!

                I can see that they are in a way a good idea but they are encouraging the wrong thing but they could potentially make bath time fun for kids who dislike it if they actually worked.

                Thanks for reading.

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                18.08.2014 00:34
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                Great robust little cars. Toot Toot!

                For Christmas last year my son was given lots of V-Tech vehicle toys and among the stuff was this little truck or two actually!

                This truck is part of the V-Tech Toot Toot range and these smaller vehicles go with the lager toys in the range or of course they can be used alone. When you press the front window it lights up and starts signing a little tune. They are really cute and all sing their own little tunes depending on what type of vehicle they are.

                The thing I like about these is that they are nice and chunky so suitable for little ones and also with them being chunky are great for them to grab and drive along. They are light but are quite robust as my son has dropped/thrown them many times with them suffering no adverse effects.

                The on/off switch is located on the underneath of the truck as is the battery compartment, this needs to be opened with a coin, you simply use the coin to unscrew the small screw and pop the batteries in or out. Our batteries are still going strong and haven't needed to be changed yet despite them being in use all the time, they are also quite sensitive and a knock of the toy box will set them off so you will get a right little ditty going on!

                I like them, they are not cheap but they are a toy that will last years and will still be used by the child at 5/6 years old as they are still cars!

                I hope this helps, thanks for reading x

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