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I first came across Thomann on comparison and search sites whenever I looked for musical equipment so I was quite confident it would be a good site. We were looking for a 12 string guitar (which I have also reviewed separately) and www.thomann.uk seemed the obvious place. They are German based but have staff from France UK and Finland, and when you purchase something the same person will deal with you from completing your order to delivery to complete satisfaction of goods received.
This I found from experience in-valuable, the 12 string guitar we bought had very slight damage to the base, I emailed them and they replied within a day explaining clearly the returns and replacement procedure. Within a couple of weeks we had a brand new 12 string guitar delivered in perfect condition. Such a nice change to receive this great customer service.
Overall good quality musical instruments and parts at very reasonable prices and with exceptional customer service, what more could you ask for in a company.
Nescafe original coffee in my opinion is the best all round choice for a genuinely nice cup of coffee.
The 300g jar can often be found on offer at 2 for £5 which then becomes very good value for money. One full jar fits nicely into my coffee storage jar which is an absolute plus as there is nothing worse than little bits of coffee in a large jar having to be stored.
The extra bonus - the 300g jar contains a rip off tab on the back label worth 3 beans which can be exchanged for gifts on the nescafe website www.nescafe.co.uk they are dated but usually it is about a year so plenty of time to save. Previous gifts included mugs, dressing gowns and photo shoots.
Nutritional info is on the back label but I don't know anyone that is ever interested in this for coffee but if you need it it is1 kcal per serving if that helps anyone (don't forget to add your sugar and milk).
Les Paul is the ultimate rock players guitar, built in the USA they all have a unique serial number which is registered on their website www.gibson.com so you can see your guitars history. They are solid seasoned and matured mahogany which gives the player a rich colourful tone, which other guitars can lack
When you hold a Gibson Les Paul in your arms you feel like the guitarist you want to be, following in the footsteps of the likes off Jimmy Page. For a price tag of around £2000 it is worth every penny, however you may not play it as much as your other guitars as it has a special place in your heart, it becomes a personal pleasure rather than one to share.
This guitar will last you a lifetime as you will never want to trade it in, it will always be in your collection and therefore well worth the price tag, the value will also hold as it is a very sought after guitar.
I joined Dooyoo in the hope to raise some extra cash as well as to practice my typing and reviewing skills, but it seems I am learning so much more, each time I come onto the site I find something else that I hadn't even thought would be reviewed and it is fantastic.
I have had a couple of review which are not at an acceptable standard and I do agree with this result, it does take a bit of getting used to. I am finding by reading others reviews I get a better understanding of what is required and I am building a good product knowledge. I have noticed people asking me if I know anything about certain products.
Thanks Dooyoo for giving this to the general public as you can't beat a bit of honesty when you are looking to buy anything from the Ipad to Toothpaste (yes I have reviewed both) and sometimes it is good to see the average person tell you how they get on with a product rather than those that have helped design it. I want to know how Joe Bloggs uses something because the chances are that is how I will be using it.
I would recommend to anyone, if they want to try something new, just type the name in the search, someone has usually already tried tested and commented on it.
I absolutely love VistaPrint and find myself on there at least once a month getting a free mug, T shirt, bag, postcards, pen the list goes on, it is a bit like "try before you buy" you usualy get to buy 1 item free (postage only) or 4 for the price of 1. The offers vary but usually the free option is always there. Great if you are not sure of the quality before you go and order more.
Once you have bought from them once they seem to send you emails with more and more offers on and quite frankly it is hard to ignore all the "free" items. They almost are free with only the need to pay postage, which is usually around £5. You can upload your own photos or images or they have a library of images you can use. I have done both and have been really happy with the quality of the items I have received, of course they are trying to get you to buy more and I know one of my friends now get's all her business cards as well as extra's from them.
If you choose the cheapest postage option your items can take around 21 day's but depending on what you have bought they quite often come before that, you also have various options to speed up delivery at additional postage costs.
They are a good site whether personal or professional use. Printed T shirts for Hen nights and birthday's, invitations, stamps, they sell just about everything and once you are a member you can recommend friends to the site for additional money of the things you buy.
Overall a fantastic site, easy to use with some good bargains.
I have always had sensitive teeth especially with the cold air and cold drinks so quite often buy a sensitive toothpaste, however they never seem to suit the whole family as the taste is quite often strong and not really nice.
I decided to try Colgate sensitive while it was on offer in Sainsbury's, as with all sensitive toothpastes they are quite a bit more expensive than the usual but thought this was worth a try.
It was the same size tube at 75ml and cost around £1 more than standard. The family were impressed with the taste as they didn't realise it was sensitive until I told them, however we all thought it wasn't as throffy as usual but I think this is the same with all brands of sensitive toothpaste, it must be something in the ingredients that makes it less so. This did not cause an issue with me or my family. I have been using it for a couple of day's now and unlike Sensodyne have not noticed any significant improvement in sensitivity but it does make your mouth really feel like you have given your teeth a really good clean.
Overall I think it is not really worth the money, Colgate standard toothpaste in my opinion gives the same results.
My daughter has come back home to stay and bought some coffee mate with her, I am now hooked so thought I would share my review with you.
You can buy a smaller pack but I now buy a 500g pack for around £2 and this will last me approx 3 or 4 weeks (75 servings) depending on how much coffee we both drink. I add 2 teaspoons to a mug of coffee as directed on the pack and it gives my coffee a smooth creamy taste. I find it very useful as the milk in our house also lasts that little bit longer. It does leave your mouth slightly dry and I am not sure if that is because you are drinking the coffee hotter than usual.
The technical bit
It is a blend of Glucose Syrup and Vegetable oil which sound horrible to me so I wont share the rest of the ingredients but for those dieters each serving contains 35Kcal and 1.7g saturated fats, not great but we are going for taste.
For more info you can visit their website at www.nescafe.co.uk or contact them at www.nestle.co.uk
Overall a great taste at a reasonable price.
I was totally engrossed when I read this book, it is a humorous tale of a Sam and Lucy's desperation to have a baby, Lucy crying at every baby shop window and Sam feeling sick at the thought of a snotty nosed kid in his life, it is written in almost diary form, Sam has been sacked from his job and is now writing a film script about their trials and decided to read Lucy's diary to get the woman's view. There is so much good stuff in this book, you really need to read it and the hippy remedies are hilarious.
I found it hard to put this book down, I went from laughing to crying at the turn of a page, the film "maybe baby" does not do this book justice, the characters you create in your mind that are so well written really enables you to feel their pain as well as laugh at their joy.
It was rumoured that this was a book about Ben Elton's own trials and tribulations in trying for a baby, but that was never confirmed, however to write this book with such feeling makes me feel it must have been a subject close to his heart.
I would recommend a few people hire this book from the library as it is a very good book to talk about as it goes through all the emotions, I think even the men may like this one for the humour
Inconceivable is available new from www.amazon.co.uk from £4.93 in paperback.
I bought a bottle of Drench Blackcurrant and apple drink from our canteen today and was quite taken aback by the flavour, it was very intense and fruity, in my opinion a little too intense which had the adverse effect of making my mouth feel a little dry after rather than refreshing drenched feeling.
The front of the bottle states "juicy spring water" and they are not kidding with "juicy" seriously juicy would be more apt. It comes in a clear bottle so you can clearly see the red drink inside which is what first prompted me to buy it, I love red foods and drinks they always have stronger flavours.
Back of pack states "At drench you'd expect us to only drink water but then sometimes, we just want a bit of taste too. Its time to drench your taste buds..... Well that sums it up for me, it does what it says and amazingly contains no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners.
Overall I would say taste wise 5/5 as it is really tasty, but thirst quenching only a 2/5 therefore as a complete I will give 4/5 as I was so impressed with the flavour.
Lunch time is fast approaching and I need a little something to take the edge off a very busy day, that will give me a small chocolate kick, when a familiar song comes into my head,
Sing along if you know the tune:
A finger a fudge is just enough to give the kids a treat
A Cadbury fudge is just enough until it's time to eat
It's full of Cadbury goodness but very small and neat
A finger a fudge is just enough ........
I think that's how it went.
I popped to the vending machine and I was in luck, at only 17p and 115 calories I was sold. The familiar Orange and purple wrapper was calling to me, and to make me feel all patriotic there is a message on the pack stating "official treat provider of London 2012"
Well you really do get a small, keep you going, couple of bites but for the money and size it gets 5 stars from me, thin chocolate outside with a smooth fudge inside mmmm.
Bought a bar of Aero caramel for a change and was more than a little disappointed, for some reason and quite unexpectedly, aero and caramel really do not go well together, you lose the bubble texture of the aero to the weak flavour of the caramel, it is really not for me. I wonder if they have just got the mix wrong the ratio of bubbley chocolate to smooth caramel.
The chocolate bar itself appears thinner and is much smaller than other bars, the packet is browns which is to be expected. Cost price is around the same as a usual bar,which gives the impression of a fuller flavour that does not need the chunky chocolate which I think adds to the disappointment.
Overall this is not a chocolate bar for me, I would not even recommend a try as hubby loves caramel chocolate but even he said it was lacking something. It leaves you wondering what was missing.
Hubby bought me some Pringle's for Valentines day and I really enjoyed them.
I know you are all probably aware of them, but they come in a variety of flavours but my favourite is Original. They are packaged in a red tube containing 165g of crisps towered one on top of the other which utilises the tube so well, you get a full pack unlike crisps where the pack is only half full.
They are slightly salted and very crunchy so go very well with a nice bar of chocolate, in my opinion. I like to eat them whole one at a time, lovely, however turn one upside down and you have a duck bill.... do you remember the advert lol. They are good for sharing as there are quite a few in the tube, a great product to buy whilst on offer, we got them for 99p and the best before dat is March 2012 so you could stock up for Christmas.
Overall a good buy when on offer stock right up.
When we bought our Bloodhound the previous owners gave us the dog cage as well. I would never have got one otherwise as I had always thought they were a bit cruel locking your pet in a cage, however my view soon changed.
I was lucky that Archie was already established in his cage but I was advised that to begin with it should be viewed as his bedroom, a nice place to go, not somewhere for punishment but rather somewhere they can feel safe, although later on if they do something wrong you can tell him to go to bed and they do. Later on you can also leave the cage door open as they become more trustworthy.
The cage was a godsend at tea time and when we left for work as he was happy to go in there, we knew he was safe and so was our house.
I now view the cage very differently and would highly recommend them for all dogs.
You can get them from good pet shops, but you may find ebay cheaper at anything from £10 - £50 depending on the size, I would think a second hand one in good condition would be as good as a new one as they seem quite sturdy.
Overall, a must for new dog owners.
I bought the Avon Care Rich Moisture Glycerine hand and nail cream fro Avon at 99p (it was on offer at this time), it was recommended to me by several work colleagues who swear by it.
I comes in a 125ml tube and states it contains calcium and vitamin E which restores moisture to hands and help protect against drying, leaves nails looking more healthier and shiny.
To use just rub into your hands, I squirt a blob on to front and back of one hand and rub in, it has a very slight smell to it, it rubs into you hands very easily and does make them feel smooth, I apply as when throughout the day. The people I work with wear gloves all day so at lunch they apply the hand cream and they all say it really makes a difference to their hand and nails, they then eat their lunch and state the cream does not taint their food but be careful when picking up your cup, your hands are still a little slippery.
A very popular product for the work place, highly recommended
All I want from a fabric conditioner is to stop static on my clothes, if I use nothing or a 3 in 1 powder/liquid the static is impossible which also causes far more static shocks every time I go near anyone. With this in mind so long as it solves this problem the the cheaper the better...... within reason.
Easy fabric conditioner comes in a variety of fragrances and 1lr or 2ltr sizes, I prefer the 1litre as it fits better in the cupboard next the the laundry liquid. In this instance I bought Lavender Lullaby 1ltr, concentrated, which is purple. The packaging states 30 washes which I believe is about right when using a capful.
Smell, static and softness
The smell from the bottle is quite strong perfumed but pleasant smell, I can smell this on my clothes when wearing them so am very pleased with this as I do only use a capful in my wash. #The liquid itself is very thin, I did wonder if it was just perfumed water, but I do not get any static in my clothes so another tick there. It doesn't soften in the way that will make you hug your towels but it does stop them feeling stiff and horrible so a little tick here too.
Overall a good product for the price