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When my iphone 4 came to the end of its contract, I decided, rather than to immediately upgrade - I'd use a sim only deal whilst my phone was in good working order. This worked fine until about 6 months later when software updates via Apple rendered my phone almost useless. The new software made my phone glitch, and the apps/camera poor and painfully slow.
I trawled most phone dealerships and reviews of all the phones I could go for. In the end the simplicity of the iphone won and I decided to go for a sparkling new iphone 5c. Included in the box was my (green) iphone, charger (which is also the USB lead) and earphones (which seem to be too big for my ears!). The price of the contract was very reasonable at £27 a month on orange/EE and also claimed back £63 via topcashback which tracked and paid out very quickly!
Here are the technical specs if you are interested -
Display - 4-inch (diagonal)
Multi-Touch Retina display - Resolution 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
Storage - 16GB, 32GB1
Cellular - UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)2
Wireless data - 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth - 4.0 wireless technology
GPS - Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Camera - 8-megapixel camera for photos and 1080p HD video recording
FaceTime HD camera for video calls
Battery - Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery3
Talk Time - Up to 10 hours on 3G3
Standby Time - Up to 250 hours3
Internet Use - Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE and 10 hours on Wi-Fi3
Video Playback - Up to 10 hours3
Audio Playback - Up to 40 hours3
Dimensions - 124.4 mm x 59.2 mm x 8.97 mm4
Weight - 132 grams4
Input and output - Lightning connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, built-in microphone, SIM card tray
What it looks like -
Getting it out of the box, I was quite surprised at how thin and long it was compared to my old iphone 4. I was also slightly worried about the plastic look of it; however the more I've used it the more I've fallen in love. The shape is much more reminiscent of the old iphone 3, and feels much nicer in the hand with its smoothed down edges and it feels light, but sturdy. The colour is pleasing to the eye, but a little bit more neon than I was expecting. The screen is roughly 1 inch bigger than my iphone 4, which seemed huge to begin with, but after a little use I struggled to even read my old screen as it seemed super small in comparison!
In use -
I always give my phones an overnight charge (if possible) before using them, just so I can have a proper play without having the charger stuck out the bottom. I noticed with the charger that it is much smaller than my old IPhone 4 charger, and also can be inserted both ways which is ideal. It looks less flimsy than the older style and also seems to charge the phone much quicker which is always a bonus. The only downside I have found with this new charger is the fact it has a different shape to it, this means my old docking station now doesn't work with my new phone. I've heard you can buy adapters to change the slot but I've not yet looked into this.
Calling on the iphone is pretty self explanatory, as is messaging - there are self contained 'app' buttons which contain your contacts and/or messages. Both of which are quick and easy to navigate, especially if you are used to ios platforms. There is now also an option to video call, which means if your other caller has a front camera on their phone they can have a 'face to face' call with you, also there is an option for instant messaging from iphone to iphone. This seems to work well when you are in a wifi/3g area.
Apps are easy enough to find on the itunes store, and also if you are previous iphone user, you can just re-download your apps straight to your new phone. I thought this was a great idea, as it saves you paying again or losing them completely. My favourite apps are ebay, instagram, facebook, paypal, and my Lloyds banking app. All of which are super fast to use, there is no glitchiness or delay when opening them!
The camera so far has been fantastic and my favourite function on this phone. It's very easily accessible, from the lock screen you simply swipe upward. Also seeing as its 8 megapixels I've caught some amazing pictures. Also it seems to be great at picking up a picture in the dark, as opposed to the blurred mess the old iphone would pick up. It seems to be good at picking up pictures of fast moving objects (my children) with ease. There are options to change the filter of the lens too, which is fantastic if you don't want to use an editing app such as instagram with each photo.
Battery time has been better than the iphone 4, however I feel it leaves a lot to be desired. Apps such as youtube literally drain the battery in front of your eyes, and despite not over huge usage these phones still need charging once a day.
I really struggled to come to a decision over which phone to choose. There seems to be a huge market in this genre of smart phones. There are maybe 2-3 phones which are of equal or better spec than the latest iphones. I do however know that once you've used an iphone it's very hard to give up on them. They are extremely easy to navigate (my 3 and 4 year old use them with ease - think deleted apps and hundreds of funny faces in my albums!) I'm very happy with my decision so far; however I'm worried about future software upgrades rendering this phone as useless as my old one. I would say, if you are looking to go from an older iphone you will be pleased, the overall speed at which the phone operates at is much quicker.
So, I didn't actually mean to buy one of these deodorants, it was kind of an online food shop mistake. I ordered what I though (and what looked like) a full size can of deodorant. Then it arrived I laughed at the size but continued to use regardless as I like the smell. I purchased it on offer at £1.50 for 75ml from Tesco. When I looked further into these deodorants there seems to be a few different ranges and scents, all of which contain "motionsense" technology, which basically means when your body moves then the fragrance is release, quite clever I thought!
The container is roughly as small as a body spray kind of tin, although slightly dipped in the centre which means it feels comfortable and sturdy in your hand. The spray mechanism is unlike a normal spray, it's almost completely covered in an almost rubber panel, with which you press and out comes the spray.
I usually spray on after my morning shower, then pop in my bag for top ups during the day. The spray is lightly floral but not overpowering, it's sweet with almost a watermelon smell to it? The spray dries quickly and doesn't leave a lot of residue like some deodorants do. *The one thing I've found when spraying is that it makes a bit of a cloud, so make sure you have a breeze going through if you are sensitive to sprays or have children around*
I was pleasantly surprised by how long the scent lasted, on a day where I hadn't worn perfume on top I could still smell it's scent by finish of work at 5pm, and not funny smells or sweat spots from myself which is ideal.
Although when it arrived it wasn't what I thought it was, I'm actually very pleasantly surprised with it! I have since bought a few other scents in the same range and been equally pleased. I like the fact it's small enough to fit in my bag to take to work, I've also bought one for my draw at work.
When we were growing up, Christmas was never really an exciting time for me. I have vague memories of being chucked money in a card and that was it. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not being ungrateful, but as a small child you want it to be magical) I was set on my decision that once I had children then I would make it as magical and exciting as possible for them.
The run up...
On the first on December our little Elf arrives (part of the Elf on the Shelf tradition) He is kept safe from prying hands on a shelf during the day, then is placed in a 'scene' around the house each day. For example the children will one day find that elf is hanging from the lampshade, or has made snow angels on the worktop with flour. Elf can bring them little treats and craft activities to do throughout the month, rather like an advent calendar but a little more fun (& healthy!)
Our usual tradition for the tree is that the 'boys' which is my partner and my little boy go to collect a tree from a local farm on or around the 15th, they usually come back with one that's far too big and needs cutting, us girlies usually sort through all the decorations and have a crafty mince pie.
Christmas Eve is when Elf goes back to Santa to report back on any bad behaviour, and takes Santa's Christmas lists to him. Elf usually leaves some new Christmas pyjamas to wear on Christmas eve. We usually have a buffet style meal on Christmas Eve or a take away. The kids leave out a mince pie and a cup of milk for Santa, and a carrot for Rudolph, then head to bed in their cosy new pyjamas.
The big day...
Christmas day, we all wake up and open our stockings first. We usually buy small items for the stockings, then open main presents. We don't buy huge amounts for our children, usually a couple of good quality toys each, and we aren't the types to fill a whole room with presents! After the presents are opened we have a lovely breakfast of croissants and pastries. Our morning is usually spent visiting relatives, and last year we 'did' Christmas, this year however we've decided to be a little selfish and just have it as the 4 of us. It was just too hectic last year with a houseful and we didn't enjoy the day. For lunch or tea we will have the usually roast dinner and pull crackers with a glass of champagne or two. For supper we will have a selection of cold meats, pickles, leftovers and puddings (this is by far my most favourite bit!)
Boxing Day is usually spent with relatives, or my dad who puts on a second Christmas day for us. In the same fashion as the above. Lots of delicious foods to be had, it's no wonder we put on weight over Christmas.
We aren't religious people, so I suppose that makes us a bit hypocritical to celebrate the day. I do however hope that my children remember the magic of Christmas for long after they no longer believe. I also thinks it's lovely for them to have a day of being spoilt (they don't have many toys all through the year.
We decided (at the beginning of the new school term and with both children attending preschool) to buy these lunchboxes. We found them on offer in sainsburys for £4.50 each, I chose them a pink and a blue one each. Having bought their drinking bottles previously I was sure I'd be more than happy with them.
The box is made of two sections, the main "lunchbox" section then the lidded section. The lid is held together by a hinge rather than clipping it on. The lidded section is split into 3 separate hinged lidded compartments, the largest one contains a small screw top bottle. Our problems arose from the first time using it unfortunately. The bottom part of the lunchbox has barely enough room for just a sandwich (flat) there is no room for an apple, banana or yoghurt for example. You wouldn't be able to fit even a small pack of crisps into the large compartment alongside a sandwich. The top lid compartments are small, maybe enough room for a handful of grapes or segments of orange. The drinks bottle was unsuitable for our preschoolers as the neck of the bottle was large and they'd spill their drink
I feel disappointed with this item, the build quality seems ideal but little things bug me, like the lid flaps come out all the time. We stopped using these lunchboxes only a few weeks of using them, and I feel they were a waste of money. I wouldn't recommend.
Having two little ones we've been through probably every cup, bottle and drinking receptacle on the market. When they were toddler we used the Tommee Tippee spouted cups which were great, but when it was time for preschool we needed something a bit more "grown up" We saw these bottles in an array of colours in our local Asda store for £2 each which I thought was a reasonable price.
The bottle is made from a BPA free plastic, the plastic is neither too hard or soft (like water bottle plastic) it's soft enough that you can squeeze it to push the water through the spout - much to the children's delight! The spout twists on, then you twist it the opposite way to push up the drinking spout hole. You re-twist to "hide" the spout, and then completely twist to remove it. I found that the screw mechanism was easy, but not easy enough that a preschooler would be able to undo it. Big bonus for us! We have also found that these bottles have never leaked for us, there is not much worse than finding a bottle of juice has leaked into the bottom of your handbag.
I would and do absolutely recommend these bottles to everyone I know who have little ones. They would also be ideal for adult who use a bike, as we've found they fit perfectly in both of our bicycle bottle holders.
I thought if take the time to review our Currys "whatever happens" accident or damage policy, after we recently made a claim. I understand this policy may now be known as "knowhow" We decided to make a claim after our little boy managed to get himself wedge between the wall and sideboard, the TV (which was on its stand) slid off the front and the outside casing had cracked. Luckily our son or no one else was hurt. We took out this policy in around 2010 when we purchased our new TV, and paid £5.99 a month for it.
After reading some of the reviews on here, I must admit I was a little worried about the whole thing not coming through. I made the call, and the customer service was fantastic, he took a few details and told us the quickest date they could get to us was the Sunday (I rang on the Monday) 6 days I felt was a long time to wait when they claim to only take 3 working days to collect)
So we waited in on Sunday and the "tech guys" turned up at about 4pm. I thought it would have been nice to have been told a more approximate time as we could have gone out in the morning, at least they turned up. The two men that took the TV came with some fantastic packaging, and were very pleasant to talk to.
About roughly a week later, we were phoned to say that the TV was not repairable but they had a voucher code which we could take to store and enable us to pick up a similar specification TV. We went on that day to have a look, and my partner decided to pay a little extra for a Smart TV version, and walked out with a new TV there and then. Our salesman gave us a couple of free movie cards to use for having to wait a while for the "whatever happens" to get back to us.
We are very glad we had taken out this policy as we don't have accidental cover on our contents insurance, and wouldn't have been able to afford a new TV. The only reason for losing a star would be for the amount of time it took for them to pick it up for repair. I would recommend.
If you've read some of my previous reviews then you've heard me talk about my daughter that suffers with exzema and dry skin patches. We were offered a free pot by a friend to try as she raved about it, she is also a rep for organic wholesale goods so knows her stuff. We thought we'd give it a go and now use it for EVERYTHING!!
Appearance... Coconut oil is an off white creamy solid consistency at room temperature and melts to a colourless oil at body temperature. It smells like coconuts which may surprise you! As this oil melts at low temperatures you may want to store it in the fridge during warmer days, to prevent it melting in your pot (and sloshing when you remove the lid.
Uses.. Here are some of the hundreds of uses, but will elaborate on uses I've tried and tested at home.
1. Moisturiser - simply scoop some out of the pot and apply all over your body, including neck and face. The oil does not remain oily or sticky on your skin and soaks in well.
2. Eye cream - apply under the eyes to reduce puffiness, bags, and wrinkles.
3. Preshave - coconut oil will prep skin for the pending damage caused by shaving. This is an amazing alternative to shaving foams, although can make your bath slippery!
4. Aftershave - coconut oil will help heal your skin after shaving without clogging pores. My partner uses this and is completely addicted, saying it helps heal razor burn.
5. Deodorant - coconut oil alone can be used as a deodorant, but even more effective in combination with cornstarch/arrowroot powder and baking soda!
6. Hair Conditioner/Deep Treatment - use as a leave in hair conditioner by applying a teaspoon of coconut oil to your ends and then running your fingers through your hair to distribute the rest! For a deeper treatment, rub in a tablespoon of coconut oil onto your dry scalp and gently work through to the ends. Put a shower cap on to prevent transfer onto bed linens and leave on overnight. I do this once a week - coconut oil particles are small enough to be absorbed into the hair shaft, not unlike argan oil.
7. Hair Gel/Defrizzer - rub a little between your palms and either scrunch into hair (for curly hair) or finger comb in through from scalp to ends (for wavy/straight hair).
8. Toothpaste - there are numerous recipes out there but I just mix coconut oil and baking soda and dab a little of the mix on my toothbrush. I use this as a natural teeth whitener! It works!
9. Make up remover - use a cotton swab and a dab of coconut oil and you would be amazed at how well it works, and no nasty chems!
10. Chapstick - just rub a little into lips and it not only acts as a softening agent but it also has an SPF of about 4 so you get a little protection!
11. Massage Oil - pretty simple; grab some and rub!
12. Lubricant - it is an all natural, perfectly safe personal lubricant. Not compatible with latex!
13. Sunscreen - amazing and also has a natural SPF!
14. Stretch Mark Cream - coconut oil is great at nourishing damaged skin.
15. Nipple Cream - works great to nourish cracked, sore, or dry nipples. Apply to a cotton ball and leave on your nipples between feedings. I found this good for when using a breast pump to lubricate the nipple.
16. Nappy rash - very comforting on a rashy bum with no harsh chemicals. Also safe for cloth nappies.
17. Cradle cap - apply thickly and leave on baby's head, and remove after 5 mins with a cotton wool ball.
18. Body scrub - mix coconut oil and sugar together and rub all over! Rinse off and your skin will be super soft! You can add in essential oils if you would like a specific smell. I also add Manuka honey for chest and back areas (great for acne)
19. Healing - when applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues.
20. Insect Bites - when applied directly to a bug bite, coconut oil can stop the itching and burning sensation as well as hasten the healing process.
21. Skin problems - coconut oil relieves skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. We apply to both our children after a bath.
22. Swimmers Ear - mix garlic oil and coconut oil and put a few drops in affected ear for about 10 minutes. Do this 2-3 times a day and it usually works within one or two days.
23. Stress Relief - relieve mental fatigue by applying coconut oil to the head in a circular, massaging motion.
24. Digestion - the saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around. We have a spoonful every morning instead of yoghurt drinks (we have cut down on dairy)
25. Fitness - coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle.
26. Nose bleeds - coconut oil can prevent nose bleeding that is caused by sensitivity to weather such as extreme hotness and extreme coldness. This condition happens when the nasal passages become dry because of cold or dry air resulting to burns and cracks in the mucus membranes so bleeding happens. To prevent this just put coconut oil in you nostrils. Coat your finger with coconut oil and then lie down and coat your finger inside your nose. Doing this will strengthen and protect the capillaries in the nasal passages. A Vitamin C supplement will also help prevent nose bleeding.
27. For breastfeeding moms, consuming 3 ½ tablespoons of coconut oil daily will enrich your milk supply.
28. Helps with weight loss & controlling cravings.
29. Helps keep blood sugar levels stable and/or helps with cravings in those with diabetes.
30. Eczema - in addition to taking it internally, many have success applying it externally, some don't. We have also found it amazing for Keratosis Pilaris, give it a go!!
This is really only some of the 100's of ways you can use this amazing stuff!
After using coconut oil for roughly a year now, I would highly recommend keeping a pot of it at home. When people tell me about their ailments, I always ask if they've tried coconut oil - sometimes received with some pretty blank looks! It really is a magical mixture, we've found it amazing on our daughters skin, and will be purchasing another pot, once this one is finished.
Me and my partner always snuggle under throws as soon as the weather get colder. Up until recently we'd had the same same old boring flat type fleece blankets, although these were fine and by no means worn it we decided to treat ourselves to some of these throws.
What is it?
The teddy bear throw is a thick fur fleece made from 100% polyester, it is available in green, brown, white, black, navy, blue, purple, plum, pink and cream. It is machine washable and you can tumble dry on a low heat (although I'd imagine they'd dry quickly naturally due to the nature of the material) the throw is available in two sizes, small which is £9.99 and large which is £19.99 - it is part of the dunelm "teddy bear" range which also includes:
Teddy Bear Mattress Enhancer
Teddy Bear Boudoir Cushion
Teddy Bear Towel
Teddy Bear Rug
We chose the "large" and bought one each, one large throw would easily cover a king size bed! It's huge and may be something to bear in mind should you not have a great deal of space to store them. We chose the green, which is a lovely olive green colour. We sat down for the first time a couple of nights ago and gave them a go, they feel extremely soft and luxurious and softer than any teddy I've ever seen. They really are like a big hug, and are very warm. So warm and comfy in fact we both woke up at 6am the following morning, still on the sofas under these! You really need to have a feel of these to truly appreciate the thick soft plushness,they are like a little bit of heaven!
We were worried about about spending out so much on throws but incredibly glad we did, I feel as though they would be a worthy investment for any home, and possibly for a caravan or motor home due to the fact the keep you so warm! I wish we'd got them sooner, only thing I can fault is that they lose little bits of fur but I'd imagine after a wash they'd be fine. 5 stars!
I do the basis of my shopping online now, as having 2 little ones I find it awkward go get around the shops without them running off, fighting or needing the toilet... We recently ordered some items for our home and I wanted to tell you all about the decent experience we've had.
Dunelm Mill was founded in 1979 and was originally known as Dunelm Soft Furniture ltd. It is a British based furnishing company and has over 100 stores nationwide. I've only known of the brand for roughly 2 years as this is how long the local store has been open. They sell a huge variety of items for the home, including bedding, curtains, furniture, art and craft supplies, cookware, fabric off the roll and they also offer a blind and curtain making service. Their products are available both in store and online, with either a click and reserve option or a home delivery option.
The mobile site I find difficult to navigate, so I always try and use the desktop site. The sections are set out well and there is no difficulty in finding items. There is always the search tool should you find you are unable to locate what you need. Payment is taken online for home delivery, or instore for ring and reserve. We payed for our online order via PayPal and it was painless!
We wanted to order 2 sets of curtains, some lampshades and a couple of teddy bear throws, all but one set of curtains was available for home delivery. I ordered this then proceeded to ring customer services about this other set of curtains, the customer service advisor was extremely helpful, and let me know that although my nearest store didn't have stock they'd be able to set up a move order to my local store and let me know when they were available. We had a call on the Sunday to reiterate that they were to be sent to store for the Wednesday. We were then called again to say the curtains were ready. We payed and picked them up, this was also pretty fuss free.
Our delivery items were sent within 2 working days via Yodel, we were text to what day the courier would be out for delivery. The items arrived very well packed and delivered on the day they were expected.
We ordered from Dunelm, as although we love great quality items we also have two little tear aways, so didn't want anything we'd be too precious about. The curtains (green regan leaf print) are good quality although I felt the lining could have been thicker. The teddy bear throws are just a little bit of heaven, although they lose fluff. And the lampshade... Well they are still hanging!
Dunelm is a decent quality, cheap alternative to places such as Ikea. We found both the delivery and instore experience to be fantastic, and a huge bonus for us that they take PayPal - brilliant if you have money floating in there from eBay selling for example. The decent customer service is huge hit with me and will have me shopping in there again for sure. I would highly recommend a look around their shop or website... You'll probably leave with things you didn't go in for!
I'd been looking for a sewing machine for a while, and after using one of those 5 stitch cheapy machines for a few years I'd decided to get something more substantial. My choices were out of this machine priced at £79.00 at lidl, or a similar spec Brother machine at Argos for £99. I originally bought the Brother machine but retuned it due to it being faulty and overheating. Lidl quite often run a promotion with this machine which is worth bearing in mind.
What's in the box?
Included in the box is a full size Singer sewing machine (weight is 6.5kg) whilst this is not advertised as being a heavy machine, I find it pretty heavy to carry alongside accessories. A black plastic presser foot , also mine included an accessory pack which included - Soft vinyl cover, Built-in carry handle, zig zag foot, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, large screwdriver, seam ripper/brush, oil bottle, pack of 5 needles, 3 bobbins, seam guide, darning plate and spool holder and Instruction book.
Well, apart from the normal straight stitch, this machine also offers - Straight, Zig-Zag, Multi Zigzag, Blind Hem, Stretch Blind Hem, Scallop, Sew-On Buttons and also has a 4 step buttonhole feature. Because of its range in features it means you can pretty much sew or make anything you like with the machine.
The test run!
I decided to make (rather than fix) my first ever item since school on my machine, a little corduroy dress for my little girl. After cutting out the pieces of fabric I decided to thread the machine for the first time, it really is foolproof! It's numbered from one to four with direct instructions on the actual machine - the only way you might struggle, would be if you can't see the hole to thread the needle. Literally you just need to wind the bobbin on and you're good to go. (I found the machine to be stiff the first few times I did this, but now I've used it a few times it's perfect) I used an average length straight stitch for most of the dress, with the occasion use of the right hand stitch. I sewed my zip using the normal foot so cannot comment on the use of the zipperfoot. I had great fun using the button hole foot though, there are a few tutorials on YouTube should you get stuck.
In general this is an easy machine to use, and would be perfect for a beginner to sewing, it feels sturdy in your hands, the light on the machine makes it easy to use in dim lighting and apart from the stiffness in the beginning the machine works like a dream. I'd urge anyone to buy one on offer in lidl too - I've seen a very similar machine in John Lewis for almost double the price!
After using nearly every suncare product on the market since having our little girl, we found that nearly all of them would flare up her eczema and make her raw and itchy (even the so called sensitive ones) Our friend recommended us to try this sun cream, and as she was a rep was able to sell to us at £11 for 150ml tube. At first I thought this was a ridiculous price to pay, but figured it would be worth it if it worked! You can buy the same size bottle online for between £12-£16
The product comes in a medium sized white tube, with a picture of a little green man and all the organic certified information. The bottle has a flip cap to open (Ours broke after only a few times of using it. The cream itself is very thick and white almost with the consistency of toothpaste.
The skin test -
After squeezing the product out of the tube, I was shocked to find that it almost melts as you rub it in, and goes on white but quickly rubs until you can feel barely any residue at all! A coin sized amount would cover a toddlers arm and leg for example so you are using half the amount of other sun creams. Although this cream is scent free it does have a smell to it, I'd imagine of the actual ingredients, I thought it smelt a little like Vaseline. The residue on my hands felt powdery, and the children didn't complain about feeling sticky either which was ideal!
After using this on both of my children over the hot summer, they never burned at all. I was worried that by only using SPF25 on their skin that they wouldn't be protected but this worked amazingly. However having used the adult version which is a bigger tube for only slightly more expensive I'd definitely go for that option next summer as the ingredients are practically identical.
After trailing near on every pushchair on the market, including doubles. We decided that after using a tandem pushchair we'd need to go for a pushchair plus buggy board. Our children are only 17 months apart, and when our oldest turned 2 years old, he decided that he no longer needed to be in a pushchair. The Babystyle oyster fit our needs perfectly.
We paid roughly £300 for the pushchair, footmuff, black colour pack (a hood and seat liner) raincover and also the matching oyster buggy board. The colour packs are available in an array of colours, we chose black as it would not clash with our own footmuffs. The chassis is a silver chrome, and has oyster written up the side. We found it very simple to fold, it also folds with the seat in either front or backwards position, which was a huge must for us! The basket underneath is spacious and easily accessible. The rain cover covers the whole pushchair and clips underneath with poppers, we found this to be great as our daughter would just pull up the covers in the rain!
The buggy board clips onto the back bar and trails behind the pushchair as you walk, we found it to be excellent although made the pushchair quite back heavy. When not in use, the board clips up in front of the shopping basket. It occasionally fell down whilst mounting a curb, but I found this an excellent feature!
The up sides - a good sturdy pushchair that is easy to push, great if you want to push it and hold your older child's hand. Not overly expensive compared to some on the market. Well made.
The downsides - we found this pushchair made our daughter slump a little and there was no option to sit the seat any more upright. The frame scratches very easily!
All in all, I'd definitely recommend this pushchair - despite it's downers it's a brilliant pushchair.
There hasn't really been a time where I haven't had a little pot of this in the cupboard. My mum used it on me when I was teething, then used it on us when we had mouth ulcers. For about the last 11years I've suffered with reoccurring mouth ulcers. I get a crop of them roughly once every couple of months. They stop me from being able to eat and talk properly (my partner would call that a miracle!) Anyway, about anbesol...
Can be used for teething babies, on mouth ulcers, and also on denture irritation. Its aneasthetic plus antiseptic properties mean that as well as helping with the pain, it also helps the area to heal.
It comes in a small glass jar of 2 varying sizes, I usually buy the 15ml bottle which costs around £4/£4.50. It is also available in a 6.5ml pot for between £2/£2.50. This always seems hugely expensive when it's such a small amount but as you only need a dab each time the bottle will last you forever! the liquid contains both lidocaine, cetylpyridinium chloride - an antiseptic and anaesthetic. It is a gold colour and has the consitency of water.
How to -
You apply the liquid with your finger to the sore area, or with a cotton bud in the case of a teething biting baby. The liquid stings quite a lot when you first apply it but then - total numbness! A dream, when an ulcer is so incredibly painful! The taste reminds me a little of a cross between TCP and vodka, not amazing but it's not too bad once you are used to it.
After using probably every gel, concoction and mouthwash on the market i'd highly recommend Anbesol liquid. Due to the liquid content rather than a gel, it actually soaks into the affected area without moving away or sliding off like gels can.
I'm not a big fan of the whole babies in jeans type thing, so when a mini Boden catalogue landed on our doorstep I immediately fell in love! The colours are bright and bold, and the appliqués are adorable. I felt nervous ordering for the first time, I'd only ever bought kids clothes in shops at the time - so knew what the quality was like before buying.
When my items arrived - they were amazing, good quality thick cotton and bright colours. The kids loved them and so did I! No mini adult clothes in site! It was also free delivery and returns, and the clothes are guaranteed to last for a year - a big thumbs up when you have a little boy who loves nothing better than to scuff his knees!
A couple of things that don't get the thumbs up.. This company relishes in the "best of British" theme but I was shocked when their items arrived and were made in China or Bangladesh. I found this disappointing because the prices aren't a lot less than other fair trade items
Sizing can be a bit unreliable - some items in the same size on the ticket were different sizes up against each other.
All in all, I would recommend making the jump to Boden clothing, I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.
I bought this camera roughly a year ago from Jessops after deciding that's it's rediculous to pay someone to take pictures of the kids when we can do a perfectly decent job at home (or wherever we are in fact) we purchased the basic camera, a standard lens, and a zoom lens. We also took out extra insurance to cover if it got dropped or smashed by one of the children (insurance was covered by another company so we are safe even though Jessops have gone bust). We decided to go for an SLR over a point and shoot as we wanted a higher quality of picture, we also decided the 14 megapixels would be brilliant for canvas blow ups for the home and gifts.
When we got it home we had a little play with the lenses and exposure etc the first thing we noticed was the large LCD screen on the back and also the quality feel in the hand. We have been using it on auto settings and had some fantastic pictures (I know, I'm hoping to take a course in October to teach me how to use other settings) On the camera screen you can crop, zoom and edit pictures without using a computer (you can also add effects such as black and white, sepia and negative. These options are particularly useful should you wish to use the memory card straight into a printer or at a printing shop. The camera also has a useful video camera function, we haven't used this extensively as yet, but what we have recorded seems to be excellent quality.
The camera is very easy to use, however I find we sometimes avoid taking it with us due to the bulky size, and other lenses we have to carry too!I would also advise you to buy a sturdy camera bag, we chose a Trek bag although there are many on the market that are similar. I would also recommend an HD SD card over a standard one, especially if you wish to use the video camera function. I would definitely recommend this camera as an entry level SLR, but I would also suggest that you take a course to learn how to use it at full potential!