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      02.08.2012 12:55
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      Great little workout dvd which delivers good results...if you stick to it.

      Jillian Micheals is the renound trainer from the USA version of Biggest Loser and is famous not only for her ripped body but also for her ruthless approach to training. Seriously is no pain no gain with her methods, no frilliness but his is not always a bad thing.

      This DVD appealed because as a working mum I am short on time (and energy) and cannot often fit in an hour gym class 3 time a week. But, with a few early mornings and some dedication I can fit in the 30-day shred exercise programme.

      The basics of this DVD are you do the programme for 30 days, working your way through the three levels on a 10 day basis, if you ready to do so. Each level is 20 mins long and is split into Cardio, Strength and Abs - making it easy to commit the time into a busy schedule. The exercises themselves are very easy to follow and are shown at two different levels of progression. There is not major dance routines to follow, no jazzy outfits required, just good old fashion hard work. For example level 1 exercises include squats, lunges, back kicks, jumping jacks, reverse curls, basic crunch - all easy and engaging activities that are only done for a short duration of time. Jillian is both supportive and encouraging throughout the process but a handy music/commentry off function in available just in case it gets all a bit much after the 15th day!
      Beware, if you are of average fitness these exercises really do hurt when you initially do them but then you do notice improvement quite quickly whicih is effective and spuring you on.

      The only items you require are a set of handweights and a mat/towell etc to lie on whilst doing floor activities. I used bean cans in the absence of handbells for a period of time and they worked fine.

      For the cost of the dvd, which can often be found for £4.99 on a number of sites, I think you really do get a good package, which if stuck to definately builds fitness levels, burns calories and therefore generally improves your wellbeing and health.

      It might not be everyones cup of tea if they prefer the more dance based aerobic workout programmes but for those short on time I think its a winner.

      Dedication and willpower is obviously required for any change of lifestyle to work but stick with it and you will see results.

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        12.07.2012 12:20

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        Not a scratch on Alpen Light

        Right, I was forced into the Special K Double Milk Chocolate bar purchase because my local shop was out of Alpen Light bars. I needed something for my snack that was roughly in line with Slimming World diet and this was the nearest I could get. I am a huge fan of Alplen Light for their taste, texture and density so was hoping the Special K bar would be the same.

        Stats first: - Box of 6 for £1.99 (on offer). Each bar is 20g and provides 80 calories or 2g fat, all good so far. The description is of a rice and wheat cereal bar with milk choc pieces dipped in milk choocolate, sounds scrummy for 80 calories I thought!

        Once opened the bar is indeed cereal, choc pieces and with a one side coating of chocolate but that is as good as it gets. The bar is very sweet to eat and the chocolate is quite powdery in taste and fairly much covers the taste of the cereal element. On top of that there is none of the density to the bar of Alpen light. The bar is very sparse and fairly airy once broken in half and in one chew it is gone, so really not very fulfilling or satisfying. The high level of sweetness also left me with a serious sweet craving following eating it.

        Disappointing product.

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        11.06.2012 12:59
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        Cheaper alternative to its well know Slim Fast competitor, but does the job well

        So here we are again on another weight loss jaunt. In a bid to kick start weight loss after too many jubilee celebrations I took the decision to go on the Slim Fast diet for a period of 7-10 days. A trip to Asda later and I had decided to try the pre mixed Asda own brand meal replacement shakes as opposed to the Slim Fast ones, mainly due to the cost. I am reviewing the product not the diet - thats a whole other review!

        I firstly checked whether the calories and supplement values were on par with Slim Fast, of which they were, in fact the Asda carton came in slightly lower on calories than the slim fast one.

        Cost wise a pre mixed Asda carton came in at 85p per carton whilst the slim fast one was £1.25. There are often deals available on both brands but not at the point when I purchased them. For your 85p you get a 330ml pre mixed ready to go meal supplement shake with a straw attached for convenience. The shake is presented in a cardboard tetra pack carton, like kiddies fruit drinks, with calorie content on the front and coloured to represent your flavour. Flavours available are Strawberry (pink), chocolate (Brown) and vanilla (cream) in our local Asda.

        I wasnt expecting too much on the taste front, it is a diet drink first and foremost, but was most pleasantly supprised. After piercing the pack with straw you instantly get a gently whiff of stawberry. The shake itself is nice and thick with no powdery or gritty quality to it, and the strawberry flavour I felt was more than pleasant, a tiny bit synthetic but still pallatible. It did also leave me feeling satisfied, I wont say full as I dont think you can feel full if you havent physically eaten, I dont feel any hunger pangs for a good couple of hours afterwards.

        Good luck if you do go on the meal replacement type diets, they are not easy, but this product is not all that bad!

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          13.02.2012 14:09
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          Enduring fun, great for artists and non artists alike

          Four my little girls 3rd birthday we recently bought her the ELC double sided Art easel in pink (also in Blue). The item retails at £40 but we managed to get ours on a special for £25, ordered on the Sunday and delivered on the Tuesday, so very prompt service from ELC.

          The easel iteself comes in a large flat box and is extremely easy to assemble, just two bits involved. You open up the stand part of the easel and pop the flat tray inbetween. Hey presto, 2 minutes later and you can use it! When you wish to put it away, the tray slips our and you fold it flat and can pop it away in storage. A note to others, remember that this does not come with any of the pens/paints and products that are visible on the box so you will need to purchase paints, chalks etc in advance.

          My little girl is not the gentlest person around but the easel is very strong and sturdy construction with no sharp edges and corners to hurt ourselves on. The pink plastic frames the magnetic whiteboard on one side, with clips at the top for large sheets of paper, and on the other side the black chalkboard, again with clips to hold paper. The tray goes all the way through (creating A shape) from one side to the other and are plenty deep enough to hold magnetic numbers, paints, pens and chalks. It also creates a nice little shelf where our budding Piccaso's can leave their artwork whilst they move onto their next project. My daughter especially loves the chalkboard and spends endless hours drawing letters and various objects and then rubbing them all off again. The magnetic whiteboard is also very clever, we have magnetic numbers and letters for that side as well as paper so all lovely and fun but also educational too!!

          The easel has been a hit in our house and I would recommend it for any parent who wish to engage their children with some good old fashioned fun.

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            07.01.2012 13:00
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            Fantastic for outdoor, speed freak kids

            My 8 year old is a bit of a speed and stunt freak. Razor scooters, power wings, skates - he has, and avidly uses, them all - with the scars to prove it too! He had asked about the Huffy Green Machine in summer so we decided on Father Christmas bringing it on Xmas Day.

            So what is it? Well its a low ride three wheel stunt trike designed with excitement, speed, stunts and looking cool in mind. The trike is pedal powered and it steered using two gear stick controllers as opposed to the normal handles. Key points are:-

            * Adjustable seat fits a wide range of ages but would suggest 5yrs +
            * Super wide rear slick tyres allow for spin-out through turns
            * Strong steel construction
            * Dual joysticks for steering with built-in front brake lever
            * Freewheel front wheel.
            * 16" Wide rubber tyre for superior traction
            * Rear twin exhaust plate
            * Bright green moulded seat, fender and body
            * Steel Side Pull Brake.
            * Steel 3-Pce Crank.

            Putting it together wasnt too difficult, it took the husband about 20 mins, but please be mindful this is a big piece of outdoor kit, about 4 1/2 foot once constructed and not that easy to hide!

            The huge front wheel, super wide rear tyres and bright green and black design definately make this item great eye candy for children and adults alike. Its strudy frame structure and size does not detract from the speed that the trike will reach when being used either.

            My boy jumped straight on and within 10 minutes had mastered the gear stick steering and was demonstrating fantastic 180 spin outs in no time. He can ride the trike on both tarmac and gass (as long as not too long or wet) so he is not just restricted to riding about our close. We ensure that our boy wears a cycle hat whilst using the green machine and would suggest consideration of knee/elbow pads too if the child was younger.

            Not really many negatives about use, although I think there are less tricks you can do with this than say the power wing. Also, the steering will be new to most children and can take some mastering.

            On a construction front, the chassis and most of the fender/seat is of good strong constrcution but there are some brittle plastic exhaust type pipes at the rear which snapped off pretty soon after use. The seat has also slipped a number of times on our one but this seems to be just specific to us and not a known fault.

            The Green Machine isnt cheap, we managed to get ours in a 1 day Amazon deal for £89 but prior to that they were all at £99.99 and above. I do think it was worth the £89 but would be slightly discouraged if I had paid £129 instead. The Green Machine IS great fun, its cool, fast and a great source of entertainment and exercise. Slightly more limited on stunts than the powerwing but then it is a trike and not a scooter. I am happy with our purchase because I know it will get used a huge amount and because our boy loves being outside it suits us brilliantly. Make sure you have plenty of safe space to use this is in if you are going to get it for your children and then make sure you get a go yourself, you will love it!!

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            29.10.2011 11:16
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            Good, non evasive product that actually does what is says

            My husband is a prolific snorer; front, back, side - it doesnt really matter how he lays he still snores. With a few beers it gets far worse and wakes the kids up with the sheer volume, but never him! I am a very light sleeper so my husbands condition causes massive tiredness in me and, although he doesnt wake properly, he isnt getting good quality sleep, especially when I loose it and thump him!

            We had tried the nose stips but he is more of a throat snorer so these obviously didnt work. We also didnt want to spend an £15/20 on sprays at this stage so took the risk of tyring a lower cost product.

            I was recommended Snoreeze oral strips at Boots. For £5.30 you get 14days worth of oral strips which claim to work for the loudest snorers, work for up to 8 hours, immediately effective and be made from natural ingredients.

            The oral stips are basically a very thin blue strips of coated dissolvable substance, about 2cm x 3cm wrapped in individual packets for ease of use. The strips are infused with ingredients including peppermint oil, vitamin E and sodium hyalourante to moisturise and tone the tissue in the throat; pectin and guar guar (from apple and a citric acid) for lubrication. The overall effect being that this combination of goodies should reduce snoring. They are very easy to use, the snorer just takes them out of the wrapper and then pops one of the strips onto the roof of their mouth. The strip then dissolves quickly and hey presto that it. My husband said that the strips have a pleasant minty taste and the dissolving process is not unpleasant at all. He felt that they leave the throat feeling like you have just drunk lots of cold water, nice and clean and refreshed.

            I really wasnt expecting fantastic results from these little stips, but honestly, they arent half good for what you pay. From the first night onwards my husbands amount of snoring reduced noticeably, as did the volume. After 3 nights I could definately see that they were working consistently. He still snored directly after dropping off but this was very quiet and stopped within 5 mins. If he rolled onto his back he would start snoring, but again quietly, once rolled over the snoring stopped again. If we went to bed at say 10pm, the results seemed to ware off about 5am, which is about 7 hours. So as long as we stuck to the sleep on your side method they really do work rather well.

            Please remember the strips are not a cure for snoring, and at no stage did we purchase this thinking so, we just wanted to see if they would help at all. For what we paid and the ease of use I am happy with the results. I am getting more sleep, my husband is far less tired during the day and doesnt wake up with a sore throat or bruises from repeated punching overnight!!

            In my opinion these strips are well worth a try for seasoned snoreres and their victims. They may not be the absolute cure but they are definatly a light at the end of the tunnel.

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              06.10.2011 22:03
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              Great little product, saves so many tears.

              My daughter has rather flyaway curly hair that tangles easily on top and matts at the neck if left untamed. She also has sensitive skin on her face and in her hair so alot of shampoo and conditioner products are just too heavy for her skin and cause her irritation to scalp and face.

              As a rule I am prone to not rush out and buy Johnsons products as I have often found them too astringent when the children were very young, but they seem to work better on both my children as they have got over 2/3 years old. I purchased the No more Tear No More Tangles product from our local boots for approx £1.69, I have paid a little more and a little less since then for additional bottles. You get 200ml of product in an easy to hold and dispense pump bottle. I purchasd the original fragranced product (the key Jonhsons baby smell) but it can also be purchases in Strawberry and Tropical fragrance.

              I apply from root to end of towel dried hair and then brush through to dispurse throughout the hair shafts using a comb. It leaves the hair feeling wetter than before application but this is what you expect from this kind of conditioning product so it really isnt an issue in my eyes. After application you can quite easily comb through the hair and remove tangles and clumps with ease and absolutely no distress to the child. Its as easy as that!

              The hair dries beautifully soft without aggravating fly awayness and at no time has it caused irritation to either skin or scalp since we started using this. It is an absolute essential if we go swimming or to the beach and has saved many a tear and tantrum in those instances.

              With regular applications every other day a bottle of this last me about 3-4 months, so again, well worth the money paid. It also doubles up as a handy leave in conditioner when I run out of mine too!!

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              06.10.2011 21:47
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              Fab product, does what it promises with little effort.

              A brother recently got married and I desparately wanted to look the part of older but still cool sister! Now I could just about wing it in most areas but both my makeup skills and my end result has never been satisfactory. I have very sensitive skin, T-zone, prone to break outs, shineyness... are you getting the picture? Despite buying good quality makeup and applying it well short fail of caking it on like Jodie Marsh I never achieved that flawless complexion, more flawed to be honest. I was informed by a friend that if i found a good primer this would help me lots with a good even tone, that hopefully would last the wears and tears of a summer wedding. So after hunting through a few high street cosmetic counters a lovely boots lady picked out the No7 shine free primer. As a hypo allergenic, non pore blocking and soothing primer it should tick all the boxes. AS an added benefit it is light reflective and helps diminish any blemishes and flaws on your skin prior to foundation being applied. At £7.99 for 40ml it is a good value middle of range priced product in the basic No7 packaging.

              The primer itself has no defining smell, which I found great, and a small amount goes a resonably long way. After moisturising you apply the primer to the areas that you suffer with shine or high colour etc. Allow to dry and then apply foundation to the areas you normally would. You can immediately see a difference to your foundation coverage and appearance. My skin looked radiant and very even without that caked on look. The cream is also in my eyes very good as it does not dry the skin out or go flaky as the day wears on. It worked very well on eyelids and undereye to hold eye liner and eye shadow in place too. So, 8 hours on, with 4 hours still ahead of us my makeup still looked fantastic, my skin still looked even and fresh and without any irritation, heaviness or dryness. I have had the bottle for about 3 months now and hve used it numerous times since purchasing and am very pleased with how the cream is dispensing since opening, it has not dried out and its results have not diminished. I still have at least 3/4 of the bottle left too so very good value for money.

              I would strongly recommend this product to any one with oily to normal skin type whom is in need of a little bit of extra help with make up base.

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              04.10.2011 18:45
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              Fantastic item, well worth the money for all the smiles it has given.

              I didnt originally review this stroller when my 2 yr old daughter originally got it as I wanted to see how it faired before passing judgement on durability etc.
              The stroller was a welcome present to go with her baby born dolly in early spring, and althoguh by far not the most expensive on the market, has proved to be an absolute success in our house.

              To the buggy itself, it comes folded down (as per an actual toddler stroller-wheels to handle) upon purchase and is fiarly easily pulled out into position. Hold the handles and the front wheels go to the ground, the X-framework at the back of the stroller starts to open up and you lock into position by pressing the pink (or blue in boys case) plastic cross plate above rear wheels into a horizontal position. The frame of the stroller is locked into position to stop collapsing by 2no end caps and that fit snugly ontop of the middle of each front wheel legs. This not only stops the buggy from closing up but also prevents little fingers from getting trapped. To collapse back to a flat storage position you have to lever off both of the end caps from the front legs and push them to the side before pushing up the pink plate to collapse. My little one at this stage cannot do this herself so adult supervision is sometimes required.

              Once put into position you have a very strong, double wheeled stroller with a rear mesh basket for storing anything that their imagination can think off. The net is not flimsy and has withstood some rough treatment and excessive stuffing in of large items. The seat itself is again a strong wipeable nylon material with a 3point safety harness to hold dolly/cuddly toys in place. The handles are at a really good height and curve away from person pushing buggy. They are covered with a grooved foam tipe material to make pushing more comfortable on little hands, and again have withstood alot of use and are yet to show a mark or snag.

              At a cost of between £10-£14 this buggy is a fantastic little buy, packs flat, is nice to look at, easy to use and really is durable. I would strongly recommend this to anyone wishing to buy a no frills but lovely stroller.

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            • Pepe Rear Child Seat / Child Safety / 24 Readings / 23 Ratings
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              29.09.2011 14:29
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              Good overall item for those non serious cyclists

              As a fairweather cyclist with one 7 year old and a toddler I didnt want anything too elaborate, or to be honest, expensive for a childs bike seat. It needed to be robust, safe, three point harness and easy to remove from original bike and rear mounted. I had discounted front mounted purely on the fact that I am not very tall and would not have been able to comfortably get my arms to the handlebars and safely steer the bike.

              After a little bit of surfing I found the Pepe Pink Rear Child Seat on offer for £17.00 at Toys R Us. The normal retail price for this item at TRU is £19.99. The chair ticked all the boxes on price, durablility and safety, plus the padded seat gave extra comfort to my daughters bottom and there was a recess at the top to allow for the cycling hat, therefore not pushing childs head forward uncomfortably.

              the seat itself can be mounted on either seat pillar or on top of a carrier - but this is only on standard frame bikes, not the ones with the suspension springs or non cylindricul pillars - this must be taken into account when purchasing. The strong over-the-head 3 point harness, that fixes just in front of the child groin was adjustable but also stated to be child proof. It is also fitted with wide adjustable foot guards to accommodate the growth of your child. Maximum weight load for seat is 22kg. The cycle comes with one only pillar lock, but additional can be purchased from manufacturer.

              Duly purchased I got it out of the box and then stalled. Maybe I was expecting a miracle but I couldnt make sense of the section that locks to the seat pillar or how it was fixed. So, along came the husband complete with ratchet set and, after about 20 mins, fixed the pillar lock to the bike. I am not bad with a took kit but would not have been able to do this myself and it can be a bit of a 2-man job when fixing to hold the bike still and upright so you fix the pillar lock on level, therefore ensuring a safe ride for your child.

              With the pillar lock in place, the two pronged bracket that is attached to the front of the seat seat itself just slides into the 2no holes and away you go. It is very easy to fit your child into the seat, the harness comes over the head and really is child proof in the lock, definately need to have adult strength to open it. The foot rests are also good as they allow movement so child isnt pinned in but not so much that they would cause you a problem whilst cycling. If you wish to remove the seat there is a quick release button that you press to unlock the seat bracket from the pillar lock, slide it out and you are done. My little girl thoroughlly enjoys going out in her pink seat; she is comfortable, safe and supported, doesnt get too hot or complain of leg/bottom etc ache and isnt positioned so close to my back that her view is obscurred.

              My only word of caution is that this seat is not suitable for rough terrain as their is quite alot of bounce movement, front the front bracket, if you go over rough ground, or down hill at constant speed. My daughter thinks its fab when the seat bounces slightly every wheel rotation when zooming down our village hill so it doesnt cause them any discomfort but you do need to reduce speed to stop bouncing.

              All in all, for the money I paid and the type of use I require this seat does the job well, for those more adventurous then a more sturdy, and higher priced seat may be advisable.

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            • Lego Star Wars Yoda Keyring / Lego / 25 Readings / 19 Ratings
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              13.09.2011 09:03
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              Great little keyring for all fans young and old alike

              We all know and love him, his is a little old legend hero who continues to be held dear by generation after generation. He epitimises friendship, bravery, leadership, true grit determination all in a little old green skin! As a real Star Wars fan I couldnt wait to whisk the family off to Legoland in the school hols and quickly tracked down most of the Star Wars cast in key ring form. For me there was no contest, I had to get Yoda to adorn my adult key ring.

              For the £3.99 I paid at the Leogland store you get a really good strong key ring loop and chain which goes into the back of Yoda head (without detracting from the look) on a sturdy smaller ring. I gave it a good tug and there was no signs of movement of weakness from the chain or connection. To the figure, you get a lovely little 3cm lego version of Yoda in his cream and brown Jedi clothing. His green head is made of the rubberised material and moves 360 degrees. The rest of the body is made of the normal rigid lego plastic with poseable arms and the normal Lego C-shaped hands. His legs are in a static position and do not separate from the body, which in my opinion, is good as it negates the possibility of it falling in two should you catch it etc.

              You can get some of the other Lego Land key ring characters slightly cheaper on Amazon etc but beware P&P charges.

              This is an absolutely wonderful little gift for any avid Star Wars fan, young or old, and looks cool on book bags through to your house keys. I would recommend it time and again.

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            • Soreen Snack Pack / Snacks / 28 Readings / 25 Ratings
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              06.06.2011 14:55
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              Lovely, yummy and good priced filling product

              Oh how I love malt loaf, and Soreen are the Gods of malt loaf lets face it. I dont buy it that often just because I will demolish a loaf in one sitting with a generous dose of marg on each slice, and this is obviously not the best way to balance your diet.

              I was inbetween appointments today and needed something to tide me over until lunchtime and didnt want a choc bar. I noticed the bright yellow Soreen Snack Pack beconing me from the snack stand and couldnt resist. Once you open the pack you are presented with two good thickness (about 1-1.5cm) slices of loaf with Anchor butter spread inbetween. Both slices sit on a little yellow tray to protect the food item and to enable you to eat them without the wrapper around them. The butter is not spread too thickly so is not oozing out of sides but is adequate enough to enable you to pull apart the two slices with ease. You can then sit back and enjoy this sweet, sticky, yummy snack at your leisure. You dont loose any of the traditional malt loaf taste just because it is presliced and packed separately, nor do you end up with dry edges or dried out slices. It is as if you have just sliced this off the main loaf at home.

              I only paid 58p for this at local Sainsburys and it more than hit the spot and filled the gap prior to lunch. It is a widely available product that I feel is good value for money and should not be overlooked for more fashionable breakfast bar snacks. The pack is 220 calories per pack, so although not in the realms of under 100 calories snack bars I find it filled me up for longer and did not leave me craving more chocolate or sweet items.

              Will be buying this again next time I am peckish and an apple just wont hit the spot!

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                Great tasting, food value snack from Organix

                Ok, 2nd child, and i felt that i was never quite as good with the toddler diet as I was with my first child. So i was immensly smug and self appreciating when I discovered the wonderful organix Cheese and Herb puffs in our local supermarket. Just imagine how much better these corn snacks must be than a packet of quavers or mini cheddars. We are talking very low salt, very low saturated fat due to the product being baked and not fried. All flavours are organic, with it being stated that no artifical flavours are used at all. So much better for and tailored to our little ones dietary requirements than more familiar brands like quavers, wotsits etc.

                Basic Ingredients are:
                Organic Corn (71%) Organic Sunflower Oil (15%) Organic Cheese Powder [12% (50% organic mature cheddar cheese, 50% organic skimmed milk powder)] Organic Dried Parsley (Less than 1%) Sea Salt (Less than 1 %) *Sea Salt has no organic certification

                The puffs are from 12 months onwards and this is probably a good guide as my only quibble would be that because they are corn, just like wotsits, they do get stuck in little (and big) teeth. But to be honest this is not really a major problem in the grand scheme of things. Packets are available in 25g individual for approx 50-60p and also in packs of 4 for approx £1.50 but in slightly smaller packs or 15g. The puffs are really crammed in their packets so offer really good value for money as they often stretch to further snack sittings as opposed to being eaten all in one go. These little jems are a real winner in our house, with my 7 year old liking them too. So quickly children are introduced to food that maybe isnt balanced enough for their systems so its great that there are products out there that help me to look after my childrens wellbeing but without taking the fun out of snacks.
                Would recommend this to other mothers who need to occupy a child for a few mins with something yummy that isnt a chocolate bar!

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              • Blistex Tint & Shine / Make Up / 29 Readings / 28 Ratings
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                09.05.2011 12:34
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                Fab easy to use product that actually does work

                I am a huge fan of Blistex products, they are in expensive and always, in my opinion, work very well.
                In summer I suffer with dry skin on my lips and end up chewing off any moisture rich lipstick and making the situation worse. I found the Blistex Tint and Shine (blush) product in my local boots but it is available in most pharmacies on the high street. It cost just under £2 and comes in a no nonsense card packaging that is easily removeable.

                The tube is the standard lip balm 4g variety and this product has the added benefit of being SPF 15 - now I am no longer 18 I am realising the importance of these few letters and numbers!

                The application of the balm is great, it glides on without going too fluid, sticky and thick on your lips. It sinks in very quickly and leaves you lips feeling really soft, moisturised and slightly tingly - in a pleasant way! The tint element is a very soft and subtle natural rose colour and would suit most skin types. I have started using it as my top up instead of lipstick during the day as it really does moisturise for a long time, is durable and gives you that plump "just kissed" look. With some lip balms you have to endure a lingering floral or sicklly aftertaste and scents but not with this, there is a very short initial flavour but this rapidly goes as does the slightly cocoa butter smell.

                A super low cost product that I will be reinvesting in and recommending to all my friends!

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                05.05.2011 12:03
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                Answer to your prayers - with a little work from parents

                My 2 year old daughter is not the best settler or sleeper even now and has an active imagination and is easily excitable/made nervous at bedtime. She often wakes and is very dreamy and experiences night terrors if she has too much stimulation near bedtime. I had been searching about for a non medical, non addictive herbal or homeopathic remedy to help her rest her mind and calm down to allow good sleep to follow. After a bit of searching I came across Bach Rescue Night, it had reasonable reviews and was not too expensive (approx £5) to try out.

                The blurb from the company is - Bach Rescue Night is a unique combination of the flower essences of Rock Rose, Impatiens, Clematis, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum with White Chestnut Rescue is the most famous combination of flower essences developed by Dr.Bach. The Bach essence of White Chestnut has been used to help switch off the mind from unwanted repetitive thoughts.

                The liquid can be given to children or adults and is easily dispensed either into milk/water or straight onto the tongue. You just squeeze the stopper at the top of the lid and the liquid is sucked up the tube, squeeze again and you dispense the drops.

                My daughter has no problems with the taste of the liquid and happily sticks her tongue out to receive her "sleepy medicine". I have found that for me it works well if I give this to her on her tongue about 30 mins before I want to put her to bed. By bed time she is chilled and calm and doesnt get silly when she is put down to sleep.

                I must stress that this is not a cure, you still need to adopt a good bedtime regime, bath, bottle, reading, no busy dvd's on, low lights, calm atmosphere - but I do feel this really helps her mind switch off and remain asleep during the night. We experience far less nightmares and terrors and when she does wake she is no longer fearful or wide awake but wanting to go back to sleep. We often use this in combination with a little dab of chamomile on her muzzi or Badger night night balm on her temples. Its not fail safe, we still have wobbles but we do have all the tools we need to help her get to sleep and stay asleep - no night nurse or alcohol required - expect for Mummy and Daddy!

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