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I'm now 6 months post baby and with a little more time on my hands after finishing year 1 of college it's time to concentrate on ny health and fitness again. I've started half an hour on the exercise bike a night, reducing processed foods, upping fruits and veggies, and switched from my usual coffee to this tea!
I am a total coffee addict and thought it would be a total chore to cut it out and drink this, however I was pleasantly surprised!
Why this tea? Well, green tea has many reported health benefits, which range from upping metabolism, to supposedly preventing some cancers. I have yet to properly look into the research but it's definitely going to be better for me than coffee with milk and sugar.
I was drawn to this box by the bright, fresh looking packaging, and the claims of being fair trade on the front of the box. I thought the lemon may add a refreshing taste.
To prepare, I poured boiling water over the teabag and let it sit for 3 minutes, then scooped it out and settled down to enjoy my pre bed cuppa. Yes, I usually even drink coffee before bed. Bad! As I said previously, I was very pleasantly surprised. It didn't taste harsh and bitter, like I was expecting from previous experience with green tea. It tasted deliciously fresh, light and refreshing. The lemon added a sort of summery tasting flavour. I haven't actually missed my cupof coffee at all.
When we have a bit more summer (fingers crossed!) I'm going to try it chilled with ice.. Clipper also do a plain green tea flavour as well as green tea with peppermint. If you're after a change from your usual hot drink or fancy being a little more healthy it's worth taking this one easy step. I'm saving 150 calories a day by cutting my usually milk and sugar coffee, so hopefully my waistline will also thank me!
I had highlights last year and when I became unable to keep up with them, dyed my dark brown over them. I found that after a few weeks the colour disappears from some of the highlighted sections leaving my hair looking uneven in places. In a few weeks we'll be going on holiday and realising that sun and sea will probably make this problem worse, decided to lighten up a bit! I decided on shade 8.1, natural ash blonde. Not because I want to be blonde, I'm going for a light brown which the back of the packet said it would make me.
Before dying my hair I was slightly worried that it would destroy it! My hair is a bit on the dry side with split ends after making the mistake of dying it with Garnier Olia (avoid like the plague!). I decided to take the risk...
I bought 2 boxes because I'm tired of trying to stretch the dye out to make it last for my whole head. I've recently dyed my hair with garnier nutrisse and it turned out a bit uneven I think because of this.
This kit has a separate step to other colours, in the form of a protective serum to apply to the hair before applying the colourant. I used 2 bottles of this as I planned on using 2 bottles of dye. It was enough to spread from mid length to tips on my hair, which is below shoulders but fairly fine. This applied I put on the included gloves, mixed the colourant and set to applying it to my hair. The bottle is the standard type with a nozzle to apply the dye but has a comb attachment if you prefer to use that. I stuck to the nozzle, applying to roots first, rubbing it in a bit, then applying through the lengths. This part usually takes me ages! Trying to spread it out and get it all even, checking to see if I've missed a spot. This time - five minutes! The solution is quite thin but not runny and it just glided through my hair. The second bottle was left unopened as there were no problems getting this evenly distributed with plenty of it on.
I sat with the dye on my head for 30 mins, as per the instructions, all the usual worry going through my head. Will my hair be orange? Will I have damaged it so much it snaps off and feels like straw? Will I rinse it off and all my hair with it, leaving me completely bald... (!)
Rinsing time arrive and I jumped in the shower, applied a little water to my head, and gently rubbed it into my hair, then rinsed. Wow! This did not feel like rinsing off hair colour, more like a deep conditioner! It all rinsed out easily, much quicker than other hair colours I've used.
The final step - conditioner. It comes with the conditioner in a little bottle wit enough for two applications, the instructions say to leave it on for two minutes. It's a very thick consistency with a lovely floral scent. On rinsing I had another wow! moment. Hair felt so silky and in great condition. Hair didn't really look like it had changed very much at this point so I set about drying it so I could fully see the results.
OK, it's not light brown, but it has lightened it a bit. I don't think it would look too bad at this stage if the highlights started showing through again. I do want to be lighter though, so will be doing it again in a couple of weeks. The condition though is fantastic! It actually looks better than before I died it and feels really soft.
It is difficult going lighter with home colouring kits, but I aren't prepared to use a bleaching kit, so I had realistic expectations that my hair wouldn't lighten up to the full level I'd like it to. The box did give a much lighter colour projection for my hair colour though so based only on this I'm going to knock one star off. Everything else though was fantastic. Five stars for ease of use, smell, hair condition and time taken for the process. From starting the application to rinsing the conditioner off only took an hour. I'm a complete convert from Garnier Nutrisse now and would recommend this to anyone.
I love glitter. I really really do.
Previously I've mainly reserved glitter nails for winter, but recently I've been experimenting with other ways to wear glitter, and this is my polish of choice.
I now have these glitters in yellow topaz (gold), diamond (silver), rose quartz (light pink) ruby (red and black) and a pink, blue and green one with a missing shade sticker!
The bottles are simple, and classic looking, square and with a black lid. The bottles are clear so you can see all the gorgeous glitter sparkling away inside.
They apply easily, with a good quality brush and have a good concentration of fine and chunky glitter. The glitter is suspended in a clear polish so I prefer to use them over a different colour. At the moment I'm wearing diamond over a hot pink polish.
Glitter gradients look great with this polish. Start with a base colour, then from about half way down the nail add a coat of glitter. Once dry apply another coat of glitter starting slightly lower and repeat slightly lower until you have the gradient you desire. I've had lots of compliments, one even asking where I'd got my nails done.
The staying power of this glitter is great. I usually remove my nail varnish once a week and it's still going strong at this point. One might say a little too strong as it's an absolute pain to remove.
At £2.99 I find it great value as it's a great quality product. Give it a go if you also like a bit of glitter and throw it over some bright or pastel colours for a sparkling summer look.
My first experience with micralite pushchairs was the fastfold. I bought that one originally when I was suffering from SPD and struggling to push our sluggish buggy around with a two year old in it. That pushchair was great and I loved it but it had one flaw for us - the seat didn't recline. This has proved to be a bit of a problem as we like to go for long walks and my six month old didn't look comfortable and wouldn't sleep well in it.
Because I loved the fastfold so much, the micralite toro seemed to be the logical next step. I have been using this for a week now and I haven't been disappointed.
Why I LOVE the Toro
It's very light and easy to steer. I can hold my daughters hand easily while pushing it, I can even stand in one spot and turn it pretty much 360 degrees, in one swift motion if the need to occurred!
It folds out and up again easily with the push of buttons and downward or upward motion.
It folds into quite a compact size.
The seat recline is so smooth and easy to do, the baby happily sleeps while seat is being reclined. It has 3 seat positions which are bolt upright, slightly reclined or fully reclined which is flat.
It is light enough to lift up or downstairs one handed, keeping one valuable hand free for my two year old.
Because of the big air filled tyres at the back my baby gets a smooth ride even over the abundance of cobbles and rough terrain where live.
It looks good! I keep getting compliments on it when out and about.
And some not so good-
The shopping basket is a little small and can't be accessed when the seat is fully upright. As the seat is so quick and easy to recline it's only a minor inconvenience.
The handles aren't the easiest to hang bags on and this is also actively discouraged by the manufacturer due to risk of tipping.
This is my favourite of all the pushchairs we've owned. It's so easy to steer around shops, robust enough to push around the woods and comfy enough for long walks. It's also quite easy to use on public transport although I prefer the sling for that purpose. Wholeheartedly recommend it, it's pretty close to perfect in my eyes.
My hair is looking a little flat and boring at the moment. I destroyed the ends of it with a terrible hair dye (wait for that review!) and had to have 4 inches chopped off the length in an emergency rescue by my mum. So it's just below shoulders and styleless! I was going on a rare 'mums night out' and bought these hoping they'd make my hair a little nicer.
I am absolutely useless when it comes to styling my own hair. I've previously tried to curl it with tongs and it hasn't worked very well and dropped straight away. I had planned to plait my hair while damp, then when it had dried it would be wavy and then I would curl a few sections. Well, it didn't dry fast enough so I ended up drying it as usual and attempting the daunting task of curling it all! It went surprisingly well.
I left them to heat up for 10 minutes, took one piece of hair about a couple of centimeters thick, clamped it at the bottom of the tongs at the top of where I wanted the curl, then wrapped the hair round the tongs with the tips of hair ending at the top where the 'cool tip' is. I held it for 10 seconds, loosened the clamp and gently slid my hair off, keeping it in the curled loop and clipped it up with a hair clip before moving on to the next section .Once all hair was curled and cool I undid the clips and loosened the curls. Clipping the curls until they cool down makes the curl stay in longer - according to youtube!
After finishing, my curls looked great. It was much easier than I thought at the beginning and didn't take too long. I did burn my hands a few times but I think this was due to user error rather than the tongs. Heat up time was fine, they can be heating up while drying your hair and the cord is a decent length so you don't have to be sat on top of the socket.
They did the job I wanted them to, much better than I thought, for the princely sum of £3.78. Amazing value. The curls lasted for the night out, and held for the whole of the next day until I washed my hair the following night. I'd used shockwaves mousse on my hair before drying it and spritzed with a little loreal hair spray which would have contributed to the hold also.
All in all I'm extremely impressed with these and will be using often.
For the purposes of this review I won't get too spec heavy as these can be found easily on Amazon and will just give an overview of the features and my opinion :)
I got the Kindle fire HD as a Christmas gift and was so excited opening it and getting it set up. Unfortunately that's where the excitement paused until the next day as it shut down and had to exchange for a working one on Boxing Day! Massive disappointment but the replacement has been perfectly fine, faulty electronics happen and with my luck it's bound to happen to me on Christmas Day!
I had a kindle keyboard already which I thought I'd continue to read on as I wasn't sure how good the screen would be and if my eyes would feel the strain of reading for long periods. I've since given my old Kindle to my brother after being pleasantly surprised at the screen. You can change the colour of the page, I think if I had it set to white it may be a problem but changing it to sepia gives a comfortable reading experience.
The sound quality of the Kindle fire HD is amazing for a device of this type. I use it to listen to music on a lot as it's loud and crystal clear. I like to buy a lot of music from Amazon as the prices are reasonable so I have quite a lot of albums I can play directly from and create my own playlists to mix them up a bit. Also though the app store has several radio apps to choose from to stream music from. The only downside to this is because it only has a wifi connection you wouldn't be able to use the radio function without being connected. This is fine for me because it's mainly used for music in my kitchen!
Screen quality is also excellent, bright crisp colours and the movies available through Lovefilm look great. I usually have an issue with watching film and TV on small screens but on this device they are more than watchable. The Lovefilm subscription is £4.99 a month, but you can also stream to your laptop and through xbox or smart tv for this price. There is quite a good selection and compared to movie channels on Sky for example it's a very small price to pay. A downside to Lovefilm is that you aren't able to download the films, so again when you don't have wifi connectivity you can't make use of this feature.
Amazons app store, whilst not as extensive as androids play store or apples app store has a good and diverse selection of apps. They also offer one free paid app each day. I've discovered a few really useful apps this way that I wouldn't have downloaded otherwise. A soothing sounds app has been particularly useful with helping to calm the baby. Oh and another I found particularly useful is the pro office suite app. I found it great for college work as I've been able to type while laid horizontally with a baby sleeping on my front. Invaluable when trying to study with a newborn to take care of.
The device is fast, both in touch responsiveness and the speed it opens apps and websites. It's easy to use, no need for a manual, it guides you through set up and with a little playing with it it's very easy to figure out.
There is great Amazon integration which is where they will make a lot of money in return for selling such a good quality item at low price. Books and music are easy to download with a few touches of the screen and physical Amazon products are also just a few taps away.
There is a small camera at the front of the device which is useful for video calls but not much else. Well... actually my kids and I like to pull funny faces into it and take pictures. Something about little things and little minds!
The Kindle itself looks great too. It's all black and kind of sleek looking, with rounded edges and is light so easy and comfortable to hold. The screen although fantastic quality does have quite a bit of glare in bright conditions which can get a bit irritating but is something I got used to after a while.
Overall I love my Kindle. It's all my books, my CD player, radio, mini office tool and lots lots more, all at a fantastic price.
Thanks for reading!
I'd walked past the MUA stand in Superdrug many times thinking that for the price it couldn't be any good. I decided to give it a go last year when the website had a special offer and ordered among many other items some nail varnish. I liked it so much that I've built up quite a collection now. Recently it's always the first stand I go to when choosing nail polish.
It's easy enough to apply, a good consistency, not too thick or too drippy. The one bad thing I can pick out is that some of the shades (mainly the newer ones) are quite sheer and three coats are necessary to get a good colour. For the price though I still don't think that's so bad as the £5 bottles I was previously buying required two coats.
The nail varnish is quite quick drying, even with the three coats which is essential for me as I'm usually pressed for time.
Colour wise they have some lovely new ones for summer bold blue is gorgeous although one of the most sheer. The pistachio is my favorite shade at the moment, it's a lovely pale green, very summery without being too 'in your face' and I've received lots of compliments on it. The downside to MUA's shades is there isn't enough of them, so while MUA would be my first choice I have to buy different brands to get a wider range of colours.
The length of wear is my favourite thing about this nail varnish. I'm a busy mum of three and studying part time too. Because of this I don't always have time to paint my nails but this brand is extremely chip resistant. I've actually worn it for a week without chips, just a bit of wear on the tips, my friend couldn't believe how long I'd had it on for!
Overall MUA nail varnish is a good buy. It's fantastic value for money, don't be put off by the incredibly low price, it's worth a go. Oh and at the time of writing it's on offer at 3 for 2 at Superdrug. 3 good nail varnishes for £2? Bargain!
I had resisted getting an iphone for quite a while. Now I think of it I'm not really sure why, maybe it's just because everyone seems to have them...
Well I gave in in November 2009 when I was so annoyed at my LG Arena being off for repair so many times I was ready to throw it through the window! I was after a touch screen and I liked the idea of the app store so I gave into the lure of the iphone.
I went for the 3gs as it was the latest model at the time and chose 16gb because it offers plenty of space for my usage so I didn't see it necessary to pay extra for the extra storage space of the 32gb. I chose the black version over the white one as the white ones I'd seen seemed to look older much quicker.
The iphone is quite simple but sleek looking, it's glossy black with a silver strip around the edge of it with a circular indented button just below the touch screen. Its has volume keys on the left edge of the phone with a switch just above that to quickly flick it on or off silent mode. On the top edge of the phone is the sim card holder which you get into using a small 'key' to put into a little hole on the side of it then the sim drawer pops out! Also here is the on/off switch and the headphone jack.
The touch screen feels just right, it doesn't lag, you don't have to touch it too hard, you don't have to just breathe on it to accidentally select something you don't want! Having used a lot of touch screen phones I can say this is certainly one of the best to use. The screen being glass also makes the touch screen feel nicer to use than some of the more plasticy ones. The phone being quite curvy and a nice size is comfortable to hold and the screen makes up most of the front of the phone so is very usable even for large hands. The menu is very user friendly, this is phone of the few smartphones that you can just pick up and start to use without much trouble. Even syncing with itunes to get the phone started is simple due to the step by step instructions on screen.
The music is player is clearly going to be brilliant as it's just like an ipod, with the newest software update you can now customise playlists through the phone which I feel was letting it down badly before! Video playability is also brilliant and movies play crisply and with great audio.
There is an itunes store app on the phone already which is very easy to use and the music and videos are very quick and easy to download. Because of the ease of use I probably do spend more than I'd need to on music as it can be quite a bit more expensive than you'd find in shops. However if I hear a song that I need to have straight away, a couple of clicks and a couple of minutes later it's sat in my music library ready to play. Very convenient!
The internet browser (safari) is fast, easy to use and basic looking but if you find it's not for you there are other browsers to choose from in the app store!
The app store is simply amazing. There really is an app for most things you'd want making things like ebaying, online shopping, social networking, organizing finances & checking travel times so easy on the move and the massive selection of games means there's something for everyone. I usually want a new phone when I've only had the existing one for around 6 months, a massive (for me) sixteen months into my contract and I'm still not bored with this. I'm pretty sure that's down to the apps, how can you get bored of something that's ever-changing?
Reliability wise I haven't had many problems, I tried to install new software myself on it and somehow managed to kill it so had to take it to an Apple store to have them fix it. The only other problem I've had is the phone does randomly drop signal then get it back again straight away. This could be due to network (Orange) issues though as a software update which was thought to be the problem didn't fix it.
Hmm... is anything missing...? Oh yes! You can use it to communicate too! Pressing the call button brings up different options of recent calls, contacts, keypad, and favorites. There is a little annoyance regarding the contacts, you can transfer from sim to phone but not from phone to sim. This means the you have to remember to keep syncing with itunes as should anything go wrong with your phone or you're getting a new one it's the only way to transfer your contacts!
When texting the messages display in conversation bubbles allowing you to see what you have sent your contact and what they have sent you on one all on one screen. If you're having any problems finding your fingers are a bit big to touch the touch keyboard, turning the phone horizontally also rotates the screen and makes the touch keys a little wider.
All round I think this is brilliant. It has kept me entertained many a time when I've been up feeding the baby in the middle of the night or waiting around for very delayed trains. It is one of those things that you really miss when you don't have and shamefully I feel a little panicked when I thing I've forgotten it at home! I've already mentioned it's the only phone I haven't become bored of straight away but when eventually I do come to change it I will definitely go with another iphone. I guess there is a good reason why so many people own them!
Oh I just love Dr Seuss! I bought one of his books for my son before he was even born, and keep buying the odd one here and there and we have never been disappointed.
Having never read this one or seen the film I decided to get both for my son as part of his birthday present (November 29th, a good date for having them to enjoy over Christmas) and he loved them, especially the book.
This book has played a big part in getting my son tucked up in bed easily throughout December! As it was his top pick of bedtime story. It tells the story of the bitter & miserable Grinch who lives up on a mountain alone with his dog, looking down on the people in the town below. They love Christmas and he hates it so tries to steal it but learns a valuable lesson in the process. Thats a slimmed down version of the story, I won't go into a very lengthy review as it's not a very complex story and is very well known. The illustrations are simple but colourful and lovable. It does have the usual meaningful ending that Dr Seuss books usually deliver and is told in the usual catchy rhyming style that makes my son love these books. Oh ok and makes me love them too!
It really is a must own Christmas book if you have children, helping to teach them that maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store, maybe Christmas perhaps means a little bit more... :)
I can't wait to get it out again next year!
My 3 year old son had a Fisherprice learning puppy when he was a baby and still loves it now so I wanted something similar for my 4 month old daughters Christmas present. When I spotted Scout we had to have him! It's amazing how things have advanced even in 3 years!
Scout is lovely and soft a cuddly with a safely concealed battery pack in his back, a blue flashing collar and pressable paws for activities, learning songs, lullabies and an off button. The lullaby option is great as it gives the option of playing the music for 2, 5 or 10 minutes!
By far the best thing about Scout is the option to personalise him which is why I was so drawn to this toy. It comes with a USB cable and software that allows you to choose up to 5 separate songs and lullabies to play when the paws are pressed and even add your childs name!
The software is easy to install and use with step by step instructions, it did seem to take a long time to install but I'm not sure whether this is due to my laptop! Once installed the software gives you the option to choose the age range of your child. For obvious reasons I have only tried the infant selection.
It then gives you a selection of music to choose from and lets you play the music first to see if it's right for you. (This reminds me... I must change the Christmas music I put on Scout!)
The next option is to personalise the activity paw. Scout says what his favorite animal and food is and you can choose to make it the same as your childs favorite! (cat + milk for us seeing I can't ask my little one ;) )
The name personalisation part it brilliant. You can type your childs name in and play the names the software comes up with to make sure it's pronounced how you pronounce it. It doesn't matter if this part is spelled differently to how you spell it because the next step is to spell your childs name to ensure that Scout gets it right in his songs.
Scout sings and spells out your chosen name and always uses it when 'talking' to your little one. It so sweet when I hear it say "I love you Maya" to my daughter. ahhhh
Well it's obvious that I like it but it's not my toy is it... Well even though my daughter is only tiny she seems to love it already! The flashing colour got her attention at first and she likes brightly coloured things. She also likes to cuddle Scout and suck his ear... I'll take it as a thumbs up from her! Even my 3 year old really likes Scout and its his favorite thing to play with his little sister with. Because it says Mayas name though and not his there is no risk of him becoming too attached and running away with it. He knows it's his sisters special toy!
I really would recommend this as a good buy for a baby or younger child. It's one of those toys that will be with them for a long time. If you have a small baby to buy for and you're not sure what to get then go for this! I'll be buying for my little niece when she arrives!
I have been using this compact for about a year now after an impulse buy in Boots, it's a snap choice I was glad I made though as for me this is a must have.
It contains 3 eyeshadows, a mini eyeliner, brow zing coloured wax, a highligher, and applicator brush. Also contains an instruction leaflet on how to create the perfect smoky eye.
The instructions are very easy to follow with images showing exactly where to apply the products so it really does feel like a fail safe way to create a beautiful look. The make up is very high quality so a little goes a long way and although I've been using for around a year at least 3 times a week there isn't any sign of the products running out yet.
The applicator brush is double ended, one for eyeshadow and a small one for the brow wax and lining the eyes. They are easy to use and hold the product well.
The shadows can be applied lightly for a subtle look or built up for a heavier evening look so I find it can be used both during the day and on a night out and have had many comments on how nice my makeup looks with friends asking me to do theirs! And I have found a makeup product I can't live without in the brow wax! After trying and failing to get to grips with brow pencils, this is amazing. Extremely easy to use and very natural looking.
The compact itself is nice and stylish looking and small enough to be carried in even a small handbag for touch ups and applying your makeup on the go!
I'd definitely recommend Smokin' eyes. If you've been struggling to get the smokey eye look this is the product for you!
I don't know what kind of Reading this is going to make for. It's the worst year of my life so far. Usually I don't really care too much about new year, just an excuse for a party. I'll be glad to see the back of 2009 though. Sat here as a write this I'm feeling slightly paranoid. It's almost over but can anything else happen in the next 24 hours or so?! It's helps to think positively and be strong, there are so many people that have had a much worse year and Im blessed to have my friends and family and especially my little boy.
*** What did you do in 2009 that you have not done before? ***
I took up running and did race for life - cancer research. Was very proud of this as I kept meaning to do it each year but always put it off.
*** Did anyone close to you give birth? ***
sister in law
*** Did anyone close to you die? ***
My brother and also a 24 year old colleague. Finding out about my brother was hands down the worst moment of my life. I never knew until then that grief could actually be a physical pain. It felt like my heart was being ripped apart and the ground had been taken from underneath me. He died in a car accident while back packing in Australia and died instantly. I'm glad he didn't suffer. He was a fantastic brother and friend. Will miss him every day of my life.
My colleague fell down the steps at work, 4 silly little steps but she hit her head really hard. She was taken to hospital and had to have an op but sadly it was too late for her and she never came round. It's hard to believe that you can go upstairs just to make a coffee and have that happen.
*** What countries did you visit? ***
None! Apart from England of course
*** What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009? ***
Just absolute happiness for me and my family and friends.
*** What dates will you remember from 2009? ***
18th April - The day my brother died
17th September - The day my colleague died
24th December - The day my husband lost his job
25th December - A great day spent seeing all the family, watching my son open his gifts and play with my little brother and sister. The happiest day of the year by far.
*** Did you suffer illness or injury? ***
Diagnosed with depression
*** What was the best thing you bought? ***
The Dr Seuss books for my son. He adores them! (and so do I!)
*** Whose behaviour has merited celebration? ***
My husband for being fantastic. He's been very strong for me and put up with a lot of my bad behaviour. He also didn't punch his boss for sacking him 5 mins before closing time on Christmas Eve for something he hadn't actually done but wouldn't have been gross misconduct if he had!! ...and breathe!
*** Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed? ***
Appalled at the behaviour of my husbands colleagues as 2 have caused problems with false rumours over the past 2 months then conspired to get him dismissed.
*** Where did most of your money go? ***
I really wish I knew! Mainly just bills and general living costs!
*** What song(s) will you remember from 2009? ***
Happy - Leona Lewis. It's helped me feel strong when Ive been at my lowest.
** Compared to this time last year are you . . . happier, fitter, or more productive? ***
Not happier, not fitter, more productive though. I have been setting my mind to things and just getting them done 1 goal at a time.
*** What do you wish you had done more of? ***
Saved more money! That's a big goal for 2010!
*** What do you wish you had done less of? ***
Nothing - Dont regret things you have done, learn from them and move forward.
*** What was your favourite TV programme? ***
FlashForward! Love it, can't wait for it to start again!
*** Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate last year? ***
No, dislike a few people that I didn't know last year but can't say I've ever hated anyone.
*** What's been the best book of 2009? ***
The best one I've read this year is Second Glance. I love Jodi Picoults books.
*** What was your greatest musical discovery? ***
Not listened to any new music but started to learn to play guitar, I guess that counts.
*** What did you want and didn't get? ***
Wanted to get pregnant had been trying for 3 months but the baby making plans have been put on hold now my husband is unemployed.
*** What is your favourite film of the year? ***
The only 1 we've been to see at the cinema is Harry Potter! Really enjoyed it though. Also just saw Twilight a few weeks ago and loved it. Now Im going to read the books.
*** What did you do on your birthday and how old were you? ***
Had a nice meal in, then went out round town with my friends 2 days later. It was Halloween so we dressed up all scary. Very fun.
*** What political issue stirred you the most? ***
I don't even pretend to know about politics however I find it appalling that MPs have claimed for ridiculous things like duck islands when people in this country are really struggling. The money could obviously be put to much better use.
***Who was the best person you met?***
A lad my brother was backpacking with. Brilliant guy!
*** Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009? ***
A strange thing about my brothers death is that before he went on his backpacking trip he wrote a letter in case the worst should happen and left it in his room for us to find. A quote from that letter is "say at least one thing, or do one thing today that you want to, because tomorrow may never come" I now have this tattooed on my ribs. A brilliant life lesson. Life is so short so make each day count.
Very optimistic about 2010. Hopefully things can only get better. Whether you've had an amazing or terrible 2009 - Happy New Year and hope it's a great one for each and every one of you.
Had a read through this as my 2010 was a million times better than 2009. It was pretty hard reading as I have been trying ti shut things out and not think too much. I really wanted to edit though because the section that asks what did I want and didn't get? I said I wanted to get pregnant. Unknowingly I was actually pregnant when I wrote that! just in the very early stages. :)
I first tried Tresemme moisture rich shampoo and condioners around 6 months ago. Trying to cut down on my shopping costs I spotted the huge 900ml bottles on 2 for £5! Bargain! I thought.
The bottles themselves are quite boring and clunky looking, sort of 'man' bottles, haha. The contents though are fabulous and of course, that's what counts!
The conditioner is very thick and creamy and smells beautiful, very fresh and a little sweet. Apply it all over hair, paying special attention to the ends as they tend to get dryer than the rest. I tend to leave it on for a couple of minutes, then rinse. The rinsing seems to take a little longer with this conditioner, possibly because it's so thick.
When using the shampoo and conditioner I previously used, my hair would seem frizzy and quite dry after blow drying. Straightening was an absolute necessity. With Tresemme it's brilliantly shiny and I just my straighteners to shape the kinks now!
I love this conditioner. It leaves my hair smelling gorgeous all day. My hair is so shiny and healthy looking. For the first time since I was a kid I've had people comment on how shiny it is!
Healthy looking, shiny, great smelling hair. All at a bargain price!
I had never tried any Benefit products until a few weeks ago when I found a free sample of this mascara included in Glamour magazine.
I wasn't expecting too much really, thought I might as well give it a go seeing it's a freebie! I was impressed!
The brush is very big and thick, I think this helps for easy application, although you have to be a bit more careful with it as it's easier to get the mascara on your eyelids!
The overall effect of Bad Gal Lash is really nice. It's quite a natural look, it makes my lashes look thicker and longer without leaving them caked and heavy looking. It feels like I'm not wearing any mascara when I use this, Perfect for day time wear! For evening a few extra coats used with an eyelash curler produces a great, longer and more dramatic look.
I would really recommend this mascara. Will definitely be buying the full sized product. Putting out samples was a good bit of marketing by Benefit. I bet it's paid off as I'm now dying to try their other products as I'm sure others will be after trying this!
About 3 months ago I had lost my C905 and was after another phone! I was interested in getting a touch screen phone, with a decent camera and a good web browser and music and radio capabilities.
The iphone was the obvious choice but I was after something with a better camera and wanted something that looked a bit nicer.
The Arena was the one I went for!! I have never owned an LG before, when I first started working in a mobile phone shop a few years ago they had a bad reputation with reliability and were big, clunky and ugly looking! Things seem to have turned around now.
The Look - Such a stylish looking phone! It's very slim, smaller than a lot of touch screen phones, the back is plastic but nice brushed metal on the front. Quite expensive looking.
The camera - 5 megapixel, with an inner camera functionality (for video calling but useful when wanting to take photos of yourself and friends together!) It does take a good quality picture in light conditions. However you have to be quite careful when shooting in duller conditions to make sure flash is permanently on and when light is behind you otherwise the pictures are not viewable. Video camera is of decent quality with good sound recording.
Use - Quite easy to use once you get used to the touch screen. You have customisable home screens that you can flick through showing fave contacts, music and pictures, widgets, and smaller menu where you can add the functions you use most often. You also then have a full menu that is laid out with icons and descriptions underneath.
You flick through your menus by flicking your finger across the screen and can zoom in on photos and internet pages by using your fingers in a pinching motion.
Music quality is good and comes with some good earphones, the kind that sit in your ear. They are good at blocking out noise and don't have to turn the music up to loud on the train on the way to work!
Reliability - Seems to be a downfall of a lot of phones these days. When I first got it I had 2 exchanges due to software problems, I then had it booked in for repair at Carphone Warehouse for a software update and this seems to have stopped the freezing. It does power off every now and then when I am writing text messages or using the internet. It's not too often but is quite annoying when it does, hopefully another software update will solve that.
All in all it's a good phone, my favourite to date! (and I've had a lot!) The little bugs with it do let it down but not to the extent that I'd want to change it for something else. I actually love it too much!!