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I purchased this for my son when it was in the sale at Argos. I paid £6.49 for it. He loves Fireman Sam so this was a must have. You can also get them from a wide range of stores for around £6-10.00. These include: Smyths, Argos, Woolworths on line, Ebay etc.
Basically you get a Fire Engine which of course is called 'Jupiter', as all you Fireman Sam fans would know. LOL!! You also get a little plastic 'Fireman Sam' and a grey fire ladder that actually slides out of the back of the fire engine.
On top of the Fire Engine is a yellow fireman's ladder that extends upwards and has a little platform for Fireman Sam to go into.
The Fire Engine arrives in a little cardboard box that you just clip the engine off and recycle the waste which is a bonus. Out comes the engine and away you go.
The Fire Engine is friction powered so can be pushed along quite easy. You can't open the sides of the Fire Engine they are fixed firmly shut. You can put Fireman Sam in the driving seat and you can also extend the yellow ladder on top of the fire engine so that Sam can go on the platform and fight fires.
The Fire Engine is made quite well and is still in tact after a few good knocks. My little boy loves to crash it into the postman pat vehicles and it takes the impact well.
I thought this Fire Engine played Music, well at least making the 'nee nah' sound but it doesn't so that was slightly disappointing.
The Fireman Sam engine is a good toy for the price and my little boy loves to pretend he's a firefighter helping Sam with putting out fires, however I think a few little easy adjustments could have been made to the Fire Engine to make it a little more interesting. This being, putting sounds on the Fire Engine and making the side doors open so you could put things in - all would have been a bonus!!
If you would like a little toy to keep the kiddies amused for a while then it's a good buy.
When I purchased this easel it was marked at half price £24.99 rather than £49.99. As my little boy loves Thomas and his room is decorated in it I thought I would get the Easel for him.
It is the classic Thomas colours of blue and red and very easy to put together. You just attach the big red legs to the easel itself and away you go. It has 3 legs on it that are moveable so you can adjust for height and when all 3 legs are placed into position the easel is quite sturdy. You wouldn't be able to stand the easel against a wall as when you fold the back leg in it is a little longer than the others so would easily topple over.
The Easel comes with a board that you attach to the blue framing via the big grey clip at the top. One side is a chalk board and the other side is a dry wipe board. In the pack you also get the wipe board markers and lots of chalks, wax crayons, stickers and a board eraser. Great in theory but not that easy for my little boy to swap around on his own. The chalk board is ok but after a few scribbles you can't wipe it all off properly and the chalks break easily and in our case get trodden into the carpet. The wipe board markers are decorated in the thomas theme and are of ok quality but again when writing on the board the pen doesn't fully come off when wiped.
Overall I wouldn't recommend you to buy this unless you could get it for less than £10.00. I can't believe that anyone would have bought it for £49.99!!! It is expensive for what it is and not of great quality either. The only bonus is you get some free crayons, stickers, and drawing pad with it.
I have read some bad reviews on this swing but I purchased one recently after the birth of my child and I love it.
The brand is obviously 'mamas and papa's. A well known brand but one that I have not purchased from that often so I was interested to see what it was like. I paid £94.99 from Argos which I know is a little pricey but some items are worth spending the extra on. The swing itself won a Prima Best Buy award in 2007 so I thought it couldn't be that bad.
The swing is suitable from birth and can hold a baby/toddler upto 9KG. You can position the seat upright so baby can look around or you can recline it into a lying position. You can also lock the seat into a stationary position. There is a toy bar that has 3 small brightly coloured toys attached to it that have a little rattle inside so they make a noise when touched. This bar is detachable but can need a good yank to detach it from the frame.
When in swinging motion there are 5 swing speeds numbered one to five with one being the slowest and 5 being the fastest. Choose between 5 to 15 minutes for the swing to automatically swing. You can play 3 tunes which can be changed by the music note button. These songs can get slightly annoying after listening to them for a while, but you can connect your mp3 player to the swing and play your own music if preferred.
Now to the cool part. The swing has a canopy over the top of it that has little LED lights in. These can be set to one of two settings. Either a sequence show or constantly flashing. This is so pretty and keeps my baby amused for hours. Especially looks good when the room is darker.
The frame itself has non grip feet so it doesn't move about when swinging. You can also fold the frame around itself so it is easy to move and store.
You can remove all the covers to wash just by unpopping the press studs and then wash on a normal cycle.
It needs 4 size C batteries and 2 AAA batteries but these last a long time so not to bad!!
Overall a great little swing I would have loved to go in a swing like this when I was little. The only downside is that I would say the swing is for smaller babies so you could probably use for 0-6 months. After that it probably won't be suitable so taking this in mind with the purchase price it can work out a little expensive but in my opinion some things are worth the money and this was for me!!
This garage was bought for my eldest son a few years ago.
The garage comes in a few pieces that easily just clip together and lock. It is brightly coloured and contains a ramp for the cars to go up and down, a little plastic car wash that you slide the cars through, a lift that you just roll the car into and then use a little lever to raise it up to the higher deck or back down to the ground and finally a petrol pump, you just press the button and it lights up and makes a petrol filling sound.
You also get two plastic cars, one of which is red and the other is yellow.
Recommends from 18months + but my little one was playing with it at 12 months and still plays with it now
2 x AA batteries - so not as bad as some toys that you buy that need 4 or 5 and I have to say I have never had to change the batteries so they last ages.
Bright coloured, attractive garage that is easy for the child to use and easy to assemble
When it moves the bottom ramp does sometimes come off
Great little garage and provides many hours of fun
My little boy loves this item and doesn't just use the cars provided but uses all the cars in his box on it. It keeps him amused for hours. I think it is good value for money, a nice size, teaches little ones control and to use there hands and pincer grip. It's definitely worth buying for the age range of around 12 months-3 years
I was looking for a cradle swing after discovering I was pregnant. There were quite a few to choose from but this one caught my eye.
The cradle swing itself comes in several pieces which are all easily recognisable and just click into each other. Once you have connected all the pieces to produce a frame the seat cover slides over and securely into place.
At the top of the frame is the large mechanical unit that house the batteries. You need 4 'D' size batteries. There is a plastic cover that you just open with a star headed screwdriver and then insert the batteries and away you go.
Cradle Swing Features
Also on the larger mechanical piece of the unit are the controls. You can play music- 12 tunes in total and you have the option to choose between the 6 speeds in which the cradle swings. There are small little slide buttons that you move to make your selection.
The seat itself has a multi position strap to hold baby in tight and the seat can be rotated so that it can swing side to side or front to back. There is also a mobile attached onto a moveable arm that can be lifted up when not in operation or you can just pull it down back over baby and again you just slide a button and the mobile rotates while either playing a song or playing jungle noises. You can just have the mobile rotating without any sound and vice versa.
When folded: L-115cm , W-70cm, D46cm
Age & Weight
The cradle swing is suitable from birth. The seat doesn't lie flat but can be reclined slightly from a full sitting position.
The weight limit for the cradle is 9KG
You can buy them for around £110-120. I bought mine brand new from Ebay for £100.00
The cradle swings is currently holding its value.
Babies R Us
Gorgeous looking cradle swing with lots of different settings to help sooth baby and aid a peaceful rest.
The cradle swing is quite large so not good if you don't have alot of space. However on the plus you can fold it flat to store.
I love this cradle swing and would recommend it to anyone. If baby is a little unsettled it soothes them to sleep, and if I need to put the little one somewhere safe whilst I catch up on the housework its ideal!!!
Toy Story - The latest craze for 2010.
Oh where do I begin!! I think I have one of the biggest Toy Story Fans in the Uk. My little 'Buzz Lightyear' regularly reels off the 'To infinity and beyond' phrase. Having seen all the films and even costing me a fortune to take him to Disneyland Paris to see the new Buzz attraction he wants everything he sees that's branded with the Toy Story Logo. Not content with the rocket pack Buzz Lightyear that cost nearly 50 pound I had to go out and buy him the matching Woody!
He looks just like Woody in the films with a mix of soft body material and plastic hands and face, oh and not forgetting his rubber brown cowboy hat and guitar.
As he is like a doll, he is easier to move about and in our case throw about the living room. Compared to Buzz who's quite rigid and heavy for a younger child- Woody doesn't disappoint!! He's nice and floppy.
There is a string attached to his back that has a plastic loop tied to it for ease of pull. You just give it a tug and he comes out with his most popular phrases from the movie.
Definite must have for all die-hard Toy Story Fans and is made to last!!
My little boy is a Disney Channel Fan and Little Einsteins is a programme he loves to watch. There are four main characters: Quincy, Annie, Leo, & June. They are basically four friends who go on many different adventures in a red rocket.
When he first saw this toy advertised he jumped for joy and had to have it, constantly asking for it until eventually I caved in. I bought it out of the Argos Sale for around £26.00 which I thought was a good price. Although you can pick them up cheaper from sites like Ebay, Pre-loved etc.
The rocket is made of red plastic with a clear plastic roof in order for you to see the Einsteins inside. It also has a large grey plastic handle underneath the rocket that can be lifted out so that your child can hold it and fly the rocket through the air. There is a power button that's also located underneath that switches rocket on.
Once on the headlights flash and you get the classic Little Einsteins music and the good thing is, when you place an Einstein into their seat it recognises them and a phrase by them is spoken. Each seat inside has the characters face on it so you know where to seat them. It has a little green TV screen inside the rocket just like on the programme, but this is easily detached and lost.
The rocket is motion senseless so it picks up a movement and takes the rocket on another mission.
The only negative I have about this toy is the roof comes off too easy. I appreciate it has to be easy enough for a child to open and close but ours actually comes off in your hand when you lift it up.
Overall a great toy and gives many hours of pleasure!!
My little boys have so many toys it's ridiculous and my youngest inherits his older brothers toys so when it comes to Birthdays no one knows what to buy. My sister purchased this toy for my sons first birthday after getting it cheap in the Boots Toy sale. My little boy loves this toy, he doesn't play with it all the time but does have days where this will be the one toy that takes up his attention.
The toy itself is a large plastic oval shaped toy that has quite a large red handle on the top that makes it easy to carry about. It is made up of sections that house separate small activities. These include a telephone that you can lift off the receiver and dial numbers, animals that sing/tweet, a front door where you can press the doorbell, a mirror that you can look into although its a bit small, a steering wheel that you can turn and it makes a noise, a computer with numbers and shapes on, which when pressed tells you what number or shape it is and then on the top it has a story book.
The age range is 12 months plus and I would say that is about right as I feel older children would get bored quite easily.
It is quite a robust toy so should last a long time but I feel it may have been better had it been a bigger version.
Overall though it does what it says, it learns the children hand and eye co-ordination and is fun too!!
I love Kit Kats. I have a wierd obsession with biting all the chocolate off the outside of them before dismantling the wafer piece by piece. I'm not sure I should have admitted that but I'm sure some people reading this do exactly the same.
The Kit Kat chunky is just an oversized version of one of the sticks from a normal kit kat with much more chocolate and that has to be a bonus for all chocolate lovers out there. It comes wrapped in a foil wrapper with the usual Kit Kat Logo. You can buy them from most out lets and they will cost between 48-65pence depending on where you buy them. You can currently buy a pack of 7 from Tesco for £1.74.
There not really a healthy option with 14.3g of fat and 263 calories in each bar but what the hell everyone needs a treat now and then!
After discovering I was my pregnant with my third child I thought it was time to invest in a new double buggy. We already had a side by side buggy which is a nightmare to get through doors and pushing it round the shops is a nightmare as people can be so rude if they can't get past you. I saw another mom pushing a Phil & Ted and thought that's the buggy I have to have.
I thought I would do my research because who exactly was Phil & Who exactly was Ted? Phil & Teds is a Company based in Wellington. They concentrate on quality and value there staff backing them to succeed with their careers.
I went out and we decided on the Phil & Teds Sport. It cost around £348.00 but that was with the doubles kit and the raincover.
The buggy itself
The buggy is a 3 wheeler and comes in all sorts of colours. Black, Red, Blue Lime Green and you can even get a graffiti style one which is quite trendy looking.
The Buggy can be collapsed quite easy by two little levers on the side that you pull out and the main seat collapses into the frame. If you have a smaller car you can clip off the front wheel and it fits perfect into a smaller boot. The Wheels are quite chunky and hardwearing great for off road and the front wheel can be locked into place or left to swivel, this again is controlled by a little lever. There is a brake just located by the back wheels which is very efficient as the buggy doesn't move once in place but this is quite stiff and can take some might to press down.
The main seat can be used for a toddler or you can lay it back flat, attach the cocoon (sold separately) and put a newborn baby in it, they can even face you so you can keep an eye on them. There is a shopping basket under the main seat which is quite roomy compared to other models I have seen. You can also still use the basket if you have the doubles kit attached to it.
There is a 5 point harness with 2 shoulder straps & 2 waist straps and the middle part that they connect to brands the Phil & Teds Logo and it also lies central of the child so it's kind of like the child has reins on but is strapped down. (Hope that makes sense).
There is a hood over the main seat which has a peephole over it so you can have a little peek at bubbas whilst on the move. Most buggies come with either the singles raincover or double raincover which is easy to fit. You just throw it over the buggy and it has several press studs that you just clip on to keep it in place.
The handle bar can be adjusted in to several up or down positions which ever suits you better.
Ease of Use
The Buggy is so easy to push even with one hand and it comes with a hand strap attached to the handle bar that you just put round your wrist whilst out and about. It's a nice ride on smooth or rough surfaces and great also in wet weather.
The only down is the buggy weighs nearly 11kg so can be quite big to lift when upright.
The Buggy fits into the car quite comfortably. As you fold the buggy down there is a metal handle for you to lift the buggy in and out which is a good idea. If you have a smaller car you can take the front wheel off and fit into the boot, which is probably one of the best benefits of this buggy as alot of double buggies won't fit in a normal boot.
Where to Buy
Ebay- Used or New
Babies R Us
It is a really trendy looking buggy, easy to use/push, you can get it through doorways and when used with the doubles kit it you can fit two toddlers into it. Great to get into smaller boots.
The Phil & Teds is quite pricey but personally I think it is well worth the money and if you look around you can pick them up cheaper via websites like Ebay etc.
The brake can be a nightmare and really needs a forceful foot to push it down.
I love my Phil & Teds and would not want to swap it for any other buggy. It easier to push than any other I have tested. It has so many options of where the babies/children go in it, and my little boy loves sitting in the doubles seat at the back I think he thinks it's like a little adventure. I would recommend over any other buggy and trust me I have tried a few!!
When me and my partner moved in together there was only one hoover I wanted and that was a dyson. I had heard great things about them and I have to say I love the funky design of them.
I was not disappointed after making my purchase. The dyson is great to look at, doesn't take much space up to store and the results are the best. The one thing I like about dyson's is that the hose is extendable so you can place the hoover at the bottom of the stairs and it actually reaches beyond the top of the stairs and the suction is still strong. The Dyson is quite heavy so you have to be quite strong to carry it up the stairs so this hose is invaluable.
The suction is great definitely the best on any hoover. It is super strong and picks up all kind of things and reaches into all kinds of places. The Dyson is easy to move around and not to heavy to push. Using it both with the hose or pushing the hoover via the handle gives it versatility. There is a clear plastic cylinder in the central part of the hoover housing so you can see what your hoover is picking up. (Ideal if you suck up a little toy or item that you don't want to send to the rubbish tip) You detach this cylinder from the hoover via a small clip and then you have a ring pull that just opens the door at the bottom of the cylinder so you can empty straight into the bin. No messing around with changing hoover bags etc.
Overall a great item.
As my family is growing bigger by the day I needed a toaster that could accommodate more than 2 pieces of bread. I went on the hunt for a 4 slice toaster and came across this one in the sale on the Very website so I thought I'd give it a go.
This toaster comes in brushed stainless steel so is very easy to wipe clean and looks very nice in the kitchen. It isn't overly big so I managed to slot it into a space on the worktop where it looks great.
The toaster can cook from fresh, frozen and has a re-heat facility if you just want to warm something.
Now to the downside. The toaster takes absolutely ages to toast the bread so if you are in a hurry and need a fix fast this isn't the toaster for you. I have also found that if you toast something from frozen the middle part of the bread etc doesn't cook like the outer parts and still remains cold.
I wouldn't recommend this item purely as it takes far to long to cook the bread and doesn't defrost things well enough.
If I'm honest I buy a product because it has good reviews and is attractive looking. Also the price has a big impact also.
This kettle was on sale in Argos and had good reviews so I thought I would give it a go. I was attracted by the ultra blue light that lights up the central part of the kettle when boiling the water. In the dark of the kitchen at night it's like it's having it's own little disco and looks the bomb!
The kettle is polished stainless steel so a little polish every now and again gets rid of any smears on the outside. The kettle is lightweight and sits on a black plastic charging unit that you just plug into the wall. It holds around 6-7 cups of water so plenty if you have a bigger family or lots of visitors. As the kettle sits freely on the charging unit it makes it cordless, and has a big black plastic handle that is just right size to get a good grip.
The water boils within 30-40 seconds depending on where you have filled it to. My only gripe is that the water doesn't stay hot for long after the kettle has reached boiling point.
Overall a good item that looks attractive in any kitchen and is easy to use.
GHD's are used by nearly every hair salon you go into so that in itself should be telling you how good this product is. Although they are a bit more expensive than some of the other makes of hair straighteners on the market they are definitely worth the extra money.
My hair is dry and quite thick and tends to go quite frizzy. The GHD's cure all of this producing a nice sleek, straight look.
The product itself is lightweight, not too big, and varies in colour and design so you can get some really trendy looking ones. The straightener heats up in seconds so there is no waiting around ages for it to heat up. The ceramic plates can be cleaned if you have any product residue on them.
Aswell as creating a sleek look you can use the GHD's to create curls, be it tight curls or loose ones, you just pull the straightener through your hair whilst turning the straightener and it produces curls better than curling tongs.
Definitely worth the money - you won't be disappointed.
Ghd's are definitely the best hair stylers on the market for both straight and curly hair. I have fairly long hair and wanted to create a tight curl that a curling tong could not create.
I purchased the mini styler and was not disappointed. The styler itself is very slim and easy to hold. It heats up very quickly and even makes a little beeping noise when it has heated up to the correct temperature.
The styler glide through your hair and is ideal to get those little pieces of new hair growth without burning your head. The styler is great to make tight curls or big waves. You just hold it tight and wrap around the hair tightly from end to root or for bigger curls you can just apply less pressure and hold the styler nearer the ends of your hair.
I have been using GHD's for about 5 years and they haven't damaged my hair at all. You can buy GHD serums that you can use along the styler.
Overall great size and great results and would be especially good for people with shorter hair and those wanting to obtain the optimum curl.