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      03.07.2012 22:45
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      I love it!

      My history: ( please scroll down if you would just like to read just the review...I fear I may have waffled)

      My other half is not afraid of spiders. As the 7th child of a poorish family spiders had been one of his favourite past times, and nothing would delight him more than to see a spider crawling up his wall. He would pick it up, and force it to crawl from one of his hands to the other in an endless frenzy to escape but ending up pretty much where it started somewhat like a  hamster wheel or a treadmill.  Being absolutely terrified of spiders myself I thought this was great.  My husband, My hero, my prince in shining armour, who laughed in the face of spiders, and who would no doubt protect me fom the threat of these eight legged creatures especially those that dared to invade my home. Oh, how naive I was!

      Needless to say that delusion was soon nipped in the bud. It's only a spider! I used to play with spiders! I am well aware of that thank you very much but would you  mind please escorting this spider outside. Nope, he wouldn't do it. He simply could not or would not understand that spiders in my eyes were akin to snakes and scorpions if not  more poisonous, more harmful. But did he even try to understand? No! I had to learn to fend for myself.

       Most of the time I didn't. I just avoided using the room or area a spider was exploring at the time. the amount of take outs we had obviously increased at this time, but the arrangement was one I learned to live with. And I did. I survived. The spiders and I learned to co-exist, we tiptoed around each other, turned a blind eye to each others faults and temperaments and waited til the other had left the room before venturing therein ourselves. It was a frustrating yet tolerable existence. 

      But the story doesn't end here my friends, oh no. For thereafter, came the kids! My kids that is, not the offspring of the spiders thankfully. It's all very well to ignore and avoid spiders yourself but have you ever tried to convince a child to do so? Not going to happen  is it? Spiders Entering my home during ths period of my life, were regularly granted long hot showers that resulted in them disappearing down the plug hole, or were not so cordially invited to attend spider tea parties in my vacuum cleaner where they would then take up permanent residence until oh emptied said vacuum cleaner. 

      But the guilt, oh the guilt of drowning and murdering these innocent but vile creatures ate me up inside. The nightmares I had of parent spiders coming to seek revenge was more than i could bear to live with. There had to be a more humane way of ridding my home of these spiders. Of politely yet firmly letting them know that they were not welcome here and although trespassers would not be shot, they're  presence would not be tolerated. And so the hunt for the perfect weapon began. 

      So there I sat, armed with that useful wealth of information we all know as google, frantically hunting for that perfect object, that hidden elixir that I just knew was out there waiting or me to find it. I came across many different items during my search. This tiny little box thing for example, slide it open, place over spider, slide it shut, carry spider to its new destination. Sounded simple enough except for one major flaw. There was no way I was going that close to a spider. Nuh uh! Then I came across this plug in that deterred spiders from entering your home. Wow! Absolutely brilliant! Forget trying to take them out...stop the root of the problem itself. Prevention being better than cure and all that. It sounded perfect. It Sounded too good to be true! And unfortunatelyo it was. Too good to be true. A quick ask around and I found out tht my sister in law had one and it did NOT do the job! She had literally found a spider a few centimetres away from the thing! Definitely didn't do what it said on the tin. And so the search continued.

      Continued that is until I found this beauty. And a beauty it is. After asking around I came to realise that no one I knew had anything like this and therefore no one could give me their opinion on its effectiveness or lack thereof. I would have to purchase one myself, and so I did. Thanking you Amazon most kindly. It arrived the same day as my 10 year old nephew from Canada. (an unattended minor...he had a fantastic flight!) My nephew had a great time testing this out on the plastic spider that it came with and when I asked him to throw that horrible plastic creature into the bin, he promptly put it into his pocket for later use. ( on his friends thank God and not me) 

      After a few uneventful days a spider was spotted in the kitchen. It was huge! One of those ghastly ones that cannot really be seen from far as they have thin but long, oh my, long legs and a teeny body. My nephew, super excited at the prospect of using this new gadget came rushing into my room to inform me of our latest house guest and kindly offered to attend to it. And attend to it he did. One confident swish later the creature was rendered immobile and was escorted out. It was brilliant. My nephew stayed approximately a month and in that time disposed of 7 spiders without a glitch. Fantastic. But then he had to leave. Meaning now I would be in charge of the spider removal services in our home. 

      My review: 

      So, the gadget itself. My first reaction was that it looked a little like an olden days litter picker, rather like the one my young daughter had made at school that enabled them to pick up rubbish from the floor without bending down. The principle of the thing was the same: pull lever which opens up the bristles at the other end.  Position bristles over the spider and let go of lever...thus trapping the spider within without harming them yet making it impossible for them to move. All of this at arms length. Then take the gadget, spider and all to wherever you wish. Pull lever again and watch the spider crawl out unharmed.  Simple yet effective.

      Effectiveness:
      How effective is the item? Is it easy to use? 
      The item is pretty good with large spiders. However you have to approach the spider quite confidently...as if that's possible...what I mean is that if you hesitate before closing the bristles, the spider will run. The longer you take positioning the bristles just right the greater the likelihood of the spider escaping. Just quickly open and shut close to the spider and most likely it will catch the creature. Well, that's my experience anyway. 

      The gadget is not very good at catching the smaller of this species. But for me that isn't really an issue, as I can usually coax these on to paper or card ( preferably A3 or larger) and throw them out of the nearest window/door (please tell me they don't die). It's the larger faster brothers I have a problem  with and this spider catcher does the job just fine.

      Many people seem to have an issue with the bristles getting bent rendering the item useless. I can honestly say that I have not had this issue. I have had my spider catcher for approximately a year now and it's just as effective s it always was. I think the problem may perhaps be that the user presses the bristles hard against the wall. I literally swipe the area near the wall and voila... A captured spider.

      Also, I have caught spiders from nearly every angle imaginable. Wall, floor, ceiling, corners, even one rather large one dangling from the ceiling. I have also used it to catch unwanted flies and wasps that have sneaked their way into my home. 

      Hints and tips:
      The catcher comes with a pretty big fake plastic spider. So if even the sight of a fake spider freaks you out..be warned! 
      Always have the door or window open beforehand.  Makes the job much easier.
      You may want to invest in more than one...upstairs, downstairs, work or even for friends and family that may witness this item at work and want one too. Trust me they will be forever grateful. (just ask my mum)
      Be quick and confident. 

      Verdict:
      I love this item. I no longer have to tolerate spiders in my home. Every time I capture and release a spider I feel great. As achievements go, removing a spider from your children's bedroom may not seem like much, but every time I do I feel I can conquer the world. And I can honestly say that my fear of spiders is also decreasing as I now have confidence in my ability to deal with them. Truthfully, I feel liberated and independent...no longer the damsel in distress every time I see a spider.

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        13.05.2012 01:01
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        A great book for all babies. Lots to discover, lots to enjoy.

        A great book that I would recommend for all babies.

        Why I love this book:

        Bright and bold colours to attract baby's attention

        One large easy to detect happy animal/sun/star per page set against a contrasting background colour/colours eg orange fish in the blue sea.

        Crinkly front and back pages....I love this as most toys only have a tiny crinkly bit. This is 4 pages worth of crinkle and my son loves it too. Sounds like he has a packet of crisps in his hands!

        Squeaker and rattle In the middle pages.

        Lots of different textures. Satin, velvet, fleece.

        Link attached so perfect to add to your play gym, take for a stroll in the pram without worrying about losing it and even as a high hair toy that can't get thrown down.

        The front page has a large sun with ribbon Sun rays. My son loves the ribbons as do most babies from what I ca tell.

        All in all. A great book that I would definitely recommend and buy again. No words, so you can interpret a different story for your child each time. Soft pages so very baby friendly...even teething babies love it. Grows with baby. Baby discovers new things about this book all the time and his attachment to the book seems to be growing too. He plays more with it now (11months) than he did when he was younger.

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          10.05.2012 21:00

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          A kettle with a difference!

          After our old kettle died (r.i.p) we replaced it with this one.

          Advantages:

          SPEED! It boils water fast! This alone makes it worth buying. No questions asked.
          Durable.
          Looks good on the work top.
          Easy to clean filter.
          Good grip handle.
          Easy to pour spout.

          Disadvantages:

          The steel part gets hot. Obviously. But after burning myself slightly each time I switch on my toaster, I've learnt to do the toaster first and THEN the kettle. But I guess that just depends on where your kettle is positioned. Also, watch your children! But then that's with all kettles right?

          One of the things that can be said about this kettle is that its a good conversation starter...why? Because it's Illuminating. What? You might ask. Simple. What is the point of an illuminating kettle...except perhaps it looks good? When it's on standby....all day long...it glows blue, when it's on...it glows red. So you can tell when the water is boiling? Surely the sound will alert you to this. So you can see how much water is inside? Nope, the viewing bit is large enough without the extra illumination. Oh wait...it makes it easy to use the kettle in the dark. Better still, you can navigate your way around the kitchen in the dark! The possibilities are endless.

          Overall, I would buy this product again and again, because it's fast and easy to use. I also enjoy listening to people's opinions on the purpose of an illuminating kettle.

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          10.05.2012 15:33
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          A great cage. shame about the accessories.

          Advantages:

          - A good size with 2 floors. lots of room for toys/toilet tubes/dwarf hamster to run around
          - came (from pets at home) with free bedding, woodshavings and food.
          - comes with free accessories.. house(2 piece for easy cleaning), wheel, bottle with bottle holder and a food dish.
          - enclosed on all sides so no fear of dwarf hamster escaping/ no issues with woodshavings being kicked out. (less hoovering!)
          -several base colours available...match your room! Also allows privacy for the dwarf hamster.
          - bottle sticks to the outside of cage, saving room for toys on the inside
          - hinged mesh on top for ventilation...hamster cannot escape, allows ventilation, toys/treats can be hanged from the top....we made a toilet tube swing that our dwarf hamster loves.
          - Easy to clean...no awkward to reach places, tunnels etc
          - doesn't take up much room in the house (but still a good size for the hamster. I've seen larger cages that have less room for the hamster :-S)

          Disadvantages

          -May be too small for a syrian...ok for dwarf hamster
          _ our dwarf hamster used to pee in his house when the house was placed upstairs as instructed...I later found out that many hamsters do this when their houses are a)not open at the bottom and b) upstairs. We have bough a wooden open bottomed house for our hamster and placed it downstairs.
          - food dish provided was too large...we bought a smaller one
          -wheel was noisy, difficult for our dwarf hamster to run in and kept getting stuck. it also blocked alot of the downstairs space...have replaced with the silent spinner.
          - bottle leaks.
          - sometimes the hinges of the mesh get undone and its quite tricky to put back on again...but not a major issue.

          Overall, id say this is a good cage to get if you're willing to upgrade the accessories. Once upgraded and filled with lots of toys: the perfect home for your dwarf hamster.

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          10.05.2012 14:57
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          Little girls will love it...parents may not.

          My 6 year old daughter did really well in one of her after school activities so her father decided to buy her a well done present. The Large Pink Lego box! This is the product description courtesy of Amazon:

          This pink storage case with transparent lid is portable and reusable for years of play and imagination! Includes hundreds of great LEGO elements, a minifigure and even a horse. Contains 402 bricks in 12 colors: three shades of pink, red, yellow, orange, two shades of blue, two shades of green, brown, and grey Features a building plate, windows, door, horse and 1 minifigure Lots of accessories included too: brush, cups, pot, golden cup, flowers, fences and wheels Instruction booklet contains 6 different building ideas.

          Sounds brilliant, right?

          Here are my daughters thoughts on the product:


          When i was a little younger, me and my little sister received this box of Lego. We were really excited and began building straight away with my mum. The instructions confused us a bit ...until we got to the bottom of the box. What we found there sort of amazed us: bits of other Lego pieces were there, like the car windscreen, the house window cup of some sort, taps, bits to make flowers with and the horse and girl. Also there were roof tiles.. The only problem with this was that the tiles fell ( or a better word-collapsed) if you pressed too hard, which was sort of necessary if you wanted to attach them with something. On the whole, it's brilliant!
          Advantages: girl colours, instruction booklets, new pieces.
          Disadvantages: tiles keep collapsing.
          Overall: brilliant and cool.
          Rating: 4stars.

          But then... kids are easily impressed at times.

          My take: 402 bricks? They barely covered the base of the box! The box was huge compared to the amount of bricks that came with it. Sure sure, it allows plenty of storage space for other lego sets you may buy..blah blah...but thats not the point is it? We thought the description LARGE referred to the amount of pieces that came with the box...not the size of the box itself.

          That aside, the product is still pretty good. I would recommend it...it contains lovely girly colours which will always appeal to little girls everywhere. The accessories likewise are loved by my girls. It contains instructions for houses...i think 2 or 3 of which my daughters attempted...and were frustrated by (see collapsing comment by daughter above) My contribution to the building of these houses were...to find the correct pieces. This took far longer than you would have guessed as the pieces are quite small and similar (to my weak and bespectacled eyes anyway). Nevertheless, little girls don't require instructions and specific pieces to enjoy themselves and create something fabulous! Which is exactly what my daughters went on to do after having tired of the (boring) instructions. A great buy once you get over the disappointment of the amount of pieces.

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            06.05.2012 18:45
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            A great book to share and enjoy.

            When my daughter first recieved this book I was quite sceptical as the wording seemed too difficult for a young child to understand and enjoy. I put it aside thinking i would read it to her when she was a little older. Next time i was at her nursery however, my daughter pulled out another book from these series and asked me to read Hairy Mclairy to her. I was taken aback but i obliged. Wow! Only when read aloud i think can you really appreciate the rhyme and humour in this story. Both, my daughter and I were smiling by the end of it. It inspired alot of discussion afterwards aswell. Needless to say when i came home and showed her this book, she was superexcited and asked me to read it to her straightaway.

            A great book, good pictures that add to the storyline, great memorable characters, super rhymes and great storyline. One of those rare books that can be read again and again. I love the fact that thjis story is actually quite challenging for a young child but because of the rhyme, humour and pictures, they love it anyway! Thus, they are learning and enjoying themselves at the same time. A great book.

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              06.05.2012 17:20

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              If you want the rear facing options, this is a great pushchair to get.

              Positives:
              -Rear and forward facing...this is the best feature of this pushchair without a doubt. And I would recommend the Loola up on this feature alone. It's so easy to turn around,and I love being able to see my baby. Most pushchairs that have this feature as far as I am aware are either really expensive or really fiddly. They don't fold up rear facing, or the are really huge and bulky. The Loola up however is so simple to around, you just push both buttons on either side (and you can push the buttons one at a time as well) and turn it around. Simple!

              - adjustable handle height

              - lock the swivel wheels without having to crouch down on the floor

              - so easy and smooth to push

              - relatively small fold, but can get bulky with the seat unit on

              - rain cover easy to zip on and off.

              - one hand drive! When crossing the road I can easily hold my daughters hand and steer this too.


              Negatives:

              - rather bulky when folded and seat unit on

              - storage basket is tiny, but I just bought happy mummy Velcro clip things so not a huge issue for me.

              - heavy when carrying....but easy to push

              - straps are too small, I just use it as a 3 point harness instead of 5.

              -seat is quite high up...although this could be a positive.

              Overall, if you want the rear facing option...a great pushchair to get. Otherwise, there are no doubt better options out there.

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              06.05.2012 16:25
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              A great toothbrush that I would recommend to all. Eeally clean teeth every time.

              I ordered this toothbrush, much to my husbands distaste, after the birth of my third child. My pregnancy had left me with bleeding gums, a huge build up of plaque and a not so pleasant trip to the dentist. The dentist recommended a £200 toothbrush to keep my teeth clean. Obviously, I told her I'd think about it. Instead I bought this, half price from amazon.

              So, as mentioned, my husband hmmphed and hashed about it, even after I told him that he would be able to use it too as it came with three heads. 2 normal and 1 sensitive. Waste of money, he said. You can get 6 tooth brushes for a pound, he said. But he started using it anyway. 2 weeks later, he's recommending this toothbrush to everybody he sees! Gone are our sensitive teeth, gone the bleeding gums and gone the dread of the dentists!

              Seriously, if you are currently using a manual toothbrush and considering purchasing this, think no more, just buy it! You will not regret it.

              Now the toothbrush itself:
              2 minute timer. It buzzes every 30 seconds with a longer buzz at the end of 2 minutes. I've trained my children to brush a quarter of their teeth per buzz for an even clean
              Flashes red when you press too hard
              Sensitive mode

              The only thing that I don't like about this toothbrush is that it takes ages to fully charge and needs charging quite frequently. You can probably get 14 - 16 brushes out of a full charge. I wish it came with a feature that enabled us to see how much battery there was left (like a mobile). Instead it flashes just before the battery dies...not much use when you've only just started using it and the husband and kids still need to use it!
              Other than that I really can't fault it.

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              06.05.2012 00:30

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              A great product!

              I am prone to dry skin and am occasionally even victim to facial eczema and flakiness. Not a good look I'm sure you'll agree. This is the only moisturiser I have ever used (and trust me, you could buy a new wardrobe with the amount of high end, designer and so called magic moisturisers I have tried) that helps.

              It is light and creamy, absorbs immediately into the skin and smells gorgeous too! It leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated. Gone is the usual tightness and itchiness, gone are the awful red splodges, gone the embarrassment. If you have dry skin and are considering buying this cream, seriously, just go for it. You will not be disappointed. Many a times, friends, family and people at work have borrowed this (as I always, always carry one around with me) and have ended up buying one themselves. I think the fact that it's so easily absorbed and yet so effective is it's strongest selling point, as most strong moisturisers are thick and don't really glide across the skin well.

              Overall, a great product! Would and have recommended and purchased again and again and again!

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