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With the summer weather on it's way more and more of us will be taking our children on holidays with us and with most holidays there will be a swimming pool of some kind. Safety is something I obsess about when it comes to the little ones and when you add water to the equation I panic even more.
These are a very simple tool when it comes to keeping your child safe in water. They come packaged flat as they need to be inflated to use. They have a fun bright colour that will make them more cheerful looking for those bright, sunny days. And the fun aquatic design will hopefully make the children more likely to wear them. The design is of a black and White wale, bubbles, large seashells, and small black and White fish.
The outside of the armbands are a bright fire engine red, and the interior is an egg yoke yellow. When inflated they are super soft with a cushion like bounce to them. These then slide up on to the little ones arms and up on to their bicep. They fit snugly around the child's arms tight enough to ensure they don't slip down and end up floating around the pool and putting your child at risk. But they are also soft enough that they don't irritate the child's skin by rubbing or feeling too tight.
Of course the purpose of the armbands is to aid buoyancy and prevent the child from going under the water, they do this very well and look super cute while doing it. To inflate I just blow them up using the valve and to deflate I just remove the stopper and give the valve a squeeze. They are wafer thin when deflated and this makes them very easy to carry around in my bag. They are very easy to inflate which is really important just a few poofs and they are up. There is nothing worse than hyperventilating while trying to inflate something like this. They take no time at all to inflate so there is no effort needed, they really are that easy.
There is the early learning centre logo visibly on the front letting you know they they are manufactured to the highest child safety standard and there is also a lengthy warning message on the super soft material. I like this because a warning leaflet can be looked at and then tossed in the bin just as the armbands are unwrapped. But having the warning permanently printed on the armbands themselves keeps this vital safety information always in view.
When the children are wearing these I can see the work they are doing. It is very easy to see that these great armbands are literally holding them up above the water. Having this peace of mind is fantastic but it is not a reason to EVER leave a small child unsupervised in water. These armbands are not secured in any way that the child would be unable to remove them themselves so there is always the fear that they could pull one or both of them off and endanger themselves. For that reason the child or children must always be supervised.
These are an necessity in my opinion, if I'm going to be around water I will always have these on the children. They are very easy to use, are comfortable for the child and the bright colours and fun designed makes them enjoyable for the child too.
These are a super simple toy that I love the children to play with as it encourages them to use their imagination rather than just mindlessly play. The little ones love these so much because they can play shopkeeper and the other child or children can be the customer. It is hilarious to watch them as they take on the roles of mummy, daddy and baby. It is so funny to watch them exaggerate the roles as they see them. It is also fantastic that they use numbers, amounts, colours and words as they "shop".
For example they say; I want two strawberries for dinner and one lemon for pudding (what a delicious meal that would be) but toys like these help with colour recognition and also social skills as the children interact with each other.
These hard plastic fruit shapes come in a mesh like bag just like vegetables such as onions would be in, in the supermarket. I however put this bag in the bin once I had opened it as I just emptied these fruits in to their play bucket with the rest of their food shaped toys. I did this for safety reasons as any bag could end up being a danger to the child.
Each toy is vividly coloured in a mix of deep blue, sun yellow, rich red, and grass green. The toys are hollow making them very light to play with and also have a textured / dimpled front to them to make them fun to touch and more realistic to look at. The only difference between each piece is the difference in colour as they all resemble a strawberry in appearance. This however goes unnoticed by the children and they soon begin to call them by their proper names in relation to their colour. They call the yellow a lemon, the green an apple, the blue a blueberry and the red a strawberry. These toys are made of a shiny plastic which makes them very easy to keep clean. I give them a wash in the sink in some warm soapy water every now and then just to keep them as clean as possible. These are also great when used with other food related toys such as tea and kitchen sets. The little ones love to pile these in to their pots and play like they are preparing the evening meal.
Another thing I have noticed is that the children like to pair up the fruits with their proper match. By this I mean they get two blueberries and hold them back to back to make a full fruit, they then use their play knives from their tea sets to cut the fruit in half. When you see a young child doing this rather clever move you can't help but be impressed. That's something worth adding these are perfect for indoor or outdoor play as they are very well made and quite sturdy. They have survived being stood on by children many times and only scuff if they are rubbed along the ground. I love how these help the children to learn all while having far more fun than they would by sitting in the house staring at the TV. So for that reason I give these toys five stars
As a result of a horrible scare I experienced while using the blue version of this ball this pink version ended up in the very same place as the other. THE BIN!
This is an incredibly soft ball that leads the owner in to a false sense of security that their child will be safe while playing with it. The metrical used is a super soft foam that ensures gentle play while the children kick and toss it to each other. That is one of the reason I bought these balls in the first place. I have had too many occasions where a child has ended up in tears after being hit in the face with a ball they where playing with. Also this ball will not burst like a normal inflatable ball would so that also made this more appealing because of the countless numbers of standard footballs that have come and gone over the previous summer months.
Also the fact that this ball wouldn't cause too much damage if used indoors was something that worked in it's favour. But soon enough I realised that this ball and it's blue friend were not as innocent as they first appeared.
The foam on these balls is easily picked at by little fingers and comes off in small clumps. This material can end up in the mouths of the child or pets. I had the horrific experience of discovering some of this very foam in my four year old sisters mouth ( The full story is in the review for the blue version of this ball ),
This reason alone is why I would NEVER recommend this type of ball to be played with unsupervised and especially not by very young children that will put everything into their mouths. This ball is said to be suitable for ages 3 and up but after my terrifying experience I would never allow a child that young to play with this ball.
Another couple of reasons I find this make to be disappointing is that they are very light indeed and will catch the slightest breeze and blow out of the garden or even worse onto the street if your children are playing outside. I know every ball can end up in the neighbours yard or on the road but they normally get kicked out there not blown. This ball also Iike the blue one is absorbent (I know it's made of sponge) I didn't expect it to be SO absorbent. And if the outer seal is broken by being picked at the water gets in even more.
This ball is a fantastic alternative to harder balls that smash windows and hurt children during play but the fact that the material can be swallowed makes this a very dangerous toy indeed. To look at it you would never think it could hurt your child but this very make only in a different colour nearly resulted in an unthinkable situation. Both this hall and the blue version had been played with for months and months before any thing bad happened but once it did we couldn't keep these in our house any longer.
Just as with the blue version I can not give this ball any more than one star and if I could Mark it lower I would.
Please supervise your child while playing with this kind of ball.
This is one of the best toys I have ever bought.
But also one of the WORST toys I have ever bought.
Well it's simple first here's the good points. This ball is super soft. With nearly every toy that is intended to be used for outdoor play they inevitably get played with indoors. This isn't the biggest of problems with small toys that stay on the ground such as outdoor weatherproof jigsaws buckets and spades and so forth but when it comes to footballs the destruction they can cause inside the house is no laughing matter. That is the reason I love this ball, plus it comes from the thrust worthy name of the Early Learning Centre.
When the little ones start kicking this around inside my sitting room it gives me enough time to stop them without the flat screen TV being smashed like it would with a standard hard as a rock football. This ball is the equivalent of kicking a mash mellow around the room. It is made of super soft foam and when it hits against anything most of the force is absorbed by the ball itself. Destruction of my belongings aside the softness of this ball also ensures safe play between the children themselves. When I leave them to have a kick around out in the back garden there is never tears after the ball has hit one or the other in the leg, foot, tummy or even the face. This ball NEVER hurts any child I have allowed to play with it. Think of a bathroom sponge and how that could never hurt you no matter how hard anyone hit you with it, it is exactly the same with this ball.
Now for the downside of using this ball over a standard ball or the Thomas the tank engine ball that I recently reviewed. The fact that it is so light means the wind can catch it very easily and blow it in to the neighbours yard in the blink of an eye and that WILL result in tears from the children especially if the ball can not be retrieved instantly. If this ball is kicked or thrown high enough for even a light breeze to catch it, it annoyingly ends up caught up in trees and bushes way to often for my liking.
Another down side to this soft sponge ball is the fact that it is just that, a sponge. It absorbs water and if it happens to end up in a puddle of dirty water the ball then becomes a breading ground for germs and bugs. It does feel like it has some kind of covering on it and I think that may be there to repel water but I find it doesn't do a good enough job.
But the main reason I no longer use this ball is that sooner rather than later the little ones will pick at it and we all know how sharp their little fingernails are. This not only results in a total mess where clumps and specks of foam are absolutely everywhere. That is the least of my worries I became paranoid and panicked that the children may have put this foam into their mouths like they do with everything else I checked all their mouths and to my horror one of them had a a small clump of foam in her mouth. I was terrified we went to A&E and thankfully everything was okay. In our panic we hadn't noticed that the piece of foam was the same size as the hole in the ball but luckily we had brough it with us to the hospital.
This ball is said to be suitable of ages 3 and up but I would NEVER leave this ball with a child that young. For that reason alone I have taken this ball away and replaced it with the Thomas the Tank Engine ball I mentioned earlier. The only time I would say for you to allow this ball to be used is when you are standing there watching them as they play. But some people I know allow their children to play with these in their room totally unsupervised. I have nightmares about what happened and more so about what could have happened. The doctor said we were very lucky that she hadn't had time to swallow it as the foam would have lodged in her throat and would have cut off her air supply. Even thinking about it makes me shiver.
This ball is super soft and fun to play with but I can't give it more than one star because of the risks involved.
Please observe you children while playing with this kind of ball.
These are great fun during the summer for the little ones although I had to buy two bags as one just wasn't enough to get the desired effect. What I do is inflate our inflatable pool, and instead of filling it with water I fill it with two hundred of these soft play balls. Each bag contains one hundred balls and costs ten pounds so to get the fun deep effect it will cost you twenty pounds. The deeper and wider the pool the better although you can use an empty sand pit too. But the reason I favour the pool is that the edges are soft and there is no risk of the child banging their head off the side while under the balls.
The balls themselves are different shades of lovely Girlie pink. They have a smooth, shiny finish to them which I love because they don't absorb anything like soft material balls might do. They wipe clean or you can do what I do, once a week during the summer (the time they get most use) I use the hose and give them a heavy spray and leave the pool with some water inside and give them a swoosh around. Of course these balls don't HAVE to be used outdoors only but the times I have used them inside I was finding balls under chairs and under the sofa for days after.
These are a good tool when it comes to teaching your child to count. I have found the younger they are of course they can't count too high, so I just unzip the bag and let the children put in one at a time counting up to ten and then they start at one again up to ten and so on. The older the children the more fun it is as they approach the one hundred number and they are thrilled when they get two the last one (with the help of their friends of course). The bag they come in is great for storing the balls. The fact that it has a carry handle and zips closed makes keeping the balls in one place very easy and locating when needed far easier than storing them in a black rubbish bag in the shed. The square bag has a strong sip that helps keep the shape. The bottom stays flat as it too has a strong seam. The bag is see through so the little ones get very excited as they see them being brought towards the pool.
The shape of the balls ensures that it's always safe for the child to put their head beneath them just like it would be in any play pit. There is always air circulating around as there are no edges and there will always be gaps between each and every ball. HOWEVER I still recommend that you monitor the children while they play.
Each ball is the same size and they are all around the size of a tennis ball. They are soft enough to be comfortable to play in and as I said the fact that they are easy to keep clean is something I love as germs can be an issue with communal toys.
These are a very fun, pretty coloured, simple toy that doesn't cost the earth and will last year in year out. They give the children a lot of pleasure and possibly the best part is they encourage them to play outing the fresh air rather than sitting in front of the television while the sun is shining outside.
I love this ball it is perfect for fun safe play for all ages (three years and up). This nine inch ball is made of a soft yet strong rubber material. The fact that it is far softer and lighter than a standard child's football makes this a safe alternative for a game of garden soccer. It is heavy enough to travel in the direction the child wants it to go but not heavy enough to shatter a window if it happens to come hurtling towards it.
This ball is very tactile indeed. It feels lovely to hold, it is fully inflated when you buy it but it has some give meaning that I can't stop squeezing it. The next sentence is very strange I know but it has to be said. The smell of this ball is lovely, it reminds me of my childhood it is a clean but strong rubber smell not offensive at all and it fades off eventually as the ball is used in different situations but the initial small is what memories are made of (for me at least).
The design on this ball is of a very busy Thomas the tank engine design and features a large central cloud like white Thomas & Friends print. That aside the rest of the ball is full of fun Thomas images that the little ones will love.
If this ball is used on grass it will get the odd grass stain but they wash off easily. However if this is used on concrete it will scuff very easily dew to its soft material and heavily printed covering. One hit against a pebble dashed wall and the look of the ball is ruined. This is aimed at younger children so it is unlikely to be man handled so it will last the entire summer you can rest assured. In fact our one has lasted many summers as it only gets used in the park so it never cones into contact with hard surfaces. One last thing on a really hot day this ball will become very soft indeed so it is best to always remember to bring it in doors after playing with it as it can become warped if exposed to prolonged periods of direct sunlight plus the print will fade. This is an unfortunate problem with this ball, as of course out doors is where it is going to be used. This isn enough to put me off being this ball again because it has so may things going in it's favour while only one or two agents. Speaking of outdoors, even though this ball is soft it is NOT suitable for indoor play as it will very easily knock figurines and the like off shelves (I speak from experience).
Another thing I have noticed is that some kids will out and out refuse to play with this ball as it is too young for them but for they age group it is aimed at they seem to love this ball.
This is an affordable, cute as can be, light ball. It is perfect for the little ones over the bright summer months. It costs only £2.80 in Mothercare at the moment and I think it is a great buy for any child but most of all for a Thomas fan.
I bought this for my little sister but I'm embarrassed to say that I have had a go on it quite a few times. The key to this "toy" is good personal balance. It feels more like a workout than a fun game (for me that is my little sister bounces around on it like it is the easiest thing in the world) you use your leg mussels and even your core mussels to keep straight.
This toy is nothing new pogo sticks have been around and very popular for decades. The idea is you place the rubber grip end on the ground, hold the top securely and the slowly step up onto the foot support area one foot at a time. Then jump in that position still holding on tight and the pogo stick will go with you and then enable the user to hop around on the stick. In my experience this simple toy doesn't hold the attention of children that are more used to video games and toys that flash lights and makes sounds. This is a traditional toy, very simple looking, fun to use but do judge whether or not the child you are buying this for will actually enjoy it or not. Mother care is selling this for just under thirty pounds at the moment so it's not the cheapest of toys either.
Construction wise it is well made (as you would expect seeing it has to support a child's weight) it is made of heavy duty aluminium and the foot support base is made of strong, thick plastic. The bottom of the pogo stick has a thick black covering to protect the stick, but not only that it also protects the surface that it is being used on and most importantly it prevents the pole from slipping on smooth surfaces and sending your child flying. The last use for this end cover is to cushion the bounce and prevent uncomfortable vibrations being passed up through the stick into the legs, knees and hands of the user.
Be aware that once this is presented as a gift to a child they will want to use it indoors. This is a very bad idea, the hopping movement can become quite high depending on the strength of the users legs and then add the height of the child to that and low hanging light fittings become a health hazard. Also using it indoors makes every sharp edged piece of furniture very dangerous indeed.
My mother hates this and wishes I had never bought it in the first place and I kind of do too. The reason for this is the amount of tears that have been shed dew to scratched legs, knees and elbows. It doesn't take much to fall off this toy and it is not unheard of for other children to find it amusing to push the user off balance.
All that aside this is a well made, strong OUTDOOR toy that brings back memories of a more innocent time but children to need to be observed while using it for their own safety and the safety of others (if this and the weight of the user comes down on to the foot of another child you can imagine the outcome) two final things worth adding are that this is only suitable for children aged seven and up and must not be used by younger children (another reason to keep an eye on them as little ones will want a go on it too) and the maximum weight it can take is 54kg.
I have given this three stars for the quality of the toy but marked it down dew to the dangers involved.
I love exercising it makes me feel alive and wakes me up first thing in the morning. I go to the gym regularly normally before lunch time and I found this sports shoes to be good for most of the exercises I do while there.
The reason I like this pair over my others is that they are light and flexible and I find that to be useful when doing step aerobics for example. They are roomy enough for me not to feel confined or restricted but they also support my instep and cushion my heel which is vital when partaking in a high impact workout. I have the pink ones like pictured above and they are very Girly which I love.
The pink thyme runs around the rim of the sole and the K Swiss badge is also in the very same matching pink which I think is a nice subtle touch. The laces are good quality, thick and strong and long enough to tie if you so wish. That said the trend nowadays is to tuck the lace into the shoes in order to not have an unsightly bow in the front. This can be done with these of course but it is not advisable when working out as that way of wearing them really doesn't secure the shoe to the foot at all. If you do wear them the fashion conscious way the pink under the tongue of the shoe will be more visible which is a plus.
Another thing that I love is the overall shape of this shoe, it is basically a very figure hugging fit, it follows the curve of my foot and adds no width of size to my foot through the fabric used. Some shoes can make my feet look broad when they are not. I have small feet and these well made shoes show that and that's something I love about them.
The contrasting grey makes the pink pop I find, and the bright as can be White also does it's part in making this a very fashionable bright sports shoe. The fact that there ate three colours to match the rest of my outfit with is a welcomed bonus. For example grey sweatpants and a pink top looks great with them.
I love the sole of these shoes, it is fantastic at gripping shiny floors such as that of a basketball court. The reason I mention this is because I need that grip when considering new running shoes. As you can see from the picture above there are lots of little groves in the sole and they really helps in giving me that secure feeling I require while working out. These also don't have that ugly flat sole to them like a lot of sport shoes do recently. They have a nice arch that not only looks good but really makes them very comfortable. They clean easy too with a damp cloth but the laces will need to be popped in to the washing machine.
These really are a fantastic light sports shoe, they are great for every day use such as walking but they are absolutely perfect for light exercise such as jogging and even harder exercise such as running.
I love taking photos and I'm guilty of taking too many of them quite literally thousands of them so that results in countless numbers of SD cards of varying sizes (memory size) sitting in drawers all over my house. The fact that most, if not all digital cameras come with a USB slot on the side so I can transfer my photos to and from my computer or laptop is a very handy way to view and edit them. But to be able to just slot my SD card into this USB stick makes the process even quicker and even more simple to do.
This compact gadget is only the size of a standard USB stick so that means I can carry it around with me to clients and just pop it into my laptop or theirs if I don't happen have mine with me. Having photos of my previous work is a great way of helping a client to know what to expect and what the end result may look like if they use the products correctly.
I just simply remove this tiny reader from my bag pop in my SD card by sliding it into the side of the reader and insert it into the USB slot on the device which I wish to display the images on. They appear almost instantly on screen and I can flick and scroll through them at my leisure. This can also accommodate SDHC they are the high capacity cards and give me the option of using them If I need to. Quite a few new TVs and fancy gadgets have USB slots built in so that as well is fantastic to be able to view my work on a large screen TV if I want to.
Apart from using this for work we had a Playstation 3 that was one of the first models to be realised and that had a SD card slot on the front under the flap but when we replaced our PS3 with the new slimmer bigger memory model the SD card slot had been removed so having this gadget again makes viewing and transferring photos back and forth so much easier than having to do it with the usual USB cable.
This is a plug and play device meaning just that, I just pop it in and it is ready to go it couldn't be easier to use. This one cost me around ten pounds but there are very cheap ones available but I can't vouch on how well they work but you can pick them up in £ world, and saying that according to dooyoo amazon Market place are selling this for only 99p at the moment.
Whether it is £1 or £10 the clear convenience and ease of use of this device means I have to give it five stars.
I'm very lucky seeing the job I'm in, as I regularly receive full size "trial products" from some of the best cosmetics and skin care products from around the world. I am also very lucky to have plenty of beautician, makeup artist and dermatologist friends that are very generous with the products they receive and that's how I have had the opportunity to not only try but enjoy a large selection of Guerlain products from the masters of makeup and skin care at Guerlain France. Lucky me!
The Super Aqua Face Mask is not a prettily packaged as most of their products, it come in a rather standard looking tube compared to their normally lavish looking packaging. However what it does have in it's favour is that it is a pretty colour it's a soft duck egg blue with an attractive and striking gold screw on lid.
I love face masks, they are a fantastic way of ensuring good, deep penetration of the ingredients. Plus I feel like I am treating myself when applying it. First of all I cleanse my face as I would normally do and pat my skin dry using a very soft towel.
Tip : always pat dry never rub as it is harsh on the skin and can cause irritation and drying of the skin which can lead to wrinkles.
Once clean, I then squeeze gently on the tube and out on to my fingertips.
Tip: when using a cream or any product for the first time always squeeze or press as gently as possible as you don't yet know the consistency of the product and how much will be dispensed from the container. As I always say if too much comes out you can't put it back in. This is even more important when dealing with expensive products such as this as you don't want to waste a drop.
With the product on my fingertips I then simply spread slowly across my face all the way up to just below my hairline. As with any mask I of course avoid the delicate eye area. The cream smells wonderful, fresh and clean. It is a lusciously thick, creamy cream that just glides over my skin and feels sensual upon application. Once applied I sit back and watch TV or read a book. It feels wonderfully cool on my skin, refreshingly cool. This mask should be left on for ten minutes at the very least but I always tell my clients this little tip.
Apply a tiny dot of the product to the inside of your arm the day before you try a product for the first time. If no irritation occurs you can then leave the cream, or mask on for double the recommended time.
*** WARNING ***
This tip only applies to moisturising products and moisturising masks.
NEVER! use products that peal, exfoliate, or heat the skin for longer than instructed on the product.
Once the allotted time has passed I then simply wash off the mask using clean, warm water. Using my fingertips again I slowly and gently rub in circular motions to aid in it's removal. Once removed the reason it is called Super Aqua becomes very clear. My skin is SO soft, SO plump, SO incredibly moisturised. I'm young and thankfully don't have any wrinkles but my more mature clients both male and female love how this plumps out their skin and removes fine lines in the process. But it is the feeling of new, fresh, young feeling skin that I love about this product. The results are visible too, my clients have commented that they have received compliments on how well they are looking once they use this mask. And I have also revived nice comments from my colleagues after using Super Aqua the night before. This is a product that actually works, it is one of THE best moisturising products I have every had the privilege of trying. A little goes a long way so one 75ml (£38) tube should last far longer than a cheap mask.
Do I recommend this product?
Absolutely 100% yes.
Stay beautiful xxx
This digital photo frame by Sony sits perched up on our mantle piece day in day out showing me happy memories and images of loved ones and for that reason alone i love this gadget. The DPF-D85 must be plugged in to work (look at it as being like a mini TV although it doesn't have to be plugged in at all times, more about that later) There is even a handy little remote control that comes with it. There is an easy to understand instruction manual included in the box so it's a quick and easy job to get this photo frame up and running. The frame itself has a shiny black surround again like you would find on a large LCD TV. Speaking of LCD that's what the screen is, it is an eight inch LCD and that must be the reason why the pictures are displayed so vividly and clearly on the screen. At the bottom of the glossy black photo frame there is also the Sony logo. The cool thing about this is it lights up and turns off if and when you want it.
There is a good quality stand that comes with the frame and it matches the Sony logo with it's silver toned colouring. There is some memory space built in to this frame which I was surprised and happy to find. But it is quite small at only 250mb but the manual says that means it can hold up to five hundred photos but the higher the quality of the photos I guess the less it will hold. The photos can be displayed in either portrait or landscape so it's up to you. I have displayed it both ways and regularly change it depending on what else I have on my mantelpiece.
There is a nice feature that if I move the frame from one way to the other the screen adjusts just like on an iPad. I like the fact that this frame can also be charged meaning I don't have to have the ugly wire trailing from it at all times. Plus there is a simple on off switch that helps me save power when I wont be there to enjoy the photographs. I have the little SD card that I just reviewed and this is pushed into this frame and that means I can have hundreds of more photos to look at throughout my day or if I use a large capacity card I can have thousands of photos to view. Imagine how many photo albums that would take and how crazy my home would look if I had to display them all each in an individual frame let alone how much money it would cost.
Seeing that I use an SD card to store and view my photos I rarely have to load them directly on to the frame from my computer. But in the time that I have it was a very easy process. I just connected the USB into the computer and the other end into the camera. I then had to choose, edit, crop and adjust them before transferring to the frame. When I give one of these as a gift I like to do all that work myself beforehand and give the frame fully loaded with meaningful photos ready to go. There is a great function that allows me to set cretin photos to cretin dates of the year. This is easy to do and when I gave this to my grandparents I had it set with my parents wedding day picture to appear on their anniversary, and for all her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren's photos to appear on their birthdays and other special occasions. This is a lovely feature and not a week goes buy without my granny ringing up to say who's on the frame. A picture of me sitting in my highchair aged two and a half completely covered in chocolate after eating an Easter Egg would have popped up on Easter Sunday for example.
The remote control allows me to flick through the photographs or pays one that I would like to display for longer, and also allows me access to control the menu settings for slide shows and so forth. This frame not only works great (fantastic clear picture) but it allows me to enjoy photos all day long and all year long. It is easy to keep clean (as long as people don't touch the screen) all I have to do is give the frame a wipe with a cloth and the screen I use the same cleaning tissues I use for my LCD TV and laptop screen.
But the quality of the screen and the stunning style of the frame aside it's the happiness that it has brought my granny that makes me love this digital photo frame so much.
SD cards are literally the brain power needed to save all my photographs on my digital cameras. But i also use different makes and memory sizes in my mobile and the largest in my camcorder. They are in general a fantastically light, unbelievably small, compact little device that more things seem to be requiring each day.
This particular SD is made by Integral I have to admit I have never heard of this manufacture but I received this 2GB SD card with a lovely camera as a gift one Christmas. I thought that was a nice touch to include an SD card so I could start taking pictures straight away. This SD card does not differ in any way to the countless other ones I own that are either sitting in a drawer somewhere or are still in the devices they were bought for. SD cards are just very small hard plastic cases that hold and protect a chip I expect. Inside this plastic case are the brains that hold all my precious photos / memories.
Seeing that this card is only a 2GB model I don't use this for storing video recordings taken with my digital camera. The reason for this is it will run out of space far more quickly if used to store video especially high quality video. It does however hold lots and lots of photographs. I have since bought larger sized cards but I have moved this one from my camera into my digital photo frame so it is still getting plenty if use. All I have to do is slot it into the side of the frame and within seconds hundreds of crystal clear photos can be displayed for my whole family to enjoy.
The little card originally came sealed in one of those horribly annoying clear plastic coverings with the sealed edge (I hate them). In order to open it safely without cutting myself off the sharp hard plastic I needed to use a scissors. Once out it is easy to slot in to whatever device I wish to use it in and in the case of my digital camera I just had to push on the top of the card for it to pop back out, simple. The pictures look great when viewing them on our TV (it has an SD slot on the side) and I'm not sure if the card makes much difference or if it is all down to the camera used.
Technology has come a very long way when you look at these tiny cards and compare then to either a video tape or at the rolls of film it would take to hold all that information. There are of course larger sized cards available (by large I mean in memory) but this is perfect for holding hundreds for photographs at a time and if you shop around online it can be bought for less than five pounds. And amazon have it for only £2.63 at the moment.
I have said before in my reviews that I love Apple products and that I also prefer the in ear kind rather than the ones that rest on the nook of the ear. I'm a sucker for a big name and when it comes to ear and headphones you don't get much bigger than Sennheiser.
Even though I love the look of the White Apple ear buds they are not actually noise cancelling earphones. That said, they are better than the standard earphones that come with iPods. The CX500 still don't feature noise canceling technology but they do use noise isolating techniques. This is achieved by making sure they fit properly in the ear and keeping the music where it should be and external distractions where they belong on the outside. The fact that there is a good selection of ear buds contained with this means that all types of ears can be accommodated. Not every ear is the same so it's great that unlike most ear bud style earphones these gave me a choice to choose from and the option to find which one suites me best. There are three different sizes of the standard traditional ear buds. And there is also three different sizes of enhanced ear buds. Both are soft and comfortable to wear and sit in place with absolutely no slipping.
By finding the right fit the Sennheiser sound is made all the more enjoyable.
There is a noticeable quality to the sound, there is a depth to it that I don't find on even larger headphones. The clarity is unbelievable. Seeing that most people, if not all will be listening to digital recordings the clarity is fantastic. Vocals are crisp and clear every instrument can be heard and unlike the Apple headphones the base is very much there. It has a good strong yet perfectly balanced base level. It is never overpowering to the extent that it turns the sound in to a muffled mess. It it perfectly in proportion to all the other aspects of the sound. There is an easy to use volume control on the lead this is good because I don't have to reach in to find my devise to lower the volume. I can instantly lower the volume if someone needs my attention or higher it if I am on my own. There is also a little clip provided that I use to attach the lead to my coat. And a small pouch is also included but I have never used it as I always carry a handbag.
These cost more than Apple earphones as far as I'm aware (I received these as a lovely gift) but the sound quality if far superior.
This gets used every day in our house, my mother loves her polish caned food and the majority don't come with ring pulls like most tined foods do nowadays. The one we have has a silver lip and magnetic grip I can't see if that's the case on the one pictured above. This has a really good long cord on it and a three pin plug. The reason I mention that is because my friend has one similar and that has a two pin plug and he needs to use an adaptor. The length of the cable is worth mentioning because it is far longer than I would have expected. This is great if you want to open something in a place with better lighting for example. The length allows me quite some distance and this long cord can then be stored under the electric can opener in a place especially made for it.
This gadget works by placing the can under a magnetic hinged arm that lifts and attaches itself to the top of the can. There is then a sharp edged cutter that when I press down on the arm begins to cut the lid off. The can rotates slowly as it cuts and if I was to stop pressing down on the arm the cutting and rotating would stop instantly. Some times I can let it cut all the way around if I want go remove the entire lid. When I do this the top of the can is left magnetically attached to the magnetic arm while the can can then be removed. The lid pops off the arm very easily with a slight pull.
The times when I would like to fully open the can but still leave the lid attached I simply stop pressing the arm as it approaches the end. This leaves a hindged effect to the lid with it still attached on the can. The reason I do this sometimes is if the contents of the can are very liquid, like a thin soup I don't want the lid detaching to cause a slight splash. Even if it did it would not be much but that is me just being picky. There is a knife sharpening tool at the back of this opener and my mother uses it often and finds it does a great job. This does make a bit of noise as it's working hard trying to open cans but it's not much noise compared to most kitchen appliances and for each can it will only be running for fifteen seconds max. This can't open awkward shaped cans like a sardines can, it needs to be round so the tight cutter can work properly.
If some of the contents of the cans ends up spilling on to the body of the opener it wipes clean very easily with a damp cloth. The magnetic arm does get a bit grubby but luckily it is fully detachable from the device and washes up easily in hot soapy water and reattaches as easily as it cam off.
This is a very easy to use, but I feel it is not totally necessary to own after all there are still manual tin openers that will open all shapes and sizes of cans and tins and won't be using your electricity either. Sometimes the old way is the best way.
The difference between DAB and standard radio broadcasts are vast. This stylish looking retro designed radio is perfect for the kitchen and that is exactly where we have it. It is small enough to fit almost anywhere but we currently have it on the windowsill. It is quite compact at only 175mm x 210mm x 110mm and so should not demand too much of your attention and will blend with most kitchen decor. Our kitchen appliances are mostly silver and we have honey coloured flooring throughout so this radio looks fantastic with it's silver front and honey wood coloured surround and tiny rubber feet to help it grip any surface.
One thing I like is that on the very top of the radio there is also a handy handle if you wish to bring it on a pick nick for example or just simple move it from one room to another. A lot of small radios do not have that feature so it's something I appreciate on this model. At the back you will find the aerial and this pushes down when not in use. There is a vivid blue screen on this and it looks great with the silver finish. It is on this little screen that when you want to tune it for the first time the language selection will be displayed.
First pull up the aerial I mentioned earlier from behind the radio. Pull it up as far as it will go and press a little button that can be found down at the left hand side at the bottom of the radio. It is easy to see and find as it is blue in colour and catches the eye. Once pressed the little screen will light up and then you have to choose what language you would like to use. This is very easy to do, using the tune knob. Once done the radio gets straight to work and begins to tune in all the stations that are available. There are thirty presets to use on this radio meaning I can jump directly to my favourite channel without the need of tuning. The sound of this radio compared to standard FM radio (which it can pick up too by the way) is amazing. It's so much clearer, crisper and an overall brighter sound. The process of tuning the radio is a fast one and soon enough there will be a huge selection to choose from. Unlike standard radio DAB will display information on the blue screen about the channel, and the program. This screen will brighten and dim itself depending on the brightness of the room, this means the screen is always easy to read even from afar. This runs off mains power but there is a pack that can be bought separately that charges so you can use it with out the mains plug. The cable on this radio is reasonably long and allows it to be a bit away from the plug socket.
My entire family love listening to this radio first thing in the morning and I find having the radio playing gently in the background is far more bearable and enjoyable than breakfast TV. This is also nice to have running when I'm cooking, it keeps me company and isn't as distracting as TV would be if I was chopping something for example.
This radio not only looks great but more importantly it sounds great and it looks like it will be in our kitchen for many more years to come.