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      03.05.2012 17:40

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      Thought these were a waste of time and money until I lived with limescaley water - it's perfect!

      We live in an area where the water is full of lime scale. Cups of tea would have a film over the top of them and the kettle wouldn't last 6 weeks without having to be descaled.

      However, since I bought my Britta we haven't had any of those problems. The water tastes sooo much better, the kettle never gets scaly and my cups of tea are perfect!

      Yes, the filters are expensive, expect to pay around £5 for an individual one and they tend to last around 4 weeks before you have to replace them. But if you look around for offers, you can often buy multi-packs and get them much cheaper. I've started buying them in packs of 6 which last around 6 months and buying them only every 6 months makes me think I'm spending less!

      As an added bonus, it fits nicely in the bottle shelf in my fridge door, so we've always got lovely chilled water!

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      03.05.2012 11:25
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      Great hoover, would recommend to anyone in a small house/flat. Light and very easy to use.

      We LOVE our mini Dyson hoover! Previous to this we had a cheap one which we'd picked up in a hurry from a supermarket and it was terrible, hardly picked anything up.

      Getting the Dyson was both amazing and rather disgusting (amazing because of the way it performed, disgusting because we could see just how filthy our carpets were after using a terrible hoover for a year!). It's suction is incredible, we only have a small flat, which is why we went for the mini version, but if hoovering once a week will need to empty the cylinder twice before finishing our two bed flat.

      It's very easy to use, I love that you don't need to worry about bags, you can just empty the cylinder straight into the bin and because it's clear you can see when this needs doing. There's very little maintenance required, once a month or so we remove and rinse the filters.

      Dyson offer a 5 year guaranty on parts, so if anything goes wrong they'll replace it.

      Finally, as the handle will slot down inside itself you can store it in the smallest cupboard and forget about it until next week's hoovering session!

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        03.05.2012 11:18

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        OK, but would prefer something which makes more coffee and can keep it warm

        We were given this as a gift last Christmas from parents as they had one and loved it.

        I must admit, it makes very good, tasty coffee and is very slimline so doesn't take up too much room on your kitchen counter. It's also very quick (no waiting around for the water to heat up).

        However, other than that I can't think of much to recommend it. You make each cup with capsules which are expensive and can only make one cup (unless you want your second to be very weak). It can only make one cup at a time. I suspect it's designed with espresso lovers in mind, whereas I would prefer a nice big mug of coffee. It can just about do a full mug of coffee, but it's not as strong as I would like, it's also not particularly hot (to the point where it struggles to dissolve sugar) and so needs to be drunk quickly or your coffee will be cold.

        Personally I woudln't have bought this myself and would have gone for a nice big percolator which would sit there all morning keeping my coffee nice and warm for when I wanted it!

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      • Apple TV MC572B/A / Receiver / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        03.05.2012 11:02
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        Great bit of kit to add to your Apple collection and a good price.

        I wasn't sure about Apple TV at first, my boyfriend was adamant that it would be life changing and that we had to have it, but I didn't see the point initially.

        However, now that we've got it I can see the advantages. It's pretty good. You can play whatever you're watching on your Mac, iPad, iPhone on your TV in the comfort of your living room for starters. You can also pay for iTunes movies direct from your Apple TV and watch them on your big screen.

        I personally love the trailers channel (I love movie trailers) for keeping in touch with what's coming up at the cinema. You can also select music, TV programs or movies to watch from your mac which is good, it means that one of you can be working on the mac while the other is in the living room watching a film.

        As an added bonus it's tiny (about 6" square) so doesn't take up much space next to all your other bits of kit under the TV!

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          03.05.2012 10:45

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          Great bit of kit, and the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages!

          We bought the Jané Transporter Carry cot because we knew we would be buying the Jané Rider puschair. It's a fantastic bit of kit which just slots easily onto the Rider pushchair (or any other Jané pushchair I believe) and instantly turns it into a pram.

          This means that your newborn baby is as comfortable as can be, the apron and hood make it lovely and cosy. There is also no time limit that they can be in the carry cot for (unlike most car seats).

          What's really great about this is that it can be used as a car seat, it is installed across the back seats of your car using two 3 point seatbelts and means that you can go for long car journeys without having to make quite as many stops as you would normally.

          If you buy a proper mattress for it (available as a Jané accessory) you can also use it for overnight sleeping when you get to your destination, which saves taking as much kit with you...

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        • Jane Rider Strata / Pushchair & Pram / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          03.05.2012 10:37

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          Fantastic and compact city puschair and car seat especially suitable for newborns.

          After much deliberation and lots and lots of research, we finally decided to buy the Jané Rider pushchair with the Strata car seat (we also have the transporter carrycot to turn it into a pram, this can also be used as a lie flat car seat).

          We have a small car (Audi A1) and the boot is tiny, so needed something which would fit in the boot comfortably, with room for a weekend bag. The Rider pushchair fits brilliantly, especially when you remove the back wheels as this makes it even smaller. The open/close mechanism is fantastic you can open it with one hand - great when you're in a supermarket car park in the rain! The pushchair seat is only suitable for 6 months plus, but should last until your child is 2.5 - 3 years old. The seat can face out so your baby can watch the world go by, or you can turn it around so that baby can face you. It has 3 recline positions and the foot panel can be altered depending on how big your child is.

          Our main reason for buying this travel system was the Strata car seat, which has the ability to alter it's angle from 110° to 125° which is much better for newborns pulmonary development and means that they can be in the seat for longer as this angle makes it much easier for tiny babies to breathe.

          I would definitely recommend this system as it's so easy to us, the pushchair is very smooth to "drive", it's a better ride than our car! The seat can be installed using a 3 point seatbelt or you can get an ISOfix base if your car supports this.

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        • Samsung NX10 / Digital Camera / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          23.02.2012 11:35
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          Great camera, wouldn't change it - no regrets

          I bought this camera about a year ago, as I wanted something with better image quality than a compact digital, but not quite as complicated as a big SLR - this was the perfect compromise.

          I love it! Yes, it's a little bulky and I didn't take it on my most recent holiday (Disneyland Florida), mostly due to the fact that I didn't want to carry it around the parks all day and have to keep checking it into lockers when I went on rides. However, the image quality is better than any compact digital I've ever had, you can instantly tell the difference between a photograph taken on this camera and on my Canon 220 Ixus. Don't get me wrong, I love my Ixus and take it everywhere with me, because it's so compact and handy, but the Samsung NX10 gets used for important or arty photos. For example, I'm sure that when my baby's born in June it will be used for the vast majority of our baby photos.

          It's easy to use, has and automatic mode and will select all the best settings for you, or it also has all the usual SLR settings.

          It's a "mirrorless digital SLR" camera, which means that the viewfinder is a digital image of the back display screen, rather than a mirrored image of what you see infront of you. This annoys some people, but personally, I don't have a problem with it.

          I did say that it's bulky, but that was in comparison with a compact digital, which is what I'm used to. When you compare it to a regular "mirrored" SLR it's tiny and very portable. It's easy to hold in one hand (for taking pictures of yourself - who doesn't?!) and relatively lightweight. I would recommend getting a good case for it, though at the moment if I go out with it, I'll just pop it in my handbag.

          So, to sum up, if you're thinking of getting an SLR, but aren't too clued up on all the advantages or how one works, but just want something a bit more high spec than your current digital camera, I would definitely recommend this. There is an NX11 out too, though the advantages of this over the NX10 aren't that great. All I can remember is that it has a fancy panoramic mode, but I believe you can update your NX10 with the NX11 software and get that anyway, so it's not really worth the extra money.

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          23.02.2012 11:22

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          Love it despite the poor camera and use it for lots of other things besides this.

          We've had our iPad 2 now for about 6 months and I can't imagine our lives without it! It's so useful for surfing the internet, social networking, gaming, chatting with friends and family.

          We mostly use our iPad 2 to watch TV to be honest, we prop it on the dining table while we eat and watch iPlayer or other channels, it means we've migrated from the sofa where my other half and I would eat all our meals to sitting at a table to eat.

          After that, its main purpose would be FaceTime, we chat to family and friends every few days, for free - we even used it for this on Christmas day and it was great to see other members of the family who couldn't be with us on Christmas day. FaceTime is great, it's video chatting using WiFi (so it's free) to anyone who has a compatible Apple device (iPhone, iPod, Mac etc.) it will be great when my sister lives in America after my baby's born, so that she can get to know here nephew.

          In short, if you don't have an iPad, buy one - everyone I know who has one, raves about them, no the camera's not great, but with any luck the iPad 3 (who knows when that will come out!) will have a better one. To be honest though, I use either my iPhone or digital camera for taking photos. The iPad generally stays in the house and isn't taken out and about with us anyway.

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        • Pumpkin Patch / Apparel Store / 2 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          23.02.2012 11:07

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          Buy a size larger than you need!

          I placed my first order with Pumpkin Patch only a few weeks ago and was very impressed with their service. Bearing in mind my order was shipped from New Zealand, it arrived in very good time and I was kept up to date with it's progress.

          I ordered all 0-3 months sized clothes for my unborn baby, and must say that the sizes really are more like newborn - perhaps they have smaller babies in New Zealand?

          Despite that, the quality is good, great fabric and finishing, there were a few tail end of cotton, but these were easily snipped off, lovely colours (ie. not just blues for boys) and designs (sail boats seem to be very "in" for boys this season!), I can't wait to see my new baby in them!

          In conclusion, I would buy from Pumpkin Patch again, but would make sure to buy in a size larger than I would need - lovely clothes, it's just a shame that my baby probably won't get much wear out of them - fortunately I bought them in the sale for bargain prices so I don't mind too much!

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          23.02.2012 11:01

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          Lovely idea, but not great in practice.

          I bought this for my sister for Christmas as she had said that she would like to learn to crochet. In theory, it would have been perfect. The pattern included for the cushion you can make is lovely, and super retro. Then when you've finished the book-tin is perfect for storing bits and pieces in from your sewing box and sitting on a book shelf - we'd all love to get the entire range!

          HOWEVER: once my sister got started on making the cushion, it turns out that there isn't enough wool included to complete the project the instructions tell you to make! This must be a very big oversight by Cath Kidston, surely? To my recollection, it didn't say anywhere that you would need your own remnants of wool to complete the cushion and it's very disappointing.

          I would have thought that a quality shop like Cath Kidston would have done better. My sister is currently in discussions with Cath Kidston about getting a discount or more wool from them to complete the project - I will update here as soon as we have more information.

          Don't buy this!

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        • figleaves.com/uk / Online Shop / 0 Readings / 0 Ratings
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          23.02.2012 10:56

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          Great products and service - will use them again

          I placed my first order with Figleaves just recently. I'm 23 weeks pregnant and thought it was time to get some maternity/nursing bras. Most of the shops I've looked in only have a very limited range of nursing bras and 9 times out of 10 they're plain and boring. Not so at Figleaves.

          I ordered a two pack of lovely lace bras and a maternity swimsuit which arrived only 2 working days after I'd placed my order - I was very impressed! The bras, although lovely, were a little too big, so I returned them for an exchange and the new ones arrive again within just a few days.

          Customer services is second to none, and the quality of the products is excellent. The bras I know will last be well into the 6 months I plan to try breastfeeding as well as wearing them for the remainder of my pregnancy. The swimsuit is stylish and pretty, not frumpy and matronly as so many maternity swimsuits are.

          I will definitely be buying from here again in the future!

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        • Apple iPhone 4 32 GB / Smartphone / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          22.02.2012 18:12

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          Fantastic phone, just as good as everyone says they are - well done Apple!

          Admittedly, I was given this phone from work and probably wouldn't ever have been able to afford to buy one for myself (I don't believe in doing mobile phone contracts any more as they're a rip off in my opinion!), however, having said that, I wouldn't be without it now!

          I know understand all the hype about Apple phones, they're incredible! The touch screen is really simple to use and understand and lay out as you want it. The icons look good and it's immediately obvious what's what. The keypad is great, yes, occasionally I will mis-hit a key with my overly large thumbs, but I don't mind, and if you turn the phone landscape it's much easier hit the keys correctly. The predictive text is great, and right more times than not.

          It's much thinner and less bulky than the iPhone 3, I also have the white version, which looks really smart.

          IMessage is a brilliant feature and so clever - if the recipient of your text is connected to WiFi then the iphone will automatically send an iMessage (which is free) rather than an SMS.

          FaceTime is another fantastic feature, we bearly use our housephone now and will call family members with FaceTime, somehow, it's much better than Skype (don't ask me why, it just is!).

          I love all the crazy apps you can get, and could spend hours each day scrolling through them or playing Angry Birds or Cut the Rope!

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        • Renault Clio 1.2 3-door / Car / 3 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          22.02.2012 17:58
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          Great little run around, perfect first car.

          I have nothing but praise for these little cars! At one stage we had 3 in our family (mine, my sister's and my mum's) and we've all stuck with Clios for years.

          They're fantastic little cars, sporty and great run arounds for in town, also fairly nippy on country lanes.

          The seats are comfortable on long journeys, yes it's a bit of a squeeze to get 3 adults in the back, but trust me - it can be done! The boot is also surprisingly roomy and can take a teenager up to University fully loaded with all their stuff!

          I owned my Clio for 6 years and never once had any trouble with it, it sailed through MOTs and when it needed new tyres these weren't horrendously expensive, around £45 each.

          All in all, a classic car, which I would still have today if my other half hadn't been set on getting his Audi!

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        • Breo Sports Watch / Watch / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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          22.02.2012 17:53

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          OK, but probably wouldn't buy again.

          I bought the black version of this watch for my boyfriend in duty free when I was coming back from holiday. I'd bought the Venture watch for myself on the way out and loved it, but he wanted a digital rather than analogue.

          When we opened it, it turned out that the watch we had was faulty and we couldn't set the time - I email Breo customer service who were brilliant and send me a pre-paid postage label to return it and sent us a replacement within just a few days. This worked fine.

          We were initially impressed with the watch, it's great for when he's out running or swimming on holiday as they're waterproof. However, it was quite a tight fit (even the XL size I got him) and difficult to get on and off.

          It's been sat in a drawer for a few months as he hasn't needed it, when he want to put it on last night the time was completely wrong and had to be reset - heaven knows why!

          It's a great price and I suppose you get what you pay for, they're not expensive watches and we shouldn't expect them to last too long, but I would have hoped for more than a few months without a reset!

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        • GHD IV Styler / Hair Straightener / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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          22.02.2012 17:45

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          All in all, the best hair straighteners on the market by a long shot!

          I was introduced to GHDs about 5 years ago and haven't gone back since - once you go GHD, you NEVER go back!

          I have very thick and quite coarse red hair, which had always been difficult to manage, I'd tried several different brands of hair straighteners and hair products to contain my frizz but nothing worked until I got my first pair of GHDs.

          They are quite simply life-changing. I use mine everyday, usually to curl my hair (using the scissor-ribbon-curl motion, rather than wrapping my hair around the tongs) and can go several months without having to have my hair trimmed because of split ends. After using them, my hair is smooth and shiny and will last for at least two days.

          The IV styler has a great little feature where if left unmoved for 30 minutes it will switch itself off and bleep intermittently to let you know that you've forgotten it - very useful for me, as I killed my first pair due to leaving them switched on all day!

          They're comfortable to use, the handle doesn't get too hot, and the tip is warm, but not too hot to hold in your other hand while styling.

          GHDs are expensive, but in my opinion are worth every penny and if mine broke tomorrow I wouldn't hesitate to get a new pair the very next day!

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