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      06.10.2009 16:57
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      It's all about me me me

      Okay here goes

      20 things about 'little young me'....

      1: I am 36 years young :)

      2: No wrikles yet and definitely no grey hairs

      3: I am not working at present but when i do work I work as an Accountant with an Oil Company.

      4: I'm not that tall 5ft 4

      5: Size 12 and always dieting

      6: My star sign is Scorpio

      7: My favourite colour is red

      8: I have dated 34 men in my life, nearly 1 for every year of my life!

      9: I am an artist and paint with acrylics and oils

      10: Love the gym

      11: I have long black hair

      12: I am Scottish

      13: My favourite food is sushi

      14: My favourite group is Moby

      15: I have 1 brother and 1 sister who sadly passed away at age 21yrs :(

      16: I had a dalmation called Lucky

      17: My fav film is willy wonka and the chocolate factory

      18: Best holiday: Orlando Florida

      19: Favourite tipple: Rose wine

      20: I own my own house ;)

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      • London Eye / Sightseeing National / 25 Readings / 22 Ratings
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        06.10.2009 14:22
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        What an experience, would do this again

        We were in London earlier this year and obviously this was high up on our list of things to do. We had Tesco clubcard vouchers to claim so we used these on 'trips out' in London.

        Once known as the Millennium Wheel the London eye is probably now one of the most famous iconic attractions in the centre of London. It was funded by British Airways and each capsule has the British Airways logo stamped all over it. 32 capsules moving very slowly in fact you barely notice your moving at all.

        I have a fear of heights so this was a bit daunting for me, but the capsule has a large wooden bench inside and I was able to sit and feel safe as I took in those beautiful views. Honestly for anyone that suffers from vertigo, I would certainly recommend going on the ride as it's not too bad if you sit down near the middle of the bench.

        We were lucky enough to have a beautiful day when we took our 'flight'. The views were spectacular and could see Buckingham Palace, the Queens gardens, St James park, Big Ben etc etc. I think the trip took aprox 30 minutes.

        We had a long wait to pick up our tickets from the collection/payment desk and then we had to queue again to board the ride. There was a lot of time wasted in queues and you can't take a pram on board the capsule. When boarding the capsule is actually still moving very slowly but i think that was quite scary for my younger daughter as when you look down you see the river Thames. I know everything is quite safe but horrible thoughts do go on in my head!!

        We didn't have anything to pay as we used our Tesco Clubcard points but the trip would set you back aprox £18 per person, kids a bit cheaper and babies free.

        So overall a great experience and would go back and do it all over again, even with my vertigo..... :) I would have given this 5 stars but the queues let this ride down a bit for me, especially with young children!

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          06.10.2009 11:49
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          Totally amazing to see dolphins in their own environment

          We regularly visit Tenerife during Summer and we have always fancied trying the Freebird sailing, so we decided to book into a 3 hour trip to hopefully see some dolphins and whales.

          We booked our trip through the rep at our hotel we were staying at but i believe it is very easy to just book a trip if you walk along the beach front, to be honest i think you would be far cheaper booking at the beach. Never the less we were happy to pay the extra for a bus to pick us up at the hotel and take us to the harbour ready for our trip with dolphins.

          Because it was so so hot it is really essential to bring your sun tan lotion as you can burn very easily on a boat. On board drinks and food were readily available and there were toilet facilities. The boat was very very clean.

          I think we travelled about half an hour before the captain announced the sight of beautiful dolphins swimming just right next to the boat. He gave us some fascinating information about whales and dolphins, the guy really was a great story teller. He was also telling us that dolphins are fascinated with pregnant ladies, obviously because the baby can be 'seen' in the womb with their sonar.

          Apparently the dolphins love to play along side the boats, they were jumping and following the boat quite freely, it was amazing and far better seeing them in their own environment than in a pool in Florida. We also saw a killer whale, it was massive and so beautiful. To actually see one close up was amazing.

          After an hour or so we had lunch and was given the opportunity to swim in the sea, away from the dolphins :( Well i took this opportunity, it was great but so wish it was beside the dolphins. Maybe one day i will get to swim with dolphins but don't think it will be with wild ones.....

          I would do this trip again and again if only the price was a bit more affordable, we paid £250 for the four of us. But i give this 5 stars as it was well worth it in my books.

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            04.10.2009 22:56
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            A unique baby chair like none other out there

            I bought this for my little girl when she was born. At first I was dubious to whether I had just paid a fortune for a beanbag cushion for a baby. My mind was soon put to rest as this is a fantastic buy and loved by all my family.

            All my girls age 16, 5 and 1 year old love the doomoo, it is extremely comfortable and the baby moulds into the seat to the shape of his/her body. The beans inside are very cosy and every time i placed my daughter on the beanbag she felt a great comfort and would sleep instantly.

            The lower surface is fully wipeable so that any spills can be easily cleaned, the upper area where your baby slots into the secure straps just zips off and washes in the washing machine. The upper part of the beanbag comes in two parts, one for the baby with straps and the other to have as a normal beanbag without staps when the child gets older.

            The beanbags come in a variety of colours, blue, pink, cream etc and some look very funky.

            I would definitely vote for this seat being the most comfortable baby seat out there, I have yet to see any other seat being as comfy as this. Babies seem to love warmth and this caters brilliantly.

            My daughter who is 5 loves to sit on the beanbag and play her games, watch tv etc. In fact we often have world war 2 going on with whom is getting the beanbag next. I keep reminding them that it's Eva's chair not theirs.

            Now at £89.99 it is an expensive buy but when you consider that it will last for quite some years due to is durability then it's not such a bad buy at all....

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              04.10.2009 13:52
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              For pure adrenaline junkies, fantastic ride

              Having just got back from Orlando Florida I was compelled to write about this fantastic ride at Hollywood Studios. It was amazing, one of the best rides in Disney which made me come off the roller coaster buzzing...

              Firstly I would definitely advise anyone going on this ride to get a fast pass, we did this and it made our experience far less stressful, no queuing. I think we waited about 5-6 mins to get on the ride and this was July the 4th, peak time.

              To get to the ride you pass by a lot of memorabilia for Aerosmith whilst listening to their fantastic music. Love in an elevator, brilliant and gets you in the mood for your trip of a lifetime. I was with my older daughter who was trembling and kept saying she was scared!

              When we approached the barriers we could see everyone queuing into their stations getting ready to board the Aerosmith limo. The car drives up very fast whilst you watch every car wait for the countdown to enter the ride. This countdown with Aerosmith music in the background adds to the excitement and every car that speeds off makes my heart race faster as we approach our turn. Standing in the barriers waiting for our turn had my adrenaline buzzing like mad. Our car pulled up and off we went, to music in our ears from the speakers in the head pillow.

              Our car pulled up to the countdown entrance and my god from 0-60 in a few seconds we were off like lightening. Through some LA streets and various showbiz Hollywood sequins and signs, it was fabulous but baring in mind this ride is in the dark and it's very fast so I couldn't see a great deal. Various turns, upside down motions and the whole thing lasts just a few minutes but my god well worth it.

              I came off the ride buzzing and feeling at light as a feather. I would go on this ride again and again but it's so popular you just couldn't!!

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                04.10.2009 11:56
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                Very enjoyable fantasmagorical show

                Yesterday afternoon I had the most enjoyable visit to the theatre to see the most charming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. What a show, one in a million and the car, wow it was very difficult to see how it actually flied on the stage. They pulled this one off magnificently, very impressed with the cars techniques. The car itself had to be the star of the show.

                I have some very fond memories as a child sat on my Dad's knee watching this film so I obviously had to have this in my DVD collection, I said i bought this for my kids but it was difinetly for me!! So when the show was coming to our home town I jumped at the chance to see this.

                The cast of the production were amazing and the child catcher was very scary dressed in black leather with that famous hook and crooked hat. Lots of bangs and explosions so if you're child has a fear of these things then best not take them into see this show, it can be a bit scary for young kids. The last thing you want is to have to come away from your show due to your kid screaming the place down!

                I was in fits of laughter when Potts took his hair cutting machine to the carnival to make some money to buy chitty. Like in the film he goes like hammer and tongs to cut the guys hair and low and behold it comes out very very bald. He chases Potts round the carnival until he bursts into song and dance with the 'old bamboo' brilliant.

                Toot sweets and P-O-S-H were just superb, there were even dogs on the stage. To be honest I can't fault this show, every song was excellent and in parts even made me come over all goosebumpy.

                First class fantasmagorical show....

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                04.10.2009 11:13
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                One of the best formulas out there

                I am writing this review as I just spent a year long process of feeding my daughter with the Hipp Organic First Infant milk.

                I wanted to give my daughter the best start in life with regards to milk as I could not breast feed so I felt Organic was the way forward. Hipp Organic really appealed to myself because there was no GM's and all products were natural and healthy for my little one.

                The other thing that really appealed to me was the price, I was shocked that this milk was the cheapest on the market. £4.50 for a 900g box which I bought in bulk from the Hipp Organic web site, this was a far easier option for me as the delivery was free. It has somewhat jumped in price but is still the cheapest on the market around the £6 mark. I am surprised that an organic product like this was so cheap.

                Feeding my daughter on organic milk gave me a feeling of comfort that i was at least doing something right for her. The mixing of the powder is very simple and to be honest mixes far easier than SMA which i find can form lumps. Hipp mixes with even luke warm water. My daughter was increasing in weight steadily so obviously it was doing it's job...

                The packaging is far eco friendly/greener than those horrible tins by other formula. The tins can cause rusting etc but these boxes are robust and clinical, each 450ml pack comes sealed in it's separate pouch. They say the pouches are resealable but i have to say I had problems with resealing. I used a sterile food peg to keep these bags sealed which did the trick.

                So anyone that has any doubts about buying this milk has my reassurance that my girl just LOVED this milk. Okay breast is best for feeding babies but this definitely comes a close second...

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              • Britvic Pepsi Max / Soft Drink / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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                04.10.2009 10:38
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                Love it!

                I'm righting this review as i just grabbed 2 for £1 500ml bottles at WH Smith and i'm sat here enjoying the bottle right now, yum.

                Well, as an avid fan of drinking diet pop drinks I have to say that Pepsi Max has to be my favourite. I try not to drink too much of these type of drinks but it's so very hard not to consume a whole 2L bottle in a couple of days if not a day!!

                Unlike Coke Zero which I feel is just not right for me, it's trying far too hard to be the real Coke and failing dismally. I feel Pepsi Max is just right, it tastes very sweet, very fizzy and keeps it's fizz for quite some time after opening the bottle. The main reason I drink these drinks is that it's sugar free, fat free with only 1 cal in a bottle of 500 ml. It's very refreshing and there's nothing better than after a good workout in the gym to grab a bottle of this cool Pepsi Max.

                So a major thumbs up for me.

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                02.10.2009 12:33
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                Not going back, will stick to the Jurys

                We booked into this hotel in May this year for a little break to Edinburgh. I wanted something near the castel and close to town so this Hotel seemed ideal, it's just round the corner from the royale mile. They catered for familes in large family rooms so this was the Hotel i chose. Was I wrong to choose this Hotel... errr yeah! Nightmare!

                The Hotel itself looks grand, charming with a lovely reception. We were located in a room quite high up, the decor was dated. Thick long velvet curtains that were very old and smelly. The beds were not great but comfortable. Very dated television and generally the room was in need of a refurbishment. The hotel is a 4 star but in my views it's definitely at the low end scale of 4, bordering on a 3 star. It has 189 rooms and has a leisure club/health spa.

                Anyway the fun began at 2 am in the morning of our first night, we were awoke buy the very noisy fire alarms. We had to trail down this old spiral stair case at the back of the Hotel and i had 3 children with me 2 of which were asleep. So i had to carry my 1 year old and my husband carried the 5 year old. Anyway once we got the all clear to go back into the Hotel, low and behold we were awoke an hour later by the fire alarm. So off we went trailing down all the stairs to the back of the Hotel. I was in my PJ's and there was heaps of nightclubbers passing by us laughing. God i wish i hole swallowed us up there and then.

                The next night the same thing happened re the fire alarms, obviously they had some issues with this alarm but I wasn't getting up out of my bed with 3 children for another false alarm. It was a complete joke. We laugh about it now but it certainly wasn't funny at the time.

                So overall we had a very unpleasant few nights at the Carlton, not relaxing at all!! Very stressful with 3 kids and those stairs as you can imagine.

                It is so worth complaining though as I wrote them a letter explaining about our break and how unpleasant the whole ordeal was. We were given a free weekend break which i gave to my Mum and Dad as a treat. They loved it and were apparently in a 'posh' room compared to our dated one. HUH...

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                  02.10.2009 12:04
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                  I will never buy these poor quality baby wipes again

                  I read some of the reviews on here and couldn't believe some of the good reviews. My experience of these wipes are just awful!

                  So anyway what are we buying here, baby value wipes. I wouldn't call them value at all, as i would have been as well throwing my money down the drain.

                  I found these wipes very dry and almost transparent. Very thin indeed!

                  Maybe the reason i dislike them is because i am used to Sainsbury's wipes which are great value for money and last a while. These Tesco Value ones are just terrible, they rip and you definitely need 5 or 6 wipes in one go to my usual 1 or 2 wipes per go. So they don't last very long and before you get to the middle they become very dry and almost impossible to use.

                  Probably okay to use on removing makeup but certainly not very good on a dirty bum that requires lots of cleaning, you'd get through a whole pack in a day!

                  So overall my experience is bad and i'd never buy them again, even if i was desperate....

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                    02.10.2009 11:38
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                    I would not go back to this Hotel, customer services let this Hotel down

                    Beautiful hotel/reception, not bad rooms but BAD views and even worse customer service skills!

                    We stayed at the Thistle Bloomsbury Hotel in July this year, they have just refurbished some of the rooms. First of all we were located in an old room located at the back of the Hotel with no views or basically a view of a window. The room was very dark and we asked for a non smoking family room and it was definitely smelling of smoke. Being a non smoking family we immediately pick up on these smells. We went down to reception whom were obviously too busy to deal with us! Snooty receptionist treated us like dirt. Everything we said seemed too much hassle to her. We paid a lot of money to stay in this hotel so wanted moved from our dark hole. Eventually later in the day when we arrived back from town we were moved, this room wasn't any better really but they explained they had no other rooms to give us. At least the new room didn't smell of smoke! But the views were very poor and to top it off we had a view of a roof net and a dead bird trapped in the net, disgusting!

                    I think we were just unlucky with this Hotel as it is really nice inside if you can get a front view room, but obviously there's no family rooms until you get to the back of the hotel, facing air conditioning units and roof nets with dead birds staring at you!!

                    The rooms were nice enough, comfortable beds, nice enough furniture and most importantly very clean.

                    So we won't be going back here but for anyone that can get a front view room it is a superb located Hotel bang in the centre of London, a stone throw away from all great attractions.

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                      02.10.2009 11:01
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                      Great value toilet roll which i buy time and time again

                      Tesco Value toilet rolls are superb for my family. I know some people are very fussy what type of toilet roll they use on their skin but to be honest these toilet rolls are not too bad for being value based. Now i am not one for cheap value goods but these have my thumbs up. No-one in the family moans about them, after all they only get flushed down the toilet.

                      12 of these toilet rolls last our family 2 weeks, we have a family of 5 people and having 3 children we can go through toilet roll like nothing on else. I have tried to train my daughter to take off enough toilet roll to wipe but no no they have to take off loads of tissue which only ends up being flushed away.

                      I used to spend a lot of money every week on a six pack of Sainsbury's or Tesco make toilet roll but now i have definitely been converted to the Value based Tesco or Sainsurys makes.

                      They are not too hard, quite soft actually, not too thin either and one roll at least lasts over a day in our house.

                      If we are having guests round or a party I do tend to take out the 'posh loo rolls'. But for the kids these loo rolls are excellent and i bet they are far better than the stuff they get in Schools which they are using every day.

                      The only down side i have about these loo rolls is the colour, yes i love a nice white looking toilet roll but these are more of a grey/white shade. That's my only grumble.

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                      02.10.2009 10:38
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                      Overall a pleasant place to stay, not bad value and would definitely go back

                      We are just back from this beautiful hotel in Orlando Florida. I have stayed in many Disney based hotel but this one beats them all hands down. For those who don't like full on Disney this hotel is ideal.

                      When you first arrive at the hotel the first thing you notice is the large Dolphin fish statues sat inside waterfalls, very nice feature. The hotel enterance is spectacular, really nice furniture and everything you'd expect from a 5 star hotel. Beautiful lighting, great reception, stunning shops etc.

                      Our room wasn't the best as we wanted an Epcot view and these rooms have not been refurbished yet. It was great to have a little balcony as well. Saying that our room was still nice but didn't have a plasma screen like the ones in the newly refurbished rooms. We didn't care for TV on holiday though!!

                      Eating at the hotel was superb, there is a little convenience store Piccalos and they served meals. We ate there for lunch most days as it was the best value for money. Huge yummy sandwiches.

                      The swimming pools are first class too, soft towels for all guests, nice sun loungers, great food by the pool and overall it was a great place to spend time in the sun.

                      Transport from and to the Disney parks were first class, on time every time. The friendship boat was the best, this boat takes you from the hotel to Epcot or Hollywood Studios. The boat was never late and there always seemed plenty of them.

                      We loved our stay at the Dolphin. Very clean, staff really nice, customer services are superb, brilliant location and views to die for.

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                    • Wheelybug Bee Small / Baby Toy / 17 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                      01.10.2009 20:18
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                      nice little toy that all kids love to play with

                      Okay I bought this wheely bug for my 1 year old on her birthday, she loves it. I bought the wheely bug mouse design and it is so so cute, very sturdy design, great castors that whizz about the house. My baby seems to like to hold onto the handle and walk with the wheely bug. Saying that since i bought the toy I can honestly say my 5 year old has had the most fun out of it. In fact as i type she's sitting on it right now. People seem to always be fascinated with a wheelybug for some reason, when you take it outside you always get a passing comment from someone.
                      So overall great design, very robust wheels, it is quite a fast little mover, comfortable and the fabrice is very easy to clean. The handle is great for babies to hold onto. This will appeal to all kids really up to the age of 7 i'd say. Very sweet little toy and if you look about you can get them for the £38, you don't have to pay £55 for these like some shops sell them for!!

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                        01.10.2009 19:36
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                        nice product and you are paying for the name here

                        As a girl with a passion for Alessi items and contemporary stylish designs in my house I just had to have this, it's fun and quirky and gives my guests a good laugh when they visit our toilet. I must say though it is an expensive purchase for a toilet brush but you have to remember that this is an Italian designer Merdolino made in thermoplastic resin. They say the colour is light blue and green but i beg to differ here as the pot colour is definitely blue as in primary blue and bright primary green not light blue. Set aside it's beauty, it is a good toilet brush, sturdy and cleans the toilet as it should do. I'd say it looks like a cactus inside a pot, the brush has good quality bristles and looks like it should last quite some time. Plus the good thing about Alessi is that they tend to increase with time as they are certainly designer items of the future.

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