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It's been a while since I've been really ill, but it was just before Christmas when I had the ultimate stomach upset. I thought it may be food poisoning as it just seemed to go on for days. I had a bad stomach, cramps and was really sick. I couldn't keep food down and just felt generally awful. When you have a stomach bug you tend to get dehydrated as you lose water through sickness and dirorrhea. You're meant to drink plenty of water but this can be difficult if your struggling to keep it down.
The powders work to replace lost water, minerals and glucose which in turn makes you feel a whole lot better and reduced the risk of dehydration.
I followed the instructions, dissolving the powder into the water I measured out. The water turned a pale purple colour and the powder dissolved easily so it wasn't a lumpy or bitty solution. It doesn't taste over whelming and is quite bland which to be honest is nice when you don't feel well, strong flavours would just make me feel sick. The black current taste, though bland, is refreshing and tastes nice.
I felt the effects of the powder within ten minutes of drinking a glass of it. You feel less dehydrated, it lifts the headache caused by dehydration and it just makes you feel better overall. It's like drinking three or four glasses of water in one as it revitalises the body.
I also gave these to my older sister when she was in hospital. I find hospitals can be very dry and warm places and she doesn't drink cold water or pop so could get a bit dehydrated waiting for a cup of tea. A quick glass of this each day helped to keep her hydrated and more comfortable.
You can buy these from most chemists and supermarkets. They vary in price but in tesco they're £3.30 for six sachets. It sounds expensive but I think they're worth every penny. When you feel completely awful, you can't put a price on relief.
Dr Pepper is a popular fizzy drink that can be bought in most shops and supermarkets. It's been around since 1904 so had been rather successful to still be a favoured drink today.
Dr Pepper comes in a see through plastic bottle with a dark red screw top lid and a dark red label. It's got the Dr Pepper logo on the front in big white letters. The drink itself doesn't look much different from Coca cola and is almost black in colour.
I think you can guess from the blackish colour that it isn't a particularly healthy drink and there's quite a bit of sugar in it so it would be wise not to give lots of it to children.
The drink is really sweet. Much sweeter and more appealing than coke, it's hard to explain. It even smells sweet. I can't put my finger on the flavour of it, all I can say is I think it's very nice and happily choose it over fanta or coke when given the choice.
I'm a big fan of mixing this with jack Daniels. Someone told me to try it a long time ago and I did and it's gorgeous. The strong flavour of jack Daniels mixed with the light and sweet taste of Dr Pepper is really lovely. Unfortunately you can't get Dr Pepper in most pubs but I have no idea why, it'd definitely be my choice of drink when I go out.
Like most soft drinks, Dr Pepper comes in cans, small bottles and larger 2L bottles for the fridge. It varies in price but you can get a 2L bottle for about £1 on offer. It's normal price in tesco is £2.05 which isn't much really for how nice it is. Tesco do make an alternative Dr Fizz which I think I should mention as it tastes incredibly similar to Dr Pepper and is considerably cheaper at just 65p for 2 litres.
Overall, I'd recommend this drink. It's not very healthy so shouldn't be consumed in excess but it is very tasty and a cold glass of this on a hot summers day (which I can't wait to see!) is very refreshing.
I'm not loyal to any brand of mouthwash and often just grab a supermarkets own one to give a. I've quick fresh rinse after brushing. I tend to buy oral B or another brand if they're on offer or if I have an ulcer or something to help it heal. Oral B is a trusted oral healthcare brand and has been around for a long time now. I've used their toothbrushes, mouthwashes and toothpaste and always found them to be good quality.
The mouthwash comes in a standard plastic bottle with a screw top lid. You're able to see the blue coloured mouthwash inside so you can see how much you have left.
The mouthwash is meant to kill germs and bacteria that you didn't catch when brushing. It says it'll help to prevent cavities and help prevent gym infections. As well as this, it just leaves your mouth feeling nice and clean and fresh after brushing.
I brush my teeth as normal then just take a swig from the bottle as I'm the only one using it. You are meant to use the lid to measure out 20ml but I find my method works fine. I'll gargle the mouthwash around my teeth and tongue and at the back of my mouth being careful not to swallow any.
The mouthwash tastes quite nice, it's very fresh and minty but it isn't overwhelming. The lack of alcohol means it isn't too strong and doesn't sting any small cuts or sores in the mouth.
I like this mouthwash as it's refreshing as leaves my mouth feeling clean and fresh. The minty feeling lasts in your mouth for quite a while afterwards and is nice. I try to use it twice a day after brushing. You can get this mouthwash from supermarkets and chemists like Boots. It's pricey, the normal price being £5.00 for 500ml so I'd wait for it to be on offer. Boots frequently do 3 for 2 on dental care so you could get two of these and a third free to stock up perhaps. It's worth the buy but I wouldn't spend that much.
I often found myself suffering with heartburn and indigestion. I used to ignore it as it seemed to come in 'waves' where I'd have it for five minutes and it'd go again. It seemed to be getting worse though so I decided it was time to try something to relieve the symptoms. I've used the Gaviscon liquid but the tablets are lore convenient for when you're out and about. They also don't share the not very nice taste that the liquid has.
The Gaviscon tablets come in a blue box with the Gaviscon logo on. Inside there's an information leaflet and the strip of tablets. They also come in a more handy plastic flip lid tub which I think is more suitable if you're on the go. The box of 16 costs £2.70, the 32 pack is £4.59. The little plastic box is more expensive but only by about 20p.
You can get the tablets in strawberry, mint and I think plain flavour.
The tablets themselves are round and a pale pink/ white colour. They're not too big. The tablets are meant to be chewed and in all fairness they don't taste too bad. They're not something you'd choose to eat recreationally but it's not something I dread having. They're quite powdery and dry but you can taste the strawberry flavouring.
The directions say to take between two and four tablets after meals and before bedtime but no more than four times a day. I don't really adhere to this and tend to take them when I feel heartburn coming on. I take two before bed as well because I tend to get heartburn when I lie down.
The tablets don't taste bad and I do find they work quite well. It takes a bit of time for the symptoms to go, but the tablets do work. I also don't get heartburn in bed anymore which is a relief as it used to stop me sleeping for a while after getting into bed.
If you're going to use a lot of these tablets, it works out better value to buy the bigger 32 pack. What I did, was buy a little plastic flip lid pack to carry around and I top it up with tablets from the big pack which means I get the convenience but save a bit of money too. You can get these from chemists, supermarkets and Boots where you can collect advantage points too! I'd recommend these for convenience and better taste though I don't think it works quite as quick as the liquid.
I used savlon way back when my children were young and my daughter still uses it on here children today. It is used to sooth and help keep injuries and some skin disorders clean. It is used for things like mild cuts, grazes, sunburn and my daughter uses it on new tattoos too.
The savlon comes in a blue box with the savlon logo on the front in white letters. The tube inside is also blue with a white screw on lid. I don't think the packaging has changed for a long time so it's easily identified on the shelf.
The cream itself is white in colour. It's not too runny but isn't too thick so you're able to spread it easily. It has a faint smell, like antiseptic, but it isn't overpowering. I think they've made this cream rememering it's going on sore areas of your body as it's very soft and goes on smoothly and almost painlessly. It's not too strong so doesn't sting at all. It's also very cooling, even if it hasn't been refrigriated, I find the cream to sooth and cool stinging skin.
My daughter uses this on new tattoos and swears by it. It soothes the itching and discomfort of a new tattoo whilst aiding the healing process. I know some people prefer bepanthem but I know a few people and tattooists that recommed savlon for new tattoos and piercings.
My main use for savlon is my young grandson who's boistrous and messy and who always manages to scrape, bump or cut something. When he was younger, we called it magic cream because of how it soothes new injuries. Now it gets used on grazes, small cuts and any kinds of blisters I may have from uncomfortable but lovely looking shoes.
I don't really know how well Savlon works. I'm not saying it isn't antiseptic but I've had cuts and grazes without using the cream and haven't got infections anyway. I think this cream is more for peace of mind and initial soothing of a new irritation/injury. I find small injuries heal quickly with the use of savlon but I'm sure they would anyway. Despite this doubt, I still always keep a tube of savlon in my medical box and do recommend it, especially for children who'll graze their knee then go back outside to play. I ued to put a little bit on the inside of a plaster for my daughter.
Savlon can be bought at all supermarkets and chemists and a lot of small convenience shops too. It varies in price, Boots will charge £3.75 for a 100g tube or £2.18 for a smaller 30g one. I've seen them in poundland, the smaller 30g tube for a pound so keep an eye out.
Savlon have brought out a range of other products like healing gel, plasters and spray antiseptics which I think are good, but sometimes you can't beat the good old stuff.
I'm not loyal to any particular brand of toilet roll thought I do tend to buy Asda Shades as they're good quality and quite cheap. I like Andrex because it's very soft and thick toilet roll but it's often quite expensive so I'll normally only buy Andrex when it's on offer.
The toilet rolls come in a green and white packet with the Andrex logo on the front in big letters with an Andrex puppy. The green packaging gives you the idea of aloe Vera before you buy them.
The toilet roll itself is white and faintly patterned. It's very soft and thicker than the cheaper brands you can buy which gives you reassurance that it won't rip when you're using it.
They come in the usual plastic wrapping which has a perforated opening along the top and easy to use pull cord handles for carrying. Nothing that I haven't seen on many other brands of toilet roll. The toilet rolls smell faintly of aloe Vera but it's not as strong as the butter ones they made, it's just a hint of it. According to the description for these, there's 160 sheets on a roll of Andrex so it should last quite well. The aloe Vera is meant to make the toilet roll kinder to your skin though I can't say it makes much difference.
From Asda, these toilet rolls can be bought in a 4 pack or 9 pack. It's around £4.98 for 9 or £2.24 for the 4 so it does work out cheaper buying more. At the time of writing this review the 4 pack is on a rollback to £2 so if you need them now is a good time as they're a bit cheaper.
I like this toilet roll, it's good and it's soft and it'll last well as it's thick so you don't have to use lots but I don't see the need for it. It's more expensive than the Shades I buy but I don't see a big quality difference. I don't think it's really worth spending the extra 50p or so for similar quality toilet roll. I think I'll buy these when they're on offer but otherwise I wouldn't bother, although they're good, you can get similar quality for less money.
I'm a fan of baked beans or spaghetti hoops on toast or on the side of a meal to make it more filling.
The loops come in a plain tin which you'd expect for a supermarket basic brand. The smart price logo is on the front. You need a tin opener because there's not a ring pull on the can.
I can eat a whole tin of these but there's meant to be two servings in the can. The tin spreads nicely over two servings when they're on the side of a meal.
The loops don't taste any different to more expensive leading brands. The sauce isn't quite as thick but it isn't an issue. There's plenty in the tin too, unlike some cheaper branded items, they haven't put less in there.
These are ideal to keep in the cupboard for a rainy day or just there to throw on the side of a meal, especially for kids. My grandson loves these with chips and chicken nuggets.
These are easy to cook, you can put them on the hob but I normally put them in a bowl and in the microwave for three minutes.
For just 19p these are a bargain and well worth the money. I'd definitely recommend them as they're useful to have in the house and taste good.
I use quite a few No7 products as they're all hypoallergenic meaning they're gentle on my skin, they're normally good quality and Boots often hand out vouchers offering £3 off cosmetics and £5 of skincare. In the past, I've used their foundation, blush, nailvarnishes and skin products and found most of them to be great. When I got my most recent No7 voucher, I thought I'd give the lipgloss a try as I didn't have any.
I opted for the No7 high shine lipgloss as it sounds lovely for a night out having soft, glossy lips. I bought the colour 'smile' which is like an off-red almost brown colour but isn't too bold or bright. It matches the shade of lipstick I'd normally wear and I thought it might be good to put it ontop of my lipstick.
The lipgloss comes in a standard plastic tube, clear at one end so you can see the lipgloss, and black at the top. The black bit unscrews to reveal the wand attached to it. It is a good sized wand allowing you use it easily.
The lipgloss itself is a really nice colour and although it added colour to my lips, I didn't find it too bold. The lipgloss is quite thick so needs to be applied with more than one dip in the tube to get a good coverage but I find most lipglosses to be the same. I love the look of the lipgoss, my lips had a hint of colour and looked very glossy and shiny. I don't care much for the feel of it on your lips though, you can feel it there and its a little sticky but it's not too bad.
I love the look of it, but it doesn't stay on at all. I know I'm quite bad for licking my lips but I tried not to. Also a few drinks and this is gone and needs to be re-applied so probably not great for a night on the town where you may drink a lot. I've also tried the gloss ontop of my lipstick which was more bold as it was coloured and glossy. It looked lovely but again after about 45 minutes the gloss needed re-applying.
I think this is a shame, this product goes on nicely and looks great but it doesn't stay on. Unless you're wearing it and not eating or drinking, I can't see it staying on for more than an hour. It's ok if you want to keep re-applying, but when you pay £8.50 (£5.50 with voucher) you want it to last a little longer really. I don't want to give it a really low rating as it looks so nice but it's not great for it's purpose I guess and that's what you're rating.
I'm a big fan of mcvities other biscuit varieties so when I saw these I couldn't resist trying them. The biscuits come in a dark orange package which I think gives you an idea that they'll be caramel flavoured.
The biscuits themselves are normal chocolate digestives but with caramel in the middle. The biscuits aren't too thin with plenty of caramel flavour inside which is gorgeous. They're not stingy with the chocolate either so each bite is full of flavour.
These biscuits come in milk chocolate and dark chocolate although I've only tried the milk. I'm keen to try the dark as I'm a fan of a bit of dark chocolate, it's richer in flavour isn't it. You can get these biscuits from asda, tesco and lots of other supermarkets and shops. They're around £1.50 for a 300g packet .
I really like these biscuits. They're much tastier than plain digestives and the added kick of caramel flavour makes them even more lovely. I like these broken in half then dipped into tea. Yum!
I'd definitely recommend these, they are more fattening than the normal digestives but they're worth it, they're really tasty and perfect for a snack in the morning or on your lunch break with a cuppa. Give them a go.
My hair isn't very well behaved so when tied back I get fly away pieces and bits falling down. When down it'll stick up in places just to drive me mad I'm sure. I've used hair grips or bobby pins as my granddaughter calls them, to tame my hair for quite a while now.
The bobby pins are made of metal and are very small and thin and slide into your hair easily to hold stray hairs down. One side is smooth and flat, the other is ridged though I'm not sure why, they're all the same. They come in black, brown and blonde so you're able to make them less noticeable in your hair. You get about 25 pins on a cardboard slide for £1.49 at boots which isn't the cheapest but they are good quality.
The grips are good for pinning an unruly fringe to one side, securing hair styles I.e with a hair donut and just keeping stray hairs tidy. I rarely go out without having a couple of these taming my hair.
Although these grips are a bit more expensive than some others, they're worth he extra bit as the small bobble on the end doesn't break off. If you've ever used a bobby pin that doesn't have the end on, you'll now it scratches your head and pulls your hair so to have better pins that don't break is a bonus.
My only issues with these pins is their ability to disappear. I seem to buy lots of them but when I'm really in need I can't find one anywhere. I don't know where they all go but I'm sure they grow legs and run off. My other issue is finding them in the washing machine. I always take them and pin them on my collar or sleeve for use later and they end up in the washing machine clinking around.
Aside from my own mistakes, these bobby pins are brilliant and can change the way your hair looks for a very small price. Plus, you get 4 points on your advantage card when you buy them which is always nice :)
I'm not a massive chocolate eater but given the time of year I am partial to a little bit. I ted to like ferrero rochets or these scrumptious little walnut whips. I used to eat walnut whips years ago and to be honest, I thought they'd stopped making them as I hadn't seen them in years. I spotted them in pound land recently, a box of three for £1 which I thought was really good value so I bought myself a few boxes and grabbed a couple as stockin fillers too.
The walnut whips come individually wrapped in foil packets inside the box so there's no rush to eat them, unless like me and you can wait. The packets are easy to open and reveal a come shaped chocolate about three inches tall with a walnut on the top.
The chocolate is rich, creamy milk chocolate and they're not spiteful with it either, it's quite thick. Inside the chocolate is a really tasty, light fluffy vanilla fondant. Again they're not spiteful with this and the whip is filled with it so you get full flavour with every bite. I like the mixture of soft creamy fondant and hard chocolate, just writing about it makes my mouth water. The walnut on top is just nice added flavour and crunchiness.
Over Christmas I've seen these for sale in asda, tesco and poundland for similar prices but £1 is the cheapest I've seen them for three. There's only 175 calories in each whip which isn't bad at all. These are perfect to eat with a nice hot cup of tea.
You have to be careful, these are incredibly addictive so I can easily eat one after the other. Overall, they're great for the money, taste lovely and aren't too u healthy. Give these old classics a try if you haven't already.
I'm quite a fan of pot noodles and went in my local shop to grab one but they hadn't got any in. I ended up trying super noodles which I loved and thought I'd try these cheaper alternatives when shopping in tesco. The packets of these are a bit smaller than the supernoodles by about 30g but are around 50p cheaper at just 20p a packet.
Like with the super noodles, you pour the contents of plain noodles into a bowl, add the seasoning powder and a bit of boiling water then microwave for 3 1/2 minutes. They're simple, quick and taste quite nice. I like te chicken flavour but find it a little bit bland so I've put allsorts in there to try. I like to add cheese, broken up piece of bread and a bit of chicken or ham as it thickens it out and makes it more filling as well as adding flavour.
The noodles come in plain packaging as with all supermarket own brands but it isn't a big deal, it goes straight in the bin anyway. One tip I will give is to break up the noodle block first before putting them in the bowl as it makes them much easier to eat.
The noodles are easy to make and you can do multiple packets at once if you're quite hungry or cooking for more than one person. They taste a little like chicken but the flavour isn't as strong as the super noodles. I tend to eat two packets of these as the packets are quite small.
These noodles aren't the most nutritionally balanced food but I don't think they're particularly high in fat or calories and they make a nice snack, especially if you're short of time.
I would recommend these for stocking up if you're a bit low on cash or want to buy lots of them as I did today but if you've got the money spare if recommend spending a bit more and getting te super noodles which taste better. You can only get this brand of noodles at tesco as it's their brand but other supermarkets like asda do the same kind of thing.
I never used to like pot noodles but I had th green one, chicken and mushroom I believe, and loved it. Then I had a bit of a fad where I was eating one or two of them everyday. I first tried the beef when they were on offer in asda for 50p. I bought a loaf of the green ones so thought, for the low price, I'd try the beef ones too. It turned out that I preferred the beef and tomato ones!
The pot noodle pots are white and made of plastic. The label colour is based on the flavour so the green is chicken and mushroom, the yellow is curry and the beefing tomato comes in a pot with a brown label and peel-off lid. There are other flavours but these are the originals and the only ones that I've tried. The lid is made of foil and peels back easily. Inside the noodles are dried and the powder flavouring can be seen. They also put a little sachet of red sauce in this pot noodle to add flavour.
There are full instructions I the back guiding you to make a pot noodle. You just peel the lid back, add boiling water to the fill line and let it stand for five. I don't take the lid off, I peel it back then put it back over to keep it warm. I also like to mash up the noodles before as didn't hot water as it makes the noodles smaller and easier to eat. I also don't fill the water to the line as I prefer it to be a bit thicker so bear this in mind when you're making yours.
There's 14g of fat in one of these which to me is the only let down for it. Needless to say, they're not the most nutritious meal and probably not ideal for those on diets due to the high fat content. These aren't really substitues for meals, they make a good snack for lunch time or of an ever bing when the televisions on. I'd recommend this for definite, it's my favourite flavour that they've made. I like to break up a piece of bread into it which makes it a bit more filling (but carb hell!). Don't buy these if they're not on offer. You can end up paying £1.20 for one of these at full price but if you catch thm on offer or in cheaper shops like farmfoods, they're 69p each or on offers like 2 for £1.50.
I don't know where this film came from and don't recall the first time I saw it. I have it on DVD but have no recollection of buying it so I'm assuming I borrowed it and it became part of my collection (oops).
The main star of the film is Kate Hudson who plays a successful magazine columnist. She write a how-to column and her next venture becomes how-to lose a guy in ten days. It's to highlight all the mistakes a girl makes in a relationship I.e being too needy. Simply writing about it isn't enough so Andy sets out to find a man to test the theory. She has to drive him away in a week by displaying common behaviours that dating women do. The gentleman of choice is Matthew McConaughey who plays Ben Barry. Little does she know he's on his own mission through work to make a woman fall in love with him in a week. So with conflicting targets, how will it pan out?
I'm not a huge fan of Kate Hudson and have found her to be a bit devious looking. I think it's her eyes. That said, you can't deny she's a good actress and fits well into every part I've seen her in. Matthew McConaughey is really likeable though I don't see the big attraction with him. He really reminds me of Christian bale with curly hair. Again, he has a sweetness about him and can also act very well so the duo make for good watching on the screen.
The storyline is like that of a lot of rom coms, predictable and quite sweet. It's not thrilling, won't have you hanging on the edge of your seat and isn't the most funny film you'll see but it is a good watch. I'm a horror fan myself so only watch these types of films of an evening on my own if there's nothing else on. I like the idea of this storyline but I found it a bit too put together. Like "what's the chance of that happening?" which I don't really like. Aside from that I think the storyline is good and quite fun.
There are some really cringeworthy moments in the film which I guess is the idea of her making mistakes on purpose. Some bits had me laughing and I thought some bits of the film were quite sweet. Matthew is very convincing when he looks all adoring on screen.
There's not a lot of other characters in focus in the film. You see his and her colleaugues, bosses and a bit of family and that's about it. I found her two friends a little irritating but they're not featured in the film very much at all.
I have to admit although I'm not the biggest fan of this film, I have watched it a few times. It's quite a nice fun, lighthearted storyline which allows you to relax and enjoy it. I wouldn't really recommend it as I just think it's far too predictable. Good actors, good storyline but you know what's going to happen before you watch it. It's a ten year old film so you can probably get it on eBay for a couple of pound if you do fancy it though.
As soon as it gets a bit cold I either get a cough or a cold, near enough every year. Unfortunately this year was no different and within a few weeks of chilly days, I woke up with my chest feeling tight, a hacking cough and a mucusy throat. I let it be for a couple of days expecting to sort itself but it didn't and I was sick of coughing. I bought some cough medicine but it didn't make much difference and I was still wheezing and coughing after I'd finished the bottle within a day and a half.
I was recommended these by my friend who'd used them when she was ill. I paid about £1 for these from the shop near my house and got a fairly good sized bag with about 20 sweets in.
The sweets come in their own little wrappers which is handy if you don't want to take the whole bag but just a few in your pocket. They're hard so you can suck them over a longer period of time rather than just eating them by biting them. They don't taste bad, you can taste aniseed quite strongly which isn't a flavour I favour but isn't bad, and menthol which I only like when my nose/throat is unwell.
I must admit I had the first one for about five seconds and bit it and eat it so it didn't do a lot but the second one I had I kept in my mouth and sucked to try and get se benefit from it. It didn't get rid of my sore throat or cough but it soothed my throat a little and I felt breathing was a bit easier, probably because of the menthol. I find these odd because I don't like aniseed very much but I couldn't stop eating these, probably because they offered a bit of relief. Obviously these won't cure a bad throat or heat but they offer a bit of relief which is always welcomed when you don't feel well.
Overall, these are cheap and helpful. I found them better than soothers which tend to be more expensive so they're definitely worth a pound. My local shop sells these but I think they'd be available in chemists like Lloyd's and boots and possibly asda as well though I haven't seen them.
I'd recommend these for minor heat infections, sore throats and coughs but obviously if it's really bad, get yourself to the doctor.