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      18.06.2013 11:34
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      Yummy

      Since receiving a Yankee Candle tart burner for Christmas a couple of years ago I have to say I have become a little addicted to the Yankee Candle range and now burn candles or tarts every evening. After I was bought a jar for my birthday as a different option to the tarts I have been somewhat converted and now prefer to use the jars instead of the tart burner. The jars are a little expensive to just buy as and when I would like them so when a local gift shop was closing down and selling their Yankee Candle range off at half price it was too good an offer to miss and so I picked up a couple of the medium sized jars.

      The Pink Dragon Fruit candle is the one I am reviewing today. There are several options in the candle range for purchase, tea lights, samplers, wax tarts and three sizes in jars. I purchased the medium sized jar for £7.99 which was a great price as the RRP is £16.99. The jar is a nice size which meant I could place it almost anywhere in my living room without it looking out of place. As the jars are clear you can instantly see the bright pink wax which fills the jar. On the front of the jar is a label featuring the Yankee Candle logo and a picture of the pink dragon fruit. Yankee Candle states that "there's a lure of adventure in the sweet aroma of this tropical fruit that brings out your seductive summer feelings". The burning time estimated on the medium jars is 65 to 90 hours which for the price is excellent.

      When I opened the jar for the first time I was pleasantly surprised by the scent, it was lovely and sweet and not really what I expected at all. The wick is a good length so lighting the candle was very easy but initially the flame went really high above the jar which was a bit of a shock so I blew it out and cut the wick down a little. As the candle began to burn the aroma that was released around the room was just right, some can be a little over powering but the pink dragon fruit does fill the room nicely. The scent is described as tropical but I have to say I don't really think it comes across as a tropical smell as such, it is a nice sweet smell with a floral yet fruity kick to it.

      I found that I didn't have to have the candle burning for long periods of time as the scent does fill the room really well and I could smell it a little in other rooms of the house. I have had the jar for around six months now and there is around half left so it really does last brilliantly. Granted I don't burn this candle every night as I do like to have a change some nights but it is burned at least three times per week so I am more than happy with how long it is lasting me.

      The Pink Dragon Fruit jar is definitely one of my favourites from the Yankee Candle range now and it is one that I will buy again and again. I recommend this candle if you are looking for a sweet smelling candle that is not too over bearing but does fragrance your house well.

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        26.10.2012 11:03
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        A lovely fancy dress outfit

        Last year while my daughter was still at nursery there was a notice up to say that they would like the children to dress up for World Book Day. The idea was that the children dress up as a character from their favourite book. At the time my daughter was quite obsessed with The Wizard Of Oz and immediately said she wanted to go dressed up as Dorothy. I hadn't seen a Dorothy outfit on sale anywhere so I had a look online but there were no costumes that looked just like Dorothy's dress. A few days later I called at Asda and there was a Dorothy outfit! Obviously they were stocking fancy dress outfits from books for World Book Day.

        The Dorothy fancy dress outfit is a perfect little dress for if your little one wants to be Dorothy, it is a really good likeness to the dress in the film. The dress, as with most fancy dress outfits has a sort of satin like feel to it and is made from 100% polyester. Looking at the dress you instantly know which character it is, the blue checked dress with white blouse underneath are almost identical to Dorothy's dress. The straps that go over the shoulders have a cute red bow just above the button (which is just decorative to make it appear that they unfasten) which is the only difference to the real thing. There is a frilly white apron which is attached by a wide white band. The bottom of the dress has a frilled white hem which adds a lovely effect I think. The sleeves on the dress are white and a little puffed up which again gives a really nice effect. The dress comes complete with a small basket with a black Scottie dog inside. This is a flat basket but just finishes the outfit perfectly. The dress fastens at the back with velcro which seems to be the norm for most fancy dress outfits.

        The dress doesn't come with shoes so I bought a pair of red patent shoes from Next which she still calls her Dorothy shoes even now. When she was dressed in the outfit and had her hair in bunches just like Dorothy does I have to say she did look every bit the character and as soon as she walked through the door at nursery they instantly knew who she was!

        My daughter does love this dress although she really doesn't wear it very often now as she doesn't want to spoil it. She has since worn it to a fancy dress party and really only wants to keep it for this purpose. I realise she won't get lots of wear out of it but it has been washed twice now and came out perfect and still looking brand new which after a day at nursery and a birthday party says something!

        The dress cost me £12.50 but did go down to £7.00 in the sale at Asda. I am not sure if it is still available for purchase there, my local Asda currently have no stock but some may still have them! I highly recommend this stunning fancy dress outfit and think my daughter made a cracking little Dorothy!

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        • Smirnoff Ice / Liqueur / Cocktails / 28 Readings / 26 Ratings
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          15.10.2012 13:08
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          A decent drink

          I very rarely drink alcohol at all and when I do I tend to stick to either vodka or alcopops as there is very little else that I actually like the taste of. One of the alcopops I quite like is Smirnoff Ice which I guess is stereotypically classed as a younger persons drink and quite often I do see local teenagers out and about round town drinking this drink.

          Smirnoff Ice appeared during the late 1990's though it does seem like it has always been around! Smirnoff Ice is a bottled pre-mixed vodka which is citrus flavoured and I think it just tastes like a soft drink rather than it being an alcoholic drink. I think this is why I like it and can drink quite a lot of it as it really quenches my thirst and doesn't feel like I am drinking vodka at all. Smirnoff Ice is 4% alcohol which is pretty standard in alcopops really.

          The bottle features a large red label on the front which depicts the name and the bottle top is bright red in colour also so you can see at a glance which variation of the drink you are picking up. Looking at the drink it has the look of a very pale cloudy lemonade and looks quite thick in consistency. The drink comes in a 275ml bottle as standard but there are also larger bottles now available.

          As I say, the drink is classed as citrus flavoured and it does have a very lemon-y taste to it which is actually quite sharp. Although I do think it is good for quenching my thirst it does get a little sickly if I drink too much of it which I am glad about as I don't like getting drunk but as you can't taste the alcohol in the drink it would be easy to get drunk off Smirnoff Ice! As many people do, I tend to drink Smirnoff Ice from the bottle through a straw but my main reason for doing this is because if I drink it normally it makes my teeth feel weird!

          Currently you can buy Smirnoff Ice from Tesco for £4.75 for a pack of four, or alternatively the 70cl bottle for £3.25 (2 for £5.50 at the moment!). I do quite like Smirnoff Ice on the odd occasion I do drink as an alternative to Wkd which I do like a lot.

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          • Post-It Notes / Homeware / 30 Readings / 29 Ratings
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            14.10.2012 20:44
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            My mum is the kind of person that will write notes for literally anything at all which was something that used to amuse me as I used to tease her for forgetting everything in her "old age". However, since my daughter started school I have also become a bit of a note freak and have bits of paper around the house. I decided to revert to the trust old post it note and start sticking my notes on the fridge so I always know where they are.

            Everyone knows what post it notes are, small squares of paper with a re-useable adhesive strip on the reverse which means you can stick the notes to paper or other surface. The sticky strip is approximately 1.5 centimetres wide and is the full length of the post it note. Post it notes come in various sizes, the most common being 3 inch squared.

            Having worked in an office for almost ten years in my previous job I had a constant stash of post it notes with the various jobs on and I ended up using different coloured notes to differentiate the importance of the jobs. Colours available include white, pink, blue and green along with the usual yellow.

            If there is something really important I need to remember, as well as putting it into my phone as a reminder I stick a post it note on the screen of my laptop so it is the first thing I see when I open up to log on. One thing I like about using post it notes is that there is no residue left when removing the note from the fridge or laptop screen.

            You can find post it notes on sale in many shops these days, I always buy mine from the supermarket for around the £2 mark but sometimes I pick them up in the local discount store for a pound when they have stock.

            I can't recommend post it notes highly enough, I am sure almost every household will have a use for them at some point or other. They are really handy to have around the house, especially for a quick note for shopping bits or school reminders.

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            12.10.2012 10:42
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            My cute car accessory

            I love little funky things for the car and there is a car local to me that always seems to have new and different things in and I always have to have a nosy! One afternoon I was driving past and I noticed a little flower on the dashboard that was "dancing" and I thought it was so cute I just had to have one! As soon as I got home I logged straight onto Ebay and found the range of little flowers.

            The Flip Flap Solar Flower is a plastic flower in its own little flowerpot. The pot is quite chunky in size and comes in a range of colours. At the top of the pot you will see the solar panel which makes the flower move. Coming out of the pot is the flower which is very similar to a daisy on a long curvy stem with two thick green leaves. Along with the pots there are various colours of flowers to choose from. I love anything pink so I opted for a pink flower in a deeper pink pot. The words flip flap appear in white writing across the front of the pot.

            I was chuffed to bits when my little flower arrived a couple of days after ordering and wanted to put it straight into the car. The flower comes sealed in plastic packaging, the type you have to cut open to get into. The flower comes with an adhesive pad which fixes to the base of the pot and then sticks to whichever surface you choose, in my case the dashboard in the car. Within around twenty minutes the sun had charged up the flower and it sat there in the car just dancing away (well flapping away but dancing sounds cuter!).

            After a couple of days I noticed there was a clicking noise in the car and for the life of me I couldn't work out what it was until I finally realised it was coming from the flower! When it dances a lot it seems to click quite loud but at other times it is not as noticeable. I can honestly say that this does not distract me from driving in anyway, neither does the movement when the flower is dancing.

            I really like my funky little solar flower, I think it looks fab in the car and really brightens the dashboard up. As it is made of plastic it is extremely easy to clean and a quick wipe with a duster or damp cloth is enough to rid any dust. The flip flap solar flowers seem to be growing in popularity now as I have seen many cars with various flowers in. There are also different designs available now including sunflowers, ladybirds, bees and butterflies. The only way I think my solar flower would look better is if it had a smiley face on, then it would be super cute!

            Prices range from around £3.00 up to around £5.00 but there are smaller versions available for a pound.

            Thank you for taking the time to read my review.

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            • Bostik Blu Tack / Household Product / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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              11.10.2012 19:54
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              Just blu tack!

              Blu Tack is one of those products that almost every household has a pack of in one of their bits and bobs drawers. Since my daughter started nursery (and now school) it is something that I have had a LOT of use of with all the pictures she would bring home and want on the wall. One of the walls in our kitchen is just full of her artwork now and still hanging thanks to trusy blu tack!

              Blu Tack is another one of those items that seems to have been around forever, as far back as I can remember my mum used it at Christmas to hang the dreaded tacky decorations that people used to have, along with cards before she joined the cards on a string bandwagon. It comes packaged in a flat cardboard box and inside the tack is covered in a non stick paper. Blu tack itself is classed as a reuseable putty-like pressure-sensitive adhesive but I would just compare it to play doh that sticks! Standard blu tack is blue but there are now other colours available such as pink and white.

              Using the blu tack is extremely simple, pull of a chunk from the sheet inside the packaging and squash and stretch it for a few seconds to warm it up slightly to make it easier to use. Depending on what you are using it for you can then take a small amount, make a ball and place it on the back of whatever you wish to stick up and then press against the wall.

              The price of Blu Tack does seem to vary, I just buy mine from the local pound shop and quite often they have two packs for a pound so it is very good value.

              I think Blu tack is fab, it holds pictures up on the wall perfectly and for the most part they will stay for a long time. I have noticed that it can leave a greasy mark on the wall when removed from painted walls, or even pull off wallpaper when being removed so if it is papered wall extra care does need to be taken. I normally hang my special Christmas cards on the wall in my living room with Blu tack but as I have just redecorated I think I may have to find a new way this year as I really don't want to risk any greasy marks or rips!

              I definitely recommend Blu Tack, it is cheap, does its job brilliantly and can be reused many times.

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              11.10.2012 10:55
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              value straws, great value!

              My daughter is almost obssesed with straws and asks for one in almost every drink she has. My mum bought her a Peppa Pig curly straw which was her favourite until it was somehow snapped in half so of course this resulted in a huge drama! We went to Tesco but they didn't have any more of the curly straws so I ended up having to purchase a bag of value straws and thankfully my daughter was ok with this as she thought this was great having a new straw with every drink!

              The Tesco straws come in a pack of fifty for just 18 pence which really couldn't be a better bargain. The straws come packaged in a clear plastic bag with the Tesco value label on the front. As the bag is clear you can the range of colours inside which are standard at red, yellow, blue and green. The downside of buying the value straws is that once you have opened the bag it is not able to be sealed but I tend to just put them in a plastic tub so they are away from any germs in the kitchen.

              Even though the straws are from the value range they are quite good quality. They are very thin but sturdy enough to drink any liquid through. The straws bend near the top as most straws do, even now I have to play with the straw and stretch then concertina it back down! There have been times where we have got a straw out of the packet and my daughter has been totally unable to get any of the drink up the straw and this is usually because a couple of the straws have small splits in them but as there are so many in the pack this is not really a problem.

              As a rule I only use a straw when eating out but sometimes my daughter will have me use one at tea time and I only have fizzy pop but sometimes she will have milkshake or a smoothie and she can drink them with ease through these straws.

              My cat loves to play with these straws, she will carry one around the house and chew it (I am sure she thinks she is a dog) so we do go through quite a lot of these straws between my daughter and the cat but I wouldn't mind if I had to buy a packet a week at that price. We also use these straws for arts and craft such as paint blowing and sticking and they are perfect for that as well!

              All in all there isn't really much I can say about the Tesco Value straws, they are perfect for the purpose and an absolute bargain!

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              10.10.2012 20:37
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              Good building blocks

              It seems these days that most children have some Mega Bloks at some point and my daughter is no different. However my daughter was never really interested in building blocks so I never thought of buying them but one day my mum came home with a bag from a local car boot sale. She paid just two pounds for them and they looked brand new so she got a real bargain there.

              What are Mega Bloks? Well, looking at them they basically look like giant lego so I think it gives a good introduction to what is probably the most popular construction toy on the market. These particular Mega Bloks come packaged in a plastic zip up bag which is quite thick and durable. The bag is bright red in colour with a large see through panel in the middle so you can see the blocks inside. There is a picture at the side showing a cartoon boy building what I think is a giraffe out of the blocks and he looks like he is having a great time so I think this is very appealing to children. The bag zips up around the top of the bag and the lid pulls back to release the blocks. At the bottom of the bag it says age one plus.

              The Mega Bloks are very brightly coloured and come in red, blue, green and yellow and come in a variety of different sizes.They range from a single block to a block of four so there are many possibilities for building things. As well as the bricks being different lengths there are two different height levels - one around 4 centimetres and the other around 2 centimetres. The edges of the blocks are rounded to make them safer for little hands. The blocks are quite good quality, the plastic is sturdy yet not too hard that children can hurt themselves with them. Around the base of the blocks the plastic is a little bendy but not too much that it detracts from the quality of the block.

              Each bag contains 80 blocks which is a good amount for children to build various objects. My daughter did enjoy playing with the Mega Bloks but she didn't get them out to play with very often. She was just over two years old when she received the bag of blocks so the things she was able to build was somewhat limited. We had lots of towers and walls but then she tended to lose interest as she was unable to build what she wanted. As she has grown older I pull out the blocks to play with from time to time and her building has become much better and she is now able to do houses or animals (her version of animals aren't always the same as in her mind!) but even then she loses interest quite quickly.

              I do like Mega Bloks as I think they have a good educational value as well as a fun aspect for the child. Building with the blocks enhances the fine motor skills and uses imagination which I think is really good as it doesn't take the fun away from playing. Also there is colour recognition with the blocks which helps to teach colours from a young age and when I worked in a nursery this was something we used to help the children with.

              I think although it does say the blocks are suitable from the age of one that is a little young as I have seen children struggle to be able to fix the blocks together but with practice this does come and of course there is the great fun they have in knocking over towers that mummy has built!

              There is quite a good range of Mega Bloks products around including a fire station, princess castle and a build and go walker so you can always add to the bag of blocks if they are a hit in your house. There is also a girls version of the blocks which come in pink, lilac and yellow. A bag of 80 blocks costs approximately £20 which personally I am glad we didn't pay as my daughter wasn't a huge fan but I know some of my friends children absolutely adore them.

              I would recommend the Mega Bloks as I think they are a good toy for children, just not for us.

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            • Asda Tea Lights / Household Product / 25 Readings / 24 Ratings
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              09.10.2012 11:34
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              Fab

              I was never really a big fan of candles until a couple of years ago when my friend bought me a Yankee Candle tart burner for Christmas. For those of you who are unaware how the tart burners work (as I was when I got it) the wax tart is placed in the petal holder and below there is a space in the base in which you place a tealight to burn which in turn will melt the wax tart.

              As I hadn't had one of these tart burners before I had to go and buy some tealights so on my next visit to Asda I had a look for some budget ones as I didn't want to pay a large amount. I picked up a bag of a hundred tealights for just £2 which I thought seemed a real bargain!

              The tealights come in a clear plastic bag with a black label on the front which features the Asda logo and tells me that there are 100 unscented tealights inside. The tealights are white in colour and sit in a thin metal cup which doesn't really look great as it means the tealights end up a little mishaped because they are bashed together in the bag - this doesn't affect the tealights in any way whatsoever. The tealights are unscented so there is no scent to interfere with the wax tarts scent. The wick on the tealights is a good length which makes lighting them quite simple but on many of them the wick is lying flat and stuck down slightly with the wax so you do need to lift most of them up before lighting.

              Using the tealight with the tart burner really couldn't be much more simple, place the tealight in the base and light with a match or lighter. I tend to use standard matches but it can be a little fiddly to get through the base so a longer match may be more suitable for this use but in general use a standard match is fine. I normally have my tart burner on for an hour or two in the evenings so I can get a good couple of days use out of one tealight although the average burning time seems to be around three to four hours.

              I have never used tealights before so I have nothing to compare the Asda tealights to, but they burn extremely well and the whole of the candle is used and I am left with a virtually clean, empty metal shell. The cups don't seem to get hot when the tealight is burning so I have no qualms about picking it up to be moved should I need to do so, this also means the tealight can be lit while holding the cup and then placing it into the base of the tart burner. The tealights glow quite bright, more than I expected and it is really cosy at night with the fire and candle on!

              I think the Asda tealights are an absolute bargain and highly recommend them with no negative points about them at all unless you count having to release the wick initially but I don't see that as a negative really. At £2 for 100 I really can't see these tealights being beaten and two years down the line I am just on my second bag so it shows they do last well.

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              05.10.2012 10:24
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              Great tissues

              My little girl has a random obsession with tissues and goes through box after box of them - she uses them for literally anything! I tend to let her choose a box for herself on our weekly shop and most of the time she goes for some novelty ones (as would most children). The last few boxes she has chosen have been the Mr Men variety which I love!

              The Mr Men tissues come packaged in a cube design box which is very vibrant in colour. The box is a pale blue colour with a thick pink band around the bottom which tells me that there are 60 3-ply tissues inside. There is a large picture on each side of the box of some of the Mr Men and Little Miss characters such as Little Miss Naughty, Mr Tickle, Little Miss Sunshine, Mr Bump and Mr Happy.

              To open the box of tissues you need to remove an oval piece of cardboard from the lid which is perferated which makes it very easy to do so. Underneath the lid there is a piece of plastic with a slot cut in so the tissues just pull through.

              I fully expected the tissues to be plain white inside (like other novelty boxes I have had) but they are actually covered with the Mr Men and Little Miss characters which I think is fab! The quality of the tissues is quite good compared to some of the others we have had. I can't say they are the softest I have ever bought but they are soft enough so I feel completely comfortable in having my daughter use them on her nose when she has a cold as they don't cause any irritation at all. The tissues are quite absorbant, my daughter uses a tissue for every tiny spill she makes but when she has made a more significant spill and used one of the Mr Men tissues to clean up they have absorbed much more than I expected.

              These tissues aren't the largest you will find, with them coming in a cube the size seems to be standard at 17cm squared but they are plenty big enough in my opinion. I would say the tissues are mainly aimed at children but really I am just a big kid myself and love anything like this so I am happy that these appear to be a firm favourite with my daughter. I think the bright box could deter some people from buying these tissues but I keep them in my living room and think they look quite funky.

              I first bought the Mr Men and Little Miss tissues when they were on offer at Asda for just a pound which for 60 tissues I didn't think was a bad deal. The regular price is around £1.50 which again I don't feel is too bad. Of course you can buy larger boxes of larger tissues for cheaper but I like having novelty tissues and the size is fine for my daughter and I.

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              • Wall Stickers / Household Product / 31 Readings / 28 Ratings
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                04.10.2012 20:45
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                I have recently decorated my daughters bedroom from a plain looking nursery into a proper little girls bedroom and I let her choose whatever theme she wanted. Of course being Princess crazy she chose a Disney Princess wallpaper that is extremely pink! As it was such a busy wallpaper I decided to paint the other three walls in a pastel pink colour but when it was finished it looked a little plain in comparison to the papered wall. I had seen various wall art designs on Amazon and I came across a Disney font piece and looking into it they would make any name you chose.

                I ordered my daughters name along with some love hearts and within two days they arrived. I had no idea really how it would go on the wall and I presumed it would be quite a tricky job but when I opened the tube and took the wall art out there was an A4 instruction sheet included thankfully!

                The wall art comes on a long piece of white paper (just like the kind you have stickers on) and it is covered with a piece of protective paper to ensure no damage can come to the stickers. To put the wall art on the wall you need to remove the white paper backing - very carefully to prevent any ripping - and place on the wall in the desired position. When the art is in place you then need to rub over the stickers quite forcefully to make sure the stickers stick on the wall. I found it best to rub using the flat of my fingernail as this was enough pressure and a hard edge rather than the pad of the finger. When satisfied that the stickers are firmly in place you need to remove the protective paper from the stickers and again this needs to be done slowly and carefully so the stickers aren't pulled off the wall.

                I was so impressed with the look of the wall art when it was done, it looked like a professional job and more like it was painted on rather than stickers. The wall art I had chosen was a silver colour and on the wall it really does look fantastic quality. I like how the stickers are very thin so sit extremely flat against the wall so when you move your hand over the design there is almost no bumps to it which reinforces how I think it looks like it is painted rather than stuck on. I dotted the hearts around my daughters name and it gives the room a real focal point now and takes some of the attention away from the busy Princess pattern.

                The Disney font wall art cost me £9.00 on Amazon with free delivery and I am happy to say that it was worth every single penny. There are many other wall art stickers available online for all rooms in the house. One of them I saw for the bathroom was the quote "If you sprinkle when you tinkle....." and I think that would look fab above the toilet! The range of childrens bedroom wall arts include many different characters such as Hello Kitty, Fireman Sam, Mario, Princesses and many more. I would now like one for my own bedroom but as yet I am unable to decide on a quote that just suits me. Quite a few people I know seem to be buying the vinyl wall art so I think it must be the "in" thing at the moment.

                I would recommend wall art, especially for a child's bedroom as I think they look really good making a nice feature on the wall.

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                  03.10.2012 10:13
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                  A great day out

                  For the last few years I had been thinking about having a day out to Blackpool Pleasure Beach but due to the cost I never got round to it. As soon as I heard about the renovation and introduction of Nickelodeon Land I knew I just had to take my daughter so we planned a day with my brother and his girlfriend so we could really make the most of it.

                  Blackpool Pleasure Beach is situated at the very south of Blackpool, just a little further down than the Sandcastle Water Park. You can even see the Big One (the large rollercoaster) from the motorway on the way into Blackpool at the opposite end to Blackpool Tower!
                  As we were planning the trip in advance I decided to use some of my Tesco Clubcard vouchers in exchange for a wristband is this worked out at £9.50 in vouchers for a £35 wristband. My brother purchased his wristbands online as this meant they were at a discounted price of ten pounds off and an offer that was on at the time meant they could buy two bands and get one free which meant my daughters wristband was free! As we had done the bookings online it meant we had to go into reception to collect the bands and this meant queuing for around ten minutes. When you enter the Pleasure Beach you now have to walk through quite a secure area and hand over your keys, phone and bags so they can be checked as you walk through a security gate which detects metal. This is just like airport security! Parking at the pleasure beach is extremely expensive so I parked on the Travelodge car park which is literally two minutes away and this cost £7.50 for the full days parking. There are other places you can park, there is parking all down the sea front but again this is more expensive than the Travelodge option but this does get full quite quickly due to the slightly cheaper price.

                  When we entered the Pleasure Beach we were a little confused as to where to go as it was many many years since we had been. Just inside the entrance there was a large area with water fountains in which the children (and adults if they so wish) can play. As it was such a hot day my brother decided he wanted a play in there so he and my daughter went in for a minute or so and ended up very wet! We had a walk around and then soon came across Nickelodeon Land and I was just amazed at the transformation from the old Beaver Creek area. You are just hit with bursts of colour and you immediately notice the large bright orange roller coaster standing out from the other rides. I have to say that I am not really a fan of Spongebob Squarepants but even I was surprised at how much I was drawn into it! We stood at the top of the slope for a few minutes just taking in all the rides and in the distance we could see Dora meeting and greeting the children.
                  The rides
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                  There are twelve rides in Nickelodeon Land, and my daughter was just dying to get on each and every one of them. Even though the weather was very hot the Pleasure Beach was quiet due to the fact we had gone during term time and as my daughter was still in nursery at the time it didn't matter if she missed one session.

                  Diego's Rainforest Rescue was the first ride we went on as there was no queue at all. The ride is a ring of hot air balloons and you sit in the basket - there are four seats to each balloon. In the centre of the balloon you will see a rubber ring which you can turn to make the balloon spin around, much like the teacup rides at fairgrounds. This ride is great fun but I have to admit I came off it feeling quite sick from all the spinning my daughter did!
                  Next we went on to Fairy World Taxi Spin which my daughter decided she wanted to go on with my brother as she thought it was funny being called fairy and making my brother who is a 6ft 4" man (and really felt quite embarrassed going on that ride!) go on! Each carriage is a taxi cab and on the dashboard there is a button which controls the cab going up and down. From the top when you release the button you come down with a bit of a bump and a huge tummy tickle!!

                  The next ride we went on looked amazing and we all four went on - Spongebobs Splash Bash! This ride has jellyfish for carriages and as the ride begins you sink into water and are floating around in circles. Attached to the carriages are water guns which you have to manually turn a lever to make the gun spray. It is basically a huge water fight and everyone just sprays eachother and even at the sides of the ride there are water guns so people watching can spray also. It is safe to say we were absolutely drenched when we came off this ride but it was the most fun I think I have ever had at a theme park! We all came off in fits of laughter and couldn't wait to get on it again!
                  The Backyardigans Pirate Treasure is a pirate ship with a difference, the boat goes round like a roundabout but goes very very fast and there is no way my stomach could handle that but my daughter went on it alone and absolutely adored every second of it, even when it went backwards!

                  The Blue Flyer is a small roller coaster which is fab for younger children and there is a larger one called the Nickelodeon Streak but unfortunately my daughter was just a little too short to go on that one even though she was begging to.
                  Other rides include Avatar Airbender which is aimed at older children and adults, Rugrats Lost River which is basically a log flume, The Krusty Krab which is a smaller version of the Ice Blast ride (previously known as Playstation), Dora's World Voyage which is a very slow ride through different lands in a hot air balloon, Bikini Bus Tour which is a bus that goes round in circles and quite high so they can see the whole area and finally Wonder Pets Big Circus Bounce which is similar to the Fairy Cabs but unfortunately was closed when we were there.

                  Along with the rides there is a large hook a duck style game in the centre of the area where the prizes are all Spongebobs of different sizes. It is priced at £4 which does seem a little excessive but there is a prize every time and the children get two picks to add up the points to win a prize. There is a snack shack just next to the Splash Bash ride which sells snacks such as popcorn, candyfloss, hot dogs and such like. The gift shop is large and just packed with Spongebob and Dora The Explorer souvenirs.
                  If you wish to have a sit down meal there is a restaurant onsite called the Big Pizza Kitchen in which you have an all you can eat buffet. This is a really nice place to eat and the standard of pizza and salad is quite good, I would definitely eat there again. Next to the Big Pizza Kitchen there is a meet and greet area where the characters all come out one by one and there is the option for the children to have their photographs taken by the official photographer but also they allow you to take your own so you don't have to fork out extra money for their official pictures. Along with the meet and greet there is a show the characters put on which is great fun to watch and it was brilliant seeing my daughter dancing along to the music.

                  My overall opinion of Nickelodeon Land is an extremely positive one. I think it is a fantastic place for both children and adults alike and visually it is very pleasing with the bright colours. I have been twice during the summer holidays this year and on both occasions the queue time was very limited which is surprising as it is still relatively new and people were eager to make the most of the area. The longest queue we encountered was for the log flume but that is my daughters favourite ride so we had to queue up but even then it was for ten minutes at the most.
                  I loved seeing my daughter meeting the characters, when she met Diego he loved her bunches and held each one up for the photograph which was fab and now my daughter always says they are her Diego bunches when she has her hair up. I also like how at the end of the day the characters are stood at the exit so again there are photo opportunities. I was concerned about how my daughter would react with the characters initially as she was very scared last time we went to a theme park but as we are going to Disneyland next year I want her to feel comfortable meeting the large characters.

                  With the wristbands we had the option of using all of the rides which was great so we did go around the rest of the park and went on some of the other rides but we made sure we went back to Nickelodeon Land and had another go on the Splash Bash! By far the best ride in the Pleasure Beach in our opinion!
                  The one downside I have to Nickelodeon land (which does extend to the whole Pleasure Beach) is the system they have for going on the rides. At each gate when entering a ride there is a scanning system in which you have to flash the barcode on your wristband (by the end of the day we ended up feeling like we were on sale at Asda!!!) This was quite hard for my daughter to do by herself as the scanners are quite high and it was hard to twist her arm round correctly to scan the barcode. On some of the rides the staff were helpful but on others the staff were quite rude and impatient when she struggled and that was very unfair of them in my opinion!

                  All in all I think Nickelodeon Land is a fantastic day out and although the prices are quite expensive I do think it was worth it as we had a really good day.

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                    A good toilet roll

                    As a rule I tend to stick to Andrex toilet roll but for the last few months I have been simply buying whatever is on offer, be it Cushelle or Triple Velvet. I always try and look for offers on toilet roll and stock up as like most people I don't like to spend a lot of money on something that is just literally flushed away. Most recently I purchased a large pack of the Triple Velvet toilet paper which contained 12 rolls for £5.

                    Triple Velvet toilet paper comes in the standard plastic packaging that all toilet rolls do, with a two rows of three rolls stacked on top of eachother and features a picture of a little boy surrounded by leaves on a green background. There is a large logo on the front with the brand name and at the top there is a tree logo that states for every tree they cut down they replant three.

                    The toilet paper has a very soft feel to it and is a nice thick quality though there is no pattern to the paper. The paper is triple ply (hence the name triple velvet) so it makes it a thicker feel than other toilet paper. The main plus point with this toilet paper is that because it is thicker you use less than you normally would and the rolls last longer. Using this toilet paper there really is a very minimal risk of the dreaded finger through the paper happening so this in itself is good reason to buy this paper!

                    Triple Velvet have in the past used the slogan 'soft soft soft' (I am unsure whether they still use this) and I have to say that it is the perfect slogan for this toilet paper as it really is soft soft soft! Though I always used Andrex in the past I now buy Triple Velvet whenever it is on offer as I do think it is of a good quality and one that is soft enough not just for me but for my little girls behind!

                    The price of Triple Velvet can really vary, like I say I purchased twelve rolls for a fiver but a pack of four can cost around the two pounds mark generally.

                    I really like this toilet paper, it is soft on bottoms and also nice to use on your nose when you have a cold. I like how they have the environment promise on each pack so you do feel that even though you are buying this you are helping the environment with the new trees being planted. I would definitely recommend Triple Velvet toilet paper!

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                    • Pritt Stick / Household Product / 31 Readings / 29 Ratings
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                      A good glue stick

                      Pritt stick seems to have been around forever, well as far as I can ever remember anyway! In fact, according to wikipedia Pritt stick was first marketed in 1969 in Germany. I am sure that most houses have a Pritt stick lying around somewhere and ours is certainly no exception.

                      My daughter loves doing crafts and so we always make sure we have glue in the house and last week she received her first homework from school which involved some cutting and sticking. We needed some glitter glue from the local discount store so of course my daughter just had to buy a new Pritt stick as it was for her new homework! We picked up one of the large sticks and it was priced at a pound which seems to be roughly the norm for the larger sticks of glue. There are other sizes available at stationary shops which range in price from around the fifty pence mark.

                      Pritt stick comes in a white plastic tube with the Pritt logo at the top and the word stick written around the tube in black. At the base of the tube you will see a ridged black plastic knob which you use to move the glue up and down the tube and the lid is slightly ridged also. The first thing I think when I see a tube of Pritt stick is the little cartoon Pritt that they used on advertisements!

                      A Pritt stick is the perfect glue to use for arts and crafts, it sticks paper, cardboard, photographs, glitter, gems and much more! It couldn't be more simple to use, unscrew the lid and turn the knob at the bottom to raise the glue from the tube and then spread on the desired area. Whenever I use this I always tend to use the edge of the stick rather than the top as I feel it goes on the paper easier and is more visible. The glue does appear transparent quite quickly and I do think you need to use a good amount to ensure it sticks well.

                      I like how Pritt stick is solvent free as some other glues do smell quite strong so I think for children to use this makes it a much safer option. Also, it is easy clean and washable which again is important when children are using a glue product. The only downside I have with a Pritt stick is that it does seem to get quite messy around the lid and this is down to my daughter putting the lid on without retracting the glue stick properly but this is easily cleaned (or wiped on clothes in my daughters case!!).

                      I think for basic arts and crafts you can't really go wrong with a Pritt stick and I would recommend it for a safe and easy option for children to use. Of course it isn't just for children to use, many workplaces have Pritt sticks including mine!

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                      A fab restaurant

                      A few months ago my daughter and I spent a few days in Blackpool with my friend and her family from Brighton, this meant a few days of eating out! One evening I suggested we went to Frankie And Benny's which none of them had tried befoer so it was nice to introduce them to one of our favourite places to eat.

                      Frankie And Benny's in Blackpool is situated on Festival Park Rigby Road, Blackpool, FY1 5EP which is very close to the South Shore Travelodge and Blackpool F.C. It is a little tricky to get to if you don't know the side roads of Blackpool very well so it's an idea to use the sat nav like I had to the first time we went!

                      Frankie And Benny's is a 1950's style American/Italian diner come restaurant. It is both casual yet smart so I don't think you tend to feel out of place however you are dressed. The restaurant is covered in old style pictures from the 50's and plays music from that era which is always upbeat and keeps in with the American diner type feel. The tables are always set ready as soon as you enter the restaurant with cutlery and napkins. Upon entry to the restaurant you are greeted by a waiter or waitress who will hand the menus out and guide you to your table.

                      There is a wide choice of food on the menu which includes pizza's, pasta, burgers and steaks. For the children there are two menu's, one for the younger end and one slightly larger for older children. If you enter the restaurant before 5pm there is a lunch menu in which you can choose one course for £5.95, two courses for £8.25 or three for £9.25 which is a good offer although the menu is somewhat limited. There is a licensed bar in the restaurant so if you wish to have an alcoholic drink with your meal you can do so or just stick to soft drinks like myself!

                      Our visit
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                      We arrived at the restaurant at around 6pm so we expected quite a wait for a table as there was nine of us but we were seated immediately on a long table down the centre of the room. The children are issued a small fun pack along with their menus and the adults are handed their menus as the drinks order was taken. As soon as we sat down my daughter wanted to swap seats as she always wants a red napkin as opposed to the green one - of course we have to actually move and not just swap the napkin!!! As soon as the waitress had taken our drinks order another came over with a helium balloon for each of the children which was a nice touch! A short while later we placed our food order, I decided on the American Hot pizza and my daughter opted for the margherita from the childrens menu. One thing to be aware of is that the pizza's on the childrens menu are the same size as the adults! Our food arrived in just over ten minutes which was great considering the amount of people in our party! The food was extremely tasty, the pizza is one of the nicest I've tasted and has a great combination of pepperoni and jalapenos. It was nice to see a table full of different foods as normally I go with my friend and her son so there was a much wider range on this occasion. The steak looked absolutely delicious and the pasta dishes seem a really good size. The waitress gave us plenty of time to finish our meal and waited patiently while the children picked at their food after the adults had all finished. We all decided to have dessert and I chose a cherry crumble and my daughter had brownies and ice cream. The desserts were quite small in comparison to the main meals but they are sufficient enough as we were feeling a little on the full side already! The crumble comes in a small ramekin along with the cutest little jug of custard! Unfortunately we had a significant wait for the desserts which sadly seems to be the norm for Frankie and Benny's and this resulted in the children becoming very restless! When they arrived however they were delicious!

                      My four year old daughter has a real fascination with toilets whenever we are out (as do many children!) so of course she just had to go! The toilets are very nice and again follow the theme of the restuarant and they are always immaculate in my experience. One thing you will find in the toilets is a small vending machine with chewqble toothbrushes in and I always mean to get one just to try but always forget!

                      As we finished our desserts we asked for the bill which came to around £140 but for the nine of us I think that was quite reasonable.

                      I have a very high opinion of Frankie And Benny's at Blackpool, it is by far the best one I have visited. The staff are all friendly and there was limited waiting time in comparison to others I have found. The car park is extremely large as there is a cinema, pub and McDonalds on site also so there is plenty of spaces to park. I would happily recommend Frankie And Benny's as it is a great family restaurant which is reasonably priced and has many choices which ensures it caters for most tastes. I really like how the children receive the fun pack which contains a funky multi-coloured pencil crayon, an activity book and a small jigsaw or game so they have something to do during the waiting period for the food.

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