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As with many parents out there just now I seem to be faced with Peppa Pig on a daily basis whether it be on TV (I think it is on permanent repeat on the kids channels) or with the numerous toys we have collected for our daughter's obsession. On such toy that caught our daughter's eye for her birthday was the Peppa Pig Spaceship. It can be currently bought in amazon for £21.50 (29/10/2011) or if you are lucky you could pick up at a boot sale for about £5. The toy itself, in my opinion is pretty good, unlike some of the Peppa toys it is not too flimsy and seems to be holding up to its many drops to the floor. It is yellow in colour with red fins and has separate compartments for the various characters. It comes complete with Peppa, George and Danny Dog. It also has various noises to aid your childs play, you can hear spaceship noises and Peppa's voice. If I had to pick a fault it is the continual strapping in of the characters as the seat belts are not really any good and I could see how the little characters could fall out and get lost quite easily. However, I find this to be one of the better toys in the series and our daughter certainly loves it. In my opinion it is certainly worth considering as present for your little one's birthday or upcoming Christmas present. Thanks for reading
With having the two kids we have been using wipes now for quite some time and have tried various brands with varying levels of good and bad results. We have been using wipes in vast quantities since our son was born 5 years ago for various purposes ranging from snotty noses to dirty baby bums. We do have our favourite brand of wipes but were willing to give others a shot but unfortunately this brand just didn't do the job. The same as most people at the moment we are trying to find ways of saving money and looking at less expensive options in our weekly shop. This is why we tried Tesco Value Baby Wipes. On the positive side first, the cost cannot be beaten as they currently priced at £0.61 per pack (Tesco 18/01/2011). Many of the other brands and even the other supermarket own brands are more expensive than this product. So if you are on an economy drive after the over spend at Christmas then these may fit the bill. The packaging is the normal plain white packet which is typical of the Tesco basic brand and not as eye catching as some the premium brands but then again it is far cheaper than them. However, this is where the positive points end. To be brutally honest I cannot find anything else positive to say about this brand of wipes. In my experience and compared to other brands, these ones are just too dry and I found that I was using more wipes than I normally would when cleaning my child's face or dirty bum. So, I suppose it could be argued that, although this brand is cheaper it may actually be false economy as you will finish the pack quicker than normal and end up buying more and therefore spending more money. I also found that after wiping, it seemed to leave a soapy residue on the skin surface which I haven't found in other brands. I also found that when trying to get them out of the packet they all stuck together and it was just too often I was taking out 10 wipes at a time, separating a few out and then stuffing the rest back into packet, this became quite annoying and even worse when doing it with one hand when changing my little one's dirty bum. In my opinion this brand of wipes may be the least expensive must they are just not worth the bother and you would be better spending a little more on a quality product.
My son received this Bob the Builder Activity Driver for his 2nd Christmas when he was 18months old and a massive Bob the Builder fan. He got a lot of Bob toys that year including various vehicles and figures and the activity telephone but this was one of his favourites, mainly I think because of the whole steering wheel idea, being able to pretend he was driving and the various flashing lights and noises! And by heck is this toy noisy! This toy is made from a high quality durable plastic and ours is now 4 years old and has survived 2 kids amazingly well. It has been played with faithfully and taken numerous knocks and bangs but is still in great condition and in perfect working order. The base of the activity driver is bright blue and there is a green ignition key in the bottom left corner that starts the toy when your child turns it up the way. There is a yellow steering wheel on the right side of the unit with a horn in the middle and a small orange handle on it. The steering wheel says 'turn left' or 'turn right', depending on the direction in which your child turns it. I found this a great way of teaching my children left and right and they picked this up very quickly. The orange horn in the centre of the wheel beeps when pushed. The handle can be used as an alternative way of turning the steering wheel. There is also a green handle on the left side of the unti which says 'move forward' when pushed up the way and 'move back' when pushed down. There is a Bob figure in the top right hand corner that says various phrases when pushed down. There are also buttons with pictures of Muck, Scoopy, Rolly and Wendy on them that tell your child the characters names when pressed. The set of traffic lights flash various colours repeatedly when the toy is active. The toy begins a game once activitated and the various rote start phrases have been said, which involves hunting the character, this allows your child to develop their awareness of who Bob's various friends are, and also tells your child what colours they are. However please be prepared to buy yourself ear plugs, this is one of the loudest, noisiest toys I have heard! there is no volume control and it is permanently set at EXTRA LOUD!!! It is also very repetitive and Bob's voice can become very annoying very quickly! On the plus side it does switch itself off if left unattended for a while. Just ensure you switch it off properly before putting it in the toy box as it can be quite frighteneing suddenly hearing Bob scream at you to find Muck!! Price wise we paid £14.95 4 years ago and this was well worth the money for the amount of play my children have got from it, but even better, it is currently on sale on Amazon for £6.50! A total bargain for Christmas! As a developmental toy this is quite a basic model but it will provide hours of fun for any little Bob fan and the loudness and repetitiveness seemed to be the things that my son loved about it the most! So it is worth buying to see the smile on your child's face, but I do think earplugs should come as standard!!
This book has been the best buy I have ever made! I purchased it last year for £2.99 while it was on offer on Amazon and Santa gave it to my then 4 year old for his Christmas. The moment he saw it his eyes were like saucers! Like most little boys he is dinosaur mad and the fact there were pirates too just made it all the better for him. Since then I have had to read Captain Flinn every night, I can now tell the story without needing to look at the book!! The book is beautifully illustrated and beautifully written. The pages are bright and appealling and the pictures are excellent. This is the first book in the Captain Flinn series and introduces the reader to Flinn, the dinosaur mad schoolboy. Flinn is at school drawing a dinosaur picture when he needs more coloured pens. On entering the store cupboard Flinn finds Captain Stubble the Pirate crying because someone has stolen his ship, The Acorn. That someone turns out to be the Pirate Dinosaurs, led by the terrifying Tyrannosaurus Rex! Flinn and his friends, Violet, Tom and Pearl offer to help Captain Stubble find his ship and capture it back from the naughty Dinosaur Pirates. There is plenty of swashbuckling fun as the young children play pirates and fight the Pirate Dinosaurs for The Acorn. This culminates in a long sword fight between Flinn and the Pirate T-Rex, with Flinn ending victorious and the Pirate Dinosaurs and Captain Stubble becoming friends and shipmates. The most enjoyable part of the book for my son is joining in singing the Pirate Dinosaur song; Yo Ho Ho! Yo Ho Ho! Pirate Dinosaurs! Go Go Go! He also enjoys doing as loud a 'Roar' as he can everytime the Pirate T-Rex roars! All in all this is the book that has given my son the most enjoyment and is now dog eared but this shows how well loved it is. Because of the success of this book Santa is bringing the other 3 in the Captain Flinn series and I will review these after Christmas.
I can imagine that for a young child of around 3 this would be the perfect way to introduce them to computers. The keyboard is designed around the Leapfrog Scout puppy logo and is bright green and white in colour, making it visually attractive to young children. The mouse sits on Scout's 'paw' and is easy for young children to grip and use, giving them practice for whne they are old enough to use a real mouse. The mouse can be stored underneath the keyboard to ensure it does not get damage or misplaced. This also saves the battery power as the keyboard and mouse 'go to sleep' when not in use or moved. the whole console is made of durable, high quality plastic making it robust and less likely to break. Ours has been in the house, kept under the TV unit for nearly 2 years and is still in perfect condition. the keyboard is a QWERTY keyboard with numbers 1 - 0 along the top line and the letters below. There is also arrow buttons to allow your child to move things on the screen with the keyboard if they do not wish to use the mouse and picture buttons which are used to provide noises, songs etc. There is also a pause button which allows you or your child to pause a game rather than stopping or losing it. All the buttons are durable plastic and lovely bright colours, making ir very visually appealing and easier to differentiate between the different buttons and what they are for. There is also a very handy hint button which allows your child to ask for help, this greatly limits any frustration and tantrums!! The biggest bonus is that the keyboard is wireless and does not require plugging into a computer so your child does not have to sit right in front of the TV to use it, unlike some other children's computer consoles. My children found this a big attraction as they could sit on the couch or floor and play in a position that allowed them to comfortably see the TV and use the mouse or keyboard. The keyboard takes 4 x AA batteries, which have a great battery life. as long as you are careful not to touch the mouse or keyboard when it is not in use, as if they are touched it automatically switches the keyboard on. The console part is small and easily plugs into the TV. It uses cartridges which go in the front of the console, there is also storage for up to 6 other games cartiridges. The console also works off batteries which cuts down on the amount of wires trailing over your living room, very handy if your child is accident prone and would be likely to trip on the wires and pull the computer down! This takes 4 x size C batteries. Again it has a good battery life and has an on/off switch so it is not easily put on by accident, limiting your chances of accidentally draining the batteries. The console comes with a few built in games involving Scout, which help your child to learn numbers, colours, letters etc and practice using a 'real' computer. There are also many other games available featuring all your child's favourite characters, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Dora, Disney etc. Unfortunately I can only offer my opinion on the Thomas the Tank Engine game as we have not purchased any other games. This game allows your child to practice mouse or keyboard control and encourges development of colour, number and letter recognition through play. The graphics are basic, as they are with the built in Scout game, however this should not be an issue for your typical toddler. On the downside our son receievd this for his 4th Birthday and I think he was too old for it by then. He had already been using proper computers at nursery for a year prior to this and has been regularly playing the Wii. He also has a VTech Smile console and seem to prefer the joystick rather than the mouse control. I think if my son had received this at an earlier age he would have got far more enjoyment out of it. My daughter, who is 2 1/2 is now starting to use it, and although she cannot use it properly she has fun trying! I would recommend this as a first computer for a 3 year old as it appears to be the best of its kind on the market today and the most realistic, however if your child already has experience of using a real pc or regularly plays with other educational consoles I wouldn't bother.
What can I say...................this toy is EXCELLENT! My 2 year old daughter received this for her first Christmas when she was 5months old and has loved it ever since. So much so that poor Scout has been dragged here there and everywhere and is a bit grubby as a result. Unfortunately due to the electronics inside Scout is only surface sponge washable but this does not stop my daughter from loving and playing with him. Scout is the Leapfrog signature logo dog and is green and cream in colour, with a gorgeous lovable wee face. He is soft and cuddly, despite the battery pack in his back, which is held securely in with velcro close fastenings. And although my daughter has opened this up on occassion, being a typical inquisitive youngster, the battery pack is sewn securley into the lining of Scout so cannot be removed. Scout has a variety of actvities, songs, music and games to keep your young child amused. Around his neck is a blue collar with printed numbers on it which helps your young child with number recognition. Attached to this is Scout's blue, plastic name tag which lights up and flashes. On Scout's top left paw is an embroidered picture of a musical note, which when pressed provides a variety of songs and music, which your child will love dancing around and singing along to if they are anything like my daughter! On Scout's top right paw is an embroidered picture of a balloon which when pressed provides different games and opprotunities for your child to interact with Scout. This is a great way to help stimulate your child's imagination and encourage thought processes. On Scout's bottom right paw is an embroidered picture of a cloud, the moon and starts. When pressed this announces that it is 2 minutes to bedtime and Scout sings a lovely soothing lullaby. Unfortunately my daughter enjoyed dancing around to this before bedtime so it was not much good as a lullaby, but enjoyable just the same! On Scout's bottom left paw is the all important on/off button which allows your child, or you, to control Scout. Thankfully the battery pack inside Scout also has an on/off wsitch and 2 sound level settings on it, both of which I am sure you would find very handy as the songs and sound of Scout's voice can become slightly annoying after a few hours! Particularly if your child has a few Leapfrog toys and you hear the same voice over and over again!!! On the whole though I feel that Scout is a worthwhile investment. My nieces and nephews also head for Scout when they come in so he is very popular. Scout is also reasonably priced at an average of £19.99, although I did see him fro the bargain price of £14.99 at TK Maxx last week! If you are looking for a Christmas present for a young child or baby I would definately recomend Scout!
What a brilliant kitchen! I am so jealous there was nothing like this around when I was a child! My daughter received this for her 2nd birthday this year and it has quickly became her favourite toy by a mile. She loves to get my recipe books out and pretend she's cooking dinner for us all or copy me with her play food while I'm making dinner in my real kitchen! The Kitchen is made from highly durable plastic and is mostly cream in colour, with white cupboard doors and trim and a dark green worktop. There is a realistic looking stainless stell coloured oven and microwave, both of which are electronic and make beeping noises etc. There is also an electronic stove ring which either bubbles or sizzles depending on whether the pot or frying pan is placed on it. There is also a fridge, sink and tap, cordless telephone and knobs for switching on the stove top. The kitchen comes complete with high quality accessories including 2 x cream plates, 2 x cream bowls, 2 x cream mugs, grey salt and pepper shakers, 2 x yellow forks and spoons, a clear plastic frying pan and pot. The kitchen dimnsions are 35.6 x 71.1 x 105.4 cm. A descent size to ensure it provides enough play area and descent sized features for oyur child, while being compact enough to store in any room. Ours sits perfectly against the dining room wall and is not in the way at all. The kitchen features a cupboard to store your pots and frying pan in, a cutlery drawer, plate rack and shelf, a storage drawer and a removable vegetable basket. These all provide ample storage space for all your child's kitchen accessories. The cupboards and drawers have authentic looking handles on them and the whole kitchen provides a feeling of an old fashioned country kitchen. The one down side with this kitchen would be the lack of play food, which you have to buy seperately. For the price of the kitchen I would have expected some sort of food items. I paid £129 for this in July however it is currently on Amazon for the bargain price of £99.99 (as of 8/11/10) and would make the ideal Christmas present for any budding cook!
My son received this as a gift from his Grandparents for his first Christmas, and 5 years on and one baby sister later it is still going strong! An absolute bargain at £19.95 on Amazon as of 8th November 2010. This Vtech walker is a good value item with multiple play options. It can be used as a normal walker to provide stability to the child who has just found his feet and provides great fun to the steadier child who may like mine enjoy hammering round the living room with it! The walker is made of highly durable plastic in the 3 main primary colours, red, blue and yellow. This makes it attractive and visually appealing to young children. There are 2 sound settings and the activity centre can also be switched off when your child (or you!) has had enough noise! The walker has 4 thick plastic wheels which provide a stable base for your baby/toddler. The wheels easily move over all flooring types and had no problems moving over thick rugs or making the transition between carpets and rugs in our house. The red handle is a great height for any young child and provides a solid grip. The main activity centre at the front lifts off from the walker itself so can be used independently. It has various different activities on it to encourage your child's co-ordination and imagination, including a telephone with coloured beads inside, a dog that barks when you pull it's ear and interlinking cogs that make various sounds when moved. There is also ample opportunities for your child to develop his or her awareness of shapes, colours and numbers, with a keyboard and different coloured shaped buttons. There is also moveable rollers along the bottom. This activity can be used in 2 modes, speech and music, which your child can switch between by opening or closing the wings of the butterfly. Both my children have had hours upon hours of fun with this toy and it is about to be passed on to their baby nephew, who I am sure will be just as enthralled by it. It is geared towards the 9months - 36months age range and is a bargain for a toy that lasts that long and provides so much entertainment. 5 Star rating in my opinion!
This is the best £25 you will ever spend! The Winnie the Pooh Lullaby Soother was the only thing that helped either of our children get to sleep and gave us some much needed rest! Pooh is lying down and can be placed in your baby's cot or pram. Pooh's body is soft and cuddly, with the sound unit placed in the pillow Winnie rests his head on. Pooh. This unit can be removed to allow Pooh to be used as a cuddly toy and lets you wash him if needed, ours has been through the washing machine more than once and is still in great condition and ready to be used for the next time! The soother plays a lovely song, lullaby music and bird sounds which fades off towards the end to lull the baby to sleep, and mum and dad too! There is a lovely soft light on the pillow too which provides comfort to the tired child. But the best bit about this is the remote control, allowing the parent to be in control of when Pooh goes on and off when the child is young. Very handy when you are lying in bed during the night, you can switch Pooh on and let him soothe baby back to sleep. It saved us having to get up out of a cosy bed more than once! The remote control also has a handy carry handle so it can be hung up when not in use to avoid it getting lost. As the child gets older they will be able to switch Pooh on themselves by pressing the button on the pillow, very handy if your child wakes during the night or if you misplace the remote control! The only downside was the times our children accidentally rolled onto Pooh and set him off, giving both themselves and us a fright! We used Pooh every night, more than once some nights, and found the battery life to be very reasonable in both the main sound unit and the remote control. We love the Winnie the Pooh Lullaby Soother so much that we have purchased them as presents for all our friends and family who have had babies! We tried many other means of soothing our baby to sleep before finding Pooh, and none of them worked as well. The type of music, length of music and soft lighting, along with the lovable Pooh himself, all combine to provide the perfect bedtime companion for your baby, every home should have one!
Making sure our baby's are looked after and kept nice and clean is every parents duty, however, over the last few years as finances have become tight, it has become the majority of households mission to lower their outgoings and shopping bills. We usually used the premium brand "Johnsons" for keeping our children clean , but felt it was just too expensive and the time was right to look for a cheaper alternative , but most importantly, without compromising on quality. We normally do our weekly shop in our local Tesco and as you have probably read from some of my other reviews , we have become a fan of a lot of Tesco's own brand products. We decided to give their "My Baby's Head to Toe Wash" a go. It is priced at £1.05 for the 500ml bottle compared to Johnsons £3.49 for the 500ml bottle (prices correct in Tesco as of 03/10/2010) which as I'm sure you'll all agree is a massive price difference. This was our main reason for buying as it was huge saving but I'm glad to report that the product itself is of great quality. The bottle itself is lovely and is clear in colour and has a cute cartoon giraffe on the front, as it is clear it is easy to see when you need to buy your next bottle. It has a yellow pump action nozzle which I find really useful when washing our kids as you don't have to be struggling trying to open the bottle when also holding your child in the water, a simple plunge on the nozzle and the soap is dispensed. The soap is clear in colour and has a similar smell to the Tesco own brand baby shampoo which I have reviewed previously. It works up a nice lather and has always kept our kids clean and smelling fresh. It is suitable for newborns and also has the all important "No Tears Formula". In my opinion, this is yet another great product in the Tesco own brand range as does achieve what I mentioned earlier, It is less expensive than the premium brand and it doesn't compromise on the quality. Thanks Tesco!
As a child when wondering through a museum, did you ever imagine what it would be like if the exhibits came to life at night when everyone went home and the doors were locked until morning? Larry Daley ( Ben Stiller) doesn't have to imagine as it has just become reality for him! Larry has just taken up a new job as the night watchman at the Museum of Natural History in New York. He is desperate to show his son and ex-wife that he is not a loser and can be a good role model for his boy. He is hand picked by the three retiring night watchmen (Dick Van Dyke, Mickey Rooney and Bill Cobbs) as their replacement. The first night starts off a little boring and quiet for Larry but things are about to liven up! I don't want to give the story away but the museum comes alive with the powers from a magic tablet that belongs to the Mummy (Ahkmenrah) in the museum. The museum is over run each night with all the exhibits coming to life which include a Skeleton dinosaur, Cowboys, Romans, American civil war soldiers, Attila the Hun, Teddy Roosevelt, Cave men and wild animals to name just a few. The museum descends into to utter chaos, to which when all goes back to normal when the sun rises, Larry is left to explain the mess to his boss (Ricky Gervais). It comes to light that the three retiring security guards have no plans to go quietly and they are caught by Larry and his son stealing from the museum. Can the exhibits and new night watchman work together to get the tablet back or is the museum doomed to return back to its quiet past before the tablet arrived, There's only one way to find out! This film has something for all the family, as with all Stiller's movies, there is a lot of humour and of course lots of excitement as the story unfolds. My son is dinosaur mad and absolutely loves it when the T-rex comes to life and is always asking when we can go there to see it. The film has many stars from the past and present as we can see from the present and past night watchmen and these are also backed up with appearances from Ricky Gervais (Museum Manager), Robin Williams (Teddy Roosevelt), Owen Wilson (Jedediah), Steve Coogan (Octavius). As the film is now a few years old you can catch it sky movies every so often and if you wish to buy it, the DVD it is currently on sale on Amazon for £3.79 (02/10/2010) which is worth the money as you are sure to watch it more than once. One drawback to buying though is that you will love this film so much you will then be forced to buy the follow up, "Night at The Museum 2 - Battle of The Smithsonian" which is also worth a watching, but thats a whole other review! Well worth watching and a definite 5 star rating in my books!
I have never been a fan of baked beans so my alternative has always been spaghetti hoops. My favourite has to be the Tesco own brand "Spaghetti Rings" in tomato sauce. Previously I had always bought the premium brand (Heinz) as many other supermarket own brand products and in particular basic brands were just not that great. However, as with many of Tesco's own brand products, they have hit the nail on the head with this one! I normally buy the larger tin which is the 410g size which comes in normal tin without the ring pull that you sometimes see on the premium brands. The label stands out as it is dark red colour with product description in bright blue and yellow. The price for this tin is currently 36 pence (02/10/2010) where as the price for the smaller 215g tin is not much less at 28 pence (02/10/2010) and again compared to Heinz 400g tin at 54 pence (Tesco 02/10/2010). When comparing Tesco's spaghetti rings to Heinz I actually find that Tesco wins the battle. There is no real difference in the ring/hoop but, in my opinion, the tomato sauce is thicker and has a better taste than Heinz in which I find the sauce to be a little watery. My kids prefer to eat them on their own in a bowl, which is fine if you like them like that but my favourite snack that I often have as quick lunch, is toast with melted cheese on top and the spaghetti rings poured over the top. Actually, just thinking about it makes me want to go and make that right now! In regard to the nutritional information, it can be found on the tin for a 210g serving it is as follows, - Calories - 125 - Sugar - 8g - Fat - 0.6g - Saturates - Trace - Salt - 1.6g All in all it is a nice inexpensive item that I feel can beat the premium brands hands down. Yet another winner from Tesco!
I was never a fan of getting my hair washed at bath time when I was a young lad and I don't think I could have possibly closed my eyes any tighter as my Mum rinsed the shampoo from my hair for the fear of it nipping my eyes. When becoming a Father I was totally sucked into the "no more tears" brands as I wanted to ensure nothing could hurt my little bundles of joy. I have only really tried two brands, one being the obvious "Johnsons" and the other one being "Tesco - My baby's shampoo". If I'm honest, both do a really good job and do exactly as they say on the bottle, so no real complaints to make. Tesco's My Baby's Shampoo comes packaged in a very nice clear 500ml size bottle with pale yellow lid at the top. As the bottle is clear you know exactly how much shampoo you have left and when you'll need to think about buying your next bottle. The shampoo itself is a clear yellow colour and has just the sweetest and cleanest smells that I can think of. I use this for both of my children who are now no longer babies (5 and 2) and in all the years I have used this shampoo, I have never had to listen the screams I used to make as a wee boy, "Mummy/Daddy - its in my eyes". As for its cleaning qualities, I just cannot fault this shampoo at all as I have always been satisfied that my Children's hair is always clean and kept nice and soft. It is suitable for newborns and will allow a nice gentle wash for any little ones little head, hair and scalp. When washing your child's hair I always find that I don't have to use a lot of the shampoo. As you gently massage your little one's head the shampoo works up a nice lather and easily rinses out to give a nice clean child. The only tears I ever have at bath time is normally when I am getting them out as they are usually having great fun playing. As for the price, I'm sure you'll all agree this is very reasonable at £1.10 per 500ml bottle (26/09/2010) whereas the nearest competitor, Johnsons comes in at £2.00 with 99 pence currently off at Tesco for a 500ml bottle (26/09/2010). In my opinion Tesco wins this battle as I just can't argue with the results of the shampoo and as it so inexpensive compared to the premium brand, I just can't so no as I'm sure many other parents have decided as well. Nice one Tesco!
Like a lot of people in the country at the moment we are looking at various ways of lowering our outgoings. We have started to look at the supermarket own brands as they tend to be a good bit kinder to the wallet and in some cases without having to reduce the quality of the product. However, in the case of Tesco's kitchen spray with bleach, I'm sorry to say that this product just does not cut it. Starting with the good points, the spray itself does give your kitchen a nice clean bleachy smell and in our kitchen the units and worktops do have a nice shine after we have wiped them down when using the spray. The bottle is a nice design which is typical of these types of spray cleaners and comes in a 500ml size. The price is very good at 90 pence per bottle (26/09/2010) but I'm afraid this is where the positiveness ends Now for the bad, we have found when trying to clean a more stubborn marks and stains on the worktops or on our gas hob that the spray even when left to soak in for a few minutes just doesn't seem to clean the surface, many times we have had to resort to good old soap and water, which defeats the purpose of buying this spray. The spray comes out as a white froth but when spraying directly on to a stain, I feel the froth just does not soak into the dirt, it seems to wipe over the top, which really is no good to anyone. Although the spray does come in a nice bottle, I have noticed the label and design of the bottle is almost identical to that of the premium brand "Flash", is this Tesco's attempt to fool us all into thinking their product will be just as good? Although the 500ml Flash bottle is currently priced £1.98 (Tesco 26/09/2010), in my opinion, it is worth spending that extra money to get a product that actually does as it is supposed to. Tesco's kitchen cleaner spray with bleach is very good at cleaning and wiping away general dirt and grime but will not stand the pace when it comes against more stubborn stains as I have found the premium brands can. You have many good products in your own brand Tesco, but back to the drawing board with this one I think!
From a very young age I was always keen to learn from my Mum what she was up to in the kitchen and she was able to teach me a lot of the cooking knowledge that I hold today. I always particularly enjoyed the baking, whether it be a batch of fairy cakes, a tray of ginger bread men (I can actually smell those now as I think back!) or my brothers birthday cakes. My mum always had a large industrial mixer that she used whenever she baked whether it be small or large batch of cakes and as this was what I had always used at my parents house it is what I bought when buying my first mixer when I eventually bought my own home. However, it had a very short life as my new puppy managed to open the cupboard where I kept it and basically chewed it until it was absolutely unusable, a lovely sight to greet you in the morning, A puppy with a look on its face that wouldn't melt butter surrounded by pieces mixer! As I couldn't afford another one at the time, I decided not to replace it but a few months later during our weekly shop round Tesco I noticed a very nicely priced little handmixer (£9.97 - 25/09/2010)which I found myself putting it in our trolley. For that price even if it wasn't any good it wasn't going to be major loss so I decided to give it a go. The mixer came complete with chromed beaters and dough hooks which are easily slotted into place and again easily ejected using the eject button on the top of the unit, when cleaning the mixers I always use the dishwasher and it has caused no damage to them, so saves you trying to clean all the mix off them in the sink. It has five different speeds and also a turbo button all nicely at the top of the unit where they are easy to see and control whilst mixing. The unit is very easy to use and handle and not to heavy at just under 1.3kg, even my son who is five can control it, which he insists on every time when baking! I have never used the dough hooks but when teaching my son have mixed many cakes, muffins etc and the results are always great. In regard to noise level it is no louder or quieter than any other mixer I have used but then again none of them are exactly quiet. I cannot speak highly enough of this product and once you have finished as the unit is so small it can be packed away without using a lot of kitchen or cupboard space. The unit itself does look pretty basic as it is plain white without any other colour features and the cable itself is only about a metre long so you do have to be close to your plug socket. However, I cannot think of any other negative qualities, it has never let me down yet and cost a small fraction of the one that my dog ruined. A lovely basic handmixer from Tesco which is great for all small baking/mixing jobs in your kitchen, excellent value in my opinion and very worthy of its five star rating!