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      03.03.2012 17:20
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      Too many gimmicks, would be better just to concentrate on one thing- an effective deodorant!

      I'm never loyal with buying deodorants or toiletries, I tend to go for anything that is on offer and give it a try. On offer in Sainsbury's was "Nivea double effect gentle care violet senses...................." so I bought it and thought I would give this a try. The claim on the roll on bottle is that it gives you smooth underarms, because it has "Avocado Extract and 0% Alcohol", and also I imagine the claim of 48 hours gentle care was as a deodorant.

      I've been using this product for a few weeks, but I'm not at all impressed. Once I had used it for a few days I had another look at the bottle, I was wondering if it wasn't really a deodorant but a skin soother for underarms. No, it says on the bottle "Anti-perspirant deodorant" so it should be good to use, Nivea is a trusted name and I was not bothered about my underarms being smooth, I just wanted a good deodorant.

      Well, I don't think this is a good deodorant or anti perspirant, it certainly did not keep me smelling fresh for 48 hours let alone 24, I even asked my daughter if this product's aim was to GIVE me body odour and not to prevent it!

      It comes in a very attractive 50ml roll on bottle, it's colour scheme is obviously violet and it looks very effective.The busy label says you will have smooth underarms for longer, but I would prefer to lose all the gimmicks and just have an effective deodorant and anti perspirant. I don't care if my underarms are not smooth, but I do care if I feel I smell a bit of "BO"! Arghh and it's not even summer, I certainly would not buy it again or reccommend it.

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      • Cadbury Crunchie / Chocolate / 59 Readings / 58 Ratings
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        23.11.2011 14:36
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        Good tasting chocolate snack

        I haven't been able to each chocolate for several years, as it would give me a migraine almost instantly, so I have spent many years wishing for chocolate. Now that I am older I am able to eat chocolate again, and surprisingly I haven't turned into the chocaholic that I once was. I'm basically going through lots of the chocolate bars that I used to love, and most are actually disappointing. I think absence definitely made my heart grow fonder of chocolate and I have been a bit disappointed.

        One thing that I do tend to eat is a Crunchie bar. I like this one because my daughter always tells me that eating a Crunchie is a lot less calories than other chocolate bars, I don't know if this is true but has swayed me more towards Crunchies, as I'm a tad overweight and should'nt be eating too much chocolate anyway!

        Crunchie has a honeycomb centre which is covered in a thick layer of chocolate. I do like Crunchies but tend to think there is too much chocolate for my (un)sophisticated tastes. The chocolate is very good quality (it's Cadburys) and with the honeycomb innard it's delicious, I think once you have eaten a Crunchie you will guess why it's called Crunchie, because that is exactly what it is as you eat it. Also having just checked the label I don't think the low calorie label is correct, on checking the label with other chocolate bars it seems to have more fat and calories than I expected:-

        185 calories
        24.7 Sugars
        7.6g Fat
        4.9g Saturates
        .28g salt

        Surprisingly the fat content is high, double that of other chocolate bars, my new love "Twirl" is completely chocolate and has only 115g Calories and half of the sugars of a Crunchie. Nowadays if you go to supermarkets and pound shops you are generally able to buy three or four packs of Crunchie for approximately £1. I don't buy packs of chocolate because it just becomes a good way to each three or four Crunchies in a day or two, so I buy separately. Crunchies cost anything from 50p - 80p and are available everywhere.

        They are also sold in bags at a premium price, called Crunchie Rocks, which are made of Crunchie, cornflakes and chocolate. I haven't tried these yet and probably will not bother, when chocolate is sold at a ridiculously enflated price then I'm not interested.

        I've still got lots of chocolate to go through to see if I still like them 20 years on. It's a hard job but someone has got to do it!

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        19.11.2011 14:25
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        I'm loving this cheese, it's delicious and on offer at the moment in some supermarkets

        As I'm hard up and a bit of a cheapskate I have been buying Tesco's Extra Mature Cheddar for a while. I thought it tasted ok, and to be honest, I had nothing to compare it with. Yesterday I made gluten free bread for me and my daughter, and took it round to her house so she could slice and freeze it. We were both a bit peckish so she offered to make cheese on toast for us, I love cheese on toast so I was happy for her to do this.

        After toasting one side of the bread, my daughter added grated "Cathedral City Mature (but mellow)" cheese to the untoasted side, bubbled it under the grill and we sat down to eat our lunch. On the first bite I was saying "OMG this is gorgeous! What type of cheese is this?" Seriously, after eating cheapo cheese for years I was amazed at the taste of "real cheese". I've been buying cheap extra mature but the cheese taste is lost, I guess you get what you pay for.

        We ate our toast and I was ready for some more, and the same thing happened again, I have never tasted such a gorgeous creamy cheese as this and was instantly hooked. I can see now why cheese counters in the supermarkets often offer you a peice of cheese to taste! My daughter gave me the last chunk of her cheese and I took it home. I have since been into a Tesco Metro, where they had this cheese on offer of "buy on get one free", and it comes in a bag of 350g, the price was £4.35, which to me - who buys Tesco's own - seemed a bit pricey, but hey, it was BOGOF so I bought the two bags.

        The bag does say this cheese is mature yet mellow, and that does describe the taste. It also states that it is made with milk only from British farms and has the tractor logo of Assured Food Standards, which is a plus for me. It comes in a 200g pack as well, but I'm happy with my two bags of 350g which will (hopefully) keep me in delicious cheese for ages. Trouble is, I love it so that it probably won't last very long. I've got a baked pototo baking as I type this, guess what I am going to slather on? Lashings of butter and tons of Cathedral Cheese, I will have to ignore the calories and just enjoy my delicious meal.

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        • Breville JE24 / Juicer / 73 Readings / 71 Ratings
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          10.11.2011 19:24
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          A good, sturdy mid-range juicer and smoothie maker

          A while ago I decided to buy a juicer, because I figured that it would be a good way to get wholesome and healthy fruit and vegetables in to my body, as I'm not a fruit or veg eater unless I am forced! I had been suffering from severe tiredness, and looking at juicing online it seemed like a good idea nutritionally. I paid £75.00 for mine and I bought it from Amazon, after I had read reviews on different types of juicers.

          It's a good-looking machine, with a stylish silver brushed finish, but it's also pretty big. I've got a tiny little kitchen so unfortunately there is nowhere to put this, it has to go into a cupboard when not in use. Sadly, because it is in the cupboard it is not used as much as it should be, it all seems such a palaver to get it out and assembled. It's also heavy, so find a place in the kitchen for it where it will stay and be used frequently.

          There are two speeds for juicing hard and soft fruit, but I tend to use just the first speed, I don't want to wear out my juicer so I never put in fruit whole or vegetables. I cut an apple in four pieces and juice that way, and it works fine for me. I also peel and top and tail my carrots, but you don't have to if you wash the veggies thoroughly. The core and skin are left behind and the juice is extracted into a jug. The jug is a bit small and unsteady so a pyrex jug might be better. It's got a powerful 700w motor and it was this that sold it to me, I don't want to be juicing small amounts at a time. A jugful of beetroot, apple and ginger is delicious, drink what you want and then put the rest in the fridge for later. It's not a good idea to juice a lot that can last several days, you want fresh juice with all the vitamins and minerals still there. It's noisy, but I think that's what happens with a large (700w) motor, and as you don't use the juicer for very long (as in minutes) it doesn't deafen you or cause problems.

          You put your cut - up (or whole)fruit or veg in the funnel on the top of the machine and use the plastic top of the funnel to push down your fruit or veg. It sounds silly but don't put fruit or veg in with skin on that you wouldn't normally eat - as in bananas. If you want to juice up several different concoctions be aware that unless you clean the whole machine you will get colour or taste from your previous juicing. If you clean the juicer as soon as you use it you will find it very easy to clean..............if you wait to clean the juicer later it is a nightmare, once the fruit or veg residue has dried on the juicer parts it is difficult to get clean, and may make you think that juicing is too much bother because of this. Washing the juicer straight away makes sure most of the residue will easily wash away, so that must be part of your plan!

          You will end up with some tasty juice, and the fruit or veg residue. I always put the residue back in the juicer to squeeze the very last drops out. I have read that you can use the residue for cooking or placing back into your drink. You can also use this machine for smoothie making.

          Something I can recommend is buying a book on juicing, I bought "Top 100 juices - 100 juices to turbo charge your body with vitamins and minerals" from Amazon. I have just had a quick peek to see how much this book is and I see that you can buy this book for 1p and £2.80 postage, so a good buy. I think you do need recipe books for juicing because there are absolutely hundreds (thousands?) of recipes to use, but I would guess you could try your own recipes for juicing if you so desired, but I never have done, I always use the book or free recipes online. I like to be told what juicing certain fruits or veg together will do to my body - as in detoxing or energising for example.

          I've just gone and got mine out of the cupboard, I will use this again as soon as I have bought some fruit and vegetables. It's a good juicer, I have never had any problems with it. I would consider it a "middle of the range " juicer, you can buy juicers much cheaper and also much more expensive, but this juicer does a good job at juicing and smoothies - I love it.

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            04.11.2011 15:48
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            This is good for sensitive skin when having a bath or a shower.

            I was looking around for a shower cream for sensitive skin (for myself) and found this "Simple KIND TO SKIN soothing shower cream", so I was happy to buy this as Simple has a very good reputation. It also claims to have "Aloe Vera goodness", so a double whammy of good stuff, as Aloe Vera is also really popular. I bought it on offer at £1 at Wilkinsons, but it is sold in lots of shops/supermarkets/chemists. It's been a year for very cheap shower gel, it used to be nearly £2, now they are £1. Bargain!

            The nice thing about this shower cream is that the bottle is see-through, so you can see how much is left. It's also an "upside down" bottle, so that it sits on it's lid which you flip up and then pour out how much you desire, no shaking the bottle or having a hard time to get the cream out, it flows really well. A little goes a long way so you do have to be careful how much you use, a squeeze smaller than a 50p is sufficient if you use a wet sponge, which I always do,as, it makes everything go so much further, I only use the one squirt which is plenty.

            Then I just shower as usual, the cream continues to bubble up with the sponge and the flow from the shower, it is suitable for all parts of the body, but I always rinse well afterwards. The thing I miss most is the smell! Other shower gels - which are too harsh if you have sensitive skin - leave you with a good, strong, clean smell afterwards, which Simple doesn't, but it says on the bottle "No perfume / no colour" so I will take this as a plus. I do use other Shower Creams (not sensitive ones) and the Simple one is the kindest to skin.

            It claims to have 2 vital vitamins :- B5 and Vitamina E
            3 Skin loving nutrients:- Aloe Vera, Chamomile and Rosemary Oil
            0 - No perfume and no colour

            Which all sounds wonderful but if you look closer you will find the list of ingredients, far too many to mention. It seems even shower cream for sensitive skin is full of chemicals, but hey, it does leave your skin feeling clean and not dry, so definitely one I would recommend for sensitive skin.

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            27.10.2011 19:06
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            A good all-in-one for a reasonable price.

            Over the years I have bought and used many printers, but this is my first "all-in-one" printer, it can print, scan and copy. I bought mine from Tesco Direct and I paid £39.99, but the price is variable from shop to shop and online.

            It has a power button on the front of the machine, and a small (1.5") LCD display. The display gives you a choice of options; Scan / Print / Copy. Actually, the printer is called "Touch Smart" so that gives a clue as how to use it. It is very easy to use, the Touch Smart menu will guide you through the options, press OK and it does whatever you have asked of it. All of the working parts are at the front and top of the machine, so you would not have to pull it out to change cartridges if you have this on a shelf.

            It's quite a bulky machine (18.8" x 8" x 4") and is in shiny black plastic, it looks quite sturdy when on a surface but is light enough (12lb) to carry from room to room, which is just as well as the printer is in my bedroom and my computer in the room downstairs (due to lack of space), so when I want to print I have to bring it downstairs and attach it to my pc.This is actually really easy, with just one lead from the printer to the pc, and the printer plug/adaptor to the plug in the wall.

            The scanner is on the top of the machine, it is A4 size, but you can use it for smaller prints as well, and because it is so compact there is not much chance of putting in the paper in the scanner the wrong way round. You just lift the lid of the scanner, making sure there is paper loaded in the in-tray (which can take up to 80 sheets) and press the scan button, it then displays the Scan Menu (Scan to PC or Scan to Memory Card). Put your item to be scanned in the Scanner tray, and then scan your document to your pc or memory card.

            It is also possible to use your memory card and print documents and photos directly, without having to turn on your pc.

            Using the Photosmart as a printer is also very simple; press your button (which is not really a button, its a touch sensitive light built into the front of the machine) making sure you have paper in the intray and decide whether you want black copies or colour, how many copies you would like and what size, press the menu button, select what you want to do and your copies will be printed out. The strange thing about this scanner/copier/printer is that there is no out-tray, so your copies will cascade onto the floor willy-nilly, and if your copies don't have page numbers on them it can be really annoying to try and put the papers in order! I tend to stay by the photocopier and catch the papers as they are printed out, but have been know to go and make a cup of tea, when I get back the floor is covered with paper, so annoying, in fact it's one of the biggest minuses for this machine.

            The cartridges for this are £14.00 approximately, thats £28.00 for two cartridges, and this machine is heavy on the ink, it shows you each time how much ink you have left, which can be disheartening when you can see the levels going down quickly. I buy my cartridges from Tesco, but they are sold everywhere and easy to find, and can be bought online. I use Tesco out of convenience really, if I've got printing to do I want to do it NOW, so no parking fees/ postage/waiting! There is a colour cartridge and a black cartridge, they are very easy to change, you just pull down the cartridge panel at the front, it will show you what to do, click them out and click your new ones right in, and start printing.

            I consider that the Photosmart is a reasonably quick printer, but I don't do a huge amount of printing with this machine as the ink goes too fast for my liking. The print speeds are 29ppm (page per minute) for black printing and 23ppm for colour prints. There is also an option to copy photographs at 4"x6" inches, which is postcard size, and borderless printing which is up to 8.5"x11". You can also load envelopes (or postcards) in the in tray and get these printed off with names and addresses etc.

            I have been very satisfied with Photosmart, it's cheap and cheerful. If you are looking for a scanner/printer/copier for your home office then this is a very good buy, but probably not a printer to buy if you want top class photos printed out, this is where the machine falls down badly, nobody wants a fuzzy photo of their loved ones or whatever. The cartridges need changing much faster than I like, but I would recommend this to a friend if they did not want to do much printing. It is compatible to Windows and Mac:-

            Compatibility:

            Mac OS X v.10.4 or later
            256 MB RAM
            Mac PowerPC G3 or faster
            500 MB free hard drive space
            CD-ROM Drive
            USB
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            Windows XP (SP2)/Vista
            128 MB RAM
            Intel Pentium II or faster
            800 MB free hard drive space
            CD-ROM Drive
            USB

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            • Fudge Hair Shaper / Hair Care / 67 Readings / 62 Ratings
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              10.10.2011 15:57
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              A hair shaper product that holds your hairstyle and smells lovely as well

              My hair has always been a problem - it's thin, mousy and wayward - so I am always on the lookout for good hair products. When I went to my hairdresser I noticed on top of everything else she was putting on my hair that she was using Fudge Hair Shaper. I asked her about it and she told me how good this product was, and considered it an essential hair product to use.

              Next day I rang her to see if they sold this product in the salon - my hair was still in shape and looked great! Usually after a night's sleep my hair is flat and looks nothing like it did as I left the salon, so I was more interested than before. They had sold out at the salon but she advised me of several places to buy this in town, one was a cut-price hairdressers and was not very far away, so I went there. When I asked the price and was told it was £11.95 I was aghast, but I still bought it anyway, anything that helps my hair look good is priceless.

              The young man in the salon told me to put a small bit of this hair shaper on all my fingers (as in lightly dipping in the pot), and gently stroke it on my hair, he also said to use it on ALL of my hair, rather than the bits I want to "sculpt" as it would look strange. Having used it everytime I wash my hair I can see what he means, it can look a bit unnatural on it's own. It says on the pot that this is a product to make your hair looked "lived in" , seriously, who wants their hair to look lived in? That's why I go to the hairdressers so that my hair looks like new! I don't think it makes my hair look lived in or I wouldn't buy it, but it does add texture and definition.

              But hey, if I find a product that keeps my wayward hair in place and looking nice then I will buy it. I think £11.95 is a high price to pay, I can see now that I can buy it for £8.50 or less online for the same 75g tub, but I have had my pot for months, a little goes a long way and as such will last a long time. I always put the lid back on straight away, at that price I want it to last as long as possible, as I use plenty of hair products anyway!

              It's a strong hold product for your hair and it does what it says, it's a hair shaper that definitely smells of fudge (but not too heavily). I use this every single time I wash and dry my hair, I use a thickening mousse when I blow dry, and then apply the Fudge afterwards. My hairdresser rubs the shaper in her hands and applies it that way, I still do the fingers bit but will give the whole hand thing a try, the more shaper you use the stronger the hold. My hairdresser then adds hairspray, but I don't, the shaper is strong enough to hold my hair from wash day to wash day, I recommend this product, it can be a bit pricey but lasts for a long time.

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              • Blackberry Curve 8520 / Smartphone / 61 Readings / 57 Ratings
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                A very unreliable phone

                I have had a contract phone with Virgin since they started to do mobile phone tarrifs. I've always been happy with a bog-standard Nokia but I was tempted to try the Blackberry Curve as it was free on a £15 a month tariff. Also both of my daughters had a Blackberry and I knew if I got one we could instant message each other for free, so I downgraded my minutes and texts and signed a contract for 24 months to be able to get this phone for free.

                This phone has a keyboard which is designed in the way you would use your pc, namely the QWERTY keyboard and you can use both hands when you text, so it works pretty quickly (especially if you are a slow texter like me) It also has a tracker ball, which you roll up and down and from side to side to access all your apps.......well, that is the idea, but a serious failing in the Blackberry Curve is that the trackerball freezes , so it would be wonderful to be able to use this mobile phone that does everything; you can download apps, play games, use Blackeberry Messenger, listen to music, send texts, take really good photos and videos and send them to your friends, access all your emails and go online to surf the web. Well, that is the idea. If only the Blackberry Curve could REALLY do all those things that are promised.

                It is the most irritating thing in the world to want to send a text to a friend or have a look at your emails, and find out, no way, because the rollerball will not roll, so if you cannot access all the wonderful things promised it's just a liability, and once again I think I will buy a cheap, easy to use Nokia that at least will be reliable. You never know when you may urgently need to contact friends or family, and having an unreliable phone is not a good thing. Unfortunately my phone is just over 12 months old so it is now out of warranty. It's a heavy little phone, and is reasonably attractive, but feels a lot chunkier than others I have used before.

                It is still available for free from Virgin Mobile, and their cheapest tariff for this phone is £8.99 per month with a free Blackberry Curve 8520, but be warned - bearing in mind there is no thing such as a free lunch - I have been mightily disappointed in the Blackberry, and both daughters have i-phones now....................

                I was really pleased when I got my Blackberry Curve 8520 smartphone but I have been left very disappointed in this phone, I would certainly not recommend it to anyone, what use is a phone that promises a lot but delivers very little?

                The specifications for this phone are:

                35 key backlit narrow QWERTY keyboard
                Optical trackpad
                3 hours of battery time
                height : 109 mm
                width : 60 mm
                Depth : 11 mm
                Weight: 99 g

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                • Take A Break / Magazine / Newspaper / 34 Readings / 29 Ratings
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                  04.10.2011 18:17
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                  Great mag for real life stories and competitions.

                  My lovely old mum buys four magazines a week (and a daily paper), one of the magazines is "Take a Break" and she always saves the magazines for me, and of the four the Take a Break is my favourite. I don't do the puzzles and competitions, as my mum has already done them but I don't mind, I like to read their stories more than do puzzles.

                  Take a Break make their money by getting people to tell their real life stories (and pay them for it), and putting them all together in the weekly magazine; there is usually a story about a child with cancer (who unfortunately dies), a woman who has been raped, another would be a lady who goes out with the wrong man and he kills her, and also a person who was massively fat who has had a gastric band, who either dies or is like a deflated Michelin man. You may think I am being facetious and mocking misery, but that is just what Take a Break is all about - it's the magazine equivalent of slowing down and looking at crashes on the motorway as you go past.

                  Just to cheer you up amongst all the mayhem and misery Take a Break also has lots of puzzles to do and generous prizes to win, if you are lucky you could win anything from £25, in November 3rd's issue there is also the chance to win a Chevrolet Spark worth £11,135 for doing a crossword, there are fifteeen competitions to enter (but you can only win if you send off the answers!) On the penultimate page is a coupon to send your answers in. I don't do the puzzles but I know that online there are places where you can find the answers, and then fax or email the answers in. So potentially thousands of entries for prize draws, which may make it harder to win anything.

                  My mother religiously does the competitions and sends them off, but has never won a prize. As she is nearly 80 maybe she's not as sharp as she was and is doing the puzzles wrongly, or more than likely she is forgetting to send them off! But undettered Mum fills them in, and the stories I read have got lots of pen marks on them as she is trying to solve the puzzles!

                  I'm as bad as anyone, if I buy a magazine it would be either knitting or crochet but when my mum gives me the pile of Take a Breaks to read I go to the first sad/mad/bad story and wallow in other peoples misery................. I suppose one way to look at these magazines is the people are so unlucky that you can feel greatful that your own life is not so bad after all!

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                    A lovely fragrant body spray to turn you into a So....Superstar!

                    After I have had a shower and used a deodorant I then spray "So....Superstar" all over my body and when I do this my two dogs run for their lives as I am quite generous in the amount I spray! I have to be honest and admit I only buy the "So...." range when it is on offer, such as buy one get one free, but I have noticed that generally this range of body fragrances is cheaper than they used to be. Also my family buy this for me, they buy me so many toiletries I have begun to wonder if I smell.........

                    The bottle (it's more like a tin tube) contains 75ml e, and is very attractive, being black with gold on top. I like most of the So.... sprays, this one is floral but not soft, it has a strong pleasant smell that lasts a while, but I admit I am very heavy handed and respray quite frequently, so could end up being expensive as the 75ml bottle does not last long. The So.... Superstar is one of my favourites of the So.... range, there is a fragrance to suit most people.

                    These are available to buy in most supermarkets and chemists, these are very popular gifts to give someone for Christmas if you want to buy something nice but not expensive.

                    If you want to look further at the range of body sprays that they sell, there is a web page to look at:
                    www.sofragrance.com

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                  • Panasonic SD253 / Bread Maker / 36 Readings / 34 Ratings
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                    A good all round breadmaker

                    I bought this breadmaker a couple of years ago, I read online reviews and decided to buy this one, several members of my family, including me and the baby, cannot eat wheat/gluten. So having a breadmaker with a specific function for gluten free bread was a necessity, I don't think any others have this facility.

                    I buy Dove's Farm Gluten free breadmix which is about £1.50 and can do two loaves a packet, this is the nicest gluten free bread I have eaten. I use this breadmaker twice a week to make gluten free bread and have never had a dud loaf, unless I use the prescription bread mix which I have not managed to get a decent loaf with.

                    I keep my breadmaker out in the kitchen all the time, I have a small kitchen so it's on top of the tumble drier! If you had to put it away after using it I think that would be so tiresome you wouldn't use it very much, so, if you are going to buy this breadmaker - make sure it has a space in your kitchen without going into a cupboard, it's a heavy piece of kit.

                    I paid almost £100 for my breadmaker but I do consider it a good buy, the Panasonic range of bread makers is very popular and online there are bargains to be had. Of course, it doesn't just do gluten free bread, it has a wide range of breads and cakes to make, also you can use it to make dough for pizzas, doughnuts, lardy bread and french sticks to name a few, you make up the dough in the breadmaker and then take it out and use as required and cook in the oven. It also has a cake and teabread programme, where you mix the ingredients first and then line the baking tin with greaseproof paper and bake in the breadmaker. It also has a raisin dispenser that I haven't used, it means if you want to you can put the raisins in the dispenser, choose the right programme for this and the dispenser will open and drop the raisins in after a certain amount of time.

                    You can also make lots of different kinds of loaves, including malted brown and maple and pecan nut, what could be more enjoyable than eating a slice of bread or cake which is still warm from the breadmaker, and you made it yourself! You can also set the timer to start working in the early hours of the morning and wake up to the smell of fresh home baked bread. Another good thing is that the paddle in the tin doesn't come out with the bread, it stays in the pan and you don't have the task of trying to get the paddle out of the middle of the bread and ruining it ( I had this problem with my last breadmaker).

                    It's one of those things every kitchen should have, I've forgotten to say that once you have bought this breadmaker you will be able to make really tasty, healthy and cheap bread, using the Panasonic to make "normal" bread is incredibley cheap, and you can shop around for strong bread flour, it is sold at most supermarkets and a bag is considerably less than the plasticy, unhealthy loaf you may usually buy. I'm talking about strong bread flour for 59p, which would make several loaves of bread, but you do need to use yeast!

                    Homemade bread and cakes of any kind is always nicer (and probably healthier) than buying expensive supermarket bread. It's one big disadvantage is that you have to wait for the loaf to cool before you start to cut it or it won't slice evenly, I use an electric bread knife to cut my bread tidily, and then freeze it and take out slices as required.

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                      01.10.2011 16:44
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                      Use this is you have bleeding gums, it tastes awful but is awfully good.

                      I have been having problems with sore, bleeding gums and have tried several different toothpastes and mouth washes, including using Corsodyl Mouth Wash, so when I saw this toothpaste by Corsodyl I was happy to try this as Corsodyl has a good reputation.

                      Claims on the front of the tube: Nurtures gums/Fortifies teeth/Effective plaque reduction/Daily cavity protection/Antibacterial action and Clinically proven. This impressive list also helped to sell the toothpaste to me. So I bought the toothpaste and put some on my toothbrush, put it in my mouth to clean my teeth - ugh, what a horrible taste! Reading the back of the tube says "you might find it takes a few weeks to get used to the unique taste and sensation", an understatement if there ever was one.

                      So, this toothpaste tastes strange, but I have never before used a toothpaste that left my teeth feel really clean as this does, the kind of clean that you get just after leaving the dentist when the nurse has cleaned your teeth. It tastes very salty and grainy but helps tightens up your gums and leaves your whole mouth feeling fresh - if only it tasted better. But I would rather have the positive things about the toothpaste than worry about it's taste, but I don't think you would be able to get a child to use this, however much good it was going to do.

                      This product retails for approximately £4+ for a 75ml tube and is available to buy at chemists, supermarkets and online. It also lasts a reasonable amount of time, because of it's taste I only use it once a day, especially not before bed or it leaves a horrible taste in your mouth, not good to go to sleep with! Maybe I will use it twice a day,having refreshed my mind about what this toothpaste can do, but not before bedtime.

                      Also, using this toothpaste you can dispense with using a mouthwash, so even though it appears expensive it is a necessity if you have gums that bleed, as this product does what it says, even though I haven't been using it twice a day it has helped. So this toothpaste is worth persevering with because of the results, just ignore the taste!

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                      01.10.2011 13:47
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                      A premium conditioner at a premium price.

                      I have fine, mousy hair, so I have my hair highlighted every two/three months and I use volumising products to keep it looking good and full bodied. I use the John Frieda Collection "Highlight Activating VOLUMISING Conditioner with Light Enhancers" about once a week on my highlighted damaged hair. I use the shampoo in this range first, and then when I have rinsed it out I use this conditioner, leave it on my hair a couple of minutes and rinse out, (when I put the conditioner on I make sure it is not on the roots of my hair, so that I don't have greasy roots).

                      The bottle says it is for all shades of blonde hair - whether it is colour treated/natural or highlighted blonde hair. It comes in an "upside down" container, similar to the shampoo bottle. You get 250ml for £4.85, to me this is expensive when you consider all the other products that I use on my hair, but it was bought on a 3-4-2 offer from Boots, so I do have other products in this range as well. The good part of this is that it lasts for a long time, so the intial outlay might be expensive but it is long lasting.

                      The conditioner smells lovely, it's not too strong and has a light floral smell. When I apply this to my hair I just use a small amount on my hand, rub it in and leave it on for a couple of minutes, then rinse it out and straight away it has made my hair less straw like and more silky and smooth, and easier to manage when it comes to blow drying my hair.

                      The whole idea for this conditioner is that it makes blonde hair look much brighter as the light is supposed to shine through after using it. I must be honest and say I haven't noticed this on my hair, but it does leave my hair beautifully conditioned, soft and smooth. I would recommend this product, it might be pricey but it does it's job well and lasts for months.

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                        24.09.2011 21:14
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                        A premium cleanser which works beautifully with normal/dry skin

                        I have been using No7 Soft & Soothed Gentle Cleanser for nearly a year, it was given to me at Christmas time, as well as several other members of my family (must have been 3 for 2 or something!) I have very dry skin and wear foundation every day, this product is just gorgeus for me, soft and soothing with a lovely smell - the smell isn't so strong that it is overpowering - it is just nice. Luckily for me this was given to other members of my family, and was deemed not correct for their type of skin (oily) so I have several bottles instead of just one!

                        As I wear foundation most days I need a good make up remover/cleanser. With this product I squirt it on to the palm of one hand and then using my fingers use a generous amount which I then put on to my face (and neck),I pat it on my skin and gently "circle" it round my face and neck to make sure it removes all my make up, because it is a soft and gentle cleanser you can't just wipe on/wipe off, it needs to have a little time to "dissolve" the foundation.

                        After I have applied it to my face and rubbed it in a bit (gently), I then get a makeup remover pad - the cotton wool type stuff - wet the pad and then squeeze out the extra moisture and then open up the pad and wipe my make up off. Now, I have dry/sensitive skin and am reaching a "certain age", so I try to look after my skin as much as possible, after all, we only have one skin, so treat it well! On the bottle it says to then use No7 Soft & Soothed Toner, but I don't, the cleanser and pads make my skin soft and clean ready for bed (when I use another Boots product, but that's a different review!)and I have always found toners to be harsh and unneccesary.

                        One of these 200ml bottles lasts for a long time, they are £8.00 now, and I would consider that for the lenght of time this lasts it is a bargain, which of course can only be bought at Boots. They are still doing deals with this product as well as others in the range,so you could end up with a good deal if you buy the face creams to go with it. It's lovely stuff with a down-to-earth price and unsurprisingly very popular, the cleanser is the cheapest product in this range, you could spend a lot more on other products and not get such good results.

                        All in all, this is a soft and gentle make up remover/cleanser, it's not expensive but works very well. If you have dry/sensitive skin this product is perfect, it is Hypo-allergenic and a little goes a long way.

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                        A lovely cup of de-caf tea

                        I drink de-caf tea and "ordinary tea",since drinking too much caffeine was stopping me from getting a good night's sleep I decided to only drink de-caffienated tea after 5pm. I generally buy my tea bags when they are on offer, so when I saw a good deal on PG decaf at Tesco I decided to give them a try. De-caf teas can vary significantly in taste and price, so I was happy to give them a go. Generally, I would say their price is premium, but these tea bags give you premium taste.

                        They are unusual in that the tea bag is a pyramid shape, whereas other tea bags are circular. The pyramid shape is supposed to let the tea brew better, "freeing the delicious taste" as it says on the box. It also tells us that the tea leaves are grown using sustainable farming methods along with the Rainforest Alliance. So if you want ethical tea then maybe this is it.

                        I have to admit I go by price and taste, so these (on offer) certainly did the trick. The tea is very refreshing, you just pour boiling water on the tea bag, let it brew until it suits your taste, take it out and add milk, delicious.
                        On the box is says to use one teabag for one cup of tea, I'm watching the pennies and I find I can get THREE cups of tea with just one teabag, the first two cups are good but the third one is a bit weak but I can cope with that, it still has the lovely taste, just a bit weaker!

                        The tea bags come in boxes of 40, 80, 160 and 240. The box of 80 (250g) retails for around £2-4 and is available at most retailers. These are the tea bags that are advertised with a slightly largish man (!) and his clever sock monkey. They are good fun and shows that tea bags don't have to be boring. The calories of a cup of tea is 2kj (less than one calorie) or 14 calories with milk, so you won't get fat on them, if you were counting calories you would be safe in the knowledge that the lovely cup of tea from PG tips decaf is very low in calories, so you could drink tea to your hearts content.

                        I like these tea bags, they do seem to taste much better than round de-caf teabags and a little can go a long way, so they are economical and tasty, perfect at any time of the day or night.

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