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We have the slightly older version of this toy as pictured above, but there is absolutely no difference except a slight differentiation on the design.
We bought 'Mr Sun' (as we named him) back in 2006 for our now five year old daughter. We love the make VTech, so settled on this pretty quickly to be her main play gym. We paid about £25.99 from Gamleys- which of course has since gone into administration.
Mr Sun is a very friendly moving toy sun, accompanied by bees and birds either side of him. The bees have a rolling barrel under them and the birds have three rattly rings. All are fully 'whackable,' but even though the sun moves, it is harder to reach.
Mr Sun plays music such as 'You Are My Sunshine' and so on a few times over before finishing. If your baby whacks the birds or bees, a friendly voice sings and new lullabies begin. If the sun is pushed, a magical sound emits from him as well as the lullaby he is playing. His face goes from side to side too, which I have found 50% of babies are scared of! Luckily neither of my kids have been frightened.
Mr Sun is very sturdy and sits of wide legs so is very difficult to knock over. He isn't huge so fits snugly into the car boot. He is also very easy to assemble, but not so easy to disassemble. However, I haven't ever had the need to take him apart.
He is very colourful and has a volume button, as well as an on/off button which can be a Godsend for parents! he also has two settings; one is the music in which I have described above, and one if a chatting setting which plays a little music but mainly talks about the birds and bees; no not that sort!
I still have Mr Sun. he is the grand old age of five years old now and still going strong. he has never broken, rusted, chipped or split.
A highly recommended toy that lasts forever!
I have long, dark hair in which I straighten every day using ghd's. As a result, my hair is slightly damaged which causes it to be frizzy and sometimes has static. I have tried lots of different frizz- easing hair products, including salon only ones such as TIGI and ghd. None have really worked too well.
I was doing my food shop recently and found that they were selling VO5 hair care at 3 for 2. If I recall correctly, this serum is about £3.50.
The bottle is a squeezy one with a flip down lid at the bottom. The serum itself is a medium thickness white liquid. It smells very pleasant, not too overpowering but leaves your hair with a fresh smell. You only need a 50p piece sized amount and I spread it around a little on my hands and run through my hair from the middle to the ends. I don't put onto the roots as this can cause greasiness. I then blow dry.
I found from the first use that this serum worked moderately well. Although my frizz wasn't eliminated completely, it did tame it and reduce the static. It made straightening so much easier and my hair did look smoother afterwards.
I would recommend this serum to people with mildly frizzy hair. It does aid straightening and does make hair look sleeker.
When we got our new puppy in 2008, we knew we'd need loads and loads of toys. Especially as our puppy was a Cocker Spaniel/Patterdale Terrier mix; hyper and crazy! Puppies are also notorious for chewing on anything and everything, so the first thing we did was head down the toy aisle at our local Pets at Home store.
We came across the Puppy Kongs; a super tough rubber toy with many uses. The Kongs come in three sizes which are small, medium and large. My dog was a medium sized puppy, so we got him the medium sized Kong. At present, the small size is £4.99, the medium is £6.99 and the large is £7.99. They also come in pink or blue; very apt depending on what gender your puppy is!
The Kongs have a hole right through the centre, just big enough to put it a small amount of treats. The idea is that you stuff them in there and the puppy rolls and bats the Kong around trying to get them out. There is also a paste you can buy to put inside for your puppy to lick. The Kong also works as a puppy 'teether' and helps to soothe sore gums, and gently clean your puppy's teeth.
I found this Kong was very good in training my puppy in knowing what he could chew and what he couldn't. The Kong is made to be so, so robust and impossible to chew through or destroy. My puppy through to dog- hood could not chew through the Kong at all. I think for the price and how tough this toy is, it is a perfect toy for any new puppy.
I am an air freshener junkie. I used to own plug in air fresheners, but then realised that they were actually using electricity, and this wasn't so good on the old bank balance. So, when these air fresheners were on offer in Tesco for three for two, I just couldn't resist. They are £3.00 a can.
Thai Orchid is my favourite by far. Maybe it's the pink coloured can that does it for me!
According to the can, this scent was 'Inspired by the delicate fragrance of fresh, Thai orchids for a moment of pure relaxation and zen.' I have never personally smelt a Thai Orchid, but the scent is absolutely wonderful. It definitely has a floral smell about it.
The aerosol is easy to use; pull the trigger and a continuous spray emits until you release. I will add that you need to pull it quite hard otherwise a trickle of liquid runs out and onto the floor! Not sure if that's a fault with the can I bought, or if this is what happens to all Febreze cans; answers on a postcard please!
You only need a small squirt of this air freshener to eliminate whichever nasty smell you're trying to get rid of. In my case, it's normally my dogs! The Febreze works a treat.
The only downside, bar the trickling fluid, is that the smell doesn't last very long. An hour at the most, whereas my plug ins last as long as they're switched on. But, for £3.00 a can, I don't think you can go wrong. I alternate mine between the three I bought, and I still have half left in each. They do last a long time.
I would definitely recommend this air freshener to anyone wanting to get rid of nasty smells, and/or people who are having guests and need their house smelling lush- that's what I do!
Nappy shopping. Eurgh I hear you say? I know it's tedious, but when we have nippers it just has to be done. But let me help you make an informed decision about which nappies you should buy, therefore reducing the amount of hours you spend down the nappy aisle.
I describe myself as and 'earth mother' and a user of reusable nappies. However, I always have an emergency pack of nappies on standby just in case I 'forget'; (yeah, right) to wash my baby son's nappies, or just for convenience. The pack sitting in the corner of sitting room is Super Fit Tesco nappies.
There are five sizes of Super Fit nappies; Midi, Maxi, Maxi +, Junior and Junior +. Basically, these nappies can be used from birth right through to potty training. The pack sizes range from between 23 and 54 nappies depending on the size you need. Larger packs are £6.57 and smaller packs are £4.88. Very reasonably priced.
The nappies are made from very stretchy, very strong fabric. They have two adjustable sticky pads to fasten the nappy. They fit very snugly around the legs; this being the very stretchy bit. The nappies are super absorbent. I have yet to have a leak.
My baby son has not had any adverse reactions to these nappies. I have found other brands have made his bottom red and sore, but not these. They even have cute cartoon pictures on the front. I feel that these nappies are not cheap feeling, as some other brands are. They actually feel like quite an expensive brand, and certainly perform like one.
I would recommend these nappies to mummies and daddies wanting to use disposable nappies full time. they are as good as leading brands, just at a cut of the price.
Vaseline petroleum jelly has been around for 140 years. It is a remedy for everything from daily moisturization to beauty needs to sports usage. Vaseline is triple purified and works with skin for better nourishment and protection. I do not know one household that doesn't have at least one pot of this miracle jelly in their bathroom cupboard!
Vaseline helps skin to renew, repair, heal and restore itself to its natural state after being cut, chapped, burnt or just in a dry condition.
The way it works is is mixture of mineral oils, paraffin and microcrystalline waxes create a smooth jelly that has a melting point just above body temperature. It literally melts into skin into the spaces between cells and the gaps in our lipid barrier. Once there, it re-solidifies, locking itself in place (taken from Amazon).
There are lots of different sizes of Vaseline petroleum jelly available in chemists, drug stores, supermarkets and more. A tub of 250g costs between £4.00 and £5.00. You can buy mini tubs of 50g for between £2.00 and £3.00.
I bought a 250g tub and it's still going strong after three years. I am not sure if you're meant to keep it that long, but I have and it's as excellent as it was the day I bought it. In my household, it's been used to heal nappy rash, soothe chapped lips, nourish dry skin and help cool burns. You could say it's a multi- purpose pot of petroleum! It really, really works for all sorts of skin complaints and ailments.
I have only two negatives regarding Vaseline. The lid is very easy to knock off as it doesn't slot on properly, or click on. If you knock the pot of the shelf, the lid comes straight off. Also, it would be so useful if the manufacturer could make a squeezy tube for those with long nails. Having to plunge your fingers into a pot is a pain with nails!
I would highly recommend Vaseline for anyone of any age. It works fantastically well.
ghd hair straighteners are the best hair straighteners EVER. Fact. I have had some shoddy hair straighteners in my time; I have tried 11 different types to be exact. And none, absolutely none even compare to the ghd's.
I bought my ghd's back in 2005. As I write this review, it is 2011 and they are still going strong. That's six years of amazingly straight hair. I bought the extra wide ones as I have lots and lots of hair that is quite thick, for £120. I do believe that they go for about the same price today.
They are so simple to use. Just one switch; on/off. They heat up to 230 degrees in about thirty seconds, although I understand that ghd have had to lower the temperature to around the 160- 170 mark.
The smooth plates of the ghd's glide through your hair, and don't catch or snag as many other hair straighteners do. I section my hair and only need to straighten each area once for smooth, silky results. The results last all day, and even through to the following morning. I think these straighteners also have helped with tangliness, as my hair seems tangle- free and smoother.
The only piece of advice I would give is to make sure you always use a heat defence spray as ghd's get very, very hot and do damage your hair.
Highly recommended, if mine ever broke I'd cry!
I had been trying for a baby for a while before I decided to use an ovulation kit. I thought that maybe I wasn't ovulating, or timing making love at the wrong times of the month.
I had a little browse through the pregnancy test/ovulation kit area of Boots to see what sort of things they had an offer. The ClearBlue Digital Ovulation Kit caught my eye, as it looked very simple and easy to use and wasn't as horrifically priced at the others. Boots do packs of 7 or 20, so depending on your budget depends on how many you buy. The 7 packs costs £22.49 and the 20 pack is about £41.00.
The idea of this kit is to pinpoint the best 2 days to get pregnant naturally. The test detects the LH surge 24-36 hours before ovulation. It works exactly the same way as a pregnancy test; you wee on the stick. However, this kit comes with 7 or 20 sticks, and when you have done your business on it, you click it into a little reader which displays a smiley face for if you are about to have an LH surge, or a blank circle for no result. The test is over 99% accurate and really is very easy to use.
Make sure you read the instructions, as you have to start testing on days depending on your cycle, which is different for every woman. The instructions show you diagrams of the best day to start testing.
I felt that by using this cycle, I was taking control of my fertility, and had a great knowledge of exactly when I was about to ovulate, and the best times to make love would be. It also helps if you undergo a fertility examination, as the doctor will ask if you are using one and they will test anyway to see if you are ovulating. Using this kit skips this step in the long process of fertility referrals.
It may be expensive, but it works!
I had been trying for a baby for a few years, and each month was disappointed. One month, I had an overwhelming urge to do a pregnancy test. It was one day before my period was due, so kept telling myself to not waste my money and wait. However, by lunch time my urges got the better of me so I nipped to Boots and grabbed a pack of two First Response pregnancy tests. I paid £10.99.
The instructions are simple; hold the stick in your urine for a few seconds, wait for the window to fill pink and wait for the one (or two!!!) pink lines to appear. I waited until I was full to bursting and did my business in the loo and waited... and waited... and waited. Absolutely nothing appeared. The pink fog had clouded the window, but no pink lines. I put the test in my handbag feeling disheartened and irritated. I kept checking the test throughout the day, but it must have been faulty as still nothing. I did the other test when I got home and this time one pink line appeared; not pregnant. Throwing the tests in the bin with force, I went to bed miserable. That urge was still there, however, and I was feeling somewhat different. The next day, I sent the hubbie out to Tesco to grab one of their own kits. It was positive!
Whether or not I did something wrong, I don't know, but how difficult is it to do a pregnancy test? Maybe my hormones just weren't strong enough for the test to detect, but the manufacturers claim that it can give you an accurate result up to six days before your period is due. The day before your period is sue, it's meant to be 99% accurate. Perhaps I'm just one of those 1% of unlucky people?
From my personal experience, I wouldn't recommend this pregnancy test. One in the box was faulty, and the other one missed my pregnancy completely.
This pregnancy test is relatively new to the market, only in the last few years has this been introduced.
This ClearBlue test is the only test out there with a conception indicator. It is over 99% accurate from the day your period is due, and provides a digital reading, therefore is so easy to use and very difficult to make a mistake!
The instructions are included in the box, and state that you have to; hold the sick downwards in your urine stream for 5 seconds. For the most accurate Conception Indicator result, use the first urine of the day. They also state that you can fill a pot with urine and hold the stick in there for 10 seconds. This is an easier way as you tend not to get urine on your hand!
The result comes up first indicating whether or not you are pregnant. This takes about three minutes. If you are pregnant, you wait another three minutes and the conception indicator comes up. The test is 92% accurate in detecting when you conceived. Three different results are programmed into the test to show you how far along you are in weeks; 1-2, 2-3 and 3+.
You can buy these tests in packs of one or two. One costs £9.00 (from Tesco) and two cost £16.00. This is quite expensive seeing as you can buy a Tesco or Boots own pregnancy test, which in my experience is just as effective, for around £4.00 for two. I guess you are paying for the conception indicator, which is very handy if you have absolutely no idea when you may have conceived, therefore clueless as to how far along you are.
I bought this test when I already knew I was pregnant, but just wanted to test out the conception indicator. I knew exactly how far along I was, but just wanted to have a play! It was accurate, and the result came up in a few minutes with 2-3.
I would only recommend this test to ladies who don't know how far along they are. other than that, buy a cheaper one; they work just as well!
I am a massive fan of the Johnson's baby range; if you have read my other reviews you will be familiar that I love most things Johnson's. When they brought out this new 'Naturals' range I was quite excited to test it out .
Tesco, Boots and Mothercare are the stores in which stock the most from this range, and Tesco seems to be the cheapest. The Intense Moisture Cream is approximately £3.50 in Tesco. I did think that this was quite pricey; especially as I was/am used to paying just over a pound for the basic Johnson's range. I remember thinking that this stuff had better be good for that price.
The Intense Moisture Cream comes in a squeezy tube of 100ml; I haven't seen it any smaller or bigger. Keeping in with the 'natural' theme, the tube is pale green and the flip lid is mid- green. The difference with this cream is that it contains Olive Leaf extract, plus other essential minerals and Vitamin E to help soothe dry patches.
I bought this to use on my daughter's legs, as she seemed to get very dry skin on this area. She was about six months old at the time. Immediately, I did not like the smell. It wasn't overpowering or strong, but certainly didn't have the Johnson's smell I know and love. I found that the cream was quite thick and slightly resembles nappy cream. It didn't rub in well so I had to wash the excess off with water. Johnson's claims this cream to be non- greasy and provide moisture for 24 hours. I found that the cream wasn't greasy, but did not provide moisture for 24 hours. It didn't seem to provide any moisture really and did not provide much relief from her dry skin.
However, I have found it a great hand cream! I use it before I go to bed, and when I wake up, my hands feel silky soft. I wouldn't buy this product again as I haven't used it for its correct purpose, and hand creams are much cheaper and do the job just as well!
I don't know a single mum or dad to a child under the age of four who doesn't have a bottle of this original Johnson's Baby Lotion in their house, whether it be in the bathroom, baby's nursery or in the kitchen cupboard.
I bought a bottle from Tesco for about £1.00. I chose this one as it has no added extras like Aloe Vera or spangly words such as 'nourishing' etc etc... it was just a simple, baby lotion. Don't get me wrong, I do have a bathroom full of all sorts of weird and wonderful baby lotions and potions, but this one really is the bees knees. It is by far the cheapest and by far the best.
The lotion is in a pink bottle with a flip- top lid, and is available in 200ml, 300ml or 500ml. The front of the bottle has simple, easy to read lettering. The back is all the legal stuff; instructions, ingredients and so on.
This baby lotion has that unmistakable Johnson's smell; pure and wonderful. The lotion itself is white in colour and is very light and non- greasy. It soaks in very well, particularly to damp baby skin. I apply with a cotton wool pad and then rub gently into my baby's skin. You only need a tiny amount as a little goes a long way.
Neither of my children have ever had any adverse reactions or side effects from me using this on their skin. If anything, it has made their skin lovely and soft, and smelling gorgeous.
I find it is good on dry skin that us mummies tend to get too- particularly elbows and heels!
The second instalment of Jordan/Katie Price's was originally released in 2007. It is the sequel to 'Being Jordan' which was published in 2004.
This book takes off where Being Jordan ended, beginning with her jungle experiences and she finally reveals the truth about what happened with Peter Andre and how their love blossomed into something more. There is the story of their newborn son Junior and Katie lets us in on her personal difficulties with Peters family around this time. Their wedding is detailed down to the very last Swarovski crystal embellished into her dress. There are also low times, conveying her troubles with her poor son Harvey's health issues.
I found this autobiography full of information out of the mouth of the lady herself. A very honest and true account of her romance with Peter Andre, and troubles surrounding their whirlwind relationship and marriage, this book will enable you to make your own judgements over Katie and identify with her in some way, whether it be as a mother yourself, someone in love, or someone who loves horses!
I simply did not want to put this book down. I was captured by her first autobiography's honesty and humour, that I had to read this one. I think even if you are not a fan of Katie, it is interesting to get her perspective on things as she is so battered by the press, and many things have been made up about her and Peter.
I had never had liked Jordan, or as she now likes to be known, Katie Price. Call me jealous, but I just wasn't the sort of person to be a fan of glamour models who sold kiss and tells at every opportunity.
However, after reading her first autobiography, I could not have more respect for the lady.
She timed the release of this autobiography well; right after she left the jungle in 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here' where she had shown the English public that she wasn't just some busty, thick glamour model. She has proved herself to be courageous and very down to earth, and not afraid to be shown without her make up on!
She tells of her hard work and determination to become a top glamour model and doesn't sugar coat it; she reveals all about a near miss with a paedophile and conveys the darker side of glamour modelling. Through her own words, Katie shares her life as a single mum and her heartbreaking relationships, particularly the famous one with footballer Dwight Yorke in which her gorgeous son Harvey was conceived. She speaks of her battle with her son's blindness and getting the right diagnosis for all his health and learning difficulties, and her own fight with cancer. Included are details of her relationships with Gareth Gates, Ace of Gladiators fame, plus her early loves.
Katie presents herself as a horse- loving, down to earth girl, who happens to make a living working as a glamour model. She has no airs and graces about her, and we learn that as long as she has a jacket potato in her dressing room, she's a pussy cat!
A well written, saddening at times but with laughs a plenty, this autobiography is one of my favourites that I have read again and again.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Katie: the woman behind Jordan.
I love this old style Blossom Farm. As I have said on other reviews, the new style Blossom Farm looks pale and depressed; the old style is just the best, so colourful and cute looking. I bought lots of Blossom farm toys for my daughter, and this jigsaw puzzle was one of them.
The puzzle features Dillon the Donkey, Lavender Lamb, Buttercup Cow and the hen whose name I cannot recall- sorry! The puzzle is wooden and very solid. The pieces are not flimsy in any way and do not splinter or split. The puzzle is aimed at very small children and has picture guides where the puzzle pieces need to go. They are easily slotted into place by little fingers.
The puzzle is very colourful and cheerful looking.
The only niggle I have with this puzzle is that the pieces don't have stubs on them, as many other children's puzzles do. This can make it tricky for very young children to place the puzzles into the gaps.
The puzzle only cost me about £6.00, which is a good price for a lovely, cheerful and well made jigsaw puzzle.