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I was so bored around 6 years ago (i had time to be bored then i wasnt a mum lol) and was typing silly things into the search engine, even that was starting to bore me so i just typed in bored.com and was amazed to find what a good site i found. Don't get me wrong this site is full of pointless things but when you really are bored the stupid games and websites it has links for are fun ............... but you do need to be bored or really immature (i do get the odd immature moment at night when the kids are in bed :-) lol). I probably wouldnt recommend this site for young or impressionable children as there is some adult humour on here and also things like killing stickmen and shooting something or other using a variety of guns which i personally would not want a young child playin. Also it seems like there are a few scams on here now, you know the kind of thing where joe blogs earns x amount of money a month but for this low one off fee he will tell you exactly how he does it. No thank you
Lindos ......... where do i start? To me Lindos is my favourite place in the world, so much so we are getting married there in 2011 because to us there couldnt be a more romantic place.
Lindos is a picturesque, quaint little white washed village on the greek island of Rhodes which is home to the famous acropolis, a huge tourist attraction. As so much of medieval Lindos has survived it has actually been declared a national landmark.
Lindos was founded by the Dorians, who were one of the three major tribes of the ancient greeks, led by King Tlepolemus in around the 10th century BC. In 300BC the acropolis was shadowed by the huge temple of Athena Lindia which was built on the site of a previous temple and through the years had more buildings added to it, still parts of this building may be seen at present. In the 14th century the now extended version of Athena Lindia was partly overlaid (due to disuse) by a Fortress built by the knights of st john in order to defend the island.
Many of the buildings in Lindos have survived since the 15th century with little change and they are truly beautiful, the little cobbled streets apparently allow small delivery vans and motorbikes but i have only ever seen donkeys and people on foot. The architecture is a mixture of byzantine greek and gothic with middle eastern influence and is truly breathtaking. The village has many 'Captain's houses' which date from around the late 1640's i believe and one of them serves as a beautiful restaurant.
The beaches in Lindos are gorgeous, north of town in lindos bay is a lovely sandy beach called pallas beach which gets very busy in the summer months. Just south of town is a beautiful bay, a natural harbour which is named St Pauls Bay and is home to St Pauls Chapel, which is a beautiful white washed chapel overlooking the bay which i will be getting married at in 2011 (yay). St Paul was supposedly shipwrecked here during a storm in the 1st century AD.
There is only one hotel as far as i am aware which is actually in Lindos and that is the beautiful yet rather expensive Hotel Melenos, there are plenty of villas to rent in this beautiful village though and i would highly recommend a stay in Lindos. The night life is good (unless you expect to be clubbing, then falaraki would be more suited to you) there are lots of fantastic restaurants, bars and discos located around Lindos. There is a supermarket in Lindos, an internet cafe, a library, a laundrette, florist, post office, doctor, pharmacy, police station, bakery even a travel agency, and lots of shops which sell allsorts including local ceramics, flat woven rugs and also gold and silver jewellery.
Lindos is located around 30 miles south of Rhodes Town and i would say its approximatly a 45 -60 min journey, there are taxis located at the main square, a bus stop and also boats that go to other islands including turkey and also up to falaraki. The taxi's in Rhodes are generally quite fair as there are tarrif boards up so you know what the cost will be before you get a taxi, although i would recommend agreeing on that price with the driver before you get in as it as been known for people to get charged a lot more than they expected although its never happened to me personally. Also i find the best time to visit Rhodes is may/june or sept/oct as the heat isnt so intense it still hits the 30's at times and is generally mid 20's but in the middle of the summer is gets so hot. The holiday season for rhodes as with many greek islands is may to oct but you can still stay out of season but there are no direct flights. That isnt too bad though, all you need to do is get a flight to greece and then fly onto Rhodes from there.
Your probably all falling to sleep trying to read this essay, but as you can tell i have fallen in love with this place but i will end this now by saying go to Lindos you won't regret it.
Does anyone remember (or was it just us?) those big boxes of biscuits that would be pulled out at your nans and everyone would be fighting over the 3!?! jam and cream biscuits. Well i discovered a couple of years ago that fox now does a packet of biscuits which are purely no other than those jam and cream biscuits quite obviously named jam creams.
From memory i believe you get approx 10 jam creams per pack but as a tip from me don't take the whole pack through with you and your cuppa because it will be a real fight with temptation to stop you eating the whole pack.
Heres the information you didn't want to know
Sat Fat 13.1g
Sat Fat 2.1g
Wheatflour, Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Raspberry Jam (10%), Glucose Syrup, Dried Whole Milk, Dried Skimmed Milk, Salt, Partially Inverted Refiners Syrup, Flavourings, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Disodium Diphosphate), Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Colour (Beta-carotene).
Raspberry Jam (Contains Sucrose Syrup, Raspberries, Glucose-fructose Syrup, Invert Sugar, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Acidity Regulator: Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid).
Contains Gluten, Wheat, Wheatflour, Cows' milk, Dried milk, Soya & Soya Lecithins
May contain Nuts
Now obviously unless you have allergies ignore everything i just said and get yourself down to the shop (preferably asda or sainsburys as only 50p a pack at the min or even tesco if its nearer as they're 60p a pack there) and buy yourself a pack to enjoy with a cuppa, and now you wont have to fight for the last jam cream because they're all yours :-) Yum
I have a 3 year old little boy and i always keep a stock of fruit shoots which my little boy sees as a treat and is always full of joy when he sees me get 1 out of the cupboard for him.
Fruit shoots come in a variety of flavours which include blackcurrant and apple, orange and peach, strawberry, apple and tropical in either the regular variety or no added sugar. You can also buy them in 2 different sizes - 200ml or 300ml. As far as im aware you can buy them singular , in packs of 4 or packs of 8 and the average cost is approx £1.46 for a pack of 4, and £2.52 for a pack of 8, i dont recall the price for single bottles as i generally buy a packs as much more value for money. There are almost always offers on fruit shoots in at least one of the supermarkets and just recently the 8 pack was on offer at bogof, needless to say im now well stocked up again.
Overall Fruit Shoots are loved my children and sometimes even grown ups :-)
Pampers bed mats are available in packs of 7 from supermarkets and also boots and retail for approx £4.78 which i believe is quite expensive when toilet training a toddler at night but i find them invaluable so expensive or not i would buy them.
The bed mat is 80cm by 90cm plus has wings either side which almost covers an entire toddler bed. They are disposable and very absorbant ............. pampers claim that they can hold urine from a 10 year old, i can't comment on that claim but they do hold accidents from a 3 year old that still has the odd night time accident. The underside of the bed mat is waterproof and the other side is absorbant almost like a thin layer of the inside of a nappy and you just place the bed mat on top of your childs mattress and them make the bed as normal, so in the case of an accident the mattress is unharmed and all you need do is change your child, the bed mat and the bottom sheet.
Pampers bed mats have made my life so much easier and they also help children keep their confidence after an accident because its no big deal.
Pampers are one of the best known brands of nappies on the market but do they live up to their name? Im my opinion not quite.
Don't get me wrong pampers are brilliant nappies they are absorbant, soft on the skin, have childrens characters such as bob the builder on them and fit perfectly ............... so why dont they quite like up to their name? ................................. Well the only problem i have ever found with pamper is as they absorb they seem to produce some crystal like solid which then pushes through the nappy ending up on the childs bottom which can be very awkward to get off and surely cant feel pleasant for the child, when that happened the best thing we found to do was have a bath as baby wipes didnt seem to get them all completely off. The only other slight critisism i can make would be the price, they can be a tad on the expensive side especially when in my opinion a much cheaper home brand is a much better alternative.
Moneysavingexpert.com is a website dedicated to saving money in all areas. Martin Lewis who you may have seen on tv is the brain behind this brilliant website which is free to join and also sends out free weekly money saving email.
On mse there are sections for supermarket deals and coupons, days out offers, travel and transport, cards and loans, information on reclaiming things such as bank changes, shopping and spending, utilities and phones, banking and saving ......... for example which bank accounts offer the best interest rates or joining bonuses, insurance, mortgages and houses, family and health and also protect your pocket.
There are also forums where fellow money savers share any deals or offers they come across, there isn't much you cant find out about on these forums they even include recipes, crafts and also all different money making methods available on the internet.
This website is very easy to use and is full of interesting information, i know i personally would be lost without this website and i generally check it on a daily basis and always look forward to the weekly email full of new offers.
I have three 99p stores located close to my home but my review is based on the main one i visit which is based in Weston Favell shopping centre in northamptonshire.
This shop is brilliant for bargains like for instance they had a bogof offer on colgate zig zag toothbrushes so that was 99p for 2 toothbrushes. The have all kinds of toothpaste, mouthwash, medical items, body wash, shampoos and conditioner for only 99p. They also unbeliveably have perfume and aftershave at 99p, i cant really comment on those as i have never tested them but i cant imagine them being great for 99p. They also stock food items and food storage boxes, cups, plates, baking items, cooking utensils, cleaning and washing items, double laundry baskets and yes they are good i have one of those and they make like easier.
All in all the 99p shop does stock a lot of bargains but it isnt worth going around grabbing things off shelves willy nilly as sometimes some of the things can actually be found cheaper else where. So bear that in mind and get shopping.
This is a brilliant book but to be honest if i see Julia Donaldson's name on a book i now know it will be brilliant as we have worked our way through so many of her books. My little boy is 3 and knows a fair few of Julia Donaldsons books word for word because they are so fun and exciting for young children. This book would be best suited to children aged between 2 and 7 in my opinion yet im a lot older than 7 and i love it lol.
The witch is riding on her broom along with her cat as the wind picks up and blows off her hat, they fly to the ground and search for the hat but no hat can be found. When out from the bushes a dog finds the hat and asks if there is room on the broom for him. The witch says yes and the dog, the cat and the witch fly off, this time the wind blows off the bow from the witches plait and a bird finds it and ask if there is any room on the broom. Of course the witch says yes and they all fly off but the witch drops her wand, a frog finds the wand and yes the frog then gets on the broom. They all fly off and the broom snaps in two they all fall off the broom but a dragon finds the witch and plans to have 'witch and chips' for his tea when out from a ditch a terrible creature with four heads appears and scares the dragon off, of course the terrible creature is really the cat, the dog, the bird and the frog and they make a new broomstick and all fly off once more.
Again this book is a rhyming book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the rrp is £5.99 but is available for under £4.00 in a lot of places. Definatly worth reading it is a very good book.
The Gruffalo's Child is a fantastic book that i would personally say is suitable from age 2 until around age 7 or 8. It is a follow book to The Gruffalo and in order to understand The Gruffalo's Child i believe you need to read The Gruffalo first.
The Gruffalo tells his child never to go into the deep dark wood as there is a big bad mouse there, but one night the Gruffalo's Child is bored and decides there is no big bad mouse and after all she's a brave child so she will be fine. Along the way through the deep dark wood the Gruffalo's child bumps into a snake, a owl and a fox who all tell her where the scary big bad mouse is. The child wants to see for herself, she just reaches the point of insisting there is definatly no big bad mouse when she sees a little brown mouse which she wants to eat. The quick thinking mouse yet again saves himself (in The Gruffalo it is all based on the clever mouse preventing the animals from eating him) by jumping on a branch so that there is a shadow of a 'big bad mouse' on the ground next to the child. The child then runs back home deciding it isn't boring at home and goes to sleep.
Me and my little boy love this book although i have to say i think we both prefer The Gruffalo. Like The Gruffalo this book also rhymes and is fun for children to read along with you.
Gullivers is a theme park aimed at younger children, personally i would say it is suitable from 6mnths due to soft play areas up until around 12 years. There are 3 different gullivers around england, the one i am reviewing is based in milton keynes and is called gulliver's land, there is gulliver's kingdom in matlock bath and gullivers world at warrington.
My little boy is 3 years old and i can only think of 1 ride he isn't tall enough to ride on and that is the rollercoaster, generally they have to be over 90cm to ride but that generally requires an adult riding also but in my eyes is obvious, i wouldnt send him on a ride on his own.
Gullivers land is really easy to get to you exit the m1 at junction 14 and then follow the brown signs until you arrive. The parking at gullivers is free and the entry charges are £12.50 for adults and £12.50 for children 90cm and above, under 90cm are free and o.a.p's are £11.50.
There are plenty of toilets located around Gulliver's and they are reasonably clean which i suppose is expected when they are being used constantly mainly by children, there is also numerous places to eat at Gulliver's which include pizza, hotdogs, burgers, fish and chips and jacket potatos, there are also ice creams, doughnuts, waffles and cakes.
On entering Gullivers you are on the main street which features a carousel, the station to board the train, a theatre, under 5's soft play area, magical dancing waters, sweet shop and a coffee shop.
Lilliput Land Castle is the next area which as a large eating area featuring most of the food i stated previously they also have an enchanted forest which is indoors and you walk around and press buttons to hear things such as trees telling stories, there is also an indoor play area located here. There is also a fairy tale academy and a princess play area which i cant comment on having a little boy, then there is a gullivers travels ride which we dont really rate and a balloon ferris wheel which only goes round once.
Lilliput land is located close to lilliput castle and as a small kiosk to get ice creams and drinks. The teacups are located here which we love also the veteran cars, lilliput train station, a cycle monorail, music express where u perhaps sit on a guitar on go on whats like a merry go round but very slow lol, gullivers galleons which is exactly the same but in a boat and a fire engine where you have to put a pretend fire out............. we also love this one lol.
Next is Adventure Land which features the rollercoaster as i said at the beginning my little boy isnt tall enough for this so we havent been on, adventure land station is there, tree tops swings which are basically little swings that all spin round, there is a maze, a jungle river ride, a ball pit, some little bikes for children to ride on, some pretend animals in a cage that sing and a monkey climb.
Discovery bay features the much loved log flume and a kiosk to buy pictures of yourselves riding it, there is also gold panning, discovery bay station and a runaway train, discovery bay is also where during 2009 (hopefully it will get extend) you can meet dora the explorer and go diego go.
Junior Discovery cove is next, just above Discovery bay and i think it is new as we have never been to it either that or we just never got that far, sorry i can't be of more help there.
Last but not least is Toy Land which is home to the dodgems, minature golf (requires a deposit), face painting, another play area, the tug boat which swings you all over the place, a water maze which you do need to be carefull on as it is slippy and not attended, the mirror house and also 4 diggers which have a little ball pit so you can dig the balls up and drop them again, my little boy loves them.
There are around 6 different sets of toilets loacated around gullivers and also baby changing, and to be honest Gulliver's isn't huge so you can always find a toilet. It's just the right size for younger children and still leaves plenty to do. In my opinion it is a great day out at a very reasonable price and we are planning our next trip closer to christmas as santa and his reindeer will be there and it also snows everyday.
I first discovered studio around 3 years ago, we were broke, our little boy was around 4 months old and christmas was coming up so when i saw the studio catalogue i couldnt believe our luck the prices were so cheap. I wouldnt say they looked fantastic quality but they didnt look bad quality either and let me repeat the prices were so cheap. So i went through marking everything i liked for my little boy and then working the figures out until i had got him as much as i could for what little money we had (studio offers credit yet the interest is quite high and im not big on borrowing what we cant afford)
I sent the order off over the moon as i never expected to be able to get my little boy the amount of things i had which included toys, babys first christmas stocking and a few decorations to make it special for him, i felt like a weight had been lifted and my babies first christmas wouldnt be so bad after all.
Studio offer an order tracking service so whenever i was at my mums i went online looking how the order was going, this was extremley easy to do from what i remember you just put a number in that they give you and it tells you the status of your parcel, but one day i looked on there and the status said the package had been delievered and signed for, yet we hadnt recieved anything. I no this sounds silly but that was all our christmas money gone i felt sick and silly for trusting this company, so i gave them a ring and the customer service was awful i was working my way up higher and higher and was made to feel like a liar, i finally spoke to the manager who said it had been signed for and he would send me a copy of the letter and a form to fill in to declare i hadnt recieved the parcels, stil no apology!
Around a week later and a week closer to christmas (by this point we were at the beginning of december) i recieved the form to fill in with i did immediatly and the copy of the signed for delivery form which i replyed was not my signature of any 1 that could have possibly been at my house to sign for them and sent them both back ................ and guess what, they never received that letter and i had to wait for them to post another one out to send again, as you can imagine we are now around 2 weeks away from christmas. So as soon as i had received the letter again i filled them in again but this time i sent it recorded because i got the feeling i was being messed around and this time they did receive it and i soon received a phone call to confirm they were resending my things except around a third of the things i had origionally ordered were now out of stock so i wouldnt get those (no apology again) which was gutting but at least i was getting some of the bits.
I finally received my parcels less than a week from christmas, so we put the decorations up and got my little ones things wrapped up and yes we still enjoyed christmas but i felt that studio was so close to ruining our christmas that i wouldnt order anything from them again its just not worth it and i would advise you to take care if ordering from them.
The home bargains branch i am reviewing is in northampton on st peters square. Basically home bargains is a bit like the pound shop and 99p store full of cheap random items which is in my opinon is generally 60% tat and 40% bargains on a good day ................... on a bad day it could be 99% tat but there is always a bargain to be found like last week i picked up russell brands hardback book (yes i no but my sis in law loves him and i got it as a wrap up for her) for 49p. They sell toiletries, gift sets, toys, household items such as toilet rolls, kitchen roll, bleach, air freshner etc, bathroom accesories, pjs, socks, underwear, dressing gowns, food items such as crisps, chocolates, sweets, rice, pasta, tins and teabags, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks and alcohol and they are generally cheaper than supermarkets so you cant go wrong there can you, if you havent been in before and live near one then pop in sometime it may be slightly higgedly piggledy and the checkout staff may be slow but personally i enjoy having a scout round from time to time
Well where do i start .......... to me debenhams is the best on the high street, they have what i would class as quality items they do beautiful childrens clothes for all occasions and the same with adults, they have kitchenware, bedding, towels, mirrors, toys and so on. Debenhams is the first place i go when it comes to shopping for occasions, especially christmas as everything you need is under 1 roof and oh my gosh when the sales are on ...................... im like a mad women, can hardly wait to just get there and get looking for bargains lol especially when they have the 70% off sale its unbelievable what you can get for your money which for me sorts decent xmas pressies out at good prices. There is also a cafe i would have thought at all debenhams, every debenhams iv ever been to has had one and they are average prices probably slightly more expensive than some places but not too stupid that i wouldnt use them. I hope this is of use to somebody and if you dont shop there you should
Just been again today, i love this place its full of designer shops such as gucci, d&g, polo ralph lauren, timberland, monsoon, radley, molton brown and many more and the best about it is they are all discounted. You do get a few new season items at full price or only slightly discounted but you get real bargains also. Iv started getting really tight now when the bargains arent as good as they can be but then i think to myself £30 for a pair of designer jeans ............................. i would be paying that on the high street for a lower quality item with a lower cost name. Bicester Village is an attractive little shopping outlet with a main street and a few side street all rather smart and clean looking, there are toilet facilities located at convenient places so you never have far to go to find a toilet and the best part is they are clean! and have lovely liquid handwash and moistuiser. I cant see disabled access being a problem either as off the top of my head everything is on ground level so no problems there (i went today with a pushchair in tow and had no problems what so ever). There are also places to have lunch there including an italian restaurant, there are places to stop for coffee and a snack such as pret a manger and starbucks and just outside the shopping village is a pub i believe called the acorn ? dont quote me on that but they serve food and they have an offer on at the minute of 2 for £8.