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    • Asda Smart Price Kettle / Kettle / 78 Readings / 74 Ratings
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      10.09.2012 12:52
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      My other half was making me a cup of tea (makes a change) when he realised that the kettle had boiled much quicker than he thought it would of. As he hardly ever makes a cuppa, I just thought that he was talking nonsense as usual. However, later that day I was feeling the cold so I filled the kettle and waited on it boiling. I hadn't noticed any unusual noises but true enough the kettles switch had flicked much quicker than usual. Never the less I filled the hot water bottle and while the water was still hot, it is clear by my observation, that the water wasn't boiling like it should be.


      Unfortunately for me I realised that my trusted Smart Price kettle (like the one in this picture) had given up hope and it's life had come to an end. As I carefully went to put it out for the rubbish men, I had noticed that part of the plastic on the unit had melted. I am very lucky that house hadn't been set on fire or that any one using it had been electrocuted. I'm not sure if the kettle had a built in safety cut out or not, but cant help but wonder if this is why the kettle stopped taking as long to boil. So off I went to find myself a new kettle.


      Years ago I used to like fancy kettles that light up different colours when you flicked the switch, but as you get older you tend to realise that as long as it does the job it doesn't really matter what it looks like. As my last kettle lasted for roughly 4 years, I decided to head back to ASDA for another Smart Price kettle.


      Asda Smart Price is a make that has been designed for smart shoppers. Asda have tried to reduce the cost as much as they possibly can to give their customers the best product for the best price. Don't turn you nose up and assume that low cost means low quality, they identify the simple, clear and no-frills packaging as a means of reducing the price of their shopping basket and they also know they are not sacrificing quality.


      QUOTE FROM THE ASDA WEBSITE- www.asda.co.uk

      **5 reasons to buy Smart Price**
      Price
      Our Smart Price range has over 600 products costing £1 or less, helping you cut the costs of your family meals. Try out our recipe ideas at asda magazine which all include Smart Price ingredients.

      Quality
      Never judge a book by its cover! Smart Price products are no less superior than alternative products, look out for quality assurance symbols, such as the red tractor!

      Wide range of products
      There are over 400 Smart Price food products, ranging from store-cupboard ingredients, such as baked beans and tinned tomatoes, to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy. So a healthy diet is achievable, whatever your budget. There are even household essentials like toasters and washing-up gloves!

      Convenience
      If you're in a hurry Smart Price can cater for your needs. With over 30 choices of ready meals, ranging from single portions to family-sized packs, you can still be assured a nutritious meal at low cost. All our products are free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colours and preservatives.

      Healthy Choice
      You should not have to compromise your health when eating on a budget, which is why all Smart Price food products are free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colours and preservatives. Our Smart Price products also display their nutritional information - just as you would expect with any other brand. This means the product is always nutritionally comparable, see for yourself in store!


      When I picked up the box, I had noticed that the design had changed slightly compared to my last Smart Price Kettle. The design is much more basic but still pleasantly appealing. The kettle only comes in one colour, white, which seemed to me much more smaller than my last but when I checked how much water it held, it was exactly the same, holding 1.7 litres. I had also noticed that it is much lighter to hold when filled than most kettles and while the handle is non slip, there are no easy hold grips on the handle like the last Smart Price kettle. I like the fact that next to the water level indicator, like all kettles there are marks telling you how many litres your filling the kettle up to. But this one also tells you how many cups of tea you will get out of the kettle depending on where you fill the water. The water is put into the kettle with great ease by removing the plastic handle of the kettle. This slots back into place with great efficiency. And like any other kettle the switch lights up red when you press it down to let you know that it is working. This Smart Price kettle is easy to fill, pour and clean, it boils the water to the right temperature and maintains the hot temperature of the water for quite a while after boiling.


      I would recommend this Smart Price kettle for all ages of the public who wish to buy a white goods kettle. Not only is it easy to fill, use, clean and hold, it is also a bargain. The last kettle I paid about £3 but like everything this day and age and the economy being the way it is, I was pleasantly surprised that this fantastic kettle was only £4.95. Not only was the price good but it was also easy to set up. Simply take out kettle from the cardboard box, open the kettle, as inside you will find the base. Plug it in, fill the kettle with water and flick the switch and wait for it to boil. The only bad point that I need to make, is not actually about the kettle itself, its more to do with purchasing it. I was unable to buy this Smart Price kettle online with my shopping, I had to go into the store to buy it. I order my shopping online every week so was disappointed to see that the only kettles online that was available to me was ASDAs own, just under £12 and a few more expensive ones. I would give this kettle full marks of five our of five. I hope that this kettle has a much longer life that my old Smart Price kettle of 4 years but for under £5 I really cant complain.


      Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it was of some use to you in helping you decided if this kettle is for you. Now lets get the kettle on. Would you like a cup of tea?

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        27.03.2012 21:47
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        Before I bought these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners, I had owned the previous ones before they were updated. I had originally bought them when I was 18 but unfortunately they broke 3 years later. I was totally gutted when they fell out my bag and smashed on the concrete floor as I was running down the stairs. Knowing how good they were I actually wanted to buy the same ones that I had but they were no longer available to buy. I cant deny that I was disappointed as it took such a long time for me to find a pair that worked in my long thick wavy hair, so I decided to buy the updated version of them, hoping that they were just as good as my previous ones.



        Just like my previous straighteners, I had bought the Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners from Argos. I remember them being cheaper than the old broken ones, as I had got them in the sale for £17.99 instead of £29.99. I was really pleased with myself that I had got a bargain, much better than paying over £100 for GHD's. I have never known why someone would pay so much money for a pair of GHD Straighteners as I think the investment isn't worth the customers while. I am a hair dresser to trade, I used them in the collage that I was learning about hair and also when I worked in my friends hairdressing shop. I found that after roughly a year of usage, they would explode in our hands while using them on peoples hair. I had never known this to happen before and was rather shocked that it had happened, although after the first few times it came a day to day thing that I got used to them exploding and the fright that I once experienced just turned to annoyance. After witnessing the amount of GHD's that had exploded it is safe to say that I would not advise getting them, not only for them being a waste of money but also for the safety aspect. However, having had these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners for 4 years now, I had noticed that there was some wear and tear on the ceramic plates due to using them while having hairspray product in my hair and decided that it was time that they were needing replaced. To be fair, after having the straighteners for 4 years and using them everyday, the £17.99 that I had originally paid was not only a bargain but the straighteners owe me nothing. When I started to look for a new pair, I had thought that they could possibly be hard to find as it was a while ago that I had bought them, so I wasn't too sure if they would still be available to buy. Luckily for me I found them on Amazon for £12.99 with Free delivery, so if after reading this review you are wanting to purchase a pair, you now know where to buy them from.



        I have always found it difficult to find straighteners in my hair that work, so when my friends buy new straighteners I cant wait to give them a try to see if they pass the test or not. I originally had thick poker straight hair when I was a child right up until I was a young teenager. I remember coming in from school asking my Mother what I could do to get permanent curly hair, she had recommended a perm as said she would do it for me herself. To cut a longs story short I ended up with 3 perms in the one week as they never turned out, I am actually really lucky that my hair never fell out. My hair ended up very fragile as well as thick, very curly, and very unmanageable. If you could imagine a "mop top" that was me and my friends at school didn't mind teasing me about it either. Though out the years my hair had obviously become less like a "mop top" but still very difficult to manage and hard to control the frizz. Many straighteners that I have tried over the years have still left my hair frizzy so I was pleased to of found these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners. They not only left my hair flat with no frizz but also smooth and silky, which made my hair look more healthy that it actually was.



        The title Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners, would suggest that the straighteners ceramic plates are indeed cermanic plates which is kind of false advertising in my opinion as they are of coated cermanic plates so when you buy straighteners make sure you read all the features and information. Some of you might wonder why ceramic plates matter, as when the straighteners first came out there were only iron plate that were on the straigteners. Now that they have been out a while and technology is progressing you can get ceramic plates which help to protect your hair from heat damage during use, as well as help distribute the heat more efficiently and evenly which makes it easier for styling and gives you better end results.



        When the Straighteners arrived I couldn't wait to open them, the first thing that I noticed was that the box was still the same as it was 4 years ago. There isnt much point in describing the box to you as you will be able to see a picture above. I liked the fact that it was very stylish and made the straighteners instantly look more expensive that what they were, so it would be great for a present if you were buying them from somebody. I also liked that as well as a picture of the Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners, it also told you of the features on the box that was bullet pointed to make it easy and clear to read and see with no fuss.



        I unpackaged the straighteners which were well packaged to save any damage. I plugged them in to the socket, turned them and waited for them to heat up before I could start using them. 30 seconds later like promised by the manufactures, the straighteners were hot enough and ready to use. I liked the fact that you can choose what temperature that you can use for you heat going as high as 210 degrees celsius. These days you can get straighteners that has a higher temperature that you can use for your hair but considering how hard it is to get my hair to sit perfect and the way that I want it not forgetting these straighteners at temperature 210 degrees works well, I wouldn't put my hair through that extra 20 degrees. The plates on the straighteners are a nice size not too wide yet not the small narrow plates that you get either but something in between. I liked the fact that when you pull your hair through the straighter to transform your hair from scary spice to prefactly nice your hair doesn't snag, which means less chance of split ends. I have flattened my hair with and without straightening protection spay and it has made no difference to my style so I would recommend using it to protect your hair when straightening it. I would recommend got2b guardian angel 220 degrees heat protection spray made by schwarzkpf. Not only does it protect your hair but also leave it smelling nice and keeps your hair in the style you have straightened it in for longer.



        I feel like a little old woman stuck in my ways but I like sticking to something that I know that works, I mean who wants to pay for something that doesn't work the way which you thought it would. I cannot recommend the Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners enough and give it full marks or five out of five. I hope that this one lasts longer than my last one and hopefully when the time comes for them to pass away I will still be able to buy these straighteners again. I am really pleased with the results that the straighteners left my hair in, it was smooth, silky, flat, and just the way that I wanted it. The price that I paid was a fair price to pay and I am also pleased that they have lasted as long as they have. If I hadn't of used my straighteners when I've had hairspray product in my hair the straighteners would of had more of a life expandature. Never the less I am glad that I have found them and my hair stays the way I have styled it for long periods of time without kinks or flicks. I hope that my review has been of some use to you in helping to decide if these Remington Hair Essentials CS5002 Ceramic Hair Straighteners are for you or not. Thank you for taking the time to read.

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          12.03.2012 20:34
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          Sitting in the hairdressers waiting on my colour taking to my hair, I was surprised to see more guys coming in to get their hair cut for weekend than what I saw women. In the four hours that I was in the salon, another lady and myself were the only ones in there. My friend who owns the shop was cutting this guys hair, it wasn't long before a little tub caught my attention. Once my mate cut the guys hair, she put some product on her hands, rubbed them together, then applied to the guys hair just like she would do if it was gel. I was so surprised to see that his hair was styled with no traces of thick, sticky looking gel like most guys have. His hair never moved when he patted it down, it also looked thicker, and his hair looked clean as if no product was used in his nicely cut hair. I asked my friend what it was, she explained to me that you get two different kinds for men and women, the one she used in the guys hair was woman's strangely enough. She told me that it provided volume and thickness to your hair as well as acting like a hair spray in keeping it put. I asked her to order me a pot when she was next at the hair dressing suppliers, to be fair I was expecting it to cost a small fortune but was surprised when she admitted that she got it in a local shop across the road for £2.99.



          My hair had always been very thick from when I was a child, but experiences in later life has caused me a lot of stress causing alopecia. For those of you that perhaps never heard for alopecia before it is a hair loss disease if you haven't guessed already causes you to loose your hair. There are three different kinds of alopecia that you can get and it can affect you at any time of your life. Alopecia is the partial or complete loss of hair, especially on the scalp, either in patches known as alopecia areata. Or on the entire head known as alopecia totalis, or over the entire body known as alopecia universalis. I have alopecia totalis where my hair tends to just fall out bit by bit which is linked to stress. To be honest I'm not rocking the look and it is also a little embarrassing. I am 25 years old, I have bald patches and thinness to my hair, so after seeing and hearing about this miracle in a little pot I had to go straight from the hairdressers to try it.



          This got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder has been specially designed by Schwarzkopf. It comes in a small but more than enough purple 10g plastic pot with a screw cap. Schwarzkopf designed this weightless formula to use of dry hair to great volume at the roots. It is packaged in a cardboard box that has been designed and also had written information on the back giving you instructions. Got2be powder'ful, textured each strand of hair to create maximum volume to your hair. Once you unscrew the silver cap lid off the styling powder, you will see another silver lid which has the shape of an X where holes have been placed in the plastic to allow the powder to be able to escape from the pot. The holes are just the correct size allowing the right amount to come out that you are able to put straight onto your hair to create maximum results or a little in your hand that you pat dry then apply to your hair. The tube is only 10g it is small and light enough to fit into your handbag. There is no smell that comes from the powder which surprised me as Schwarzkopf products that I have used in the past has always had a long lasting pleasant smell, never the less this wasn't an issue to me, if anything it was a plus point as the smell from my hair wouldn't clash with the smell of my perfume. If it wasn't for me being the hairdressers that day, I would never of known about the got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder. I have never seen in advertised on the television, nor have I seen it in any of the shops before. After doing some research on the net I found out that it first became available to purchase last year in 2011.



          The information states on the little pot as well as the back of the packaging, that there are two different ways to use the powder. The powder is only to be used on dry hair not wet hair. For the purpose of this review, I have tried both ways to applying the powder to give you the opportunity of reading a more useful review. The way that I tend to use the got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder, is by directly putting it onto my roots straight from the pot. I have found that it provides me with a much better volume and thickness to my locks, although I must warn you, you only need the smallest amount of the powder as it can leave your hair feeling a bit grubby even through it doesn't look like it. After you have applied some to your roots, using your fingers tips, rub in the powder and fan out from the middle to the ends of your roots. I have found that it creates more volume to my hair and also lifts my roots that stay put. When I apply this to my hair in the morning, by the end of the night my hair is still in the same position that it was styled in when I left the house. I was worried when I first used it that it would hurt my hair and scalp when it came to brushing it out my hair, but to be completely honest it never hurt at all, there was no discomfort. I have noticed that once brushed out but not washed out the next day I have no need to apply any more product. I just brush my hair as usual, part it into sections then rub and lift it still provides me with the same volume as it did the day before. My hair at the moment is a dark red/brown, I was half expecting to see my hair looking grey from the powder, but was surprised to see that there was no traces of the powder, you can feel it when you touch your hair, it feels like hair spray that is in it but when you look at it looks like a natural lift. After I have rubbed in the got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder into my hair, I noticed that my fingers felt very sticky, as a small child I hated having sticky fingers, so after using the powder I straight away go to wash my hands. In theory applying the powder to clean hair will make your hair dirty but I advising getting two days out of it as washing you hair every day is not good for you and leads to greasy hair as you are washing all the natural oils off you scalp. I like the fact that I get what I want with this product, not only does my hair look thick and sits perfect, I always have no baldy bits showing from my alopecia.



          The second way you can use the styling powder is to shake a small amount into your palms of you hands and rub it till it disappears. Although you wont be able to see the powder, you will be able to feel the stickyness on your hands. I would suggest that if you have medium to long hair that you apply the product desire onto your hair. But if you have short hair, shoulder length and above then this is the best way to use it for you. My hair is shoulder length with layers through it, so when I ran my finger tips though my hair I still expected an instant boost to my hair. While the results were still good, I didn't appreciate them as much as I did with the other method of applying the product. I found that the volume just wasn't enough for me even though the way in which I styled my hair still lasted all day. I noticed that when i felt the roots of my hair, I could feel a slight residue on my roots, no where near as much as before.


          After using the product and seeing the results I am so glad that I was in the hairdresser that day. Now that I have tried got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder I have no idea where I would be without it. Don't get me wrong, I don't use it every day as there is no need to as product is still left in my hair from the day before and it provides me with enough volume and thickness for the next day. I like the fact that I can wear my hair down or I can wear my hair in an updo stye and the product still provides me with enough volume for the style that I require. I also like that fact that it can be used in any type of hair, length, colour, thickness, or greasy, dry, or dandruff scalp. My hair can normally get quite oily and I was pleased to see that the powder soaked it up and left my hair feeling fresher and looking as it is just washed. When the product is in my hair it doesn't feel all that nice to touch but to be fair once your hair is styled how often in a day do you touch your hair? I can put up with it as the results are worth a little bit of stickyess in my hair. I am very pleased with how it looks and the fact that it lasts all day. I am also surprised that my hair looks very natural, it looks as if no product has been used in my hair. I cannot recommend this product enough, I would recommend it to those who like big hair (mainly young girls these days), to people that suffer like me with alopecia, to those who even have thinning of the hair perhaps due to getting older. The got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder, is my little miracle in a pot, it has really changed my life leaving me feeling like a woman again and giving me the confidence that the alopecia took away from me.



          I have still only found this product in one shop, afraid that it may run out one day I bought all of them off the shelves, and just as well I did as there has never been any more in the store. I had bought them from B&M Bargains for £2.99. While I think that is a very small price to pay and well worth it, I couldn't help but wonder when they run out where I would be able to get them from. I had a look online and noticed that ebay sells them, very overpriced coming in at just under £6 including postage for one 10g pot of got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder. Then I check amazon where I found a bundle pack of three 10g pots all in original packaging for £4.99 with free delivery Surprise, surprise, I ended up buying quite a few so I don't run out for a while. If you are looking for the got2b Powder'ful Volumizing Style Powder, I recommend you save some pennies with ordering it from Amazon. website as follows: www.amazon.co.uk
          After reading the other two reviews on here not giving the powder such a good review, I honestly cant understand why. It leaves me wondering if they actually used the product because I swear by this volumizing product and give it full marks of 5 out of 5. I hope that my review has been of some use to you in helping you decide if this volumizing powder is for you or not. I am sure that once you try it you will be as happy as I am with the product.



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          Item Weight: 127g
          Boxed-product Weight: 18 g
          Item model number: 1475389
          ASIN: B004S9WHUU

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            05.03.2012 20:17
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            Not being able to drive due to the medication that I am currently taking, my Mother is left doing the school and nursery runs in the morning and afternoons. As my Mother didn't have any children's car booster seats in her car, we were needing to purchase two for my little girls, before the children could be taken in the car as it is against the law, to allow children in the car without cat seats. My children's safety is very important to me at the best of times but even more so when driving in the car. In the past I have been in a few car crashes and although I wasn't driving, I was left in complete shock afterwards. To be honest with you, the thought of my girls being in a car crash terrifies me. As my children are over the ages of 4 I knew that they type of car seat that I was looking for was a booster one. Not only was I looking for something with a good price as I had two to buy but also a booster seat that was sturdy and would secure my daughters as much as possible if God forbid we were in a crash. After having a look online on a few websites I ended up finding the BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat in pink.



            The name of the booster seat itself BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat, is rather strange o be fair. The booster seat is not for babies as the title of the item may suggest. The booster seat is only suitable from the age of four to the age of 12, as well as it being suitable from 15kg up to the weight of 36kg. As for all booster seats and as you can see from the picture, there is no back to the car seat. Some people may be worried about the comfort of their children, as there is nothing to support their lower back except the normal adult seat. Please let me assure you that unlike many other booster seats, this car seat doesn't leave a space at your child's lover back which means more comfort for your child. You can use this booster seat in either the front of the car or the back of the car, I guess it is up to the driver as to where they allow the child to sit. This car seat also works well with your average seat bets but to make it for comfortable for my children I have put a Disney Princess Seat Belt Holder around the seat belt in case my little angels fall asleep and the seat belt cuts into their neck while their little head has flopped to the side.



            As you can see this is the newest updated version of the BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat. It is part pink, part black in colour unlike the older version that was part pink, part grey. If you have a little boy where pink is not suitable but you are interested in buying the car seat, don't worry as it is also available in blue that is also part black too. When I went to collect my car seats I was surprised to see that they were not in boxes only see through plastic bags. I think that it is nice to see that the environment has cut down on all the unnecessary packaging, especially when you have to carry them home and large boxes can become awkward to carry. The car seat itself is rather light to carry surprisingly enough which I was pleased with as it means that it is easier to my Mother to move in and out the car when they are no longer in use. I liked the fact that these BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seats have little arm rests for your children to rest their arms on making them feel very grown up. The seats are the same size as any other car seats although I find them slightly higher than other car seats that I have seen and used in the past. When the two of them are put in the back seats and the girls are strapped in, there is still enough space for someone else to squeeze their little bottom in the middle between the two.



            My little princesses love the colour pink as do many other little girls, so it was great that this booster came in pink, my little girls were so chuffed when they seen them. The pink is quite a bright pink and works very well with the black cover that is around the booster seat. I think that it is great that the cover is removable as well as washable which I think is a great idea. My Mother tents to treat the girls to a McDonalds on a Tuesday evening as it is a mad rush from collecting the girls from school and heading to Girls Brigade so to make things easier my mum takes them through the drive way to allow them time to eat before they get their dinner a home. Lets face it eating in the car is hard at the best of times but for children it can get very messy, especially my girls. I have washed the removable covers quite a few times already since only having it for 6 months. At first I was worried about the black would stain on the pink material but luckily it washed fine and after being washed quite a few time I also noticed that both the covers of the car seats washed great with leaving no bobbly bits. I recommend that once you have washed the cover do not tumble dry it, pop it over the radiator to let it dry naturally as tumble drying it could shrink the material and will leave you unable to get back on the booster seat. Once left to dry, putting on the cover is relatively easy with no fighting trying to get it on which was great for me as I have no patience the booster would of probably won.



            There is quite a few places that sell this type of booster seat but the cheapest that I have found it, is at Argos for £12.99, catalogue number 376/0299. Considering that most booster seats cost from as little as £7 right up to £30 I think that £12.99 is more than a fair price to pay for this sturdy, pretty in pink booster. I liked the fact that unlike previous boosters that I have bought, this one never turned n its side when the driver is turning the corner or comes away from your child's bottom by the way that they are sitting. Not only do they wash well but my girls have also commented on how comfortable that their car seats are. Having driven from Scotland to England which is roughly 800 miles the girls never complained once that they are were uncomfortable which speaks for itself. All of the booster seats that are available to buy from Argos have all been approved by ECE.R44.03 standards. I would highly recommend the BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat, not only are the girls happy but I'm happy with the seats too. I would rate this product full marks of 5 out of 5, I honestly cannot recommend it enough.



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            Safety Information On The Car Seats Law.
            Using the right child seat helps to keep your little one safe and protected in the car. That's why in 2006, the government introduced a UK child car seat law. Read this handy guide from Halfords to find out all about the law.

            Children aren't fully protected by an adult seat belt in a crash, as they're too small and their bones aren't fully developed yet. Using a child car seat will protect them from injury or death if you're unfortunate enough to have an accident - that's why it's the law to fit one.

            Current car seat law states that all children under 12 years of age or 135cm in height must use an appropriate child seat when travelling in the car. There are a couple of exceptions, but these are pretty rare - the table below explains exactly what the rules are.


            Thank you very much for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it is of some use to you in helping you make the decision if this BabyStart Dream Car Booster Seat is for you or not. Thanks again for reading.

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            • Argos Value Skipping Rope / Fitness / 63 Readings / 58 Ratings
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              01.03.2012 21:28
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              Skipping can benefit you in many different ways, not only can it fun and release the "happy hormone" but there is also physical benefits, mental benefits and general benefits. Skipping will roughly burn off twice as many calories than what walking does. With a 60% lower body work out and a 40% upper body work out all from skipping, it is an all over work out carried out with just one type of exercise. Skipping is a low impact exercise, it is easy on hips, knees and ankles, therefore would be ideal for those that have problems in these areas and struggle with exercising. Skipping is not only good for us adults but also children too, it is an excellent and fun way to get exercising and be more active. There are many different skipping pattern and rhymes that you can learn to do with your child or that they can do with their friends, if you on a skipping rope next to them makes them feel embarrassed. I have noticed that children's skipping ropes can be quite hard to find these days but I would like to recommend Poundland who normally have them starting in the spring for a bargain price of... that's right you guessed it.



              Skipping is like doing a cardio workout, it helps to improve your health and stamina for both your lungs and heart as well as improving your stability, flexibility, co-ordination, and rhythm, that all the major parts of skipping that gives us or physical benefits. Skipping will also help to tone various muscles in your body including your bum, thighs, hips, calves and also improves the strength of your bones, to help get the most out of exercising, I also recommend eating a healthy balanced diet. Not many people are aware but doing a skipping work out also helps calcium levels. It was my dietitian as a child that told me this. I have spent most of my childhood in the children's hospital getting weighed regularly. I am actually allergic to milk which as we all know provides a good source of calcium but as I was allergic and not allowed any I had to find different ways to me such as goats milk instead of cows and skipping. I was told that jumping increases calcium levels which prevents the onset of osteoporosis such as brittle bone disease, which funnily enough runs in my dads side of the family, my dads sister and one of her children. According to the osteoporosis society just 2 to 5 minutes of skipping a day can prevent the development of osteoporosis. So the physical benefits of skipping are excellent, and after using my Argos Value Skipping Rope I really feel that I have had a god workout, with sweat running down my forehead and getting out of breath, I know that I am doing it correctly.



              Having suffered with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I noticed that after a few weeks of exercising that my mood was better than it had been, I truly believe that this is partly due to exercise and a healthier diet. You need to have a good fitness level in order to skip continuously and successfully for a long period of time, when you first start skipping it will take time to build this up, but keep going as you will defiantly get there. My co-ordination has never been great, as a small child the PE teachers talked to my Mother and Father about me being unable to catch a ball. I am not 25 years old and I am still unable to catch a ball, It was said that I have very bad co-ordination. However, some of you may remember The Dance Machine? I was excellent at that and always got my moves correctly, even songs and levels that very fast and hard. I cannot understand how I cant catch a ball but can play The Dance Machine and somehow not have any co-ordinations. Skipping also requires co-ordination as you need to use both sides of your brain in order to skip to a reasonable level, your body will improve and you will notice a difference.



              So far I have found the Argos Value Range Skipping Rope a great product that I have bought with my money. I like the fact that it has soft handles, great benefit for skipping, as it is surprising how much the handles actually rub your hands as you skip. Despite having a constant grip on the handles as you skip till your hearts had enough, the soft foam handles really help and the foam has not worn or has indents on it. When I opened up the box before when I first got it, I did think that in time the foam might break off the handles after being used for a while or perhaps dropped on the floor, but after all this time, roughly 9 months, they are still in excellent condition. I am luckily that my home is rather spacious so there was plenty of room for me to skip away, however having getting too close to the wall or door frame at times the rope did get bashed about. I have also used the skipping rope outside in the streets and half expecting the rope material to come loose and start to unfold. Luckily though this has never happened and over all the Argos Value Range Skipping Rope has worn very well and done me pound of its condition of the amount of times that it has been used and also for the length of time that I have used it.



              If you are looking to buy this skipping rope you can order or reserve it online at www.argos.co.uk, when the page loads simply type in Argos Value Skipping Rope and the results will load in a few moments or simply type in the product number: 928/3536 (2012 catalogue product number) Please remember that if you buy this skipping rope online you will also be charged a delivery price on top of the product price. I personally would recommend going into the store and saving yourself the money but collecting the skipping rope. I think that the £2.99 Argos Value Skipping Rope, was a real bargain not only has it lasted and worn well but also quite stylish for both male and female users. One thing that I cant understand is how some manufactures can charge as much as £2.99 for a skipping rope while Argos can manage to charge £2.99, I think we know who looks after their customers better than others.



              My overall opinion on this Argos Value Skipping Rope is that I would definitely recommend this product to anybody who is looking for a fun way to exercise or even if they are wanting the skipping rope for spending time with their children joining in the skipping games. As you can hopefully see from my review, there are so many different benefits the skipping provides to us and why spend a fortune on a skipping rope when they all pretty much do the same and Argos Value Skipping Rope is a steal at £2.99. For me this product is great, not only was it in my price range that I was roughly looking to spend but is also has proved to be hard wearing and long lasting allowing me to get the full use out of my cheap skipping rope. I think that it is a good idea that there is plenty of rope for taller people who may use the skipping rope, but also that it isn't long enough that may cause me to trip over it or for it get tangled between my legs and causes me to fall to the floor with a rather embarrassing expression on my face. It is an excellent work out alternative that you can do within your own home or outside in your garden when your either cant get to the gym or something else that you may like doing, in my case that would be going for a jog. I would rate this inexpensive, stylish, yet basic (as most skipping ropes are) full marks out 5 out of 5. I have no faults, complaints, or disadvantages about this item at all and I cannot highly recommend it enough. I hope that my review is of some use to you in helping you decide if this skipping rope is for you or not, or if you hadn't thought about skipping that you now have. Thank you for taking the time to read my review, it is very much appreciated.

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                27.02.2012 20:49
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                I remember seeing these being advertised on a television advert when I was a kid. Thinking that were quite cool, as bad as it sounds, I pretended to my Mother that I was unwell with a very sore head and high temperature after sticking my head to the radiator for a short time enough to make my forehead feel hot. I am actually laughing about it now as I am writing my review, my Mother had no idea that I played a trick on her. I cant remember much about them to be fare, it wasn't until I had children of my own that I got them again after may years of throwing a sicky.


                I don't personally believe in taking medicine unless it is a last resort. I cant help but think how much damage you could be doing to your organs or your child's by giving them medicine on regular intervals. Sometimes though when you or your children have a high temperature it cannot always be helped or if they are in pain, that cannot be helped either. I find that Kool N Sooth cool sheets help with reducing high temperatures and also if you have a sore head. They can be rather expensive though so be warned. Depending on where you buy them from will depend on the price but they roughly cost around £3 a pack with only four strips in the box. I have to be honest, you will probably agree with me, for four strips £3 is really rather expensive. I tend to buy a few boxes at a time when they are on special offer, this allows me to get them cheaper, I just store them in my cupboard until they are in need of being used. You can find these gel strips in many different supermarkets and Chemist so keep your eyes open for some good deals on them.


                Some of you may have already heard of these but for those who haven't, I had to write this review to tell you all how good that they are. These Kool N Sooth cool gel strips, promise to immediately to cool down your child. There are two kinds of packs that you can buy, ones for your children which are smaller and ones for us adults which are obviously bigger made. The strips are for immediate use, just open the packet and place of your head. The are very convenient allowing you to use any time, any place and as they are small enough they can fit in your bag or pocket for a man. When I first got these I wasn't sure if I had to put them in the fridge for a while before being able to use them, you know, like you would do before using an ice pack. Luckily though there is no need to put them in the fridge as they are specially designed to always stay cool. The idea of the strips is that the water (the blue sticky like gel) from the sheet evaporates when it touches the heat of your skin and this produces the cooling effect of the strip to work its magic. Some temperatures can be quite difficult to get down especially if they are higher than normal so feel free for the person who is using the strip to take some paracetamol if need be, this will not do you any harm as it is safe to use with other medicines.


                When you open the box the contents supplied are easy to see. Inside the box you will find four of the gel strips that are provided along with a set of instructions and information on each on each of the packets. Each one is for single use only and come in a foil pouch to save them from drying out. The pouches are are quite thick which makes it easy to open, meaning that you do not require any scissors as it can be easily torn open with your hands.The Kool N Sooth gel strips can be used from the age of one and above. They are ready to use straight from the box when required. The strips do look rather strange, I sat looking as it for a little while examining it before putting it on and giving it a poke to see what it feels like. To give you an idea the gel sheet is white on the outer part of the strip and inside is it is a blue gel with a thin clear film that easily peels off. Once you apply it to your forehead you can immediately feel a cooling sensation starting to work. I found it fairly comfortable to wear it wasn't heavy and didn't get in my way while I was doing my tasks around the house. When my children ages 6 and 4 have used them, they haven't complained about them while wearing them and say that they are helping them feel better. I found that the gel strip provides instant relief for my migraines that I keep getting and have also helped to reduce a temperature when I have has a viral infection. They are completely safe to use with both adults and children, as they contain no harmful ingredients or medicine. The strips are just the right size to fit comfortably on your forehead but to be fair we do not all have the same sized head. If you find that they are too big for your read, you can cut the strip if required.


                The box gives you clear instruction on how use the Kool N Sooth strips. They are easy to use and comes in useful for those who maybe haven't used them before, for instance if a friend is needing to borrow one or if you are on a night out and you child starts to burn up your baby sitter can easily follow the instructions. As well as written instructions there is also illustrated instructions on a child using the strips. There are four simple step to follow when using the strips:
                1. Take a strip from the box.
                2. Open the packaging.
                3. Peel off the backing from the back of the strip.
                4. Place on your forehead for it to start working.
                The Kool N Sooth gel strips are produced by Kobayashi Healthcare, Bucks. They also have a website which I have provided so feel free to have a look. www.kobayashihealthcare.com


                My Overall Opinion.
                In the past when either my children, my partner or myself have a high temperature, I have always used the old fashioned way of using a wet flannel and placing it on the forehead. After having used these strips it is much easier, also makes a lot less mess and quicker. I like the fact that the strips work both as well for headaches as well as helping bring down your tempature. Unlike when you use a flannel that drys out after so long with the body heat that you are giving off, the strips stay in place and stay cool for roughly six hours. They are very easy to use and once removed, once pealed of, I have always found that they leave no sticky residue behind. One thing that I will suggest is that if you have make up on please take it off before placing it on as you will find that it may not stick on just as well. When I gave the gel a poke with my finger noticing that it was soft to touch it was a complete different feeling when it is placed on your forehead. The cooling sensation is much more instance, not too cold but cold enough for it to be soothing and relaxing which is just what you want when you are not feeling a hundred percent. As well as adults and children they are also suitable to use for toddlers as they are safe and convenient and they will feel happy to use them, as they will have the same *magic* effect that a plaster does. But luckily for us and the children when the strip is removed it is not like removing a placer from your skint knee. I was amazed at how easy it was to peel off and that it is totally pain free. I also liked that fact that these are ideal to take with you if you are going on holiday. Always a good thing to take just in case as you never know if you will need them and lets face it, the weather abroad is roasting so trying to get them cooled down will be harder when you are away, but these strips will definitely help. I think that is is worth while spending your money on these Kool N Sooth gel strips, although as stated before I would recommend that you buy these when they are on offer as £3 for four is rather expensive. If you have run our or grudge paying the money I recommend that you stick to a cool flannel and take paracetamol.


                Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope that it have been of some use to you in helping you decide that if this health product is for you or not. I would one hundred percent recommend them and rate the product full marks of five out of five. I hope that you find these as useful as I did.

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                  For my 18th birthday I had asked my parents for a computer of my own to save me sharing with my Father. Computers back then were more expensive than what they are now, so I didn't hold out much hope of them agreeing. My parents had decided to talk to my Uncle who builds computers as a hobby. He orders in the parts for the computers and builds them up himself, surprisingly enough he found out how to build them through the internet. It works out much cheaper than buying one and he is able to make a little money off it for himself too. Luckily for me my Uncle agreed to make the computer, he ordered the parts and it was only a waiting game till the parts had arrived and ready for him to start building my computer.



                  My Uncle had ordered all the parts for the computer from a website called ebuyer. I'm not sure if you have heard of it before but I had never head of it, this was the first. As well as ordering all the inside parts for my computer that makes it work, he also ordered me speakers, a mouse, and a keyboards, all from the same website. If you are wanting to have a look at the website I have listed it for you below. They are very reasonably priced, the website is:
                  http://www.ebuyer.com



                  In this review I am going to tell you all about my keyboard that was ordered with my computer. I will also write other reviews on the different items that my Uncle ordered with my computer, so if you find this review useful please keep an eye out for my further reviews.



                  For some unknown reason when computers first came out the keyboards where light in colour, then a few years ago you could get black mixed with silver and these days all you seem to find is black, I guess maybe as this is the new in colour and to be fair it does hide a lot of dirt compared to the others. The jet black keyboard is roughly around 14cm by 45cms in size, nothing special just your usual standard sized everyday keyboard. I do however have rather small hands, almost child like, I am able to manage in covering all of the keys and able to type with speed and precision with no strained hands, wrists, or fingers. Although the keyboard itself is a good size for me to be able to reach off the keys, the keys themselves are not small allowing no clumsy typing with pressing two buttons at a time. As you press the keys to type there is a slight sound that you hear but no loud noises that come from the keyboard unlike many other keyboards that I used at my old school. Some keyboards are pretty standard with no features, this actually suits me better as I cant help but find that simple things to make life a little easier also makes us a little lazier, so this keyboard is perfect for me with no fancy buttons that confuse me. The keyboard features all of the standard keys that you would normally expect to find on a keyboard, letters, punctuation, your F keys, your instruction keys, your arrow keys and also a separate number pad which is attached to the keyboard.



                  What I like about this keyboard is that when I use the cap locks a little green light appears to let me know that they are on. Also when I am about to use the number pad there is also a light that comes on to let me know that I can use it or if the light is off, it lets me be beware that I cannot type the numbers as they will not come up on the screen. There is a button in which you can press for the cap and number pad locks to come on or turn off.



                  I have noticed that not only when I type are the keys quicker that previous ones that I have used but also when I am in a hurry to reply to some ones message (normally in a Facebook Chat) my typing is much faster and surprising enough the keyboard is able to keep up to speed with me instead of holding back and taking a few moments to catch up. With previous keyboards that I have used this has been an issue, I am quite a fast when I type at the best of times and there is nothing worse that writing what you want to and not seeing it instantly. With previous keyboards I have also noticed that my fast typing has led me to press a few buttons at the same time causing typos in my writing, however this has never happened with this computer keyboard, I really am really glad that me and my new keyboard is getting on well together.



                  I have had this Dell keyboard for quite a few years now. I first got it when I was 18, I am now 25 and while me and my beloved keyboard has separated, it now lives on a new computer desk at my Mothers house and is still going on strong. My Mother doesn't know much about computers and while I am teaching her I get to still use my favourite keyboard. My Mother has panicked a few times in case she has broken it as she is quite clumsy and dropped it on the laminated flooring. Luckily though the keyboard is still in one peace and still functions well. For such an old keyboard I must say it looking in quite good condition, the letters keys, numbers keys, F keys, arrows, and instruction keys are still all visible. There are however a few scratches on it but that's normally wear and tear of 7 years worth of usage.



                  I struggled to find out how much I paid for this Dell keyboard as the receipt is nowhere to be found after so long but having researched it I have found that you can now buy this keyboard for around the price of £16.00. Normally what I would suggest is that you grab a bargain and go for a cheaper on like ARGOS Value Range, ASDA'S Smart Price or TESCO'S Value Range as the ones that you can pick up in the supermarket is always cheaper than other that you will find. Supermarkets own makes normally range from £4 to £10 which to be fair you cant complain at the price but it also comes down to the quality of the product. But for once I am going to recommend that you go for something that you know works well, is good quality and lasts a long time so that you get your moneys worth. For this reason I would highly recommend this Dell Keyboard for your computer, it doesn't only worth with Dell computers, it is compatible with many others and it is easy to install, just plug it in via USB to your computer, follow the instructions and your ready to start. I would rate this product full marks out 5 out of 5. I would also like to thank you all very much for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it is of some use to you in helping you decide if this keyboard is for you or not. Thanks again for your time.

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                    Please be warned that if you are anything like me, when the subject of head lice comes up, you immediately start to scratch your head. The question that many of us ask ourselves as well as others, is do head lice prefer clean or dirty hair? Well in my opinion it doesn't really matter to them, they will go to anyone. When I was a small child my Mother is demented at the amount of times that I came home with head lice in my hair as she thought they only went to dirty hair. My Mother washed and checked my hair 3 times a week and when they were found in my hair she wouldn't stop running the nit comb through my hair till my scalp was red raw. As I grew up and had my first child, we lived next door to a family that loved children but to be fair their personal hygiene was awful. The children that lived next door always wanted to play with my girl, you could see them scratching their head every few minutes, so it wasn't long until my 8 month old daughter had them in her very fine baby hair. I was absolutely mortified and stopped talking to the family next door as I didn't' have the heart to tell their Mother to get off her backside and get rid of the mountains of head lice that lived in 4 of her daughter hairs, I mean in all honestly it isn't the children's fault.



                    When I was a child my hair had always been very long, right down to my bottom, and also rather thick. Most of the time my Mother would always make sure that my hair was up in a ponytail to try to save me from getting them. But it never, ever worked no matter how hard my Mother tried. Most little girls are quite cuddly and whispering secrets to their friend, I was one of these little girls which is probably why I was always coming home with them. It didn't help by the fact that at school one of our favourite games was playing hairdressers in he play ground at lunch time.



                    Head lice are small dark brown insects that live off the blood of a person by biting their scalp. They can be passed by walking from one hair to another, using someone else bush, or ever towel. I have to laugh at my Mother, even to this day still believes that they can live in your pubic area (laughs out loud) I have explained to my Mum that this cannot happen, what she is thinking about is pubic lice which can be passed on by sexual intercourse, a complete different topic all together. Some people use the words headl ice and some use the word nits, what some people do not realise is that they are two different things. Nits are the babies that are hatched from the head lice, this looks like a little see through egg, if you squash it you will hear it crack, this is a nit. Nits, head lice eggs, get stuck on the hair shaft closest to the scalp that they can get. After around 7 days the egg hatches and are born around 2 weeks later when they are fully grown, then they start to lay their eggs. Normally if you find nits in your hair, you will either find a mummy or daddy head lice in your hair, your partners or even your child or children. It is better to check the whole household hair even the Fathers if it is short or not as when I was little my Father thought that it was silly for my Mother to check his hair as he hardly had any and surprise, surprise he had the biggest head lice of us all.



                    After a few years of me constantly getting them, my Mother realised that I was in a tremendous amount of pain and had developed a number of scabs around my head where she has been pulling the nit comb through my hair. I think the reason that my Mother never noticed how sore it was for me for so long, is that after many years she was diagnosed with OCD which for those that do not know is a cleaning compulsive disorder. So without thinking she had to get the nits and head lice out as soon as she could as to her my hair was dirty and have to be cleaned. However she she did finally notice she went to the chemist and had explained to them that I was constantly getting them and couldn't get them cleared out of my head. The chemist had recommend that she used a lotion, unfortunately I cant remember the name of the product. From what I can remember as it was many many years ago the lotion had to be put on dry hair, massaged into the scalp and left for a while before rinsing he lotion off, then taking a nit come through the hair to get all the dead head lice out. I remember the day that my Mother used this on me, it scared the hell out of me. I remember coughing as my Mum put the lotion on my hair, by the time I got into the bath to rinse it off I couldn't breath for the fumes that was coming off the lotion. My Mother quickly rinsed it off and got me out of the bath and out for some fresh air to help clear my lungs. The head lice lotion was suitable for children and came with no warning for children that was asthmatic which I wasn't but got help me if I was. Luckily my Mother never used it on me again. She learned that if she washed my hair with normal shampoo and left a thick layer of conditioner rubbed into my hair and left for half an hour, you can comb through your hair while the conditioner was still in and the head lice would just slide out the hair. Although all through school I was never cleared from head lice, my Mothers new technique saved me getting a sore and irritated scalp.



                    When my daughter had them at 8 months old, my heart sank, to be fair I felt like an awful Mother. My Nana had recommended getting a lotion but after what I had experienced as a child I wasn't about to put my own small child through what could possible have the same income or worse. As I got home, I looked out a nit come and started to comb through my daughters hair. It wasn't long before I noticed that her hair was too thin for the nit comb to work. I sat and read my daughter a story, not long after that she fell asleep on my lap. I tilted her head to one side and started to search through her fine hair, sliding and cracking the nits when I came across them. Just by luck my daughter slept for three hours which allowed me to pull them all out one by one. I realised that I didn't find any head lice just nits so I realised that I had to have it. Sure enough when I washed my hair and went through it I found a large one with no head lice. My daughter will be 7 his year and luckily she has never had them since.



                    If you search the internet you will probably find many different ways to get rid of the head lice but my opinion is plain and simple. Save your money, save your time. Wash the infected hair as normally, shampoo and condition. Leave the conditioner in the hair for half an hour and comb through while in the bath. Rinse the hair and comb through again once out of the bath, where you will probably find a few more. Continue every 2 days and you should be clear of them within a week.



                    I hope that my review is of some use to you thank you for taking the time to read it. Thanks again.

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                      21.02.2012 20:26
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                      It was coming up to my 18th birthday, my parents had asked me what I wanted for present. I had asked my parents for a computer of my own to save me sharing with my Father. Computers years ago were more expensive than what they are now, so to be fair I didn't think that they would of agreed to get me one. Rather than buying one my parents decided to talk to my Uncle who builds computers as a hobby. He orders in the parts for the computers and builds them up himself, surprisingly enough he found out how to build them through the internet. It works out much cheaper than buying one and he is able to make a little money off it for himself too. Luckily for me my Uncle agreed to make the computer, he ordered the parts and it was only a waiting game till the parts had arrived and ready for him to start building my computer.



                      My Uncle had ordered all the parts for the computer from a website called ebuyer. I'm not sure if you have heard of it before but I had never head of it, this was the first. As well as ordering all the inside parts for my computer that makes it work, he also ordered me speakers, a mouse, and a keyboards, all from the same website. If you are wanting to have a look at the website I have listed it for you below. They are very reasonably priced, the website is:
                      http://www.ebuyer.com



                      In this review I am going to tell you all about the speakers that were ordered with my computer. I will also write other reviews on the different items that my Uncle ordered with my computer, so if you find this review useful please keep an eye out for my further reviews.



                      When my Uncle brought my computer over to my parents house to set up for my birthday he asked me to give him a hand. As I don't know much about setting computers up only using them when all the hard bit is done, I thought this would be a good learning opportunity, so I took him up on his offer. As I picked up the box to pass it to my Uncle I was shocked at firstly how big the box actually was, as I thought it was standard sized speakers that he had ordered. Secondly the weight of them took me buy surprise causing me almost to drop the box. After getting over the strain of carrying them over the computer to start setting them, I opened the box to find out that the speakers were indeed not your standard sized or standard package of speakers.



                      In the box I found:
                      4 surround satellite speakers which I thought looked rather modern.
                      1 rather small centre speaker which comes with a metal stand.
                      1 massive sub woofer which is what made it so heavy to lift.
                      A connection cable which had 3 outputs and one input.
                      A spare fuse in case you were to blow a fuse you had a spare one to replace it.
                      And last but not least an instruction manual.



                      There isn't must point in describing the speakers to you as you can see them in the picture above. As you can see, the sub woofer is in a black case, in what I think is made out of MDF. The other speakers are all, also black with a metal effect stands and in my opinion look quite modern.



                      Luckily for me the computer was set up in my parents living room which to be pair is rather quite large. My Uncle picked these speakers for me as he knows how much I like watching my online movies but the sound quality of the films are not a good standard with normal speakers as what it would be on the television, hence the reason why my Uncle chose these surround speakers.



                      My Uncle started to position the speakers where he thought was best, but I stopped him in his tracks to suggest that if he was teaching me how to set up my computer it was maybe best to follow the instructions. Shocked as I never normally read instructions for anything he agreed with me to start reading them while he went for a well deserved break and a cup of tea. Not being very good with instructions it has to be said, if I can understand them anyone can, they are practically idiot proof just like the books that you get like computers for dummies. As I read the instructions I start to follow them. I found a place for my sub woofer on my computer desk the I plugged the rest of the speakers into the back of the sub woofer. After I arranged the rest of the speakers on my desk, I put the electrical plug into the mains and then the plug that was left into the back on my computer. Normally I would of had to of asked someone where I would plug in the connection plug into the back of the computer, but luckily for me the wires were colour coded and matched the connection on the back of my pc. As I was plugging them in I also noticed hat the connection were designed with only what can be described as knobbly bits on it, which makes it impossible to plug the speaker cable into the wrong connection.



                      I noticed that how much cable there was when I was setting the speakers up. I was pleasantly surprised, I could of pretty much of positioned them anywhere around my parents living room, but as my Mother didn't want them around her living room as they didn't match her deco, I decided to keep them positioned around my computer desk. Now that they were set up, they were now ready to use woohoo.



                      The controls are actually quite easy to use and easy to follow. There is a power switch at the back of the sub woofer, a volume control and the on/off button in the centre of the speaker. Straight forward with no confusion is just what I like, you can also adjust the volume on your computer using the usual volume control that you would use for normal speakers.



                      Since I have had the surround sound speakers for my computer, which is roughly 7 years, they are still going strong. Over the years I have listened to CD's, DVD's, online movies off the internet, and even the radio. The sound quality is excellent, I was so surprised when I used them as it sounded just like when you are in the cinemas, you can hear the different sounds come from different places to give much better sound effects. The sound is crystal clear, also fairy loud at 100 watts. While I never played any games using the surround sound speakers my father did. He played the well known army game Call Of Duty, for those that don't know or haven't heard of it before, it is an army game. My Father enjoyed playing this game on my computer rather than his own, as he said the sound affects where like as if it was real life and he was actually in the game. My Father is a little hard of hearing so the volume had to be turned up quite high, I was pleasantly surprised that even at a high volume, there was no loss of tone. No matter what I have used the speakers for, listening to music or watching my online films, the sound that the speakers give off it just amazing. You can hear noises that you couldn't hear before when using previous speakers when I used my Fathers computer, it has depth to the sound, it is sharp, precise and as I said before crystal clear.



                      My Uncle origionally got these surround sound speakers off the webite www.ebuyer.com but I have checked and they no longer sell them. After so long after purchasing them, I am no surprised that they are no longer on the site to buy. I have however done some researching, I found that you can buy the speakers from the manufacturer Dell, that supplies online direct to the public. I have supplied the website below:
                      www.dell.co.uk



                      They are selling a 5:1 system which means that there are 5 satellite speakers and one sub woofer. It can be connected by the cable and also magnetically shielded satellites and centre which means that it is safe to put them near your other equipment eg your television. They have an 40hz to 20khz bandwidth, which means they are incredibly responsive and able to produce sound at lots of different frequencies and wavelengths. Including VAT and their delivery charged the surround sound speaker system is coming in at £78.73p much more expensive that your standard speakers that you can pick up at the supermarket at roughly £5 a set, but considering that the sensational sound that there speakers output, the experiences is worth while investing in. Normal speakers last around a year to two years, these speakers have lasted me 7 years and still going strong.



                      If you are looking for speakers that are easy to install, have exceptional sound quality, look modern and last for a while, then these are the speakers for you. Having spoken to Dell on the phone trying to find out more about prices they told me that you can buy like what we would call ex display speakers that will be a little cheaper as they would be willing to sell them with 20% off if they have any ex display ones in at that time. Although Dell say that the surround sound speakers have only been tested on Dell computers and that their technical support is only available if used with a Dell system, I have to be honest and tell you that my computer system is not from Dell. To be fair it has to be said that I have no idea what parts my Uncle used to make my computer but I do know that it is obviously not manufactured from Dell. Despite that my computer is not from Dell and the speakers are it is safe to say that the Dell Surround Sound Speakers work well with my computer and the sound is fantastic.



                      I cannot recommend these speakers enough, it has really changed my experience listening to films, music, and gaming for my Father. As I said before my Father is quite hard of hearing, I tease him that it is old age but to be fair he doesn't see the funny side to it. With its !00 watt combined system, the satellite speakers are 9 watts each, the centre is 14 watts, and the sub woofer is is 10 watts. There is more than enough volume quality and depth for us with these surround sound speakers. I would rate these wonderful, stylish speakers full marks of 5 out of 5 and would also say that the price is worth it for the quality and also for how long that the speakers have lasted for. They have really been 100% worth it. I hope that my review has been of some use to you and helps you in making a decision if these speakers are for you or not. Thank you for taking the time in reading my review, it is much appreciated.

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                        20.02.2012 20:11
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                        Ironing is one of those things that you either do or you don't do. Although my clothes are never creased, it has to be said that I am one of those people that do not iron unless I really need to. My family and friends joke that I don't know what an iron looks like, luckily for me I do know what one looks like, I just don't like using it (laughs). My opinion is that, my time would be better spent with my two girls than a few hours of ironing. If you look smart enough and your close are crease free, then why iron.


                        When I moved into my flat, I went on a shopping spree to buy all the usual necessary items that you need for a house. As I know that I am not a huge fan of ironing and only doing it when need be, I knew that I didn't want to spend a lot of money one. When I was having a look through the ARGOS catalogue for my household appliances and taking note of catalogue numbers, I came across this 1200 watt ARGOS Value Steam Iron. My budget was roughly around £5 but I was surprised to see that I had found one for £3.79. I ordered it online along with my other items, now all I had to do was sit and wait on it being delivered.



                        A couple of days later my iron had arrived. As I started to unpack it I had noticed that the box it came in was good quality. It was sturdy enough to hold the iron and was well packaged to save any damage to it. The design of the box was greenish blue colour with big red writing saying ARGOS Value Range on it and a doodle type drawing of an iron. Although mine got delivered, if you were to collect this in store some people may feel a little embarrassed as every one will know that the item you bought was the cheapest of the cheap. This personally doesn't bother me but I know it does some people.



                        As I pulled the iron out of the box I was surprised that it was much lighter than what I expected, weighing roughly around 0.76 kg, even when it was filled full with water it is still rather light. This for me was great as it saves less effort on getting the creases out of your clothes. The iron is a combination of white and almost like a see through grey colour. The white plastic is the handle that you hold and also a large steam button the the top of the handle. The large area of the see through colour is where the water will be held and the indicator to tell you that your iron is on. The dial is white and grey, it clearly tells you what setting your iron is on. The settings can be changed by turning the dial which is rather easy to move and it doesn't stick. As you can see the iron is pretty basic not only to use but also the design but for under £4 who can complain?


                        Before I used my steam iron I filled a jug with some cold water, gently I poured it into the iron with no mess at all. I noticed that the iron holds roughly 220 mls of water, you can also see that there is a water level indicator which shows you a MIN and a MAX of water that iron holds. As the water is heating up the temperature ready indicator lights up red, when the water is at the correct temperature and your iron is ready to use, the light goes out. Having a look at the settings dial, I noticed that there are five different settings that you can use. Obviously this will change depending on what item you are going to iron, you can choose from synthetics, silk, wool, cotton or linen. While I was ironing my clothes I noticed that there was quite a lot of room to move my iron around which made it more easier to use. The cable from the iron to the plug socket is roughly 1.5 meters.



                        My over all opinion on the ARGOS Value Steam Iron Range ES-197, was rather surprising, not only the price of it but also its performance. Not only did I not waste any of my clothes with its non stick soleplate, my clothes were also crease fee in a matter of no time. I put this partly down to the vertical steam which outputs at 20 g per minutes and also the fact that you are able to change the steam temperature with this variable steam iron. I would rate this product full marks of 5 out of 5. I must say, I may of hated ironing at one point but now I don't mind it just as much. I would recommend that if you are looking for a cheap iron that works well to get this one and give it a go. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope that it is of some use to you. Thanks again.

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                          19.02.2012 17:42
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                          It wasn't long before Christmas when I started getting really bad toothache. For years I have had problems with my wisdom tooth trying to push through my gum but unfortunately it has never quite managed to surface. Around 4 years ago is when it first started, my dentist took a xray of my teeth, where you could clearly see my wisdoms tooth directly just under my gum. He said it would be through very soon but as you can see after all this time it still has not came through. The pain that I was experiencing what unreal as my gum was all swollen and the taste in my mouth to be honest was absolutely disgusting. I was unable to go to the Dentist as it was closed for the Christmas holidays as well as the Doctors was also closed. So I decided to go to the Chemist to see if there was anything that they could recommend to me, to try and help with the pain.


                          The lady in the Chemist recommend a mouth wash called Peroxyl which is manufactured by Colgate. When I got home I started to read the ingredients and instructions. I was shocked to find that it contains Hydrogen Peroxide (yes the stuff that you use to bleach your hair!) The mouthwash claims to relieve minor gum irritations, unfortunately I found this unhelpful as it did not cure my problem that I was having. Although the area of my gum still remained red, swollen, and still rather painful, I had no bleeding which I was thankful for as the awful taste in my mouth was bad enough enough without the taste of blood.


                          When the Dental Surgery opened again after the Christmas holiday I tried to book the first appointment available, which would be in two weeks time. I explained to the lady what was wrong and that I had spend roughly a week already in pain and needed to see someone sooner than that. The lady went to speak to my Dentist, she came back on the telephone and told me to turn up at 2pm that afternoon. When my usual Dentist had a look at my mouth and asked me a few questions about my problem, he told me that my wisdom tooth was infected that is why it was so painful. He explained that it was a common problem in wisdom teeth, he also told me that if it is to happen twice in 6 months I will need my tooth retracted, if has pierced through my gum or not. He gave me a course of antibiotics along with a mouth wash and recommended that I continue to take some painkillers to try and help with my pain.


                          The mouthwash that my Dentist game me, you might of heard of it before, is called Corsodyl? The first time that I had heard of it was a few years ago when my pregnant friend was using it. It is specifically aimed at curing Gingivitis, the active ingredients being chlorxidine gluconate and it is also safe to use for pregnant woman. Luckily for me I got the mouthwash on prescription from my Dentist, but you can also buy it over the counter as well. The mouth wash comes in two sizes of 300ml for £4.00 and 600 mls for just under £6.00, you can buy this mouth wash from Chemists and most Supermarkets such as Asda, Tesco's, Morrisons, Sainsburrys ect.


                          Corsodyl mouthwash is available in two flavours, Original which is aniseed flavour and is packaged in red. And Mint which is obviously mint flavour and packaged in green. I have to say that I am ever so thankful that there isn't just the Original flavour as I hate aniseed, so when I collected my prescription I made sure that they has gave me the mint to save me trip back to the chemist in case it was the wrong one that they had given me. The taste itself doesn't taste like mint, it is very hard to try and describe the taste, but to be fair it isn't a bad taste, it actually leaves your mouth feeling rather refreshed, clean, and also helped numb the pain that I was experiencing where my wisdom tooth was playing a game of hide and seek.


                          When I got home to try my mouthwash I noticed that when I first opened up the bottle that there was no tamper proof seal of any kind, also there was no safety catch for there for children in case a child was to open it and drink it. I was rather surprised as I thought all medical items these days along with many other mouthwashes were all child proofed. My children are old enough to know not to touch medicines, but if your child is quite small as with anything make sure it is out the reach. The lid comes in useful as it doubles up as a measuring cup to allow you to see how much you of the mouthwash you are putting into the cup and how many mls you are using. The label that is attached to the bottle, peels back to reveal a whole list of information, including how to use and cautions. It says that no special precautions are needed if you are pregnant or breast feeding, but as with the Peroxyl (and in fact most medicines) it warns that you should consult your doctor or dentist before using.


                          In the information it tells you that when you first use the Corsodyl mouthwash, you might notice a change of taste or a burning sensation on the tongue. I never experienced this but maybe if you are using the mouthwash for gingivitis then you may experience this. It states that if his happens to you, continue to use he mouthwash and it should fade in time.You are supposed to rinse your mouth with 10ml of Corsodyl non diluted for roughly around a minute, twice daily. After you have spat out the mouthwash, the taste of it stays in your mouth for quite a few hours after and the it over rules the first tastes of any food you eat or drink but to be fair the mouthwash does leave your mouth refreshed. The best way to describe this is if you have ever had an extra strong mint and immediately followed it by a drink, then you will have a good idea of what this is like.


                          After using the mouth wash a few times, I was rather please with the results. The swelling started to settle, the horrible taste went out of my mouth, and the infection went away. I recommend using the mouthwash after you have brushed your teeth in the mornings and at night time as I noticed that there new hardly any plaque build up on my teeth throughout the day, even what I eat my Chinese food which we all know it fully of fat.


                          As with most products as well as the goods there is also a downside to some things. There is a note on the bottle telling you that the Corsodyl mouthwash may cause discolouration to your teeth and tongue. While this wasn't an issue for me, as I never noticed any difference, however if this does happen to you please don't worry it is easily sorted with using a small amount of bircarbinate of soda to brush your teeth in the mornings only for one week and your teeth will be shiny and white again. After reading the label again for a second time, I realised that there was a warning that the mouthwash, could possibly cause skin irritation. It can also cause peeling of the skin on the inside of the mouth. This latter problem, so it says, can be solved by diluting it half and half with water. If you have sensitive skin I would mention this to your Doctor, Dentist, or person that you are buying if from to see if they could perhaps help you if this is to occur to you. I have rather sensitive skin myself but I occurred no skin irritation at all while using this product.


                          My Dentist recommend using all of the mouthwash until finished, as well as the antibiotics and taking painkillers when required for the pain. The Corsodyl Mouthwash lasts me roughly 30 days even though I was feeling much better and my mouth seemed back to normally I continued with the mouthwash just like the Dentist has required. Having read the rest of the information on the leaflet that was provided I found out that it is also used for mouth ulcers and oral thrush.


                          This product is made by Smithkline Beecham Consumer Health Care. If you have any complains or questions then you can write to them at:
                          Smithkline Beecham Consumer Health Care
                          Maidenhead
                          SL6 4BL
                          UK


                          I would rate this mouthwash full marks of 5 out of 5 and would also highly recommend to others that are experiencing the same problem with wisdom teeth. I have also read quite a few reviews on here for those that have used the mouthwash for gingivitis, one of which included my friend who used it while she was pregnant and most of the 90 reviews that have been written agree that this product was useful for them also. I hope that my review is of some use to you in helping you decide if this mouthwash would be useful for you. Thank you for taking the time to read my review.

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                            15.02.2012 20:23
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                            It is Friday night, the wax is in the microwave as I get ready for my weekend wax before heading out. Walking out of my kitchen and into the living room, I get the fright of my life. It sounds as if fireworks are having a display in my microwave. I have never had to through a microwave out before due to it not working before so I had no idea what was wrong. I opened the microwave door to find that the silver bit inside was black. It was then that I realised how dangerous it was and lucky that a fire never started.



                            What with it being not long after Christmas and money still being tight, it was defiantly the wrong time for items in the house to break down and need replaced. Some of my friends use their microwaves just for heating up some baked beans, this I have to be honest takes me aback. I cant get my head around why someone would have a big item in their kitchen that they don't really need as they don't use it very often. I however make all my meals from scratch and pop in the freezer to keep fresher for longer and when I am ready to use what I want for dinner that night, I put the contents in the microwave till it defrosts.



                            I needed a microwave that was within my budget, one that was reliable but also affordable. I had a look online at the ARGOS website where I found this basic but eye catching priced microwave, that is made by Argos and in their Value Range. I wrote down the product number and got my partner to take me to collect it from the store.



                            When I got home I sat down to play with my new toy. Opening the packaging and getting the microwave out of the box was rather easy as it didn't put up much of a fight. I had a quick read through the instructions but there really wasn't much point to be honest, so please save yourself time and don't bother. As there is no digital display or clock on the microwave, it is rather simple to set up, plug it and and your ready to go. Once you have done that, you will need to put the turntable in and I have to say that this is where it shows that it is a budget product, the turntable itself is fine but the slightest little knock and you have to spend few seconds putting it back in to place. I'm not a clumsy person but if you are a little heavy handed, this could maybe become a problem for you causing a little annoyance.




                            The basic but easy to use microwave comes with a two dials, the top right hand side. One is to select the wattage setting, which starts at defrost and ends at 700. There are four different options in between, so you can be assured you can use the one that you need to use at the time. The lower dial is for the time that you wish to use the microwave. The two dials are clearly marked so you are able to see what settings that you are putting them on and how long you are putting them on for.




                            Both dials turn smoothly and it is easy for you to select exactly what you need. The ping, when the food is finished cooking/heating in the microwave is actually quite quite. It is that loud I can hear it from another room, which is good to know, so if you are a quite hard of hearing, then this little microwave might be quite good for you as you would not miss the sound of the ping, There is a large clear push button that opens the door rather easily. The spinning disc in the centre is clear, and it is easily removable for cleaning and also dish washer safe.




                            As with all my reviews, I am always honest and it has to be said that, the inside of this microwave is not the biggest that I have seen. If I use my big square plates (also from ARGOS) the plate does not spin, it still heats up but makes a bit of a racket in the microwave when it is cooking. However if I use my round standard plates, they fit perfect and I have no problems at all. A section of front of the door is black, and does the usual see through capability when you have turned on the microwave, so you can keep an eye on something inside it with ease. I have always found that my food is cooked thoroughly when I use it, so it gets the thumbs up with me.




                            When it comes time to cleaning the microwave, lets face it, we aren't all that keen, but this microwave is really easy and doesn't take long at all. I half fill a heat proof bowl with warm water, half a orange and half a lemon, then heat on full power for five minutes. Doing this will help the cleaning process, it will clean, freshen the microwave and the steam helps soften any mess that may be in the microwave which leaves it easy to just wipe away.




                            I would recommend this ARGOS Value Range microwave that is selling for £30 and rate it a 4 out of 5. While I personally can not find any fault with it, I could understand how some people may, for this reason and the reasons stated in this review is the reason as to why I am not giving it full marks. Considering that you get similar items for more money, I could recommend that if you are wanting a basic one then this microwave is the one for you, especially if you are looking for one on a budget. Lets face it, we all love a bargain, who doesn't? I hope that my review is of some use to you and helps you make your decision as to if this is the microwave for you or not. Thank you very much for taking the time to read it.

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                              05.02.2012 21:58
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                              Having being homeless with nowhere to live ecept a womans reuge for a year with my two children, we were finally given a place to live. As I got no help with grants or loans ect money was tight for having to furnish my new home, so everything that was bought as cheap as I could find it. Despite that I like a bargain, why spend lots on unnessery money on an item when you can get a just as good one for cheaper? Lets you spend that extra money on something else.


                              I ordered most of my items for Argos as they have a wide range of their own make "Argos Value Range" plus it is more convienant for me to order it all from the same place as it is not only one delivery charge but also only one day waiting in an epmty house awaitin the items. I decided to go for the basic Argos Value Deep Fat Fryer as it was the cheapest ones in the Argos catalogue at the time. This is most definitely a 'no frills' fryer as it is pertty basic but it was the cheapest I could find so thought I would go for it. The other reason I brought this one was because with it being from Argos, at least you know if you are going to get any problems with it, then you will get decent customer service from Argos.


                              This deep fat fryer is only available in white and is priced at £14.49 in their current catalogue (spring/summer 2012). It can be brought in store, reserved online or delivered to your home for an extra cost for delivery. There are no special features with the fryer, but then provided it does the job of frying your food to a good standard, then in my opinion it doesn't really matter.


                              There is very little danger of you accidently leaving this fryer on without realising it as there is a large power light which is good as it catches your attention to let you know that the fryer is on.It has a viewing window in the top of the fryer but it needs cleaned on a regular basis as it soon becomes greasy and hard to see through. The fryer has an oil capacity of 1.5l and a food capacity of 0.5g so it is a pretty ample size in comparison to other fryers. It also has 1.2kw power and ranges from 108c to210c. It also has an adjustable thermostat on the front meaning the fryer so it can be used to fry a variety of foods to the way you like them.


                              One of my most hated household chores is cleaning a cooker, fryer or de-scalin the kettle. Lets face it, who does like doing these dire job as it is just so messy. In all fairness this actually isn't all that bad a fryer to clean, as the lid can be removed which makes it so much more easy. The base of the fryer also fits easily into the sink, so you can give it a good clean. I recommend ising a brillo pad to remove all the grease and crumbs that are left in the bottom of the frye, just make sure that you rinse it out well after using the cleaning materials.


                              What I liked about this fryer is not only is it great value for money but it also has a couple of safety features as well. It is non slip feet at the bottom of the fryer which work well as the fryer hasn't slid while I am using it, only if it has been lifted by myself when I am cleaning round it when I clean my work tops. As most of you know deep fat fryers have a high risk of starting a fire but this fryer has a cut off feature which in theory saves this from becomin an issue.



                              I don't normally use a fryer as most of my cooking is done by using the hobs on my cooker and the oven and grill. I like my home made meals such as spaghetti bolonagise, mince and potatoes with veg, lime and chilli chicken, chicken meals, pork ect. But every now and then I like to cook saussages, fish fingers, chicken dippers, ect and not forgetting chips! I do love my chips as do the children however, it is safe to say we do not like chips that come out of the oven, they are tasteless and the texture in your mouth is awful. I am a healthy eater but I would rather have tasty chips from a deep fat fryer than healthy oven chips any day. This fryer does exactly what I wanted it to do, it cooks what I want perfectly as it has diffent funchions for different food that you can cook. I like that fact that it is not only easy to use but also easy to clean, the only fryer that I have had that has been so no complaintes there. At the time when I bought this deep fat fryer it cost me £13 although the price has went up to just under £15, I would still say it is a fantastic price and well worth the money. I liked the fact that it doesn't take up much room in your kitchen so when not in use you can put away in a cupbaord, just make sure that if you have children that they dont touch it, I personally have mines sitting on the work top as my kitchen is quite large and looks empty without my fryer, kettle, and microwave being on show. I would happily recommend this to others and would quite easily rate it a 5 out of 5. The waiting time for the fryer to melt the fat doesn't take too long I would say the adverage time like any other fryer. The fryer also has a decent length of cord so it doesn't have to be plugged in to the plug socket directly rext to it, however for safety reasons I wouldn't recommend doing that for safetly reasons. I keep mines plugged into the closest socket which is right behind the fryer. Another plus point with the cheap fryer, is that it doesnt take long to cool down after it has been used, which is handy when you have children in case any accidents were to happen. I always ask my girls to stay out the kitchen while I am cooking but you know what it is like they always have a question to ask or something to say... mummy cassidy is being horrible to me, mummy II need a drink, mummy god i could go on, kids will be kids.

                              If you are looking for a cheap and cheerful deep fat fryer like I was, then I recommend you take a look at this one from Argos. Although it may not look much it does exactly what you need it for. If you type in the webpage www.argos.co.uk wait until the page loads, then type in value range deep fat fryer and you will see the item come up on your screen.

                              I hope that my review was of some use to you, thank you for taking the time to read it.

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                                This Christmas I had decided to make gifts for certain people rather than buying them. For my childrens teachers, office ladies, lollipop ladies and friends of my two girls, where they would all get a lovely personalised, extra special gift just from my girls. For those of you that doesn't know what a sock money is, it is what it says a pair of cut up socks that is sewn back together and turned into a monkey after it has been stuffed with stuffing. I have never been one for using a sewing machine, even in technonlgy when I was at school, in textiles I would try my hardest to avoid using one. However having trying to sew the first sock monkey by hand which took me 5 hours, I decided that it was perhaps time to invest in a sewing machine.



                                I dont know much about sewing machines, they all look so confusing with far too many buttons, it is all rather complicated for me. I knew that I didn't want to spend an awful lot of money and I was looking for one that was perhaps small enough that wouldn't take up much room and would also be easy to transport. I went to my local shopping center and wondered round trying to find the best suitable sewing machine for me. I ended up finding this mini sewing machine that was not only perfect size wise but also the price was a fantatsic deal as it was in the sale. It was meant to be £19.99 but as it had money off it was now down to £14.99, as many of you know, I like a bargain, I mean who doesn't?



                                When I got home I opened the box to have a little look inside.The sewing machine comes complete with a needle threader, a needle a foot pedal and four metal bobbins. There is a detailed instruction manual which is very easy to read and follow. The sewing machine uses 4 x AA batteries or mains power. The mains adaptor is included in the box, the batteries however are not included, so if you want a portable sewing machine you will have to purchase these separately. I personally do not see the point in spending a fortune on batteries as they can be rather expensive, so I recommend getting your batteries from either the pound shop or B&M who also sell them for a pound.



                                The sewing machine is ivory in colour with pink fixtures such as knobs, buttons and bobbin holders. I liked the fact that this little machine doesn't have an awful lot of different buttons to confuse me. The sewing machine is very basic and as a result only has one main stitch, the running stitch. many sewing machines out there offer zig zag, button hole etc. The sewing machine is approximately 23cm long, 21cm tall and 13cm wide the sewing machine fits perfectly on a desk, table, or work top which is where i use mines. The size of the sewing machine and ability to run off batteries makes it perfect for carrying about and is rather light at about 1.5kg in weight.



                                As the sewing machine is quite basic the set up is quick, easy and simple. Firstly you need to thread the needle which is very simple and no fuss. I was very glad to see that after looping the thread through the numbered loops it was ready to thread with no trouble. The foot pedal is very easy to connect, just insert the adapter into the space that is labelled AC on it, then plug it into the nearest socket available. The wire is long enough to reach from a high work surface on to the ground with extra cable left over. The machine can be used with or without the foot pedal, although I think it is much faster to use the foot pedal. When I first used the machine to have a practise before starting on my sock monkeys, I got quite a fright when using it as not only was it rather loud but also the went really fast. I recommend pressing your foot gently on the pedal rather that putting your foot right down on it. Adjusting tension is quite important after all tight, bunching stitches could result in frilly effects on any item that you maybe trying to sew and loose stitches could result in more embarrassing seam splits. The circular button on the front of the sewing machine, which is situated below the thread holder will help adjust tension. Adding the thread to the bobbin from a cotton reel has always been a scary moment for me but with this simple sewing machine it is easy to do and it is now safe to say that I am no longer scared of a sewing machine. When it comes time to replacing the bobbing I cant help but get wound up so much so that that I have at one stage been ready to through it in the bin but in all fairness I have always been like this when it comes to replacing the bobbin. At school it was easy as the teacher would do it for me but now being a big girl with two children this is still something that I cannot do myself. It should be as easy as turning the wheel anti-clockwise to pick up the thread then bringing the thread round to the front pulling it gently but I just cant seem to get the hang of it, especially with my unsteady hands it doesn't help.


                                After cutting up my brand new socks and start to sew them back together to make my monkeys I notice that it is easy to stitch together. However, when it get to the part elasticated part of the sock I notice that the sewing machine is starting to struggle. The thickness of the material isn't that thick at all so it would suggest to me that not all materials would be able to be used with this mini sewing machine such as denim. As I am only using this for sewing socks together it is perfect for me but if you are wanting to sew maybe material that is thicker that cotton, I would recommend that you invest in a better more expensive sewing machine. I would rate this little compact sewing machine a four out of five. For me it was just what I was looking for but for those that may want to use it for something else, could end up disappointed. Thank you for taking the time to read my review, I hope that it is of some use to you.

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                                  Many of us have many different views on valentines day, some celebrate, some don't. I personally think that it is just an excuse to get money out of you, but despite that it is nice showing everyone that you love them. Most people just give to their partner, or some one who they want to be their partner but me personally I give to all those that I love and those who are close to me. My boyfriend, my two children, my father (from the girls) and my boyfriends mum and dad (also from the girls).


                                  Valentines day doesn't have to cost a fortune, trust me I am the thrifty craft doctor, that will save you pennies with my great ideas. You can spend as much or as little as you like on a gift or ideas that you may wish to try on this special day. I have a small online business and I make loads of different gifts that I make for customers and I make them to your budget. So I am going to share with you as many different neat ideas that I can for you. Different ideas for different people that suit the relationship with that person, I hope that you find it interesting and useful.
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                                  A simple and easy gift to make is a teddy in a cup. Head to Poundland, collect a valentines day teddy of your choice, there is normally quite a verity of choice for you to choose from. Collect a love mug, maybe I love you one or a heart shaped printed one and also a packet or sweets or chocolate. Get your mug, insert the chosen teddy, put in your goodies, I tend to use chocolate Lint balls that you also get in Poundland at this time. Then all you are left to do is get some cellophane gift wrap which you can get either off ebay or for a small price out of your local florist. A small gift costing roughly £4 wont break the bank and adding a bow will make the gift look more expensive than it actually is. The person that you are buying the present for wont have a clue that you made it, they will think that you bought it from a shop.
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                                  Have you ever heard of a sock bouquet before? It is useful for those who like flowers or perhaps even socks. You can use this idea for many occasions but as it is valentines day i recommend that you use black and red. All you need is two bunches of red roses, and a pack of three black socks, again I suggest that you go to Poundland, as it will probably be the cheapest option for you. In Poundland you can also get a pack of ten decorative red love hearts, to make your bouquet more expensive looking pick up a pack of these. Get your bunches of roses and cut all the stems off, try and make them all as even as you can. Take five of the rose bud heads off and wrap round one black sock onto each one securing it with a safety pin. It should look like a rose bud as you wind it round, if you have no idea what to do, have a look on youtube as there are lots of different video clips showing you how to do it. You will be left with one black sock left over, wrap it round one of the other socks that you have doing the same as before and securing it with a safety pin, this will make the rose look larger and your centre rose. Get your large rose, round it add your red roses and start building up your bouquet. Once you are finished, add the black roses made of socks and include them into your bouquet, not forgetting to add your decorative hearts in it. I personally only use one but it is your bouquet so feel free to add as many as you wish. Add some tissue paper round the steams of your flowers, then add your cellophane to make it look more expensive, and there you have it another great gift for £4

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                                  For those of you that have looked at hampers to give your partner, you will see how expensive it really is. If you order from a florist or even an online shop the average price you will pay for a hamper is £40-£50. You can make these yourself for a fraction on the price. I have three ideas of hampers that work well for valentines day.
                                  I love you hamper.. Once again the Pound Shop always comes in useful, you will find loads of items that say I love you on it in there. Items such as I love toast stamper, I love you plaque, I love you teddy, I love you snow globe, you know where this is heading I could be here for a while. Pick as may items as you wish and items that stick out to you, then add it to a gift basket and arrange it nicely. The best place to get a basket is from either Poundstretcher, Wilkinsons, or B&Ms for £1.99 each. Remember with hampers you need cellophane, wrap the cellophane around the hamper then add a pretty bow.
                                  Sexy hamper.. Why not make some extra time for you and your partner to spice things up a little. I know what you are thinking, and this doesn't have to be expensive if you don't want it too. You can go to Ann Summers and fill your bag or believe it or not Poundland also has loads of sexy items in there. Hand cuffs, nipple tassels, a spanker, stockings, body dust, ect ect. I made one of these for my boyfriend last year and to make it more interesting, I added a cock ring for my boyfriend out of ASDA for £4.99. It is safe to say he enjoyed his hamper as much as I did, who says there there is no such thing as a selfish gift.
                                  Normal hamper that you get out of the florists.. It consists of a teddy, a bottle of wine, box of chocolates, and a rose plant. Where I stay the florist is charging £40, which I personally think is shocking, why pay that when you could make it yourself for £20 at the most, depending on the wine of course.
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                                  I love you enough to give you my last Rolo. You can pick up little boxes from The Card Factory, Clintons, or Birthdays, even... surprise surprise the Pound Shop also sell them. You can find these in the party section where the wedding items are. You will find a pack of ten in a white box with a silver love heart engraved on the box. Buy a packet of Rolos and wrap an individual Rolo in some tin foil and put it in the box and seal it up. On a gift tag (which you can make) write on it, I love you enough to give you my last Rolo. This gift will cost you roughly £1.50, its a nice, sweet, and thoughtful gift.

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                                  What about getting a jar and decorating it. You can either buy one or save one from when you are making something with a sauce and you have a let over jar. You can decorate it with pretty diamantés, paint or stickers. I a doing one this year for my boyfriend. I got a pretty clear jar with a blue lid from b&ms for 99p I am going to print out a Rangers Football Club sticker and write his name with red, white and blue diamanté. Not only will he like it because it is Rangers but also because he is needing to save his pennies for when he go to Spain in the summer.
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                                  A great gift for children for Valentines day is get a I love you teddy, a pack of socks and a chocolate bar. Wrap the socks into a sock cup cake, if you cant do this then I suggest that you look on Youtube as there is quite a few videos that you can look at to show you how to do it. Get a piece of card, paint it red or use a wrapping paper, use this as a base for the teddy to sit on. Add the sock cup case in the middle of the teddy and the chocolate behind that. Use gift wrap to make it look more expensive and you got a lovely gift for less than £3.

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                                  Another fanatic gift for children is themed gift hampers. My two girls like Disney Princess so I usually head to the Pound Shop where I can pick up a few items Disney Princess themed items. Add a few sweets and treat in, gift wrap and add a pretty bow. Your little ones will love it, it will make them feel special and totally loved. You can make a decent one for roughly £2.50.
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                                  Buy a large clear photo frame, you can pick them up in many stores for roughly £2. Look out your photos and make a collage. Feel free to add some pretty hearts with glitter round it to add character to your gift.

                                  9.
                                  I know at this time of year there are quite a lot of love albums being advertised. I have chosen what one I would like, so my boyfriend knows what one to get me. What I would like more than anything though is for him to make me one of all my favourite songs. Why don't you give it a go? Although it can be time consuming, it is a lovely gift and something to keep forever.
                                  10.
                                  If you cant afford to go out for a romantic dinner, why not have one at home. Make a three course meal, it is easier and cheaper than you think. Have a look at budget recipes online there are quite a few good ideas and step by steps for those who don't normally cook. If you don't feel like making a large meal, why not make a picnic instead? If the weather is bad don't let it stop you having one in doors.

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                                  All us women would like to go to a spa and I am sure most men would too. Spas can be very expensive, so why not make up a basket of lots of inexpensive spa treatments to be used in the home. You could include candles, rose petals, bubble baths, facial masks, scrubs and massage oils. Both you and your partner will have a very relaxing day.
                                  12.
                                  Valentines Day is all about showing the people you love how special they are to you. Why not have a family day, you, your partner, and your children at the cinemas. The Vue cinemas charge £1.25 each at the weekends at 10am. £5 isn't going to break the bank and all children love the cinemas.

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                                  My partner is a huge nature lover and enjoys going out long walks. It can be rather romantic, a walk in the woods holding hands, where no one is watching it is quite nice to grab a quick peck on the cheek.
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                                  If you have no money at all to buy some one a gift or to make a hamper, don't worry. Get your pens and paper out and make a start on vouchers. The vouchers can be anything from, this voucher entitles you... to one back massage, breakfast in bed, to do a day of house work ect. Doesn't cost a penny and it also shows that you have put a lot of effort into thinking about what the other person would like.

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                                  write a list of why you love that person or perhaps a poem. I would love something like this but my partner isn't a person who shows too much emotion, which is a shame as it is something that would mean a lot to me and something that I would also keep forever.
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                                  Either on a post it note or a small piece of paper write, I love you because.... and fill in the gaps, when you have enough sit them all to the site. Buy a packet of balloons Poundland has roughly 80 balloons in a pack and will be useful for what you need them for. Before you start to blow up the balloon, slip the note inside then blow it up and tie a knot. Leave them all in your living room, and when your partner comes home tell them in each balloon there is a personal message about how they feel about them. To make it more entertaining for you set a time limit and watch them enjoy themselves and see them smile.

                                  17.
                                  If you are single on valentines day who is better to show you love than yourself. Go for a nice relaxing bath, stick on your pjs and look out your duvet, put on a DVD, and eat all those yummy goodies till your full. There is always next year and for those that are happy being single good for you.
                                  18.
                                  If you are wanting your partner to propose recommend you do what I am about to now. Leave a note for your partner to find it. John.... I think it is time you put a ring on it! Nothing like a suttle hint is there?


                                  Just so you get an idea of my hampers that you can make, I have included a picture of it so you get some ideas on how to arrange them. This one is not yet wrapped up as I wanted you to be able to get a good look. Not bad for just £5 a? I hope that my review is of some use to you and you have enjoyed reading it. Thank you for taking time to view it. Happy Valentines Day everyone, hope you all have a great day.

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