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      12.11.2009 23:14
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      From a young age I have always wanted a family. I decided to start trying for a baby at 18 after I was told due to health problems that I was unable to have children. I thought my world had ended and was put on the IVF waiting list. I was shocked that I conceived naturally when I was 21. I was so overjoyed to become a mum and I had no complications what so ever with my pregnancy. Since then I have had another daughter. I feel very blessed to have my girls and they mean so so much to me. My daughters and 2 and 5.


      I am a working mum. I would love to be a stay at home mum but because I earn more than my partner I have to work full time, leaving him to just work weekends. I think this works well for me as I still get all weekends with my girls and because I work long days, I also get 1-2 days off in the week too. I know it is not an option for some parents to look after their own children instead of relying on childcare etc but to me I wanted only us to raise our children.


      My girls are happy children and I love spending time with them. We have lots of time together doing fun stuff and I always find time for them, whether it be, making cakes or doing homework. I think it is important to have this time to bond with your children.


      I don't agree with children watching too much tv so instead we read books and get art and craft stuff out. We like sharing cuddles and going for walks as a family.


      I don't believe in smacking children so if my girls have been naughty they get told off and sent to their bedroom. I think star charts are great as it gives children an incentive to do good things. My daughter used to wet the bed so rewarding her with stars etc if she stays dry has really helped her and she now stays dry every night.


      Sometimes I do find it hard with working long hours and getting home from work and my children wanting attention but I always like to find time for them. It is not their fault that I work long hours so I always like to spend time doing things with them after I have finished work.


      Sometimes My 5 yr old can be difficult and naughty but she has learned that she can not always get what she wants and her behaviour has slowly improved. She has got better since starting school as she did not really mix with many children so I have found this has helped her a lot. It also gives me a chance to spend time with my youngest along as I think this is important too. My eldest usually goes to the cinema every month with her dad too if she is good.


      I think being a mum is the most rewarding thing ever and would recommend this to anyone. You know that your children belong to you, they look upon you for advice, support and love you. I would be lost without my girls

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    • Show Me, Show Me / TV Programme / 31 Readings / 27 Ratings
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      12.11.2009 17:35
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      great for little ones xx

      My daughters love Cbeebies and were both really sad when Poi and Chris stopped presenting on the channel and left to start doing a tv show on their own. I was so happy to see the return of both of them a few months ago. Their new show only on Cbeebies is now my 2 year old daughters favourite programme, Its called "show me show me.

      The two presenters that children love Chris Jarvis and Pui Fan Lee are back and hopefully for good though as my daughter would miss it terribly if the show went off air. Show me Show me is just like any other children's programme to be honest. It reminds me a lot of Tikkabilla and things like that. The show has quite a few catchy songs and dances.

      When My 2 year old watches it she never keeps still. Doing the "groovy moves" dance is my favourite (not that I do it personally- honest) you are meant to dance around doing silly dancing then freezing for as long as they say. My daughter loved it.

      Chris and Poi use set toys as characters in their stories and they always appear on the show they are the following, Miss mouse, Tom, Scruffy, Momo bot and teddington.

      Each episode is about different things so at the beginning they will say "show me, show me......." If the episode is about flowers "........show me flowers" The who show will then be based on flowers so Poi or Chris will then tell stories about flowers or do arty and craft stuff based around flowers.

      There are loads of different things that the show has. Its also shows a cartoon called Penolope about a teddy bear who has lots of adventures. There are lots of animation in the show which my dsaughter loves.

      Sometimes I find the it a bit annoying at times. Especially when Chris and Poi put on different silly voices but I suppose its not aimed at my age group so I am not bothered as long as it makes my daughter happy.

      Show me show me is aired daily on the Cbeebies channel which can be found on channel 71 on freeview

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      • Nokia N97 / Smartphone / 35 Readings / 33 Ratings
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        05.11.2009 01:34
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        would recommend getting this on contract as it is very expensive

        I have always been a mobile phone fan and like to have a decent phone. I am currently with 3 mobile and am on a contract. I have an upgrade every 18 months.


        I was due for my usual upgrade so started looking around. I had the Nokia N95 8gb at the time and really liked the lay out and have always been fond of Nokia mobiles in the past so this drew me to the Nokia N97. I was quite impressed with some of the reviews this mobile was getting and it looked very stylish so after looking and researching a few others I decided to go for this one. The mobile comes in either black or white. I thought it looked better in the black so I went for that one.


        The phone comes with a usb lead for downloading items to and from your computer, headphones, a pen for using on the screen, charger and screen wipe. I was a little disappointed that it did not come with a bag to put the phone in, which I found surprising considering how much the phone does actually cost if you buy it on "pay as you go"


        The first thing that I noticed about this phone was it was a "touch screen" phone. I think this is properly the "in" thing at the moment. This function works quite well. I like the idea of having the pen with the phone too so you do not always have to use your fingers. I know in cold weather when I am wearing gloves the pen does come rather in handy.


        The phone has a similar lay out to the Nokia N95 as some of the applications are the same, for example the maps are on both phones. I found the maps and sat nav a lot easier to use on the older model though which I sometimes find annoying. The phone also has the same fetchers and the contacts and messages are the same so I did not find this confusing which was good.


        The phone does flip to the side so it looks like a laptop. I thought this was great as you can use the little keyboard to write messages etc rather than using the touch screen. The screen will also turn to landscape as soon as you flip it so it makes it easier to use. The phone's screen is nice and large which is goos for when you decide to go onto the internet. Sometimes the screen has too much glare which does make it difficult to see items on the screen, This is not a major problem as you can purchase anti-glare sheets from Ebay which I did.


        The camera is great and with it having 5 mp its just like a digital camera. My mobile takes better photos than my usual camera which is good for me as I have my mobile on me at all times and you can never be sure when an embarrassing family event will take place. There is also a lens cover of which the N95 did not have so this will prevent the lens from being scratched.


        There is also a menu button which makes the menu easier to access. The phone also allows you to have a lot of different things open at the same time so I can go on the internet as well as sending a message and I wont loose my web page which I found very useful. The phone is also wireless so you can use the internet on the phone from your home provider without using your mobile phone provider. There is also a useful lock button at the side which makes it easier to lock the phone when not in use. The battery life is quite good. I use my mobile a lot and always manage a full days charge.


        I love the idea that this mobile has a built in dictionary as it is so useful. The graphics on the games are also better than the N95. I think this is because the screen is much bigger although the phone is now slimmer. I like the idea of it also having a drawing application which I find useful if I want to quickly write down my shopping list or if my children are bored on long journeys in the car, the pictures can also be saved.


        The phone can be updated via the Nokia website so you can get the latest applications etc. I have yet to do this.


        There are some things that I do not like about the N97 too though. I have read a lot about people moaning about the crap memory the phone has. The truth is that it has not. Its got a 32g memory which is fantastic. The only reason why people moan about the memory is because Nokia crammed that much stuff onto the phone it displays "memory full" all the time if you have any more than 20 messages. The phone will also refuse to let you download songs etc. The reason for this is because the phone memory is over used. Nokia installed so many applications into the phone;s memory it gets too full and needs sorting. I had this problem for a week before I finally realised what I needed to do. The sim memory was empty so I just transferred items into that and also deleted some applications that were not useful to me. There was a weather report that was installed that actually took up 1g of memory so deleting the ones that I did notwant made my life so much easier. I now dont have the "memory full" sign flashing every few mins and I know can store music etc until my little heart is content. I also did not like how hard it was to change your tones. It took me forever to figure it out as I am terrible for never actually reading the manuals.


        The phone is a good phone but had a few hiccups at the beginning which can be easily resolved with a bit of patience. I would recommend this mobile to others but I think Nokia need to improve the phones memory and maybe make the sim memory smaller in order to do this.


        As this mobile is on contact. I am not really sure of the price but I have seen these on sale for £400+ so would recommend getting one on cantract as it might work out cheaper in the long run

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          03.11.2009 21:10
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          my kids favourite

          I have two young children who are 5 and 2 and am always trying to make them eat healthier. Like all children they are fond of fruit juice and although I do not like them having a great deal I do not mind them drinking with their meal.

          I have always been a fan of Robinsons juices and decided to try Fruit shoots as they seem very convenient and useful. I liked the idea of them being in a bottle that can be easily opened and closed to avoid spills and when the child has had enough they can close the nossle by pushing it down so it can be saved for later.

          Fruit shoots can be purchased in a variety of different flavours some being

          Apple
          orange and peach
          strawberry and
          blackcurrant

          My children like the blackcurrant ones the best.

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          Fruit shoots have an average cost of about £1 if bought on its own. You can buy muli packs which will work out cheaper. Sometimes they are on offer and I have bought 4 of the 200 ml bottles for £1

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          To be honest, I am not a massive fan of fruit shoots as I find them rather sweet but I can understand why children like them. The taste is very similar to usual fruit juices.


          INGREDIENTS
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          water, fruit juices from concentrate (blackcurrant 6% Apple 4%) acidity regulator, citic acid, preservatives, sweeteners, natural flavouring, natural colour

          NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION
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          (typical vales per 100ml)

          Energy- 21kj/5kcal
          Protein- 0.1g
          Carbohydrates- 0.8g
          fat -trace
          Fibre- NIL
          Sodium- Trace

          APPEARANCE
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          The bottle always looks attractive and colourful. The colour of the bottle depends on what the flavour of the juice is. For example the blackcurrant one is purple.

          WHAT THE BOTTLE SAYS
          NO ARTIFICIAL COLOURS OR FLAVOURS
          LOW SUGAR
          SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS

          There is a hazard warning as the bottle contains a cap and is not suitable for children under 36 months ( I let my daughter have a fruit shoot because she is never left alone with one so not in any danger)
          The drink needs to be consumed within 3 days once opened.
          They also ask you not to refill the bottle for hygiene reasons.
          The bottle can be recycled

          WHAT I THINK
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          I am a fan of fruit shoots. I think the sugar is not that bad in the drink so do not mind my children drinking this on the odd occasion. I usually put a fruit shoot in my daughters lunch bag as find these really handy. They are defiantly a favourite in out household.

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            16.10.2009 00:39
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            great ballistic that is so relaxing

            Well its that time of year again. The Christmas stock is being put out on the shelves and everyone is busy shopping and getting into the Christmas spirit. One of my personal favourite things about Christmas time (apart from seeing my children's faces on Christmas morning) is the limited addition Christmas LUSH items. I have been waiting all year too see what new and exiting bath and beauty products are going to be released. My wait is now over I am happy to say.


            I was shopping in Hanley the other day and thought Id nip into my favourite store as I was running low on bubble bas and ballistics. I had an extremely pleasant surprise. I didn't know where to look first. The Christmas stock was already out and available to buy. I noticed that some of the old favourites were back. The Christmas pud ballistic was on sale again which was one of my favourites but smaller than usual ( I read in the Lush times that it was really expensive to make so they decided to make it smaller rather than discontinue it altogether) Ruby red slipper bubble bar is back which was one of my favourites from lat year as well as xmas party ballistic and snow fairy shower gel. There were also a few new releases that have only just come out so decided to buy a few to try. One of the ballistics caught my eye. Smaller than the normal ones and very colourful. I know one of the shop assistances so she showed me the new items. This one looked lovely it was called "cinders" The lady explained it was ment to remind you of a roaring fire on Christmas day. The name cinders being because of this.


            Cinders looks lovely. The colours are warm and inviting. The red, orange and yellow makes it look so attractive. I loved the smell which was not too over powering. It really reminded me of Christmas, a lovely mulled wine spicy fragrance with a light sent of orange.


            The main thing that attracted me to this new ballistic was the orange stuff that was implanted in the top. At first I was unsure what it was. The lady explained that it was popping candy which I thought sounded fun. The ballistic had popping candy all the way through and would pop once exposed to water. I thought that my girls would love this at their bath time so I bought two. One for myself and one for them. The cost was £1.95 I was so looking forward to my lush bath that night so with my new lush purchases I went home. I bought about 5 different items to try. I found my purchases quite expensive but I really don not mind paying this because I know how pampered I feel when I use Lush products and I think they are well worth the money and not bad value for money as an occasional treat now and again.


            The difference between a bubble bar and bath ballistic for people who do not know is, with a bubble bar you can use one for several baths and break it in pieces. The bubble bar is then crumbled into hot running water to create a mass of sweet smelling bubbles. A ballistic on the other hand is like a bath bomb that you just place into your bath that fizzes. My favourite is the bubble bars as I love a bubble bath but still am fond of ballistics.

            Cinders is a ballistic. I ran a hot bath after a long day at work and think I deserved a nice relaxing bath. I had been looking forward to my bath all day and boy was it worth the wait. As soon as my ballistic hit the water it went fizzing all around the bath like it was doing a mad dance. The aroma was wonderful The whole bathroom smelt of a relaxing spicy sent. It was so calming as I got into my bath. I was a little disappointed at first as there was no popping sound in the bath and all the popping candy was rested at the bottom of the bath and felt gritty as I got in. After a few seconds I heard a familiar sound. It reminded me of a child eating popping candy. The ballistic was still fizzing around the bath and as I lay down to relax I closed my eyes and the sound of the fizzing ballistic and the popping candy made me think of Christmas at my grandparents house. Drinking hot coco and listening to the crackling of the fire in the background. My grandfather drinking mulled wine always relaxed me and this was exactly the same smell. My whole bath brought me back such wonderful childhood memories. The smell lingered in the air even after the ballistic stopped fizzing and the popping sound stopped. The water had turned into such a lovely burnt orange colour. I sill felt relaxed. The ballistic was lovely and I was so impressed. My skin felt lovely and soft. I was happy that it made my skin like this because my daughter suffers from eczema and I am fond of lush products because it does soften her skin so I know this one would be a hit with her too. The smell stayed in the bathroom all night and every time I went in there I could smell the sent. There was no bits left at the bottom of the bath which was great as I find with some lush products they contain material butterflies etc which can be annoying that you have to fish them out before washing the bath out.


            The ballistic was a hit with my daughters too. They thought it was magic that the bath water was popping which I thought was nice, It made her skin lovely and soft too so Its got the all thumbs up for me. I love this product I will defiantly be getting some more. The only thing I find sad is that after Christmas the items are discontinued and you have to wait until the following year to see if the Lush team bring your favourite items back out next year. Its wise if you like a certain limited addition Lush item, that you stock up on them while they are on sale.


            What the website says about the ballistic
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            Fizz, crackle and pop! A spicy soda scented, crackling candy Bath Ballistic.
            Our brand new Cinders Bath Ballistic is the colour of a glowing ember and it crackles like a warming wood fire, like the one that Cinderella slept by in the fairy tale. When Mo made this lovely little Ballistic, she added popping candy so it also makes a sound like a burning logs.


            Ingredients
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            Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Coarse Sea Salt, Fizzy Candy, Perfume, Gardenia Extract (Gardenia jasminoides), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Sweet Orange Oil (Citrus Aurantium dulcis), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum cassia), *Cinnamal, *Eugenol, *Limonene, Colour 18050


            FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE LUSH WEBSITE www.lush.co.uk

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              27.09.2009 19:44
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              buy some

              I have always been a big kid when it comes to lip balms and glosses. I used to buy lipsmakers lip balm as a kid with my favourite being the bubble gum one.

              I was shopping for make up set for my daughter in Claire's accessories when I came across these lips balms. I was quite suprised to find that "Lipsmackers" were now selling lip balms in the soda pop range. I was exited too as they looked really yummy and could not wait to buy one to try. I was stuck for choice to be honest as there was so much to choose from.

              The one I bought was the Cherry coca cola one. Its the same size as a normal lip balm and costs £2.50. I was expecting much as they are more suited to children rather than adults but I was quite shocked to be honest. It was lovely. The balm smells so lovely and sweet. I could actually imagine holding a can of cherry coke and smelling it.

              The balm makes my lips lovely and soft and is clear in colour once applied. I liked the idea of this as I do not wear lipstick so did not want it to be tinted. The taste is nice too...its a shame that it tastes like cherry coke because I spend most of the day licking my lips.

              The wrappers are the same as the canned drinks and are easily recognized. I noticed that they also stocked the following flavours

              Dr Pepper
              Sprite
              Fanta
              Coca cola
              7up

              I have looked on the internet and found that you can also buy the soda pop lip glosses too also in these flavours. I have not come across thesed as of yet but will be buying some if I do.

              Claire's accesories also sell a pack where you can get all the flavours this costs £9 and will be well worth the money if the cherry coca cola one is to go by. I will defiantly be buying more.

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                05.09.2009 16:06
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                buy one x

                Last Christmas my daughter who was 4 at the time got a Leapster 2 from her grandad. I Had not really seen much of then to be honest but I knew it was the kiddy version of the Nintendo Ds as the lay out is similar and you can also purchase different games to play on the Leapster. She had always mothered for the Nintendo Ds so I thought this was a perfect present.


                I know that My dad bought the Leapster from Argos and cost around £50. He decided to get the green and blue one rather than the pink one as he thought the pink one was far too girly. The Leapster 2 looks very strong and has dealt with a load of knocks and bumps from my daughter without any problems. She even dropped it down the stairs once and it was fine. Sometimes you can get the Leapster on offer if you have a good shop around. They are pretty popular now and you can buy the games from most stores too.


                The graphics on the Leapster 2 are great. Its very simple to use. When you first turn on the Leapset 2 it asks you to enter your name so your games can be saved. there are 4 different accounts where 4 different people can save their games. In my daughters case, somewhere that shows where she has spelt her name wrong on several occasions. The game will work with or without a game cartridge. You just simply select the mode you want to play on. There is a little animal that runs you through what to do anyway, making it simple to follow. I had no problems in my daughter understanding what to do and she quite happily played alone for hours.


                Each game for the Leapster 2 cost around £16 which is a bit expensive but considering all the different levels each game has, it is worth it. My daughter has about 8 games now and doesn't go anywhere without her game.


                The Leapster 2 has different functions like a Nintendo Ds. Like volume control and a headphone out put. Theses are all clearly marked so it is easy for your child to use.


                I found that the only problems with the Leapster 2 were..

                1. It eats batteries. I could not believe how many batteries I used. I do recommend Buying rechargeable ones as it costs a fortune otherwise.

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                2. The screen scratches so easily. If you don't use the attached stylus and something else instead it will scratch. My daughter used a pencil and scratched the screen within hours of receiving her present. It still works well and you can only actually tell once the leapster2 is off.


                I would recommend this to all parents. It keeps my daughter happy and she hasn't asked me for a Ds since.

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                • mazumamobile.com / Internet Site / 48 Readings / 48 Ratings
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                  04.09.2009 01:08
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                  great site and so easy to use

                  I have been seeing loads of adverts about trading in your old mobiles for cash on the Tv recently and to be honest I never gave it a second thought. I have always heard bad reviews about these companies, claiming that they will send you a high amount of money but then only actually sending you a small amount. It put me off really and I always ignored the ad's.


                  I upgraded my mobile to the Nokia N97 last month and had my old one spare. I was unsure what to do with it as apart from the odd scratch here and there, it worked in perfect condition. I Had the Nokia N95 8GB and decided to look on Ebay to see how much they were roughly selling for. The average price was around £80 for a good condition one. I was about to list my mobile on Ebay when the Envirophone advert came on. Out of curiosity I decided to see how much they would offer me. I looked on a few other competitive websites and Mazumamobile.com came up tops. They offered me £118 which I though was a great price.


                  It states on the Mazumamobile.com website that your phone does not have to be in perfect condition and the odd scratch would not put them off giving you the full offer price. They also will give you a quote f you are selling a broken phone which is great for people who have a ton of broken ones that they leave in the draw, never seeing the light of day again. You can sell as many phones as you like. You just keep adding more to your order and they give you a price at the end.


                  After some thought. I decided to go ahead with the sale and Mazumamobile.com informed me that I would hear from them in the next 5 working days after they had checked out the phone I was selling was a genuine Nokia (they ask you for your phones security code before you process your order).


                  After about 2 days. I received a letter giving me clear instructions of what to do next. It was so simple. I needed to send my mobile along with the delivery note to them in the pre paid envelope which they provide. I thought it was great they I did not have to send the charger or any accessories with the phone. My charger is currently being used by my partner as his has broke so It was great that they did not ask for this too. The letter does advise you to send your phone recorded delivery if it is of a high value although this is not compulsory. I decided to post recorded for my own piece of mind which cost me £2. It was then time to wait to see if they kept their promise and paid me the full £118 or reduced the money because of the condition of my phone.


                  I posted my mobile off on sat (29th Sept) and wasn't expecting to hear from them any time soon as it was a bank holiday on mon, never the less I received my letter from them on Wed am along with a cheque for the full £118. I was very shocked to be honest as I never expected it as I had heard so many bad reports from these sites saying that they are giving you a certain amount of money but then just sending you a rubbish sum instead. I am extremely impressed with this website. The whole process took only about a week and was so easy to do. I am defiantly going to be using this site again and will be recommending it to friends and family.


                  I am now off to search for more phones in hope to raise a little more extra cash......the junk draw, here I come : )

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                  • Button Moon / TV Programme / 48 Readings / 45 Ratings
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                    05.08.2009 16:43
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                    still my favourite kids show

                    Button moon was by far my favourite children's show when I was younger. I can always remember getting exited, coming home from school and getting in to sit down to watch the show. It was amazing. I have since bought a DVD of the show and still find it great. I do not think it matters what age you are you still fall in love with the low budget children's favourite.

                    WHAT IS BUTTON MOON?
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                    Button Moon was about a family who were all made up from different kitchen utensils. Their home was made from a box with a book placed on the top. They travelled around in a "baked bean tin" space ship that Mr spoon made himself from a mail order kit.
                    The show was a was popular children's television programme broadcast in the United Kingdom in the 1980s. Each episode which lasted ten minutes. The show was mainly about Mr spoon and his daughter Tina-teasoon traveling to Button moon to meet with their rather weird friends and have different adventures.
                    The show always started by saying that Button moon was hung in the blanket sky and it was ok to visit the moon. Mr spoon aways took his telescope. This was to look at different things from Button moon like Winnie the witch, the hare and the tortoise or spy back onto the "junk" planet.
                    Some of their friends who lived on the moon were Little bottle (who was always rather camp to be honest), feddie bear, rag doll. I think the most weird one of the lot was Queenie jelly. She scared the pants of me.
                    Tina Tea-Spoon and her friend "Eggbert" sometimes went together to button moon, taking it in turn to "press the big red button" to land the ship.

                    The series ended in 1988 after 91 episodes.

                    he show has become quite popular in past years and it has now become fashionable to wear button moon clothes and have different button moon accessories etc. The likes of Next and places like that stock Button moon wear.

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                      great product

                      I have never really been a fan of the body shop to be honest as it is very over priced and even though their products are great. I don't really have that sort of money to spend. I usually have a body shop gift set in my Christmas stocking each year so I do look forward to my Christmas treat.

                      My 5 year old daughter loves honey products. I don't know if it's the smell or what but she loves it. I buy her "honey I washed the kids" soap from lush regular and am always on the look out for other honey products. I was at work the other week when my friend asked me if I would be interested in having a body shop party. I refused but said I would have a look at her catalogue. I then came across the honey shampoo and conditioner. I thought these were expensive at £5 per bottle but they did look lovely and there was an offer on these two products where you could buy both for £8.70 so I decided to give them a try. I think this offer is also available online although its not in store. Another thing I found was that they also don't do the 250ml bottles like I got.


                      *** PRICE IN STORE ****


                      60ml: £2.50
                      300ml: £6.50
                      400ml: £8.00

                      ***PRICE IN CATALOGUE***

                      250ml-£4.99


                      ***THE PRODUCT***


                      I was very pleased with this conditioner. The bottle is the usual body shop bottles with the usual flip lid. I found it hard to actually get the conditioner out when I was coming to the end of the bottle as you have to squeeze the plastic bottle rather hard. I ended up taking the flip top off in the end and shaking the bottle until the product came out.

                      I noticed that the picture they use to advertise this on the Dooyoo site is not the conditioner but the shampoo. The conditioner is white in colour.

                      The smell of this is lovely. I was so shocked to how strong smelling it actually was. I was very impressed to how alike the small to honey it really was. My daughter was very impressed and could not wait for her night time bath.

                      You only have to use a small pea size amount of this conditioner as a small amount goes a long way (as they say) The minute you apply this to wet hair you can tell how good it is. You can feel the softness of your hair before you rinse. I recommend using the honey moisturising shampoo first and then applying this. Its also a good idea to comb your hair before rinsing the conditioner out. In that way you get the full benefit and this makes sure that the conditioner has fully nourished each strand of your hair ( I feel like I am doing a shampoo advert now J ).
                      I never use a hair dryer on my daughters hair and always let it dry naturally. I can see what good condition her hair is after we have used this product. Her hair is free from knots and tangles and is left looking soft and shiny. When we go out people can always smell the conditioner in her hair and she gets many complements on how lovely it smells. I have not decided to start using the honey shampoo and conditioner and am also pleased with the results.


                      ***USEFUL INFORMATION***


                      Ingredients :-
                      Water, musa Sapietum (banana) pulp, cetearyl,honey, quaternion-80, glycerin, benentrimonium chloride, bertholletia excelsa (brazil) nut oil, olea europaea (olive)fruit oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil,amodimethicone,benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethamol, pantheon, hydroxyethylcellulose, fragrance, isopropyl alcohol, coumarone, wheat amino acids, butyl phenyl methylpropinal, sodium chloride, linalool, cetrimonlum chloride, disodium EDTA, tocopheroil, trideaceth-12, citric acid, benzyl benzotate, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate.

                      What the bottle says :-

                      Honey, banana, sesame oil, brazil nut and amino acids help to restore and prevent moisture los, wheat protein protects from heat styling and environmental aggressors. Over time hair is straightened, reducing split ends, breakage and frizz.

                      If product gets into eyes rinse with clean water.

                      AGAINST ANIMAL TESTING

                      Once opened use within 12 months.


                      ***MY THOUGHTS***


                      I would recommend this product to anyone. It is expensive but worth the money as you are left with satisfying results and lovely clean, fresh smelling locks.

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                    • Bassett's Sherbert Fountain / Sweets / 44 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                      23.07.2009 00:22
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                      Sherbet fountains are a retro sweet made by Bassetts. Its a cardboard tube thats red and yellow. Inside you will find it filled with white sherbet. Sticking out the top is a stick of liquorice stick. The aim is to keep dabbing the liquorice into the sherbet. yummy!


                      Sherbet fountains remind me of when I was a child. I always remember eating the liquorice stick first and then have to dab my finger in the tube causing all my hands to be sticky.


                      I recently saw these again in Asda. At the time they were only about 30p and I was really shocked to actually see them again. I had to buy one and see if they were like I remembered. I felt like a child again to be honest. The sherbet was still nice and tangy and the liquorice was yummy too. I still managed to get sherbet all over my mouth and down my top. I fount the liquorice a little to thin but apart from that I do not think they have changed. I still ate the liquorice before the sherbet and had to rip the tube in order to get at the sherbet at the bottom. I find it far too messy pouring in into my mouth.


                      I always see these on offer at my local market on the retro sweet store so I have stocked up on them as they are only £1 for 10 which at 10p each I find a total bargain.


                      The ingredients are:
                      Sugar, treacle, wheatflour, cornflour, sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, tartaric acid, anti-caking agent (E341c), caramel, liquorice extract and flavouring.

                      Each tube only contains 90 calories which seems good but compared to the amount of sugar in it makes it still really bad for you.


                      I have read in the paper that bassetts sherbet fountains ( The yellow and orange paper packaging complete with liquorice tube poking out of the top has been a children's favorite since 1925) Is changing its appearance due to hygiene issues. They are currently not tamper proof so the cardboard tube is being replaced with a plastic one complete with a lid. The liquorice will still be inside thought. I do not think this is a bad idea but I really do not think they will be the same. Cadburys changed the Smarties tubes from having a lid to being complete cardboard in 2002 and I think that it spoilt them to be honest. It is proberly due to what people are used to and reminding them of their childhood days.

                      I really think you should all be a child again and try one of these again.

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                        do not buy this

                        After seeing an advert for moon sand my daughter had to have some. I decided to wait until her birthday and then get her a large set as I found that they were rather expensive. I managed to get her a large castle one that I found in the entertainer for half price for £10 which I was really happy with so I bought her a load of extra sand in different colours at £5 each as well as other bits and bobs. I was very exited and could not wait to see her little face when she opened her presents.


                        It was her birthday party yesterday and she had a wonderful time. She received loads of presents. We waited until we got home until she opened them. My sister in law's present was opened first. I was so disappointed to find that she had bought her a moon sand set. I wanted to surprise my daughter with her moon sand that I had bought her but with opening this present and seeing her excitement I knew she would not be that bothered now as she would have already had some. The play set was the moon sand pet shop. I already know that these are £10 after looking for moon sand in the past. My daughter was over the moon (haha) she opened it straight away.


                        Inside the set contained two small bags of sand, a play mat, a little spade and 3 molds ( one of a little girl the other of a dog and cat) I was disappointed to find that the set did not contain any little containers to put the sand after it had been opened and we would have no resort to using food bags.


                        The aim to moon sand is that is like play dough but its sand and it never dries out. This is what attracted me to this product in the first place. My daughter has always played with play dough and this sounded ideal. Moon sand comes in loads of different bright colours and even glitter onces can be purchased.


                        I let my daughter use the dining room table to play with her moon sand as it was wet outdoors. I put a sheet down and she started to play. The moon sand got everywhere. It was all over the carpet, all over her clothes. I could not believe how messy this product was. My first impressions were bad. We both tried to make the molds but the sand would just not stick together and the characters just crumbled as soon as we took them from their molds. There was no way that the sand would stay in place.


                        I am quite angry and upset to be honest as my daughter has so looked forward to receiving this product and I have already purchased a lot of moon sand to have on her actual birthday and I already know its rubbish. Its not a case of sending it back to get a refund either as the place I got it from was miles away and would mean me traveling. The set I did buy does have a storage solution though so at least thats better than this one. I might just add a little water to the moon sand we have and see how that goes.

                        Avoid this product

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                        • Children's Parties / Parenting Issue / 29 Readings / 28 Ratings
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                          19.07.2009 01:54
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                          all good fun

                          When I was younger I was an only child and lucky enough to have a birthday party every year. I always looked forward to my special day and spending time with my friends. I now how 2 children of my own and think it is nice for them to also have a party.


                          My daughter is 5 on Wednesday and her party is tomorrow. I have been told I always go over as I always end up spending way too much. I am lucky as my mum always pays half of the party food so it helps me out a lot. I find it much easier to buy cup drinks with straws than using normal plastic cups and squash. I find this avoids spills etc and does not cost that much more. I like to have a themed party but never use themed plates. The usual white ones are fine with a themed napkin on top


                          When I arrange a party I always try to book it in a venue this is mainly to avoid my house getting trashed and I think you can get some good value for money venues. I decided to to book our local youth center this time. Costing me £50 for 2 hours you get the hire of a huge bouncy castle with ball pit. The price also includes 3 rooms. The first being the one that has the bouncy castle in, the second a huge climbing area and the third a place where you can eat. I like having the separate room for food as it gives you the opportunity to prepare the food while the children play.


                          I always make my own party food and my own cake. I find the cost is lower rather than someone else catering for you. I always let my children choose what cake they would like and this year my daughter choose to have a butterfly cake. I was quite pleased with the outcome and it comes complete with edible glitter. I think in total the whole cake cost me £12 which is great compared to the prices a high street shop would charge. My friend bought hers from Chatwins last year which set her back a massive £50. All for her daughter's 2nd birthday. I found this shocking.


                          I think its important to write out proper invitations rather than word of mouth as i have found that people will forget if it is not written down. I am quite disappointed to be honest. I wrote out an invitation to every child in my daughter's class (25 in total) as I did not want anyone to be left out and I got 7 replies saying that they would be coming and 1 to say that they would not. I found this rather rude to be honest but I suppose I would not be able to cope with them many children anyway but even so it would have been nice for them to tell me that they would not be coming, there would have not been any harm.


                          My specialty is my loot bags. I always think its a nice way to say "thank you for coming to my party". I always make sure these are nice. I like to make personalized items which always go down well. Like bracelets or key rings for the boys. I found that Asda had a good offer on loot bag toys. They cost £4 for 10 packs. The packs included rubber snakes, games and crayons. I also found a pack of 4 bubbles for £1 in wilkos so I bought them too. I like to include healthy treats like raisins and pa ks of dried fruit. I do include the odd lolly. If small children are coming to the party,I think a good idea is to buy them a small book. I found some lovely ones in Home and bargains. These were lovely board books and only cost 29p each. Its much better than trying to do a loot bag for them.


                          I always arrange two games of pass the parcel. I find this really fun. If you put a prize in between each layer it makes the game more satisfying for each child that gets a turn to open the paper. I do not ever go overboard with the prizes. I usually only pay a few pound for each.

                          If your child gets a present. I have always found it much easier and convenient to open their gifts at home, this way it will avoid any arguments as kids will fight over toys and also will keep your child focused on their actual party.
                          New clothes are also a must have for me. I always like my girls to look nice and the birthday girl wears a big badge so shes easy to identify.


                          If you are hiring a room, make sure they supply a CD player as there is nothing worse than a quite party and you will need music for when you are playing pass the parcel.


                          I never really bother with decorations as I find children will fight over balloons etc... I have found this in the past so avoid balloons until home time.


                          The total cost of my daughters party was £150 I know this sounds an awful lot for 2 hours but she has been looking forward to it for months and seeing the smile on her face tomorrow will make the whole thing completely worth while.

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                            18.07.2009 21:56
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                            lovely keepsakes

                            It is my daughter's 5th birthday next Wednesday as as usual, I have the trouble of finding presents that my daughter will like. What I mean is that my family end up giving me the money and I get their presents for them. I find this really difficult as she has a lot of toys and she hasn't really asked for anything. My dad usually gives her, her present early too as we have a large family and becomes bombarded with presents on her actual birthday.


                            I noticed Hama beads in Argos and thought that my daughter would have a great time with these. I decided t buy from Amazon as at the time it was cheaper and I managed to get the Disney princess set for just under £15 with free postage. I think this is a fair price to pay as the set does give your child to have hours and hours of fun using this set, although it does not look much. I made my purchase and it actually came this morning. I had the usual moan for my daughter as she did not want to go town and instead play with her new toy but we managed a hassle free shopping trip and she looked forward to coming home to play with her new set.

                            When I opened the box there was a large bag inside which contained 3000 brightly colored beads. There was a special section within the box so your child can open the bag and put the beads loose inside making it easier for them to access the beads. The set also contains 3 plastic grids to work the design on, one pattern template and two ironing sheets. I found the instructions very simple to understand and once I read what to do and explained it to my daughter we were off...


                            I found this set great. I really enjoyed myself to be honest. There are different patterns that come with the set allowing you to make a lot of different characters from the Disney films like Ariel and flounder the fish. I was quite surprised to how well my daughter took to completing these patterns considering she had never even attempted to do anything like this before. The beads were quite fiddly but she managed well and I even had a go myself. It is very time consuming and the slightest knock send your beads flying everywhere as they are not very secure on the grid which I found a bit annoying at times. This happened to me on several occasions with made my daughter laugh knowing id have to start again.


                            When you have finished your pattern, you then have to iron it to make the beads stick together. You do this by placing an ironing sheet over the pattern and then it says to run the iron over the top. This then melts the beads and they stick together. I had to keep doing this as the beads were not melting properly and this took a bit of time so longer than stated on the instructions. Once the ironing bit is finished you can then peel the pattern from the grid and when you turn it over it looks perfect. You have your very own Disney princess picture. I found these to be lovely and a really nice keepsake. My daughter has made quite a few to send to family and friends. I think it would be a lovely idea to stick these on the front of Christmas cards etc...


                            If you would like to try Hama beads. I would recommend that you purchased a set from Argos. I bought another one this afternoon as I was so impressed with this one and it is so much more value. This set is not a themed one but has patterns to make rabbits and flowers etc. The set contains more than double the amount of beads (7500) and is also cheaper. The set costs £9.95 but is in a 2 for £15 offer. I got two sets as I thought this was a bargain. I am either going to put the other set up for Christmas as a present for my niece or use it as a spare for extra beads for my daughter.

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                            • next.co.uk / Online Shop / 34 Readings / 33 Ratings
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                              18.07.2009 17:48
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                              A website thats as good as the store :)

                              Well today is next sale day and what better to review the website. I like looking at the Next website to find out about the latest fashions and what is available to buy instore. I did used to have a Next account but because I spent far too much I decided to cancel and just pay off what I had already spent which is now all paid off. I am one of the sad beggers that decided to lie up at 4.30 am waiting for the store to open.


                              I do enjoy looking at the Next website and find it very easy to use. I think the layout of next.co.uk is simple and not to difficult to figure out. The search engine at the top makes it fairly easy to search for the items you want. For example you can search for mens, womens, children, home wear as well as the type of item and size.


                              I have not really used the website much but on the odd occasion when I have I have found it easy to make my perchance. I added things to my shopping basket with ease and made my purchase at the checkout. The website is secure and safe to use. It is protected against fraud. Once your payment has gone through, your goods are usually with you within 3 working days. There is a small delivery charge which can be avoided most of the time if you look for voucher codes over the Internet making the delivery free.


                              I liked the the website had a preview of the next sale a few days before the event started. I found this very useful as I was able too look at different items before I decided what items I wanted to look for. I think this is a good idea as you may not actually find anything that you like and would save a wasted journey I was quite surprised that the items I did see on the website, I found in the next sore today.


                              I grabbed myself a load of bargains today and was really happy with my purchases (as usual) I am a Next addict and love to kit my kids out for the next season. I find Next clothing excellent and I am never left disappointed.

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