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Coke is a very popular drink which most people enjoy a glass of and that definitely includes me, but which is better full fat or diet? well for me it's got to be diet. I find that diet coke is a lot lighter option that the alternative sugar version, which when I drink, definitely think that you can taste the sugar within it, it has a syrupy taste to it I don't find very appealing.
Diet coke comes from the very large coca cola family branding, it's black or dark brown in colour and fizzy (be careful that the bottle or can is still when you open it so it doesn't fizz over). Diet coke is available to buy from just about anywhere and are packaged in bottles, or cans. The bottles come in different sizes the family size is 2 liters, 500ml bottle, or 330ml can. Can usually cost around 50 pence and small bottles cost 90 pence and large bottles can be bought around about the £1.50 mark (these prices will vary depending on where you buy them from).
Diet coke is sparkling low calories drink with vegetable extracts. It only has 2 Kcals per 100ml and no sugar which is much healthier than regular coke however, the alternative sweeteners which are added instead including aspartame cause a lot of concern to some people including myself, it is found in many many drinks and food stuffs and has been proven by scientists to be very harmful and in its purist form is a poison. Aspartame can cause fits in people and develop symptoms in people of illnesses such as Multiple Sclerosis, so be warned, in moderation people.
Carbonated water, colour: caramel, sweetners: aspartame, acesulfame, flavourings: caffeine, phosphoric acid, citric acid.
Calories 2 Kcal
Overall, It is a great thirst quenching drink which I do like to drink, but as with everything, in moderation. With some of the ingredients I would definitely not be drinking this on a daily basis. But a great taste all in all.
It's coming close to Christmas now and every year I've got to have a tub of celebrations. I love these chocolates, they are arguably the best selection of chocolates you can buy in a box. They make a great gift for special occasions or even as a thank you. Celebrations are made by mars and are an assortment of milk chocolates individually wrapped.
You can buy Celebrations from just about anywhere and can choose from a box which will cost around £3.80 for 420g or if it's for a big event then buy the tub for around £6-8 for 975g.
There are a variety of chocolates to choose from including Bounty, Malteasers (teasers), Mars, Galaxy caramel, Galaxy, Galaxy truffle, Snickers and Milky way. This is a great range to choose but there is one problem (for me anyway) once they're open I can't stop eating them and can finish a whole box myself quite easily.
Bounty - moist, tender coconut, covered in delicious milk chocolate.
Teasers - honeycomb pieces covered in milk chocolate. These are definitely my favorite and always go first but I do prefer Malteasers original as the honeycomb is one whole globe and not small pieces.
Mars - nougat and caramel covered in milk chocolate. This is a classic.
Galaxy - this miniature variety is one piece of Galaxy chocolate as found on normal bars.
Galaxy caramel - as above but with caramel in the middle. This is another favorite of mine but can get a bit sickly if you eat too many.
Galaxy truffle - a velvety truffle center covered in a smooth galaxy chocolate. Another family favorite.
Snickers - nougat, caramel, and peanuts covered in milk chocolate. Not my favorite so are usually the last to go.
Milky way - this is definitely one for the kids, my nephew loves them. I'm not really sure what the center is called but it's a very light whipped nougat/creamy (very tasty anyway) covered in milk chocolate.
Sugar, glucose syrup, cocca butter, skimmed milk powder, cocoa mass, milk fat, peanuts, vegetable fat, desiccated coconut, lactose, demineralised whey powder, full cream milk powder, emulsifiers, barley malt extract, hydrogenated vegetable fat, salt, fat reduced cocoa, humetant, egg white, wheat flour, hydrolysed milk protein, raising agent.
Overall, Celebrations are great to have around at Christmas time or any special occasions, I find they have a great selection for all your family and friends to choose from. Do not be tempted to open them on your own as they will quite possibly disappear very quickly. They definitely deserve 5 dooyoo stars.
It's that time of year again and a few weeks ago I caught a cold off my husband and suffered for about a week. I hate having a blocked nose and feeling like I can't breathe but thank you for Olbas oil because it really helped my through this week.
Olbas oil is a mixture of essential pure plant oils for relief of bronchial and nasal congestion by inhalation. It can also be used for relief of muscular pain by application to the skin. It smells very much like vicks but I think that Olbas oil is a little stronger, it definitely helped clear my nose.
The oil is available from supermarkets, boots, superdrug and pharmacies and comes in a box with clear instructions of what it is and how to use written on the sides of the box. Inside the box there is a glass bottle and again it has the instructions on the label around the bottle. As soon as you open the bottle the strong smell hits you straight away (especially if your not the one suffering from the cold).
This product is suitable for children aged 3 months up to adults. There are a few different ways the product can be used, to clear painful sinuses and relieve nasal congestion (for children aged 3 months to 2 years) add 1 drop to a tissue and hold close to nose allowing to breathe in vapors and for adults and children aged 2 and over add 2-3 drops. Olbas can also be added to hot water. To relieve muscular pain use Olbas as a rub, just massage into the painful area 3 times a day but do not use if your allergic to any of the ingredients listed below.
I bought my Olbas oil from Tesco and is cost £2.92 for 28ml and I still have plenty left for the next time I get a cold. There is a expiry date on the bottle and mine expires August 2012 so at least it lasts a long time, I can store it away ready for next winter.
Cajuput oil, Clove oil, Eucalyptus oil, Juniperberry oil, Levomenthol, methyl salicylate, mint oil and it's partly dementholised.
Overall, I give this product 5/5 it definitely helped clear my nose and breathe more easily which made an uncomfortable week more bearable. It's one to have in the cupboard.
I'm a girl and like most girls I love to shop. One of my favorite shops I have to go into everytime I pass is Next. I feel that this store provides a good service with good and reasonable priced clothes for women, men and children, it also has it's own home section which is always worth a look in to get some funky accessories for your home.
Next retail is a high street shop and you can find a Next in most towns, to check out where your closest store is check out the website at www.next.co.uk and use the store locator (just type in your postcode and it will bring up all your local stores). The size of shop really depends on the where your local store is and how much range they have in that shop. But there has been so many times when I've been into the store and they either haven't had an item in my size or I'll look through the directory and find something in there which I want and they don't have in stock so the staff are always helpful and will either order it for you or phone another local store (if your able to get to one) to see if they may have it in stock.
I go into all of the departments in Next obviously the womens for me, the mens for my husband and the childrens section for my niece and nephew. I find the way the clothes a laid out in store is very organised, it's all colour and style co-ordinated so is easy to match up different items. I find Next provide a wide variety of styles so is very easy to find something to suit you. In each department there is also an accessories section to really complete your outfit including bags, belts, jewelly and makeup (this is in the womens section but I don't tend to buy acessories in the men or children's section).
In each department there is a shoe section, I always look at the shoes here and really like them but don't find they are very comfortable but my husband finds the mens shoes very comfortable so often buys his from here.
I don't have any children of my own but find the children's department fantastic if I need to buy for my niece's or newphew or for friends new born babies. There is a lovely selection to chose from and if you don't find anything you like then you can choose from a selection of gift cards (always a good choice).
The home department is great for getting accessories to decorate your rooms in your house with. Again there is a wide range of products and colours to choose from and I think the products are always very fashionalbe. In each department there is a directory to look at which I find especially helpful in the home department as they do offer bigger furniture but is not available to see in most stores.
Overall, Next is a great shop to get your clothes for all your family from at any time but espesially for specail ocassions. The staff have always been very helpful and I've always been able to get what I've wanted, it's definitely one of my favorite retail stores.
I'm one of these people who loves a really long soak in the bath and love Radox herbal bath muscle soak to help me relax. I do a lot of dancing and sometimes my muscles ache after a long day so I really look forward to going home and having a long soak.
Radox herbal bath muscle soak comes in a clear bottle and is available in a 500ml and 1 liter bottles costing around £1.50 (500ml) and £2.69 (1 litre). Look out for special offers I just got another 500ml bottle from Tesco for just £1. There are a few different varieties to chose from including sage and sea and calendula and rose and they last a few weeks (depending on how often you like to bath) but as the bottle is clear you can see when your almost out. All radox products are available from any leading supermarket, boots and some pharmacies.
When filling your bath just pour some under warm running water, as you do this you'll notice a floral relaxing scent which isn't too overpowering. On the bottle is claims that it helps relax your muscles, I'm not sure if this is true but it certainly works for me, it helps to relax my body, muscles and mind which is definitely the perfect way to unwind after a long and hard day.
Overall, Radox herbal bath muscle soak is definitely the best way to relax and unwind after a long hard day. If your a bath lover give Radox a go, you'll most certainly feel more relaxed in both body and mind.
I've always suffered from dry skin and have recently tried E45 cream to see if would help. I'm very pleased with the results, E45 leaves my skin soft and smooth without any dryness and unlike most other moisturisers I've tried it doesn't leave your skin feeling greasy.
E45 cream comes in a variety of packaging including tubs and tubes. The price differs depending on what and how much you buy but I bought my tub for £3.16 for 125g at Tesco. Compared to other moisturisers on the market this may seem a bit expensive but a small amount of cream goes a long way and I think E45 really gives the best results. The cream can be purchased from any supermaket, boots, superdrug and pharmacies but the cost will depend on where you get if from.
The cream comes in a white tub with blue writing on which is very simple and effective just like the cream inside. The cream can treat and soothe dry, itching, flaking, chapped, rough and calloused skin, it can also treat sunburn (it was great while I was on holiday, it really took that burning feeling away). The cream quickly absorbs into your skin leaving it soft, comfortable and relieved and best of all it doesn't leave you skin greasy. E45 can be used everyday for the whole family including babies and is recommended for more serious dry skin conditions such as eczema.
The cream doesn't have a perfume smell to it so it doesn't irritate your skin but I know this may not suit everyone but if you do find that you have a bad reaction to some moisturisers then give E45 a go, it's the best cream I've tried and won't be buying any other.
I love sweet and sour dishes from a Chinese restaurant or take away where ever I go it never disappoints but when I make it at home it's never the same. I've tried expensive brands and the very cheap and still it doesn't taste as good so I'm always disappointed. I've tried the Tesco value sauce and would say that it's ok, definitely as good as the branded names but never as good as a Chinese restaurant or take away.
The Tesco value sweet and sour sauce costs just 28 pence for 405g which is much cheaper than the leading brands such as Uncle Bens costing £1.58 for 500g. The value sauce comes in a metal can with a pull top to open the lid which I find makes it quick and easy to open and because it's in a metal can then it can be recycled.
The sweet and sour sauce has vegetables (mainly peppers) and pineapple pieces although not always a generous portion. It's a very easy dish to make taking about 20 minutes to cook. Firstly fry skinless diced chicken until lightly brown and then add the contents of the can, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring frequently until the chicken is cooked. Serve with rice and thats it, very quick and easy. You could alternatively use pork, prawns or turkey in this dish but chicken does it for me. The sauce itself is suitable for vegetarians.
When pouring the sauce out of the can it seems to be a lot thicker than other sauces and is very sticky. It's a very sweet sauce and you can really taste the peppers and pineapple (if your not a fan you will not like it) but compared with other brands I've tried it tastes ok (not great).
Water, Tomato puree, sugar, red and green peppers, vinegar, pineapple juice from concentrated, carrot, pineapple pieces, modified maize starch, onion, maize starch, salt, ground ginger, colour.
Haha just noticed that it says on the label that this is for half of a can.
Calories 150 - 8%
Sugar 34g - 38%
Fat 0.8g - 1%
Salt 0.9g - 15%
Overall, I just don't think that it is possible to have a good sweet and sour dish unless you get it from a restaurant or take away. As far as this sauce goes, I suppose it's good for the price you pay but not the best but does deserve 3/5 dooyoo stars as it's ok.
I hate cleaning the toilet but it's one of those jobs that has to be done. When growing up my mum always used Bloo in the toilet and when I left home I did the same but did notice that Tesco did a value cistern block and thought I'd give it a try as it was over £1 cheaper than the leading brands.
The value cistern block cost 31p for 2 blocks (50g) where as Bloo costs £1.60 for 2 blocks which is a lot of money which is just going to be thrown down the toilet and in my opinion it still freshens and leaves your toilet clean. I do find that the Bloo last for longer than the value cistern blocks but as the value ones are so cheap (getting 5 packs for every 1 of Bloo) you might as well go cheap after-all, no-one will know as the blocks are in the loo.
Tesco value cistern blocks cleans, foams and freshens the toilet, colours the water blue (I don't know why but to me this makes the toilet more pleasant to use). It can be used with septic tanks and all other toilet cleaners and mine lasts for weeks (this may vary according to water conditions).
The blocks are easy to use just after you have cleaned your toilet thoroughly, remove one block from the pack, do not remove the pleated wrapper as this will dissolve in the water, drop the block into the cistern by the float at the opposite end to the water inlet (handle) and allow 5 minutes for the block to settle before the first flush. When the colour fades, replace with another block.
Overall, I don't see the point in spending more money on something which is going to be thrown down the toilet, in my opinion it cleans and freshens the toilet just like any other brand. The only disadvantage is that it doesn't last as long as others but as the price is so good, it's still cheaper to buy a few packs of these and replace them more often.
I lived in London for 3 years while I was studying and the London underground was a life saver over this period. I find the underground easy and relatively cheap to use and gets you to just about anywhere in London. I have driven around London and absolutely hate it, you really have to be pushy and aggressive which I don't like and you spend so much time sitting in traffic, where at least on the tube you're going somewhere. The only disadvantage I would say is that it gets very busy (especially during rush hour) but that's because it's the easiest way to travel around London.
The stations are clearly marked around London with the underground logo seen in the picture above. In each station you can get maps, tickets and information at the information/ticket booth although sometimes at some tube stations the queues can get very long so alternatively you can get your tickets from the machine dispensers which is usually much quicker. There are maps displayed on the walls and in the train itself to plan your journey and usually before you go through the gates after you have your tickets there is a board to show any delays and services on each line.
Ticket prices are reasonable, if you only visit London a few times a year then it is best to buy a ticket on the day and would probably be easiest to buy a day travel card which costs around £5.70 (last time I was there) and this can be used all day on the tubes and buses. Children under 11 travel free. There are also single and return tickets available if you are only making the one trip.
If you live in London or visit a lot then it is worth while getting an oyster card which you can store up to £90 credit on it and is used as a pay as you go but once you have reached the price of a day travel card then it doesn't charge you anymore (very cleaver). These are much easier to carry and use quickly as you just swipe them over the yellow pad and the gates open. All tickets can be used on tubes and buses.
There are many different lines to choose from to get you all around London and as you get closer into central London the stops start to overlap with other stations so you can easily switch lines to take you to another destination. The lines include - Bakerloo, Central, Circle, District, East London, Hammersmith and city, Jubilee, Metropolitan, Northern, Piccadilly, Victoia, Waterloo and city and the Docklands light railway. These all have colour codes so it is easy to read on a map.
Overall, the London tube is a great way to get around London, it's great for commuters and for visitors getting you to just about any destination in London. The only disadvantage is that the tubes do get very busy so you can be packed in like sardines, it also gets very hot (especially during the summer periods) and can be unbearable but even with this, it's much easier than sitting and pushing through traffic. For more information visit Transport of London website at www.tfl.gov.uk
I've just unloaded my dishwasher after using Tesco value dishwasher tablets for the first time and have to say that I'm very pleasantly surprised. I tried Tesco value washing up liquid a few years ago and really didn't like it but as I'm on a tight budget at the moment I had to buy the value dishwasher tablets as they are half the price of others on the market but still seem to do the same job. All of my dishes have come out of the dishwasher sparkling clean even ones like pasta bake which I usually find can be difficult to get clean but not with value dishwasher tablets.
These tablets are available in Tesco for only £1.72 for 30 tablets which is half the price of other brands with the next cheapest being Daisy for £3.49 for 40 tablets and for branded names like Fairy and Finish will cost you around £7- £8 for 30 tablets.
The value tablets come in a box with the usual red and blue value stripes (it's simple but all you need, no-one can see once they are stored away). They need to be kept in a cool dry place (I usually store mine under the kitchen sink) and each tablet is wrapped individually in clear plastic which needs to be removed before putting into your dishwasher. Do not crush the tablets. They are not a fancy colour like others on the market just plain white and in a rectangular shape (who needs fancy colours and shapes if the end result is the same)
Overall, I'm pleased I tried these tablets and will definitely be buying them again. Cleaning products really put the bill up at the end of the shop but this is one which I can trust as they are so cheap to keep that end bill down. I find that they clean as well as any others so will give them 5 out of 5 dooyoo stars for this product.
I've been suffering for the past week with a cold and cough and have been feeling really sorry for myself. Like everybody I hate this time of year when these illnesses hit and for some reason they always seem to hit when you have a few days off work. I especially hate coughs as they are annoying, you can't control them and they keep you awake at night. I've tried a range of cough medicines over the years and find that Covonia is the best for me as it soothes my throat and chest and gives me a few minutes peace so I can relax.
Covonia comes in a brown bottle and is available from supermarkets, boots, superdrug and pharmacies. The sizes of the bottle vary from 100ml - 300ml costing around £2.50 - £6. I usually buy 150ml bottle for £3 and my cough is usually gone by the time I've finished the bottle.
There are clear instructions written on the back which you should always read before taking the medicine. Covonia is suitable for adults, the elderly and children over 12. You can take 1-2 5ml spoonfuls every 4 hours and children between 5-12 can take 1 5ml spoonful every 4 hours but it is not suitable for children under the age of 5.
The taste of covonia is horrible, it's very strong but I do feel that if it tastes horrible then it must be doing something to make you feel better. I find that if I'm having a coughing fit then I'll take the medicine and it will really calm my cough down and don't notice myself coughing for a few hours afterwards.
I think covonia is a good medicine, I'm feeling much better now than I did a few days ago and thanks to covonia it's helped soothe my throat to stop my coughing at night so at least I've been sleeping well.
I've always been a fan of walkers crisps and one of it's lastest creations, the Walkers baked varitey has not disappointed. I first tried these around a month ago and was at first sceptical about what difference being baked would have on the flavour and texture on one of my favorite crisp manufacturers. The result did not disappoint.
As with most low fat alternative foods, removing any fattening contents often removes the flavour as well, however, this was definitely not the case with these crisps. The flavour is even tastier than the original variety and the texture has a less greasy feel, with more 'crunch' to the crisp. They are crinkle cut giving a ridged texture similar to McCoys famous brand and seen to be of more equal size crisps than you find in a regular bag.
The baked crisps come in the usual crisp packet but are slightly smaller than the original walkers crisps only having 25g per packet. They are available from any supermarket or corner shops for around 45p for a single bag. I usually buy mine in a multi-pack which costs around £1.45 for six packets, this works out much cheaper than buying them individualy everyday. The crisps are great as a snack or as part of your lunch I find they fill you enough to keep you going through the day.
These crisps are 70% less fat the walkers original crisps and have no preservatieves, no artificial colours, are suitable for vegetarians and are suitable for coeliacs.
The ingreadients include: potato flakes, starch, sunflower oil, cheddar and onion seasoning, sugar, emulsifier, dextrose and salt.
Seasoning: dried onion, flavourings, barley malt, wheat derivatives, dried skimmed milk, milk lactose, dried milk whey, dried cheese and colour (annatto).
Nutritional info per pack:
Calories 99 5%
Sugar 1.9g 2%
Fat 2.1g 3%
Saturates 0.3g 2%
Salt 0.4 6%
Overall, I love the baked version of walkers crisps, they are tasty and just filling enough to keep you going through the day and most importantly are the healthier option.
It's that time of year again when I always catch a cold and a good tissue to hand is essential. A few years ago I used kleenex balsam tissues when I had a cold and realised how much of a difference it makes using these compared to other tissues. My nose always used to get really red and sore but with Kleenex balsam tissues it leaves my nose soft and just makes you feel so much better.
Kleenex balsam tissues are more expensive than other tissues on the market but are well worth the buy just to make you more comfortable while feeling ill and a bit down. They are available to buy from any supermarket, boots, superdrug and pharmacies and cost around £2.20 for a box. I usually buy the twin packs which cost around £3.70, I find it's always useful to have a box on hand for when that cold strikes.
The tissues come in a cardboard box with about 90 in each, there is a seal in the middle which needs to be ripped off to get your first tissue. The tissues are a good size, strong and contain a protective balm with calendula to help soothe your sore nose and prevent your skin from drying out. You can really feel the difference the balsam makes when you have a cold I really believe that it does work (it leaves my nose soft anyway). The are also available in a handy pocket pack for when your out and about, I buy these and keep them in my handbag.
Overall, I'm so glad I tried these tissues, they have just made those horrible colds easier to deal with, as they come around every year. I would definately recommend them they are now the only tissue I will use to prevent my nose from getting really red and sore. 5 dooyoo stars from me.
I bought the Ped Egg after seeing it advertised on the tely. In the advertisment it looked fantastic and really would work but in reality it's a different story. I'm a dancer and do need to look after my feet, like in the advert I do get a lot of dead skin build up on the bottom of my feet which always needs removing and the Ped Egg just can't do this. JML make the Ped Egg and I've bought other JML products in the past and have been happy but the Ped Egg was a waste of my money.
The Ped Egg can be bought for a pricey £9.99 from supermarkets, boots, argos and some smaller shops. It comes in a large package with clear instructions of what it does and how to use on the back.
It's shaped like an egg and the idea is that when filing your feet it catches the dead skin inside the egg which I thought was great on the advert and it looked like it really was going to work however, I would say that it only catches about half. The file itself is metal and similar to a cheese grater but is very soft on your feet.
To use, attach the file to the egg, gently rub on areas which you want to remove dead skin, empty filings into the bin and place it onto it's base. It is easy to use but is much larger and more difficult to store than other foot files on the market which do the same job and just as good.
Overall, the Ped Egg is far too expensive for the end results it gives. It does the same job as any other foot files on the market so I would save your money on this product and don't bother to buy it.
I love going to the cinema to see the latest films and tend to go about twice a month. I've lived all over the country and have had a different cinemas in each place I've been. My local cinema now is cineworld and I have to say I do like it, apart from it being so expensive, but that's the way it is these day (no longer can you get a cinema ticket for £2.50).
Tickets cost around £8 for adults which I always think is expensive but if you compare it to theatre tickets I suppose it's cheap. I tend to go on a Wednesday so at least I can get the 2 for 1 deal with orange. I do like popcorn and a drink when I go to the cinema but this really bumps the price up. Cineworld sells sweet/salt popcorn, hotdogs, m&m's/maltesers/minsterels, sweets and a range of soft drinks. There are deals on the food to get a combination the items but this will add another £10-£15 onto your bill. I do like the food here, I've never had a bad experience but it is a little bit too expensive so I usually buy some popcorn and a drink for a couple pounds in a supermarket before hand.
Cineworld always has the latest films including some in 3D (tickets cost about £10 for 3D). The thing I like best about cineworld is that it has lots of leg room and having long legs this is good for me, I hate feeling all squashed up for a few hours. The seats are large and very comfortable and I've never been in at a time when it's been too busy so have always been able to choose my seat. However, if it is a busy night then seat numbers and rows are chosen for you.
If you want to check out times of films and book your tickets in advanced you can do this using the cineworld's website www.cineworld.co.uk I'm not great on the computer and finding my way around different websites but I find this one clear and easy to use.
Overall, I'm glad that cineworld is my local cinema. The only downside is that it is expensive especially if you want to go regularly or with the whole family.