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Just before our son was born, we were very fortunate to get a lot of hand me down toys and presents that our godson had used and finished with. One of the things in the many bags of goodies was this Lamaze giraffe. It was apparently a big hit with our godson and it is a big hit with our little boy too.
lamaze toys are a favourite with both my husband and I and with our son because they are well made and they are fun to play with and this one is no different. The best thing about it is that it is brightly coloured which really catches our sons attention. He is six months old and he has been enamoured with it for a couple of months now. He particularly likes the contrast of the light colours with the darker ones. it has a clip on the top which means that it can be attached to a pram hoos or the top of a car seat. This is great because it also has pullable stretch legs which my little boy loves to pull by himself. The clip also doubles up as a chewing toy for little man when it isn't attached to the pram!
The only thing that I don't like about it is the fact that it is quite expensive. Lamaze toys do tend to be quite expensive, but having said that, I do still think that they and this are good value for money and I would definitely recommend you get one for your little one. it is especially nice to see the way that they place with it changes as their skills and dexterity improve.
i have a bit of a thing for watches, especially cheap and brightly coloured ones, which you might have noticed from the many reviews I have written before. I am fortunate enough that i work somewhere where I can get them discount. I am even more fortunate that i work in a place where I get given watches for free which is how I came to own this particular one, the Cube watch by Breo.
===What Is Good About It?===
The main thing that i like about it is the colour. I am not usually a massive fan of the colour orange but this really is lovely. It is more of a corally orange which is lovely and makes your tan look even better if you have one!
The other thing that I really about it is the fact that it is so comfortable. The strap is made of rubber which I thought might make my wrist a bit sweaty, but it doesn't at all and it actually is really nice on my skin.
===What Is Not So Good About It?===
We it is a bit big for me really. I thought it would be because of the chunky square shaped face. I have thin wrists and it just looks a little bit too big, which is a shame.
The other thing that I don't like about it is the fact that is is so flipping hard to tell the time. The actually clock face is quite small as are the hands and there are no numbers or anything around the side, so you really have to look properly to work out the time!
Overall I do like the watch but it is just not right for me I'm afraid.
i am a big fan of nail varnishes. I have to wear nail varnish for work but i am restricted to bland colours and so I like to go a bit wild with my nails on my days off. I have an awful lot of different brands of nail varnishes and this range includes a couple of No7 ones from Boots that I bought in a special offer. To be honest I wish i hadn't bothered because they really aren't that good.
===What Is Good About Them?===
There is some good things about them, even though not much! There are a few different colours available and they tend to be in pretty nice shades. The ones i have are a nice coral pink and a lilac blue type colour. They are very appealing.
The other good thing about them is the size of the bottle which is one of the biggest on the market I think, which means a bottle lasts a good while.
===What Is Not So Good About It?===
it has a really thin consistency which is really annoying because it means that it takes a good three or four coats to get anything anywhere near the colour that it looks like in the bottle. The brush in them is really thin too which means applying the nail varnish takes ages. it's not the cheapest brand on the market either, which makes it even more irritating that it isn't that good.
===Would I Recommend It?===
No I wouldn't. I'm sorry Boots but your nail varnish range is pretty lousy and not very good value for money.
i am a big fan of nail varnish. I have to wear either red or clear varnish for work so I like to be a bit more experimental when I am not at work and so I try a lot of different brands. One of the ones that I have a couple of are the Rimmel sixty seconds ones.
One of the main things that I like about these nail varnishes is the fact that they are widely available and you tend to be able to get different colours in different shops. I also like that they are quite reasonably priced. Each bottle is only a couple of pounds and they are often featured in sales in places like Boots. I also like the fact that they are quite thick nail varnishes and so you only need one coat of them to get a decent coverage.
The colour range is nice but it tends to be quite girly colours including pinks and browns and the like. I prefer brighter and bolder colours myself but when I want this kind of colour I'd definitely pick one from this brand.
There are a couple of things that let the nail varnishes down. They are one of the cheaper ones on the market, but the bottles are on the small side so it's not brilliant value for money really. Also, they claim that the nail varnish will dry in sixty seconds, but, even though they are quick drying, they aren't that quick!
Overall, I would recommend the nail varnishes because they are nice and thick, easy to apply and they have a pleasant range of colours, but they aren't quite perfect.
A couple of years ago my mother in law needed a new phone. She has slightly impaired vision and she has Parkinson's disease. The latter means that she shakes a lot and the shaking is very prominent in her hands in particular, which makes making phone calls a challenge. When we were looking for a new phone for her, we had to bear both of these things in mind which is why we settled on this Binatone Speakeasy from Argos. We used it for a couple of weeks before giving it to her, to test it's usability and suitability for her. We were impressed with it overall and were happy that she would be able to use it.
There were a number of things that we liked about it. Firstly the fact that it does have rather large buttons, in fact they were some of the largest buttons we could find on any phone. This makes them easy to press. Add to this the fact that the numbers on them are very bold and my mother in law has no issues using it.
The second thing that we liked was the hands free option. This was essential for my mother in law because she really struggles to hold the phone to her ear and it is really difficult for the person on the other end to hear what she is saying. The hands free button is easy to spot and you can use it to answer the phone when it rings, completely taking out the need for picking up the receiver. When the phone is on hands free the sound quality is really good. You can increase and decrease the volume as necessary but it is very clear on both ends which is perfect.
There are some other good things about it; it has a decent cord length - we could move the phone to more or less anywhere in the lounge; the ring tone is alright and the volume goes quite high; it is white so a fairly inoffensive colour.
There is only one thing that we didn't particularly like about the telephone is the fact that it looks pretty ugly and very clunky. It is fit for purpose but there was no expense spared on the design. My mother in law loves the functionality of it, but she was very conscious of the fact that it looked like a special needs telephone and she was a bit upset about it. It would have been nicer if they could have made it looks a little prettier.
The telephone is available for less than £19 on Argos and I would say that this is an absolute bargain and I'd definitely recommend it.
I absolutely love body butters, they are very much my weapon of choice when it comes to moisturising my somewhat dry skin. I don't have very dry skin but I do find that a body butter is much better for it than a lotion or milk. I usually choose butters from The Body Shop because I like the range of strong scents but I dislike the high prices of them immensely. So, when I saw this one for a couple of pounds, I snapped it up.
I am really impressed with it actually. The first thing that I like about it is the smell. I am a big fan of raspeberry. I find it is a lot better than strawberry because it is not a sickly. This body butter has quite a strong scent, but it is absolutely lovely. It has balanced the sweet smell well with a bit of fruity goodness. It is very light and refreshing. I also like the fact that the smell lasts a really long time. I put it on in the morning and I can still smell it hours later, which is nice.
The other thing that I like about this body butter is the fact that it works really well as a moisturiser. It is quite thick, which I love (the thicker the better as far as I'm concerned), so you are better off getting a bit and massaging it between your fingers first to soften it a bit. This helps it to absorb a bit quicker. It lasts a long time too and I find that my skin still feels moisturised a good few hours after applying it. It is really good value for money too because a little goes a long way. I used it every day and I still found that a tub lasted me a couple of months.
It is gentle enough to use on your face too which is an added bonus.
I can't for the life of me remember where I bought it, but it is available on Amazon at the time of writing the review for a little over three pounds. I'd say this is great value for money as well as being cheap for what it is and I have no hesitation in recommending it.
I used to absolutely love Davidoff's Cool Water perfume and I hadn't had it for years. So, when people were asking what I might like for Christmas when I was six months pregnant, I suggested that someone might like to buy me some. They went one better and bought me a gift set which included a small bottle of perfume and a tube of this moisturising lotion. I say they went one better, but they would have actually been better saving their money and skipping the lotion to be honest because it just isn't that good.
There's not much that I can say in the way of positive things about it. It does smell nice. In fact it smells just like the perfume which is good because it means that you can use the two of them together. As the name suggests, it has an aqua based scent. It is light and refreshing and great for summer especially. But even here it falls down because the smell just doesn't last very long. I put it on and even just a couple of hours later and I can't smell it at all, which is a shame.
As if that weren't enough, there is more bad stuff. The lotion itself is pretty lousy. If I am being fair, I do prefer a thick creamy moisturiser - in fact I prefer a body butter type moisturiser - but even so this isn't good. I just find it really thin and watery almost (watery by name watery by nature!). It pours out pretty quickly which is annoying and it looks really thin in your hand which is not a good sign. I have found that it seems to make my skin even drier somehow. It does rub in really well but that's because it is so thin. The effects of it are not remotely long lasting and I really, really don't like it at all. Which is especially annoying because it is flipping expensive.
I think it is only available as part of the set, but it does bump up the price and I wouldn't recommend it in anyway shape or form. I'd advise skipping this and spending the money you've saved on a bigger bottle of perfume or something else entirely!
I had this hairdryer before my last one because I wanted a more conveniently sized one suitable for travelling that wasn't one of those annoying folding ones or an actual travel sized one (I have had both of these kinds in the past and they are both completely pointless). This one from Visiq is smaller than the average hair dryer which means that it fit the bill for me wanting to travel with it.
I had the hair dryer for quite a while and it did a good job overall. I found that it fit well in my hand luggage sized suitcase. It has a decent length cord too which is something that is usually lacking in smaller hair dryers. The cord length of this one means that it can be used pertty much anyway and you can get it to reach a mirror. It has two poer settings and three temperature settings which is very much the industry standard as far as I am aware, or at least all the ones that I have had in the past have all had this.
It's not perfect though because it is only a 1200 watt hair dryer, which is quite underpowered really and means that it does take longer than average to dry your hair. I have shoulder length hair and it took a good ten minutes to get my hair properly dry, which is actually quite a long time for me and it hurts your arm!
Overall though I would recommend the hair dryer because it only costs nine pounds in Argos (which is where I got mine and they still have it). I would say it is great for a travel dryer but a little slow for an every day one.
I am not one of these people that loves my technology and I very rarely follow an of the technological fads. You won't catch me paying through the nose for fancy pants head phones like the Beats by Dr Dre ones and such like. In fact I didn't pay for these at all. I didn't steal them, don't worry, I was just given them by a friend because the ones that I got with my phone had stopped working. Even thought I didn't pay for them, I'm impressed and I would have been even if I had paid for them I think.
The head phones are actually ear phones and they are in ear phones at that which I are the kind that I prefer. Whilst I prefer in ear ones I do find that they can be a pain to find ones that fit properly. I'm pleased to say that these do fit nicely. The buds are smooth and nicely rounded which means that they are very comfortable when they are in your ear. They stay in place well which is good.
The fact that they fit so well means that the sound is good and any excess background sound is cancelled out well. I find that you don't have to have the volume of whatever you are listening to very high either because they work so effectively.
The ear phones aren't widely available anymore unfortunately although a quick google search shows that they are still available from ebay for just a few pounds, which is exceptionally good value for money since they work well.
This was one of the very very many impulse purchases that hubby and made when we were shopping in preparation for the arrival of our little man. There were lots of things on our list and lots of things that weren't on our list that we got anyway and this was one of the latter.
We initially bought it because our baby was due at the beginning of spring and so we envisaged lots of walking and, although we don't live anywhere that has massive bug problems, we didn't want the little man to be bitten or bothered by summer creatures. The cover only cost £6 so it wasn't too much to part with if it was rubbish. As it is, it's not a bad thing to have really, especially if you are walking in the woods and such like.
The net is almost like a giant elastic aged shower cap in style, which means that it will fit any buggy or pram. It also means that it will fit on any car seat as well which is brilliant as a lot of these universal things don't fit very well on car seats. It fits really snugly on all things as well, which is good.
The net is transparent which means that the little man doesn't mind it being on because he can see through it well enough.
Overall I would say that it is a good purchase really. It is good value for money and I would recommend it. The only problem I can see with it is that it doesn't have any UV protection so it won't be suitable for use in hot countries by itself, which is a shame.
When we were shopping for things in preparation for the arrival of our first choice, the hubby and I had a list. We tried to stick to the list, because we thought we had everything we would need on it. How wrong we were. One of the things we didn't have on the list was a raincover for the buggy and pram. We didn't buy one when we bought our pram because we didn't really know that there was such a thing. So we bought one elsewhere, which meant we had to buy a universal fits all one, which this Weathershield one from Mothercare does.
The raincover is basically a shaped sheet of plastic that you whiz over your pram when it starts to rain, which then protects your little one and their transport from the rain. It only fits prams and push chairs that have their own hood - that's because it is the hood that gives the raincover its shape and therefore a snug fit. It works really well actually, well on both our pram and our push chair. There are lots of little press buttons on the end of little elastic pieces of material which means that you can attach it to various places on the pram or push chair to make it fit. You can get it to fit snugly, but it is more than a bit time consuming, which is a pain in the back side when it is raining.
The thing that bugs me about this weathershield and all raincovers in fact is the fact that they are so expensive. This one is £20 which is not ridiculous, but considering the fact that it is essentially a heavy duty plastic bag, it is pricey.
Still recommended though.
I have a couple of these watches in different colours because I really like them. I originally got the black one because I have to wear a black watch for work, but then I realised that there was a whole world of colours available to me and I fed my watch addiction. My favourite one is this lovely pale green coloured one, which is funny because green isn't my favourite colour.
The Sekonda Party Time watches are a nice balance of modern and traditional and of simple and glitzy, which makes them very wearable and perfect for more or less every occasion, which is one of my favourite things about the watch - I can wear it all the time if I want to and I do want to!
The watch is extremely comfortable to wear, which is mainly thanks to the smallish face and the rubber strap. I was a bit worried about the strap initially because I thought it might make my wrist sweaty but it doesn't at all. The rubber is very flexible and it really does feel quite nice to wear. The size of the face is perfect for me too because I have small wrists and so I don't suit larger faced watches.
The colour of it is the best thing because it is a really lovely shade of green - a minty colour that is very nice. The only slight problem with it is the fact that it is pale means that it does show up the dirt a little bit more than the darker coloured ones. The colour seems to go really well with the diamante crystals around the edge - the nice simple and understated colour balances out the bling nicely.
Overall, definitely recommended. It has a price tag of £20 but can be easily found cheaper than that nowadays. Nice watch.
We had this in our old flat. It was a one bedroom flat and so space was at a premium. Money was also at a premium to be honest. So when we needed somewhere to keep all our (my) lotions and potions, we had a look in our local B and Q for efficient and cheap storage solutions and came home with this.
It isn't the biggest thing on the planet, but it is a good enough size that it fits a few bottles and other bits and pieces on. I would say that you can get about seven or eight average sized lotion bottles on it. The two shelves are conveniently spaced so that you can fit fairly tall bottles on both shelves but the top shelf is particularly useful as there is no restriction there. The only problem is that you can't fit any particularly wide bottles in there. For example the Tresemme big bottles of shampoo and conditioner don't fit in there unfortunately.
The shelves are also convenient in that they can be free standing (for example, by propping them on the side of the bath) but also can be easily attached to the bathroom wall. It's so long ago that we got it that I can't remember if the fixtures and fittings were included, but it doesn't need anything particularly fancy or expensive.
The only thing that I will say about it in terms of negative things is that it is pretty ugly. It is very much a case of function over form. None the less, I would recommend it because it is very handy to have, especially in a small bathroom.
I am not really a big sleeper on aeroplanes, but i felt like I had a travel pillow missing from my life all the same. I have attempted to sleep on those blow up versions before to no avail. They are just so uncomfortable and way too firm, so when I came across this memory foam version I was sold. I have had a memory foam pillow on my bed for quite some time and I like it, so I didn't have much hesitation in buying this travel version. I wish I hadn't bothered really!
The Restwell travel pillow is supposed to be designed to do all kinds of wonderful things like correct your body posture and support your head and neck, which is probably how they justify the price tag to be perfectly honest. i actually found that it did make me sit up properly, but that is not necessarily something that I want in terms of being able to sit comfortably in an aeroplane seat. I found that it did support my neck and that the memory foam was really good for that. It did seem to fit around the shape of my neck and I found that I could sink into it a little bit rather than there being no leeway like the inflatable ones. It is really quite firm though so it isn't like you lean on it and sink right into luxurious comfort or anything like that!
It has another function in that you can stretch it a little bit and use it to support your lower back which is a much more effective way of using it in my opinion. I discovered this from reading some other reviews of it and it really does work, although it kind of puts it out of shape for using around your neck afterwards, which didn't bother me really.
The pillow isn't widely available now. I bought it from amazon.co.uk and paid just over ten pounds for it although it isn't available on that particular site anymore. I have found it in other places for around the fifteen pound mark (plus postage) on other sites. To be honest I baulked a bit at paying ten pounds for it and there is no way I would pay fifteen pounds for it. It is ok but not brilliant and not worth that kind of money in my opinion.
This two tier pine shoe shelf is supposed to be hallway storage, but we actually have it in the cupboard under the stairs. I guess you can put it in a entrance way behind your front door for example, but to be honest, it is such a cheap and basic looking piece of furniture, that I would be kind of embarrassed to have it somewhere that people could see it and I certainly wouldn't want it to be the first thing that they saw as they came into my house! Having said that, it is quite a handy thing to have and there are a lot of good things about it.
It is essentially a few pieces of wood that you have to assemble yourself to make a little shoe tidy with. The specifications from the Argos website are . . .
Made from: solid wood.
Stores an average of 6 pairs of shoes.
Up to maximum shoe size 8.
2 fixed shelves.
Size H34, D26cm.
It is really easy to assemble - so much so that I managed myself, by myself. It is literally a case of grabbing a screwdriver and shoving a couple of screws into it. The instructions are easy to follow and it takes literally minutes. Once done, it is actually quite sturdy and is more than able to hold a few pairs of shoes.
The two shelves are more than shoe height apart so you can keep other things on it. I have my handbags on one shelf. It is really convenient actually and I am not sure how we would fit all our stuff in the cupboard under the stairs without it.
It says that you can get 6 pairs of shoes on it, but that would only apply to bigger pairs of shoes I think. I would say that you could fit eight pairs of smaller shoes on and up to ten pairs of kids shoes. You can actually put shoes under the bottom shelf as well, which helps.
Like I said, it looks pretty cheap. We have had ours for eight years and it is still standing strong, but it really is very basic looking. There are literally no expenses spent on the creation of this little thing!
So would I recommend it? Well it only cost us a few pounds and, after a quick look on the Argos website, it is still available for less than a fiver. I would say that this is cracking value for money even if it does look cheap. It is a great solution to storage problems in small spaces and I have no hesitation in recommending it.