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      31.12.2013 13:24
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      I'd recommend this product 100%

      I have never been one to have a 'skin care regime' as such... occasionally I browse the shelves in my local Boots and have a look at all the different products but to be honest, they do confuse me somewhat! This was until I was given this product as a free trial and ever since I have been using this regularly and purchasing my own. No7 Protect and Prefect beauty serum.

      Serums are meant to penetrate the skin deeper than most moisturisors and in the process, plump up the skin and smooth out wrinkles. As I am 26 I am lucky to be without wrinkles at the moment but I like to use this as a prevention cream and it does make my skin feel wonderfully silky smooth. The product is also said to work well on sun damaged skin, I have found it very soothing to use on the odd occasion that I sunburn my face.

      Boots claim that after four weeks of use of this serum the appearance of lines and wrinkles will be reduced by up to 50% which is quite a bold claim I think. After six months deep wrinkles are visibly reduced and you should be left with younger looking skin.

      You should use this serum twice daily but I only use it once, mainly because I want to make it last and I feel that one application is enough for my skin. Just apply a pea sized amount to the face and neck area and massage in once your skin has been cleansed, moisturise as normal afterwards as this is not a replacement for moisturiser.

      I do feel that this works, my skin certainly feels more plump and healthy after use and with a few weeks of use the dark circles under my eyes appeared to reduce a little. I love the silky feeling this gives to my skin and despite being the most expensive serum / cream I have used I think it is worth the money.

      I'd recommend this serum 100%, I feel that you really benefit from regular use from this product and that it has helped keep my dry skin looking young and hydrated. There is also a range for the next age group of 35-50 and that contains a more intense serum, my Mum likes this one.

      The Protect & Perfect Beauty Serum comes in a 30ml tube and costs £22.95. The intense version is a pound more for the same same size for the older age range. Look out for the 3 for 2 offers in Boots and also the sales in the New Year as you can pick up No7 gift sets containing this serum for a very good price, I stocked up last year as as you don't have to use much, it really does last well.

      If in doubt give it a try, I'm sure the nice assistants in Boots will have a sample you can try! Thank you for reading.

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      • Tesco Value Garlic Baguette / Snacks / 75 Readings / 75 Ratings
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        10.11.2013 18:42
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        A good product from the Tesco Value range

        We love garlic bread in our house, my partner and I have it probably once a week to accompany some kind of pasta dish. One of my favourites is lasagne with garlic bread and pasta carbonnara.

        Sometimes I like to make my own garlic bread but some evenings there is just not enough time or we are simply too tired and want to sit down whilst waiting for our dinner to cook.

        I grabbed one of these garlic baguettes from Tesco from their value range to have handy in the freezer, it set me back just 32 pence. I always like to have one in the freezer as it is a quick and nice accompaniment to a meal. I also like to try supermarket own brands to see which onces are worth buying. I was pleased with this galic baguette.

        The baguette was sliced into 10 pieces which was plenty for the two of us. I placed it on the top shelf of the oven at 180 degrees for approximately 14 minutes (from chilled) and it was cooked just the way we like it and was even throughout with a good amount of garlic butter. I was impressed with the taste of this baguette and would definitely purchase this again, I don't see the point in paying more than double for the same product in more colourful packaging!

        The outside was crispy with the centre staying nice and fluffy with a lovely tasting garlic butter. I tend to make a big bolognese / lasagne when we have friends round and cook a couple of these for people to help themselves, very good value.

        I'd recommend this value product.

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          10.11.2013 17:42
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          Not a good example from Travelodge

          I am writing this review after stopping at this hotel on Friday 8th November 2013. We were actually in London for the night for a charity event, Fashion For The Brave which was held at The Dorchester Hotel in aid of The Household Cavalry Foundation.

          My partner was a guest speaker at the event as he lost his brother in Afghanistan in 2008 aged just 21. Due to being a guest speaker the charity arranged for our stay and booked us into this Travelodge as it was the best location for The Dorchester.

          We arrived Friday evening and made our way to our rooms on the first floor. We needed up in room 113 which was right next to the exit stairwell and would later proceed to keeping my partner awake all night because of other noisy guests coming and going!

          We arrived, quickly dumped our bags and started to get ready as we only had an hour before we had to leave to get to The Dorchester. I had a nose round the room and couldn't believe it had cost £90 per room! It was a double room but the room was so dated. The carpet was lifting up at the sides by the wall, the floor tiles in the bathroom were coming up, there was mold in the grouting in the bathroom tiles, the toilet roll holder had snapped off the wall and it had a very grubby / worn appearance. We did have a kettle and enough tea / coffee for one drink each. Strangely there was only decaf instead coffee provided which was a little disappointing when I had a monster hangover the next day!

          I usually stay in Covent Garden Travelodge which I have always booked in the sale for around £40 a night, this is still dated but a lot cleaner than the Marylebone equivalent. I was shocked they could charge £90 a night for this dirty, sparse room.

          We had a swift drink in the bar before we left for the event and my red wine wasn't too bad but the bar wasn't anything special. The seating was all stained and worn and the whole place was in need of a refurb.

          Overall we had an amazing night in London but this was due to the event itself and not our stay in the Travelodge. I wouldn't pay to stay here again and it is a shame as its quite a handy central location. Other members of our party stayed further down the corridor and said the same thing, they we also kept awake by the noisy guests.

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            06.11.2013 22:14
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            10/10

            My partner bought me a dressing table and chair for Christmas a few years back as I'd asked him for one as I hated having to stand in front of the mirror to out my make up on. The dressing table didn't come with a chair so he bought this seperatly for £9.00 from Argos. I have noticed the price of this chair fluctuating between £8-£10 but it really is worth it even at full price.

            The chair is made up of a silver coloured metal frame which is basically hollow tubing. The seat is a nice soft cushioned seat with a PVC plastic cover on. I have had this chair for a few years now and it looks brand new, it is used almost every day but there are no signs of wear and tear so it's a good sturdy chair.

            The great thing about this chair is that it folds away into a flat position. I never really have to fold mine away as I leave it in front of my dressing table in the spare room but it is ideal for people who just need an emergency extra chair for guests / parties or those with limited space. It is not technical at all, push the back of the chair and the underneath of the seat to collapse it and push in the opposite direction to open it.

            It is also very safe as the way it is built, it is impossible for it to collapse inwards on itself but I wouldn't advise standing on it or applying excessive weight or pressure. The chair does have a solid feel to it.

            I think this was a bargain and it will last me for years to come. If we have people round it's my go-to emergency extra seating and also the chair that I sit on when my mobile hair dresser comes round to cut my hair!

            Five Dooyoo stars for a reliable product.

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            06.11.2013 22:02
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            Chewy chocolate uuummmmm

            This is my review for Cadbury's Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations, Jelly and Popping Candy.

            These chocolate bars are relatively new having hit the shops less than a year ago. They caught my eye in the shop as they contained popping candy which I have always liked, and then I spotted the jelly which intrigued me to have a try. I popped two bars into the trolley and carried on my way.

            This bar is basically a Cadbury's Dairy Milk filled with popping candy and jelly chunks. Each bar has 5 sections which you can snap off to make into mouth sized pieces and usually each section has either some jelly, popping candy or a bit of both. The popping candy is a nice edition as it gives the bar a little crunch in places and I also love the feel of the candy popping and making the noise in my mouth (big kid!!). I was surprised how much I enjoyed the jelly pieces and what a lovely contrast it was to the chocolate as the jelly is actually fruity flavoured. I love the chewy texture of the jelly chunks dotted inside the chocolate and the flavours really work well together.

            Each bar will cost you between 60-90p depending if you are shopping in a supermarket or a petrol station! This has really become one of my firm favourites as I feel it really brings something different to the already massive selection of chocolate bars on offer these days.

            Each bar contains 235 calories, 27.5g of sugar, 12.5g fat, 7.7g saturated fat and 0.11g salt so it really should be a treat and not an every day consumption.

            A delicious addition to the ever growing selection of chocolate bars, thanks for reading.

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            • Play Doh Candy Cyclone / Art / Craft / 32 Readings / 31 Ratings
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              06.11.2013 20:48
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              Worth it if you can get it on offer

              I was lucky to find this Play Doh set on offer on Amazon for £10 and free super saver delivery which I thought was a bargain as the RRP for this is around £25. I stocked up and bought five sets for my mini family members and friends children.

              The first time i played with this was last week when I gave one of the sets to a four year old boy for his birthday (the sets are recommended for children aged 3+). He was very excited to receive it as he had previously played with a friends so he told me. We promptly unpacked it and I assembled it very easily in less than a minute.

              Within the set there are four little tubs of Play Doh, blue, pink, yellow and white. You put manageable sized pieces (sausage shaped) in the top funnel of the machine and hand wind it to process the Play Doh through the contraption. This winding action pushes the Play Doh through and chops it into small balls about penny sized. The marbling effect if you mix the colours looks lovely and very attractive. You then take these balls and press them into molds that are supplied with the kit and it makes them look like sweets. You can also make lolly pop shapes etc and with the marbling this looks really effective.

              One little concern I had was that the children may think that they can eat these 'sweets' but I didn't have to explain at all to this little boy, he understood it was all just 'pretend'. He really enjoyed experimenting with the colours, winding the machine and making all the different types of sweets. He then went round the room offering them to the family who accepted gratefully!

              We played with this set for a good hour and because there are a few different designs to make this kept us occupied. At one point there were three generations of us all playing with it! It's nice because people can get involved.

              Some of the reviews on Amazon concerned me as some people have found the toy breaks after a few goes but so far so good, I can see why it could break though if you are too rough with it or if you put too much Play Doh into it so it gets jammed. There is a little access compartment at the back to dig out any Play Doh that gets a little stuck so this is a good feature.

              Overall I feel this was £10 well spent, especially as it's quite a big box so postage on the item wouldn't have been cheap (if it wasn't free). If you are thinking of buying this I'd add it to your basket and wait until the price drops to an amount you'd be happy to pay as I have seen the price on this item fluctuate between £20-£10.

              A nice interactive toy that can get everyone involved, recommended for children over 3 years old as the littler ones may not realise they are 'pretend' sweets.

              I'll award this toy four Dooyoo stars, one star knocked off due to reviews of it breaking quickly but we are yet to experience this (fingers crossed!). Thank you for reading

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              03.11.2013 21:26
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              A handy product

              I had never heard of a dry shampoo before I was recommended to take some to a music festival after talking about the lack of washing facilities there! It was then that I trotted into Boots looking for this product but not really knowing what to look for at the same time.

              I came across this make, Batiste, who had at the time about 3 different varieties of canned dry shampoo which comes packaged in an aerosol can of 150ml. The description on the packaging stated that it refreshes hair between washes. This seemed to be just the product I needed so I bought it for around £1.80 which seemed very resonable if it lived up to it's claims. The can was a bright green with pink cherries printed on it and the fragrance was 'Cherry', the can was quite attractive and the product smelt nice, very fruity. The full description on the can is - 'Batiste Blush dry shampoo, with a heavenly sweet fragrance, revitalises greasy, dull and lifeless hair between washes. Instantly leaves your hair feeling clean, full of body and smalling beautiful. Quick and convenient to use wherever you are'. I thought this was a bit of a bold claim but I looked forward to trying it out.

              As the product comes packaged in an aerosol, it has to be stored out of direct sunlight and cannot be exposed to temperatures exceeding 50 degrees or 120f. This product cannot be used on sore or broken skin as it may irritate. The product is manufactured in England but there are not details of a website on the can.

              I was very glad I bought this when I did as I had an emergency one morning when my alarm didn't go off and I was due in work in 15 minutes! I sprayed my hair with this and followed the directions which state to shake the can, hold 30cm from head and spray a light covering over roots. Then using my fingertips, I lightly brushed the product through my hair and left it for a couple of minutes as instructed. I found it wasn't very visable in my hair as I have very light blond hair but when my sister used this it looked like talcum powder in her hair and a lot more brushing out was required. After leaving it to settle in and soak up any grease you then brush your hair as normal.

              I have to say I was very impressed with the results. My hair looked not far from freshly washed, there was no sign of any greasiness and it gave my hair more body than it had a few minutes earlier. The scent was also nice adding the extra feeling of freshly washed hair. I found that the product lasted the day so I didn't feel like I had greasy hair by the afternoon and the appearance was still good. This product was a godsend at the music festival I went to as I was unable to wash my hair for 4 days!! They actually do a small travel size aerosol can too so this is great for weekends away or for going on holiday. I always keep a can at home now just in case the alarm incident is ever repeated, but I would fully recommend this product. I even use this to brighten my roots if I need to cover them up before having a chance to colour it!

              The only thing I would say is that I have seen reviews from people with very dark hair that have trouble removing the traces of this product from their hair as it does come out in a white powder form and can leave you with grey hair if not completely rubbed through! Therefore it may take more time to use for people with dark hair and you may want to be careful with the amount you spray onto your hair.
              I'd recommend this product 100% for a quick fix but obviously nothing can beat the feel and the appearance of freshly washed hair.

              Thank you for reading.

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                03.11.2013 17:17
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                I love this bar

                This is my review for Cadbury's Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations, Jelly and Popping Candy.

                These chocolate bars are relatively new having hit the shops less than a year ago. They caught my eye in the shop as they contained popping candy which I have always liked, and then I spotted the jelly which intrigued me to have a try. I popped two bars into the trolley and carried on my way.

                This bar is basically a Cadbury's Dairy Milk filled with popping candy and jelly chunks. Each bar has 5 sections which you can snap off to make into mouth sized pieces and usually each section has either some jelly, popping candy or a bit of both. The popping candy is a nice edition as it gives the bar a little crunch in places and I also love the feel of the candy popping and making the noise in my mouth (big kid!!). I was surprised how much I enjoyed the jelly pieces and what a lovely contrast it was to the chocolate. I love the chewy texture of the jely chunks dotted inside the chocolate and the flavours really work well together.

                Each bar will cost you between 60-90p depending if you are shopping in a supermarket or a petrol station! This has really become one of my firm favourites as I feel it really brings something different to the already massive selection of chocolate bars on offer these days.

                Each bar contains 235 calories, 27.5g of sugar, 12.5g fat, 7.7g saturated fat and 0.11g salt so it really should be a treat and not an every day consumption.

                A delicious addition to the ever growing selection of chocolate bars, thanks for reading.

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                03.11.2013 16:56
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                Makes a nice change

                Now, I've never seen a white Twix before but today my boyfriend brought one home for me from the local corner shop. The packaging says its limited edition so who knows how long it'll be available for.

                The taste of this white Twix is completely different to the normal milk chocolate version. The white chocolate somehow makes it sweeter, the biscuit is more delicate and more crumbly in texture, the caramel tastes like the same smooth caramel in the original Twix.

                I have to say I am a fan of this white Twix and I'm a bit dissappointed that it could be taken back off the shelves before we know it. I have never understood why companies make things limited edition if they prove popular, surely they'd do better to keep it selling off the shelves?

                The taste is very sweet but moorish. The caramel works very well with the white chocolate and the crumbly biscuit base.

                Now for the nutritional info -

                Each finger contains 125 calories (two fingers per pack)
                12.1g sugar
                6.1g fat
                3.6g saturated fats
                0.11 salt.

                Overall I'd recommend this Twix for a sweet fix, for fans of white chocolate especially.

                Thank you for reading

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                • Campo Viejo Rioja Crianza / Wine / 42 Readings / 42 Ratings
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                  Rich, fruity and smooth

                  I love this wine... I stumbled upon it by chance as I really don't know much about wine and this was mid-range price wise in my local Threshers Wine Shop. The bright yellow label makes it easy to spot on the shelves amongst the other wines.

                  Campo Viejo Rioja

                  I currently have a glass of this and it is going down very nicely on a cosy winter's Saturday night. Although I could drink this at any time of the year it is a nice winter wine as I feel it is warming when you drink it. This particular bottle cost me £5.49 from Morrisons as it was on offer but usually this wine can range from £5-£12 depending on its age. To me, I can't tell the difference in the more mature bottles so I don't mind paying the £5 for a bottle. I don't drink much as I don't drink in the house, I only drink for social occasions and parties etc. if I haven't had a glass of this for a couple of months I do find myself craving it's taste.

                  To me, it is a flavoursome wine whilst still managing to stay smooth. I can taste cherries mainly and it does tingle the taste buds when you drink it. If you hold some in your mouth the taste seems to sweeten slightly which is nice and it does taste smoother if left to breathe.

                  The description on the bottle is - Deep cherry colour which is typical of vibrant Tempranillo (type of grape) wine. The wine has a pronounced nose full of rich intense aromas of ripe red fruits with subtle, sweet notes of vanilla and sweet spices. The palette is fresh, soft and velvety with flavours of red currants, vanilla and chocolate leading to a long elegant finish. Perfect with crispy duck and spinach salad or try with traditional pork sausages and Serrano ham.

                  To me, I cannot make the connection with chocolate but I do agree it is a very rich wine. This is one of my favourites and I tend to go back to this bottle when I want to treat myself with a glass or two of red.

                  The bottle is of course recycleable glass and this bottle is sealed with a cork so you will need a bottle stop to preserve it. The alcohol is quite strong at 13.5% and there are over 10 units of alcohol per bottle. The bottle also suggests you serve it at 15-16 degrees which to be honest is pretty typical room temperature.

                  Thank you for reading - I am now going to continue enjoying this glass!

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                    27.10.2013 21:40
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                    Every kitchen should have one

                    My Mum has always had a slow cooker as I believe they were quite popular in the 80's but in the last few years they have really become popular again with out rat race busy lifestyles they are the ultimate kitchen gadget.

                    I am reviewing the Breville slow cooker I bought in the Argos sale for around £20 but this one can retail between £20-£30. I have a 4.5 litre which is a good size for a family of 4. In my house there is only myself and my boyfriend so any extras I have for lunch at work the following day or we freeze for other dinners.

                    This slow cooker does take up quite a bit of room on the kitchen work top so when it's not in use we store ours on top of the fridge freezer out of the way. It is stainless steel with a glass lid, black ceramic dish and black plastic control dial and handle on lid. It looks very modern and doesn't look out of place in my kitchen at all. The settings are low, high, off and keep warm. I usually cook everything on low for around 8 hours whilst I'm out at work. The power cord isn't very long but I don't need it to be, it's long enough for where I have it on the work top about two feet from the plug.

                    I have to say, it was the best £20 I have spent on a kitchen gadget / appliance. My slow cooker is used approximatly twice a week in the winter months. I make a variety of meals including bolognese, chilli, whole chicken, chicken curry, stews, soups etc.

                    People are shocked when I explain that to cook a whole chicken, no liquid is needed, just put the chicken straight in, breast side down and cook for 8 hours on low. People I know have also made cakes, bread and even jacket potatoes in their slow cookers.

                    I love the fact that I can chuck in all the raw ingredients to a dinner, go out and leave it all day and get back home to a beautifully cooked dinner ready to be plated up. Last week I cooked a gammon joint in cola and it was lovely, the meat fell apart! You can also buy cheap cuts of meat such as stewing beef and it cooks the meat so tender, better than the oven by far.

                    I love my slow cooker and id recommend one to everyone, especially in the winter months. Also great for those who 'don't cook' as it so easy, just chuck everything in together. Also idea for older people as they can make lots of portions and freeze to use throughout the week and keep warm through the winter with cheap, hot meals. I haven't seen a bump up in my electricity bill either which is a bonus.

                    Thank you for reading my slow cooker review!

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                      27.10.2013 20:26
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                      A gem of a product in the Smart Price range

                      This is a review of the Asda Smart Price Orange Flavour Squash.

                      I'm sharing this review as I think more people should be aware of this little gem. I don't drink much fizzy pop preferring squash as I find it quenches my thirst better and for longer. I spotted this squash about a year ago in Asda and decided to give it a whirl, for just 42p for a 750ml bottle you cant go wrong.

                      I have to say, this is one of my favourites now and is always added to my trolley when shopping in Asda. The labelling on the bottle is very basic as is all the Smart Price range but I'm not a brand snob so this doesn't bother me at all.

                      The taste of this squash is spot on, no too sweet and not at all artificial tasting, I think they've got it just right. This would also be great for kids as there are no added nasties, just sweeteners. I think it's a brilliant way for kids and adults alike to stay hydrated and it tastes lovely. Asda have got a very good product here in the Smart Price range.

                      Overall I'd recommend this squash 100% due to its taste and value for money, their lemon version is also very nice too and not at all bitter. The packaging can also be recycled.

                      Thanks for reading!

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                        02.01.2013 22:26
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                        Nice tasting, versatile gravy

                        I always pick up this brand of gravy when shopping, mainly beuase my mum does and so does my nan. Sunday dinners always remind me of this gravy and I think an alternative wouldn't quite be the same!

                        Writing this review as I have actually just had some on my chicken dinner tonight. Bisto gravy is so so easy to make up. You just stir the gravy granules into almost boiling water. I usually use the water that I have just cooked the vegetables in to add that bit of extra flavour and goodness.

                        The packaging claims that Bisto is the nations favourite gravy and I'd be inclined to agree as it is perfect for those on a budget as it's usually on offer in the big supermarkets and a tub can last you a while. I prefer this chicken variety to the beef version and even use this flavour on sausage and mash as I think it's more tasty.

                        The thing I like about gravy granules is that you control the consistancey. You can make it as thick or as thin as you like by just adding more granules / more water. The general guidelines on the packaging is to add 4 heaped teaspoons for every half a pint you want to make.

                        The granules have a nice long shelf life and seem to keep fresh in the cardboard tube container with the plastic lid even once opened which is a good way to store it in my opinion. The packaging is of course recycleable.

                        Overall I'd recommend this gravy, I find it tastier than it's beefy brother and love to add this to my chicken, chips, sausages, pork or just about anything!

                        Thank you for reading.

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                          02.01.2013 22:13
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                          Lovely tasting beans, nice alternative to plain

                          I love Mexican food. Mainly because I love Chilli's and a lot of Mexican food incorporates chilli's.

                          I spotted these beans in our local mini supermarket and they were quite expensive at nearly a pound a tin so it wasn't till they were on offer for two tins for £1.50 that I tried them. The Dooyoo picture is a little dated as these now come in a tin with the token green Heinz coloured label, with a description of 'Heinz Beanz with the exciting taste of Mexican Spices'.

                          I first had these as a side to a meal and myself and my boyfriend really liked them. You can really taste the chilli but it isn't by any means too hot or overpowering, it's a lovely flavour just right. I'd actually like them to be a little hotter but I understand they are appealing to the mass market but it would be great if they did a hot version. I find these very tasty and a lot more appetising than the plain baked beans.

                          These beans make a great addition to a meal or can be used in a chilli con carne as suggested on the tin itself. They are really lovely on top of a jacket potato with cheese or as a side with cheese on toast to dip in!

                          Overall I'd really recommend these tasty beans, they are good for you fibre wise and the calories are relatively low at 164 per half a tin. They have a long shelf life and are suitable for vegetarians. They are also gluten free and half a tin counts as one of your 5 a day.

                          Thanks for reading!

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                          • The Slanket / Homeware / 38 Readings / 38 Ratings
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                            It'll save you money on your heating bill!

                            When I first saw these advertised on television I thought the world had gone mad. Then I wanted one.

                            A slanket, for those who don't know, is basically a blanket with sleeves. Everyone understands the problem of sitting on the sofa all warm and snug under a blanket when you get an itchy nose - not so warm anymore after you have let all the heat out freeing you arm! This is where the slant is unique, your hands are still free to do whatever needed but you keep the heat in around your body. If your hands get cold simply tuck your arms in or stretch the sleeves over your hands as they are generous in length anyway.

                            These have come down in price considerably since they were first released a couple of years ago. I bought my mum a red wine coloured Slanket as her house takes ages to heat up, not to mention it's very costly! I have seen these on offer in places for around £8 whereas they were over £20 initially.

                            They are made of a lovely fleecy material which works well at keeping the heat in and they are long at the front so will easily cover your feet too. It's very cosy being wrapped up in one of these at night with all the candles burning in the living room.

                            These have always been received well as gifts from me in the past, I have only ever given them to women but I do know that they sell a larger men's version.

                            These are worth it in my opinion, especially at the prices you can get them for now. Beware of cheap knock offs you can pick up at the car boot, these are not as good quality or as warm and do not wash very well.

                            Thanks for reading!

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