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      08.06.2012 00:36
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      Excellent product at a perfect price and it actually works.

      After sharing my opinion with you on the Alberto Balsam mandarin shampoo I would also like to tell you about my experience with the condition. I purchased this at the same time as the Mandarin Shampoo from Tesco on the 3 for 2 offer costing me only £1 for the bottle.

      I purchased the same scented condition to the shampoo so that I would get a longer lasting scent on my hair rather than a mix of two different scents. Unfortunately this was not the case, although it kept my hair scented for approximately 2 hours afterwards it didn't take to long for it to become unscented.

      Alberto Balsam is a cheaper brand of hair products which are usually available from pound stores, local supermarkets and I've even seen these in Wilkinsons. You will find the around the price of £1 give or take a few pence.

      The bottles are attractive and made of a recyclable plastic, so once you've finished the bottle you can place it into your recycle bins. Each bottle contains 400ml of conditioner. It is for normal and dry hair. It states on the reverse of the plastic bottle that is restores shine and vitality and also detangles and improves manageability.

      I have longer hair so these bottles of condition don't seem to last very long, I like to literally coat my hair in a nice thing layer of the product for around the 5 minuet mark. I get approximately 15 washes from the 400ml bottle.
      Alberto Balsam mandarin and papaya condition accompanies the shampoo lovely. It also is easy to squeeze out of the flip lid located at the top of the bottle. The product smells nice and fruity but also has more of a creamy smell. I layer it on to the hair and it is really smooth and easy to remover over your hair. It does take a bit more effort to remove the condition from the hair but does leave the hair feeling smooth and sleek.

      Having to use this product every 2 days I do find that it feels more moisturised and is easy to glide a comb through my hair after washing. Unfortunate this is like the shampoo and loses its scent within 2 hours of using the product.
      I also find that once it comes to styling my hair it is easy to use the straighteners on it as this leaves no nasty residue in the hair nor is it through to glide the straighteners down my hair.

      Overall is compliments the shampoo delightfully and is an easy product to use which does work and makes my hair feel more moisturised.

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        08.06.2012 00:18
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        Excellent quality, good value for money.

        If you ever entered my bathroom you would some come to realise that I love to try out different brands of product to see what suits me best. I have a huge shall we say collection going on of shampoos and conditions. I tend to purchase what I see on offer or what is in, my price budget. This is when I came across the Alberto Balsam range. They were on offer in Tesco on the 3 for 2 in hair care. Only costing £1 per bottle is cheap enough for anyone's budget but being 3 for 2 I saved myself £1 and placed 3 bottles into the trolley.

        I choose the Mandarin special edition shampoo and condition and also a coconut on that I am still yet to try. It states on the bottle that is a limited edition but then further down it also states that it is here to stay.

        Alberto Balsam is a cheaper brand of hair products which are usually available from pound stores, local supermarkets and I've even seen these in Wilkinsons. You will find the around the price of £1 give or take a few pence.

        The bottles are attractive and made of a recyclable plastic, so once you've finished the bottle you can place it into your recycle bins. Each bottle contains 400ml of shampoo and contains pro-vitamin B5, this claims to strengthen hair. This particular shampoo is for normal and dry hair. There are directions of use printed on the back along with claims to gently cleanse, moisturise and restore shine.

        I suffer with a lot of split ends and within weeks of having it cut they are back again. I have very long hair that is nearly down to my hip bone; it gets straightened or curled on a daily basis so I need a good shampoo.

        Alberto Balsam mandarin and papaya shampoo is easy to squeeze out of the flip lid located at the top of the bottle. I like to use a large blob of product which is around the size of a £2 coin or slightly larger. The product smells nice and fruit with a bit of a sweet tang. It is easy to massage onto the scalp and lathers up really nicely. It washes out with ease as well which is great when you're in a rush. The bottle lasts me up to around 20 washes making this extremely good value for money.

        I wash my hair every two days when using this product and it always starts to feel dirty quicker than when I use more well-known branded products.

        After washing your hair it leaves it feeling and smelling divine but the scent doesn't last so long, with 2 hours later your hair smells pretty much the same as before you washed it, although it does leave it feeling and looking smooth and silky.

        Overall I think this is a brilliant quality shampoo for the price and would certainly recommend to people, for the small price you pay you can't expect salon quality shampoo. I would love to rate this a 5 out of 5 stars but I think I would just be being to kind due to the lack of time it really does make your hair feel clean and fresh.

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        07.06.2012 00:19
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        Smells fab and is a great way to freshen up a room.

        A lot of people who come into my home know me too well I always have a constant stream of different candles, plug in's or room sprays floating about my house. I adore the smell of a freshly cleaned house and hate to think that one day someone will enter my house on a day in which its messy and smell horrible.

        I like to keep a stock of different room spray in to make sure it always smells fresh and clean, I tend to pick up ones that are on offer in the local one stop shop or while I do my grocery shopping. I picked up 2 glade air fresheners from my local Sainsbury's store for £3. I think this is excellent value for money as I believe you can't put a price on a good smelling home.

        Glade magnolia and vanilla air freshener comes in aerosol can contain 300ml and be kept out of direct sunlight. I like to keep mine in the cupboard under the sink which has a safety magnetic lock on to keep little hands away from all the cleaning products. Solvent abusive can kill instantly so best safe than sorry.

        The aerosol can is quite large making it easy to hold. Direction for use is quoted on the can as "shake can well, to freshen the air, point can towards centre of the room and spray." Personally I like to go a little made with it and spray it over the entire room, I more than likely spray way to much but I like to keep my rooms well ventilated during the day and keep a nice air flow throughout the house.

        The release button on the can is easy to use but does need a slight force put on to it to release the product, this is good as if small hands to get a hold of it as it give you a few extra seconds to grab it.

        Please remember it keep any cleaning products away from children as it can be very dangerous.

        The scent of the product is just so lovely, slightly powerful and maybe overwhelming the first few times you use it. But you soon get used to it. The vanilla is the stronger scent out of the two in my opinion, but it leaves the room very inviting and just truly yummy.

        The packaging also states "this product is not recommended for use on fabric" personally I've never tried this and don't intend to.

        One thing I really like about this product is it is long lasting, one aerosol can will last me around 3 weeks, and this is due to the fact that once the product is sprayed into the room its scent continues to freshen the room for a good 4-6 hours, Leaving the room smelling charming and clean for the majority of the day.

        Overall I think this is a fantastic product at a reasonable price, I have even seen these in my local pound land store and are regularly on offer at the supermarkets. It has a lovely welcoming scent and lasts through the day.

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        04.06.2012 23:38
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        Beautiful and left me feeling a million dollars.

        I love picking up a bargain and also love having an arrangement of different shower gels in my bathroom so I can pick one to suit my mood. One of my favourite is this Radox nourishing shower therapy wash with Shea butter and ginger.

        I picked this up in my local Tesco store for the low price of £1 for 250ml. which I think is excellent value for money. Radox bottles are fab they are made of a softer plastic with a fab fill up hook so it's easy to hang in the shower and also with the help from gravity you are able to get every little drop out of this bottle.
        I love using my "puff" as I like to call it; you know the netted balls on a string. I love to use these to shower with. Using around the size of a 2 pound coin of shower gel on my "puff" is more than enough to cover my whole body. It foams u lovely into a lovely thick bubbly foam which feel smooth and silky across my skin. It washes of easily as well with no effort at all leaving your skin feeling fresh clean and silky smooth. No nasty residue is left on the skin and it smells divine. Being made of Shea butter and ginger you would think the ginger would be slightly over powerful with the Shea butter but it's not its very subtle and the Shea butter smells very creamy. You can smell the product on your skin a good hour after you have showered, it's just such a yummy product, smell good enough to eat.

        Overall I love this product and will certainly be buying this one again; I am looking forward to trying the other Radox products in this range.

        Excellent value for money, and certainly worked its wonders on my skin.

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        04.06.2012 23:08
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        Reasonable product does the job.

        Being an active mum I need to find myself a good quality deodorant, running around after the kids isn't easy and relaxing. It certainly doesn't take long to build up a sweat.

        Being a mum of 3 on a tight budget I must admit I do love a bargain and am happy to buy items that are on promotion. This is when I came around this Sanex, dermo invisible anti-perspirant deodorant in Tesco for the low price of £1.25 for a 150ml can.

        Sanex claim that this minimises white marks and will keep skin healthy with its dermo active 3 technology. Dermo active 3 is there unique blend which gives full protection for up to 24 hours, moisturises for healthier looking and feeling skin also with a balance which will allow your skin to breathe.

        What do I think of the product?
        For the price I was expecting the bee's knees in deodorant and to be honest I don't think it was far off. It's in an easy to use spray can, certainly can't fault that.

        I need to spray a nice amount to get the best effect from this deodorant. And like all others it needs to be sprayed around 25 cm away from the skin.

        It has a nice subtle scent of freshness to it, it reminds me of clean washing to be honest, but it's not a bad scent that's for sure. It's a very calming, clean and natural scenting deodorant.

        Ill spray first thing in the morning and will still feel freshness for the best part of the day, I believe it gives me protection for at least 8 hours a day, I wouldn't say it lives up to the expectations of 24 hours.
        It may not last the full 24h but it does do what is says and allows the skin to breath, and doesn't leave a nasty residue on you.

        I like this product but don't think I will purchase it unless I see it around the £1 mark again.
        Overall a good working product that does the job even if it's not the full 24 hour protection it claims to provide.

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        29.05.2012 22:25
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        Excellent quality, well made and truly loved and adored.

        This lovely bright and colourful dragon has been handed down each of my children, a much loved baby toy in our house hold, and one that will certainly be kept for many more years.

        Sneezy is approximately 12 inches high and made by Tolo. It is a well-made toy with strong stitching and made up of soft martial. Unfortunately it is not machine washable but I haven't found this a problem as it is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.

        Sneezy is made up of lots of different textures and materials, giving him his own character with crinkly sounding ears, a squeaker in his hand and nose, a rattle in his other hand and even some soft colourful silky spikes down his spine. On one foot there is a detachable flower which slides in to a little pocket (it is attached by a short length of material so it doesn't get lost) and on the other foot is a door like piece of material covering a small mirror. This is great for your children development. Helping them learn with lots of fun.
        The crackly colourful wings have always been a favourite for my children and also the Velcro butterfly attached to his tummy.

        This lovely character has many textures on it from a silky feel to more of a felt feel. He has a lovely long easy to grab tail with a bell inside which is great for grabbing your little's ones attention.


        So how do my children get on with it?

        All my children have started playing with this when they are around the 7 month mark when they are starting to get into moving around and exploring what is around them. Currently my 8 month old daughter always goes for this bright colourful dragon instantly in the morning and will continue to give him attention throughout the day. Being larger does worry me from time to time, seeing as it can easily fall onto my daughter covering her face but as long as my full attention is on her I know she is safe. Please note that this is due to being a larger soft toy, but I must say being larger makes it more fun for her to grab and pull, she loves to roll onto him and give him a good tug and pull.

        Having a two year old in the house that also enjoys playing with him is lovely. Being a two year old boy, having a fantastic imagination and being just a bright eye catching character he is soon to make up a story and pretend to make him fly.


        What does mummy think?

        Well I loved this the moment I saw it at the baby show and I couldn't resist picking it up. Being a new mum I never realised how much this would stimulate my child and help them learn about texture and colours.
        It cost me around £24.99 for it back in 2008 which I think is a fantastic price for a much loved toy which has been played with by 3 children over the past 4 years.
        Even I cannot help myself having a quick squeeze with sneezy.

        Sneezy is currently priced at around £30 from amazon and john lewis.

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          04.05.2012 00:36
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          excellent play time toy for your baby.

          My daughter is 8 months old and has been passed down a lot of my elder sons and daughters baby toys. My son received this as a gift when he was born just over 2 years ago. A family friend purchased this lovely hanging chime toy made by bright starts. It came from boots costing only £3.99.

          Bright starts are a well-known children's toy and equipment brand. Bright starts is a fantastic brand name for their products are they are all in fun bright colours which is a great way to introduce your children to toys as they are eye catching and very stimulating for you young child.

          This chime toy is suitable from birth (although around the 3 month age is when my two younger children have become interested in it.)
          As I said they received this as a gift (the one to the right of the picture) It a lovely hanging giraffe. This makes a lovely chime noise which shook or moved. It's got a very strong hook on the top enabling you to attach to your desired place, either the side of crib on the car seat or push chair. I like to attach this to the rear facing car seat as when I'm driving it likes the noise and my little girl laughs.

          It is made of a very soft material and is child friendly, no Sharpe edges or dangerous parts. The stitching has stayed in place after lots of vigorous play, so it's certainly made to stand lots of hits and throws.

          The toy its self is approximately 7 inches in length and a 2 by 1 and a half inch hook on, a good size hook to attach to things. The size of this product is brilliant for small hands and an excellent size to chew on for all those teething babies.

          Costing only £3.99 this toy has very much got its money's worth; it's been loved and played with. I can't fault one thing about this product. I don't dare put it in the washing machine, so to clean use a warm damp cloth.
          You also have a choice of 3 designs, a lion, giraffe and elephant, all in bright fun colours which will encourage your children to play and learn.

          Overall an excellent priced, quality, well-made product which is great for grabbing your children's attention and its safe and easy to clean. This is certainly one toy that will get packed away just in case we have any more children.

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          • Boots Nappies / Nappies & Wipes / 84 Readings / 82 Ratings
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            21.03.2012 22:56
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            excellent quality product.

            Having 3 children in nappies, as you could imagine it comes at a price, a hefty one at that. Buying Pampers or Huggies is just out of the question. My bank balance could never stretch to that. So since having my son (now two years old) I decided to invest my money in cheaper brands. I have tried the basic nappies from supermarkets but above all the rest I found that boots nappies rule the other out by far.
            I purchase two different sizes of boots nappies size 6 which come in a pack of 22 and are the largest size available, being suitable for children who are 16kg plus or 35lbs plus. But it goes more by the shape of your child depending on if they have a larger bum or wider hips.
            I also purchase boots own branded active stretch size 4 nappies which come in a pack of 26 nappies. These are suitable for children between the weights of 7-18kg or 15-40lb. This is a large size range and they have a good stretch on them to accommodate your child's size.
            They both retail for less than £5, making this excellent value for money (compared to the slightly higher branded nappies.) you can also purchase in packs approx. 55 for just under £7.00. They are currently on offer in boots, 3 for 2, cheapest free obviously! And don't forget to use your boots advantage card to receive your point, or if your registered with the boots parenting club you will receive 10 points for every pound you spend (on the baby and toddler department) instead of the normal 4 points per pound spent in store.
            They come in a thin plastic, easy to open packet. The nappies and nice and tightly packed together, keeping them clean and sterile.
            Upon opening the nappies, each nappy has a colourful picture on the front. The nappy is nicely lined, and stretches easily to fit around your little ones legs. The tabs are easy to open and attach to the front of the nappy with a good grip which through are rough and tumbling, crawling or climbing will hold tight.
            So do the nappies work? They have a lovely thick pad on the crotch, slightly thicker than the branded nappies but do not restrict your child's movement. The thick pad is very absorbent. Both my youngest and middle child wear these to bed and they have leaked on very few occasions through the night, but normally are great at holding it in, it also absorbs well into the pad taking it away from babies skin on their bum. This reduces the amount touching the skin and reduces nappy rash.

            One thing I have noticed about the boots branded nappies is that the urine starts to smell quite quickly and I would recommend wrapping them in a nappy sack and placing in an outdoor bin as soon as possible as they do not disguise the smell fantastically well. But the nappy should be removed and changed regularly to prevent nappy rash.

            Overall these nappies are far by the best non branded nappies on the market and I would recommend them to any mum who is looking for a cheaper reliable brand.

            Thank you for taking the time to read my review.

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            • Teenage Pregancy / Parenting Issue / 91 Readings / 85 Ratings
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              19.03.2012 15:29
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              I wouldnt have it any other way.

              Teenage pregnancy, there are many different views on this topic. I would like to share my opinion and story on this with you.
              In the January of 2005 I met this lovely lad called Darrel, within a month we were an item. I couldn't off asked for a nicer guy, I had seen a few guys before but this was nothing really when I think about how me and Darrel were with each other. As time went on we went to festivals together and went on trips to London to seen bands. We couldn't off asked for a better relationship, not only was he my boyfriend, he became my best friend.
              You know when the beginning of a relationship it really good, and then all of a sudden it starts to die down. Well within a year later this started to happen, we would argue more than anything. It got thought, but with no responsibility's this just became really silly so we treated ourselves to a holiday together away. May 2007 we took a trip to centre parks. And this made us realise that we had such a good relationship and that it is worth saving. Things were good for a couple of months after we went away and I told him we needed to talk. So there was him thinking I was going to split up with him. I broke down and told him I was pregnant. I then told him I had already gone to a doctor who worked out I was around 12 weeks pregnant. And I was keeping the baby. He was fine with this but was more in shock!
              AT this time we didn't live together and couldn't afford to put down a deposit on a property. And they council houses were not an option in my opinion; round our area they aren't too nice and very rough. Not somewhere I would want to bring up a child.
              So after telling family the same day no one was talking to me, 17 and pregnant! Well obviously this is the worst thing that could happen according to them. But I was in my own bubble, about to become a mummy, how amazing.
              My father soon came round to the idea and asked if Darrel would like to move into our home so he can be a proper father to the baby. I thought this was a great idea but only on the condition it would be until we have saved up a deposit for a flat.

              Feb 2008 my beautiful baby girl was born into the world at 2.31 in the afternoon. It was the most amazing experience in the world and Darrel was there for me thought the labour and birth! Amazing, daddy gave her first bottle to her. He even cried as he was so happy and proud of her. Isobel is now 4 years old.

              8 months later we finally had saved enough to purchase a property of our own and we moved into a two bed flat.
              I was so happy with my little family I wouldn't of had it any other way.
              Then our relationship got rough again and we were ready to split up, but keep it friendly for Isobel's sake. We thought a family holiday would make take the stress of things, both working and barely getting any time together we thought it would do us some good.
              Yeah as you guess a few weeks later I needed to talk to him again, our second baby was coming into the world, and on 5th march 2010, Freddie Jax was born at 10.52pm.
              So at the age of 20 I had 2 children, slightly over being a teenage mum.

              Then a surprise of Lillie rose came on the 7th September 2011 via C-section.

              So I started at the age of 18, classed as a teenage mum. Obviously a bad mum due to my age!
              But I have proved so many people wrong, yes I have had my kids young but I wouldn't have it any other way. And no they weren't planned, but it has brought everyone closer together.
              My children are growing up fast and healthy! Isobel now attends playgroup and love it! Every night they have story's and get cuddles before bed.

              Just because I'm a young mum doesn't mean I'm a bad mum!
              I have the same facilities and work to earn money just like the older mums, it doesn't mean I'm less capable of looking after them.

              I find this quite a touchy subject due to people who I went to school with really kicked up a stink. Saying I was wasting my life, well no not really, I enjoyed my free time before and no I don't go out drinking and wasting my money like a lot of 22 year olds do, but I have something so much more, a loving family who appreciate me, a beautiful home and a job that pays the bills.

              I suppose I do miss little things like going out to see friends and being able to buy myself new clothes. But that's the things you need to push to one side once your babies are in the world, they are the most important thing.

              And I must say my kids dress better than me! And they are happy and a lot more polite and well behaved than some of the other mums kids are the playgroup. So being a young mum doesn't really mean anything, as long as you've got your priorities in the right place.

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              • Pampers Wipes / Nappies & Wipes / 46 Readings / 44 Ratings
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                Excellent branded products that is well made.

                Having 3 children who wear nappies can be an expensive time. I know it won't last forever but it does harm their skin and they do get red and sweaty. So every time I change their bums I like to use a good quality wipe. I like to purchase what I normally find on offer, which is usually pampers.
                Pampers is a well-known brand and one to the top selling brands of wipes and nappies.
                You can purchase pampers wipes in any leading supermarket or baby shops. I can even pick them up from my local shop but at a slightly higher price.
                I like to bulk buy my wipes as we seem to get through a lot of them. I use them for cleaning up the kids after dinner or even just to freshen up.
                Each pack contains 64 wipes, or if you purchase pampers sensitive wipes they contain 56. This lasts for a considerable amount of time, if using one or two wipes per nappy change. Or one per snotty nose, they are gentle to continuously use on runny noses and you will have no need to worry about your little one get a sore nose.
                I prefer to use pampers sensitive wipes due to they are slightly softer and are fragranced free, so they contain less chemicals.

                The wipes them self are slightly larger than the average hand size. They are easy to remove for the resalable packet but I do find I always pull out a few at a time. This is no problem as they are easy to put back in and reseal. As it is a reseal able packet they will not dry out or become unusable.
                The wipes themselves are soft and glide across the skin nicely, leaving a nice fresh feeling removing all dirt and grime. You may need to wipe more than once if your little one has done a number two.

                As I said before they are great for the use on other things around the house, from wiping tomato ketchup off the table to cleaning up dirty fingerprints on the TV. They are very robust and pretty much will clear up any small marks.
                They vary in price depending on where you purchase them from. The last box I brought was a 12 pack from Mothercare reduced to only £10. Or current prices in Asda are as follows.
                Single pack for £1.20 or 2 packs for £3.
                Pack of 4 for £5.37 or 2 packs for £8.
                Pack of 6 for £5.
                Personally I like to buy in bulk and keep them in the bathroom, as you never know when you will run out. Talking of bathrooms, they are also good to quickly use to wipe around the toilet, but I must mention I wouldn't recommend flushing them due to them being unable to break down like toilet paper, and you don't want your loo getting blocked.
                Overall i have tried many own shop branded wipes and have always gone back to pampers. With such good offers on in store pampers usually end up being the same price as own branded ones.

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              • Lamaze Pupsqueak Toy / Baby Toy / 55 Readings / 53 Ratings
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                Fab hanging toy!

                Back in 2010 we went on holiday to Centre Parcs. Having the two kids at the time was hard seeing as my son was only a few months old yet needed entertaining while we were away. And baby brain mummy forgot to pick up toys for our 4 month old son. SO rushing to the onsite shop hoping there would be something that would entertain him while we do walks, eat and have a holiday.

                We came across this Lamaze dog; I have always been a fan of the Lamaze toys as they are fun colourful toy that children love.

                This lovely Lamaze doggy also has the added extra of that it makes dog noises when you press the nose down. Our one the button has got further and further away from the nose the more that is has been pressed. It is now located in the centre of the dog head. But 2 years down the line it's still working and in excellent condition.

                The dog is made up of soft materials which are bright and very stimulating to children. Eye catching and will entertain children for a good space of time.
                The ears are large and easy to grab. They have a good crinkle noise to them as you grab them.
                The little doggy wouldn't be without his bone witch is attached to his right hand. This is great for children to grab and pull on.

                The dog is made up of bright eye catching fabrics and different fabrics. These include valour a silky material and cotton.

                Yeah paw has a print on which I think is very cute.
                Out happy little doggy also has a hook on the top. This is very easy to use and attach to the pushchair, car seat or even crib.
                This toy is not machined washable and I wouldn't risk it either, but it is easy to brush down and wash with a damp cloth.
                This cost us around the £15 mark but being from a holiday shop they seemed to bump there price up a lot. But I have done some research and you can pick this up for under £12 from mainly leading toy store, amazon and even local supermarkets.
                Freddie loved to play with this doggy as they say a dog is man's best friend and this one certainly was. He is now two and out grown this toy. But mummy had kept is as her has become part of the family.
                Overall a great eye catching and stimulating children's toy. Well done Lamaze another amazing baby/children's toy.

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                  excellent quality product.

                  Lamaze toys have always caught my eyes with their bright colours and fun textures. They are very eye catching and something you can't help but look at I the toy shops.

                  I purchased this Lamaze Peacock from John Lewis back in 2008 and it cost me around £10. My daughter loved it while doing along trip round Milton Keynes shopping centre, it certainly kept her quite.
                  It is a good size which is great for little hands, it measures 10 inches across and 6 inches high (approx.). This is a great size for children to have in the car, cot or the pushchair.

                  Attached to the top of the toy is a hard plastic hook which is easy to stretch round the car of a pushchair or over the handle of a baby carrier. This is a great added feature as it gives you peace of mind and you don't need to worry about it falling off and getting lost. And children do like to throw their toys out there pram.

                  This cute little peacock character is soft and loveable. It's got bright eye catching simulating colours. On the back of the peacock is 4 feathers/wings, each a different colour with a different activity for baby.
                  The first one has a squeaker on it and seconds a rattle. The third a mirror and the forth had 3 different textured material. These are great to stimulate baby and help baby learn about new sounds, colours and feelings.

                  The peacock is made of lovely soft materials including corduroys, silk and valour.
                  The rear of the toy is patterned with black and white. I have noticed that children of a younger age enjoy more to look at dull colours such as black and white. Yet again each wing/feather a different pattern, but they are all the same texture.
                  The label states that is not machine washable but to wash with a damp cloth. I have actually put this in the washing machine as there is no reason why I can't. I placed in it a pillowcase (just in case) and then popped it into the wash at 30degrees.
                  The bird came out fine. As there are no electrical components within the toy I see no reason why I wouldn't have been ok.
                  It actually washed up lovely and is like new.
                  You can purchase this from many stores, I have seen this same toy around the same price of £10 in toys 'r' us, ELC and other leading toy stores and Also available on amazon with free delivery.
                  Yet again 2 of my 3 children have played with this toy and very much enjoyed it.
                  Each of them has had their own design Lamaze hanging toy as I love them so much. They are Bright and eye catching. Brilliant for children and lots of learning and exploring can be done with them at such a young age.
                  This toy is suitable from a young age if not from birth. My daughter loved it from a young age and so did my son, they used to love touching it and looking into the small mirror and giggling away. I have noticed that they have now changed the colours of the peacock yet it is just as bold and bright as the one I purchased.

                  I think this was a great investment that is much loved.

                  Thank you.

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                  • ELC Bop and Go Alien / Baby Toy / 44 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                    Fab fun toy that never ends up at the bottom of the toy box.

                    I am a huge fan of Early Learning Centre (ELC) toys. I am always looking out for fun, bright, colourful toys for my tots to play with.

                    I am across the "bop and go alien" when my 4 year old was a baby. It made me smile and I couldn't resist it.
                    Stand at approx. 7 inches tall and 7 inches wide (tip of the fingers to the other) This cute little character is a great size for child to grab, pull and push about with.
                    Our bop and go alien is called Layli, My daughter's attempt to say alien. But I think it's cute.
                    This lovely Layli is bright and colourful with wobble hands and different colour ears. It's great for help children when there older to learn colours.

                    So what does this cute little character actually do? Well, he certainly made my day when I first saw him move. Underneath the toy is the one switch, you can move it either left or right one for loud and one for louder! Or you can leave it in the middle position, this position is off. In the centre is a small wheel the turns with 2 little wheels on it. This is what makes the alien move. And placed central at the back of the aliens feet are two small wheels just poking out. This just gives it a little bit more support as it moves. I have noticed that I do get the odd few hairs stick in the wheels but nothing major. Works fine once they have been taken out.

                    So as the name states its bop and go. So all you need to do to get it to move and sing is by pushing down its head, and ta da it goes. The speaker is located on the rear of the aliens head.
                    Once you have pushed it down its head it makes some good noises, and plays music with funny alien sounds. I don't know how I would describe and alien sound but I'm sure if you use your imagination you wouldn't be far off. Not only does it play music it goes as well. By going I mean it moves. I have noticed it get stuck on my thick carpet but it does move on thinner carpet and on hard floor. It moves around in all directions but less than an area on 1m square.

                    And added little feature is that the alien's tummy lights up red when it is working. This is great and give it a little more of its own personality. As its arms are slightly movable as it move sits arms wobble. Both I and the children find this highly amusing to watch.

                    The colours on the alien are very eye catching and stimulating to young it's also good to strengthen up their eyes as they following the alien around.

                    The alien takes 2 AA batteries; these are located in the aliens jet pack on its back, this need to be opened with a screwdriver. This gives you peace of mind as you don't have to worry about you little ones accessing the battery compartment and taking them out.
                    The battery life is good I have had this for over 3 years and only need to replace the batteries ones. It does come with some (for the price I would hope it does.) But they are only display batteries and don't hold a long life span.
                    This toy is suitable from 12 months plus, as they promote it. I believe it is suitable from approx. 3 months due to baby number 3 loving this from 3 months. She giggles at him as it moves, and plays its music. I have noticed that they have now changed the colours of the alien from the ones in the above picture. They do not look as bright and bold and it does like a bit more of a boys toy now due to the darker colours.

                    Priced at £15; it's available from Early Learning Centre, Mothercare shop in shop, and also boots. I think it is slightly overpriced for what it is, as children to get bored with toys after a while, Even if it is an all singing and dancing little alien. There will always be something else they have their eye on.
                    You can also purchase from there website but be warned there is a £4.95 delivery charge or you can order from Mothercare.com and get it delivered to store for collection for free.
                    I think this was a great investment and having all 3 children play with it has made it even better value for money.

                    Thank you.

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                    overall it does what its made for with excellent results.

                    I like to use facial wipes in the morning once I am up and in the evening to take off makeup and freshen up. I usually tend to purchase what is on offer as I like to change which type I use as I don't want to restrict my skin and stick to one product. I tend to do this due to my skin get quite oily or dry if I stick to the same products.

                    I purchased these facial clear skin oil balancing wipes from boots. I was lucky enough to get them in the 3 for 2 offers on skin care so I have a variety of ones to try. This packet contains 25 wipes.
                    These cost me £3.20 but seeing as I got the 3rd packet free they ended up costing around £2 each. I have seen these on offer in local supermarkets around that price mark. I also earn my boots points on my advantage card and also got double point with the voucher I printed off in store via their advantage card machines.

                    These wipes are made by Simple. They are the No. 1 uk cleansing brand, as stated on the packaging. Simple use no perfume, alcohol, colours or oil in this product making non drying and non greasy. As there are no harsh chemicals in the product this makes it more gentle and easy on your skin.
                    These wipes do contain a natural zinc, this will help absorb the oil and grim from your face and phytosphingosine which help reduce blemishes.

                    Upon opening the packet there is a pull tab which is easy to open and closes very easy. It keeps the wipes nicely sealed and stops them from drying out.
                    They are easy to pull out one at a time so you don't end up wasting them or excess coming out of the packet.
                    The wipes are a good size and not stiff, they are very moveable on your face and easy to get into creases. They don't sting and clear make up and grim off your face.
                    I find it slightly harder to remove my waterproof mascara with these.

                    They leave my skin feeling soft and smooth and refreshed. Knowing that these will clear my face I can sleep in peace knowing my white pillowcase won't be left with foundation marks on in the morning. I will also awake to a lovely nice refreshed feeling on my skin. My skin on my face felt alive, it was clean fresh as amazingly soft. I must just note it wasn't like this after the first time I used it I am around 12 wipes into my packet and it has felt healthy and happier skin every day.
                    I like to use another one in the morning just to freshen up after having a shower before putting on my moisturiser just to make sure that I have cleaned.
                    I really like these wipes and get on with them really well. They leave no residue on my face and my skin doesn't feel dried out or tight a few hours after using them.
                    I do think they are slightly expensive for the size packet you get, seeing as I use 2 a day. This can get pricey, this is the only thing that puts me off. But the slightly better products do cost slightly more.

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                  • Fox's Party Rings / Snacks / 61 Readings / 59 Ratings
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                    Excellent tasty treat

                    We all love a good cuppa and something to dunk into it. Having 3 kids in the house means they I am more inclined to by the more childish fun biscuits than the boring old digestives.
                    The biscuits that tend to be the best from the children's perspective is Fox's party rings.

                    These have been around for year and I remember them well as a child. There were at everyone's parties and a regular in my mum's trolley.

                    Just like everyone else in the world I struggle for money and like to find cheaper alternatives. Or shop in Poundland and 99p stores.
                    I picked up this value pack of party rings, contains 2 single packs from the 99p store. Each packet contains 125g of party rings. They cone is a plastic holder which separates the colours these are pink, peach, lilac, dark pink and yellow. There are 4 of each colour which works out well for us as we each get one of each colour.
                    You can purchase these from the leading supermarkets or even small local shops. Many places like Wilkinson's will have them slightly cheaper. We all like a good price.

                    The packaging is colourful and very eye catching. I suppose they do this to encourage children to stamp there feet until they get them.

                    Party rings contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. And contain 29 calories per biscuit. So don't eat the whole packet in one go as that would end up with the calorie count of a main meal! They also contain 2.5grams of sugar and 0.9g of fat per ring.

                    On the packaging they describe the biscuits as "colourful, crunchy iced ring biscuits" They are certainly colourful; they are a range lovely pale tone of colours (as listed above).

                    Each ring is approx. 1 and ¾ inches wide with a small hole in the middle, great to pick them up and the kids like sticking them on their fingers. Me personally cannot fit a whole one in my mouth in one go and like to take small bites.
                    They are made up of a round biscuit base topped with a thin hard icing which makes a good crack noise when you bite into it. They are a harder type of biscuit and certainly make a good crunch. The icing has a sweet taste to it and also softens nicely when dipped into a cuppa tea. The biscuit does taste very sweet and as you chew its like it releases more and more sugar into your mouth, quite strange but tasty.
                    They are easy to digest and leave you feeling satisfied for a short period of time. You can very easily eat your way through a whole packet in one sitting.

                    They're great for children's parties or just as a snack. Overall the kids love them and I like the sweet taste as well.

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