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The Tablet costs us £7.50 on a 2 for £15 offer. The tablet is made of hard plastic, has a pretend screen on the front of it and then a battery section on the back, it takes AAA batteries but we haven't had to change ours since September so the battery life is good, the battery section is held in place with a screw so your child cannot get to the batteries.
There are 40 main buttons on the screen and then 7 buttons to select the activities, activity buttons have drawings on them to indicate what each activity is along with a music button and a replay button. The main buttons on the screen are the numbers 1 to 10, there are the letters from A to Z and there is a volume button, an instrument button, an animal sounds button and a melodies button.
To select activities you use the buttons across the bottom, there are activities called letters and numbers, one called learn let's learn ABC, one to find first letters of words, one to find letter sounds, a musical note button and then a activity to spell words.
When you press an activity button it tells your child what they are going to do and which buttons to press whether it be letters or numbers. When your child does something right they get a fanfare and when your child does something wrong they get a sound like when a cartoon character such as Tom and Jerry has an accident, it sounds like a coiled spring to me.
An example of an activity on the tablet is the letters and numbers activity tells your child to press a letter or number and then when they do the tablet tells them the name of the letter or number, Emily likes to play on this one and although she hasn't really started remembering letters yet she is really could at knowing her numbers and I think this has helped her with them.
I think there is lots to learn from this toy and Emily will sit and play on it for ages without getting bored easily which we find sometimes with toys with her as she doesn't have a very long concentration span. She loves to set off the animals singing and then dance along, some of the melodies she recognises and she will sing along to them even though there are no words for her.
She loves to show me how clever she is with the numbers and she will tell me what the number is before she presses it so that the tablet is basically confirming her answer and I hear her doing this when she is playing on her own with it too.
I think this is robust, great value and has lots of educational value to it, I rate this 4 stars simply because the volume is not loud enough.
I am forever loosing lip balms so end up with loads of them around the place. I bought this one from Asda when I couldn't find my usual one in my handbag, at the time it cost me a pound, I never pay any more than a pound as here is always something on offer.
The lip balm came packaged with a plastic cover on the front of it and then backed onto a piece of cardboard with a little information including that it is made from organic ingredients and it contains shea butter, jojoba oil, milk and honey.
The lip balm comes inside a plastic tube with a white bit at he bottom which twists and then a light gold coloured long lid which goes over the top of it, the tube is pretty strong and sturdy which is ideal for being in my handbag.
The lip balm is easy to apply, simply remove the lid and make sure that some of the yellow lip balm is showing above the top of the tube. The lip balm goes on easily and it isn't sticky or greasy like some are, it has a slight taste but quite a strong smell and I am not overly keen as it smells too sweet.
My lips feel lovely and moisturised when wearing the lip balm and my lips have a slight shine to the too. The lip balm is not so bad that I wont finish the tube however due to the smell I personally wouldn't buy it again. I will rate this 4 stars as its a great product which is lovely on my lips and tastes nice too.
A few weeks ago my parents took our girls to the caravan for a few days so we decided that we would decorate their room as a surprise. I wen to our local Asda store to pick up supplies as we only ever use cheap brushes and they never last more than one use so we needed everything.
Asda stock the Harris range of brushes and for some reason they just seemed to shout quality at me so I picked one up to take a closer look. The brushes are colour coded depending on what type of brush they are so if there is red on the brush it is for gloss and if there is blue on the brush it is for emulsion.
There were a number of sizes available in the brushes and I picked two of them, I bought a thick brush for where there is wider areas to paint but a roller won't fit and then I bought a narrower brush for the cutting in. The prices vary depending on the size and there were 3 different sizes ion Asda ranging from £1.25 which seemed decent enough a price.
When I arrived home and showed my husband he was impressed by the look and feel of them. The brushes are about a standard size and the bristles are synthetic filaments and it is stated that they are guaranteed to never lose a bristle although there is no instructions who to contact if they do in fact lose a bristle.
The brushes were really easy to use, they held onto the paint well without there being drips of paint all over and the bristles stayed in perfect shape making it very easy to do the cutting in which is the bit I really hate doing. I can confirm that doing a whole double sized bedroom not a single bristle came out of either of the emulsion brushes that I had bought and I was very impressed, they did however come out of the gloss brush but that review will follow later.
The brushes were pretty hard to get clean but then I think that is the same no matter what brushes you use but since these are great quality we persevered and washed them out fully and have put them away for our next painting job.
The brushes are great value, they give a good coverage and great line when cutting in and don't lose any bristles so I will rate this brush 5 stars and would certainly buy his brand again.
I have always hated having toys all over the place and when I became a child minder I knew that I needed a good storage system. My parents go to the caravan every week and there is an Ikea nearby so he agreed to go and buy me this storage system.
The system cost me 65 pound at the time although checking it now I is selling at 53 pound which is a big difference. You have to buy the trays to go into the Trofast system separately and there are two different depths available and a choice of colours. The system is available in lots of different combinations, here are different heights available and different widths. I bought this option as I though it would be great to display toys and books on the top of it however I now wish I had got two of a narrower and straight topped one.
The system comes flat packed in a cardboard box and is pretty heavy so you should be wary lifting it on your own. The system was pretty easy to put together although it was my husband who built it for me there wasn't much shouting and it didn't take long to do.
The system is made up of plastic coated pieces of wood which are now available in black and white, when I bought it there was only the white option which is a shame as I would have gone for the black one. Inside the wooden pieces there are white plastic runners that have to be attached and then the boxes sit in the runners to move freely in and out.
I have had this system set up for well over a year now and I would say it is a great system. I wouldn't go for this set out again simply as some of the other options would give more storage in the same space. The system is pretty hardwearing, it has no marks on it and the plastic coating is still complete. The system does attract quite a bit of dust but is very easy to clean.
I would give this system 5 stars and think that I will probably move this upstairs and get more storage into the space and the black option in a different layout.
I am a parent and child minder and so always have a well stocked first aid kit. When it came to setting up a bigger kit ready for minding I looked on Amazon as I had some credit in my account. I bought a number of these dressings in a couple of different sizes for my box.
We first came across these dressings after my husbands surgery and then working in the care home these were one of two favoured dressings so I knew they were good.
I bought two different sizes of the dressings, one was 6cm x 7cm as this is a good size for a childs knee and then the other size was 10cm x 11cm as it was the biggest available on the site. I paid just over £5 at the time for a packet of 60 which is a fantastic price for a decent dressing.
Each of the dressings is individually wrapped which for infection control issues is very important. The dressings each have a plastic backing which is split in two so easy to remove without actually having to touch the dressing itself.
The dressings are white in colour, they have a sticky bored all the way round giving a great bond to the skin and they are breathable. In the centre of the dressing there is a non stick padded area which goes over the wound and then once pressed into place the dressing does not move and doesn't peel away from the skin at all.
The dressings are easy to remove and they don't leave behind that normal sticky residue that comes from normal plasters. My daughters will generally ask for the white bandages rather than a plaster as they tell me they don't hurt when I pull them off.
The dressings are ideal, my daughter has pretty sensitive skin and she has never had any irritation from these. Whenever my daughter has an injury she is a pretty big wimp and likes it to remain covered for a little longer than she probably should so she doesn't have to look at it, these dressings allow the wound to breathe and begin to heal without upsetting her.
The dressings are available in a good range of sizes and they are a decent amount of money, they get mine and my daughters approval.
I often buy cheaper versions of brands as most of them are about the same however after buying some Kleenex pocket tissue packs I realised that Kleenex is much better than most.
I found the Kleenex tissues in one of our bargain stores at 6 packs for £1 which is a great price for decent tissues in my opinion. The tissues come with three packs side by side and two rows all wrapped in a see through plastic wrapper with the Kleenex logo on.
The plastic is a little fiddly to open and then each packet inside is wrapped in the same plastic however they have an easy pull back area o access the tissues.
Each tissue is perfectly folded into little rectangles, the tissues are white in colour and have a little embossing around he edging. I bought the balsalm tissues so each one has a coating on white prevents you getting a sore nose when you have a cold however I also find that this coating makes he tissues feel even softer which makes them nice for when applying makeup.
I like these tissues are the packaging is nice and strong and the flap is resealable so it keeps them hygienic when they are in your bag. I have pocket tissues all over and even my daughter likes to always have a pack in her book bag for school.
There are 9 tissues in he pack which means there is one less than in most of these pocket tissue packs, each tissue measures 21 x 21cms so are about an average size. The tissues are easy to unfold in a hurry when you are about to sneeze and they really are gentle on your nose.
I personally now watch out for these tissues at a decent price, even when we don't have colds these are lovely tissues to use and well worth the price you pay.
In our house we love books by Julia Donaldson so when Asda had them on offer at 3 for 10 pound I bought 3 new ones.
Tabby Mctat is a lovely looking book, it is just over A4 in size and has lovely metallic gold writing and stars. The book shows two cats father and son sat under a clear night sky singing away. The book is written by Julia Donaldson best known for The Gruffalo and it is illustrated by Axel Scheffler.
The boom is about Tabby Mctat who is the buskers cat, him and the busker would sing and meow and people would put money into the buskers hat. One days whilst busking Tabby Mctat takes a stroll and meets a female cat and when he gets back the busker is gone. Unbeknown to Tabby Mctat the busker has had an accident and is in hospital but the cat gets on with his life with the female cat but never forgets the busker.
I would give the whole story away but it does have a happy ending with he busker ending up with a cat to sing with after all.
The book is written in rhyme which is one thing that my own children love and I also mind for two 1 year olds and both of them love to listen to these books. Due to the way the book is written you seem to get faster and faster as you read through the book and some of it can have you tongue tied at times.
The book is set out differently throughout so you have little pictures and big pictures with odd lines of writing and then bigger passages of writing, it certainly isn't boring to look at or read.
The pictures are great and realistic, the people look like people unlike in some children's books and there is a lot of detail on each page. There are little extra quirky things like a sign stating no busking right where the busker is playing, cigarette ends on the floor and even a Gruffalo teddy on one of the pages.
This book comes highly recommended from our home the rhythm and rhyme of the book is fantastic and adds to the excitement of the book. The book cost me just 3 pound which is a brilliant price for a book of this standard in my opinion and even the RRP of 7 pound is still great value. The pictures help to make the book what it is with lots of bright colours and plenty of detail. Myself and my children spend ages looking through this book not just reading the text but also picking out all the little extras from the pictures. I couldn't rate this book any less than 5 stars.
We have had floor lights from Ikea before so when the base of ours boke we decided to have a tip to Ikea to buy a new one. This floor lamp cost 11 pound which is a fantastic price in my opinion, there were lots of different options but as we have had a cheap lamp from there before we didn''t see the point in paying more. The lamp came packaged in a rather small cardboard box, it was so small that we didn''t believe there cold be a lamp on there so opened it up in the store to check but it was all in there. Within the box there were lots of pieces to build the lamp and a set of instructions for how to put it together. The instructions were very easy to follow although the pieces were self explanatory to put together so the instructions weren''t needed. The pieces of the lamps are all black metal, there are two lamps one is bigger than the other, the biggest lamp faces the ceiling and doesn''t move but the small lamp can be moved to where you want it to point which is ideal to have. The covers for the lamps are white plastic and screw on, the only issue I have with the lamp is that ordinary energy saving bulbs show out of the end of the smaller lamp shade and as I suffer from migraines I am careful not to look straight at it. The lamps are very sturdy which is needed in my house as I am a child minder so things often are getting knocked with all the children. The lamps have a control panel on the wire half way down the height of the lamp and each light can be turned on and off individually. The lamps work off one plug socket which is great as the old style lamps from Ikea had one plug for each light. The lamps give off a decent amount of light, we have a large though room and sit in one end of it on a night time, the light from these lamps along with the light from the TV is enough to light the full area where we sit and I will often do crafts without problem. The lamps are night and strong, give off lots of light, are a great price and look great in a vey simple black and white design so I rate them 5 stars, I can''t honestly see what else you can want for 11 pound.
My skin is really bad for getting blocked pores especially on my nose so I will often use a pore strip to remove the grime, I''m not bothered which brand of nose strip I use but I do like the Boots Tea Tree range in general so when these were on offer I bought a box. The strips come packaged in a small cardboard box which slips nicely into the bathroom cabinet, it states on the box you get 6 strips and that they contain tea tree and witch hazel both of which are known for being good for your skin. The box costs 4 pound 50 however I bought it on a 3 for 2 offer. The strips come individually wrapped in little foil packets, each packet has a small slit on the top to make it easy for you to just pull down to open although it is still quite hard with wet hands. To use the strips simply wet you nose which I find easiest with my fingertips and then apply the strips to your nose shiny side down. I find that the strip is easy to position and as long as you haven''t overwet your nose the strip grips well. You have to leave the strip to dry for about 15 minutes, you can feel when the strip is dry and ready for removal as it tightens over you nose. To remove the strip simply pull from either side upwards to the bridge of your nose and you can see the results on the strip. The results are easy to see on the strip you can see all the grime which has been pulled from you pores, I love the feeling of my pores being clean and they look much clearer after using one of these strips. The strips don''t leave behind any visible residue but I like to wash my face after use anyway. The pore strips are more expensive than a lot of have tried and apart from the fact they don''t leave any residue behind they are not really worth paying the extra in my opinion, they don''t clear every pore just like the cheaper versions don''t. I rate these 4 stars and personally will stick with the cheaper versions that do just as well.
My nose is always dreadful for clogged pores and I hate the fact that then my pores look bigger so I will often use a pore strip to clear them. I bought these ones from one of the discount stores for 99p which I thought was a great price as it is a brand I have heard of before rather than just a cheap imitation. The pore strips come in a small cardboard box which is small enough to tuck into the bathroom cabinet, it tells you on the box that you are getting 6 strips and inside the box each strip is individually wrapped in a foil wrapper. To use the strips is pretty easy, I would advise opening the wrapper before wetting your hands as otherwise it can be hard to get a grip on the packet. You simply wet the smooth side of the strip and then position it across your nose and push down over the strip to make sure contact is made. I find it easiest to wet the ends of my fingers and then use my fingers to wet the strip as if you put the strip under water you run the risk of getting it too wet. Once you have the strip in place you simply wait for it to dry, I tend to find that the corners take the longest to dry and the main part of the strip dries within about 12 minutes so I leave the strip for about 15 minutes to get the best results. Once you are ready to remove the strip I pull from the corners on both sides of my nose pulling upwards into the middle of my nose. The strip is really good and you can see the results on it with all the grime that it has pulled from within your pores, looking at it makes me feel dirty but it just shows even when you cleanse and tone your pores can still be clogged. I find that the strip leaves a little residue on my nose after use but this washes away easily so isn''t a concern. My pores look fresher after using these strips, the strips don''t unclog every pore which is a shame but I can certainly see an improvement after use it''s just a shame they clog back up again. I would certainly recommend these strips, they are a good price, easy to use and they work as you will see on the strip however they lose a star as they leave residue behind and they don''t clear all my pores at once.
The idea of the game is that you are a minion and you start at Gru's Lab and run through jumping over and sliding under obstacles, collecting bananas and picking up other minions along the way. There are many different worlds to play in, when you get to the end of a world you have to defeat something such as escaping rockets thrown at you by Gru and then you can access another world.
Your starting point each game you play can change and then sometimes you come to a set of 3 tubes at the end of a level so you don't know the area you select.
There are lots of different minions, some of them you buy and some of them you earn as you go through the game then there are minions that you have to collect puzzle pieces throughout the game to unlock.
The game starts off quite slow and then it gets faster as you go through and there ends up more and more obstacles in the way making it hard and you have to be really coordinated to play but it is fun even when you keep crashing.
Each game starts with your minions being catapulted up in the air which is quite funny, you collect bananas to spend on characters and specials. There are a number of specials to use some protect your minions like a shield which means you don't die when you crash into something and a freeze ray which allows you to freeze the baddies. There are specials which give good bonuses such as a banana vacuum which means the bananas are automatically collected and then there is a unicorn to ride which shoots your minion up into the air into loads of bananas.
On your main screen there is a shop which of course wants you to spend money to get extra power ups and bananas for playing the game, there is an events screen where if you have the game connected to your Facebook you can compete against your friends each week and win specials to use through the game. There is a friends leader board so you can see how you are scoring against your friends and then there is a goals menu which allows you to see what you need to accomplish to go up a level such as spend 200 bananas or punch 10 evil minions.
Both my daughters play this game and they are 3 and 6, they play the game really well and get scores that rival that of adults on my Facebook. The game has different levels to reach and throughout the game your points multiply depending how many of your minion friends you collect. I find this game addictive and whenever I say to my girls its time to come off it I always get the request of one more game please Mammy. I would give this 5 stars it's fun, bright, has targets to reach and was free.
My daughter loves playing on the Ipad and she often will download a game and then ask me to work out how she actually plays it so I end up playing through the game too and often end up helping her when she gets stuck.
This game can be downloaded as a sample game with a few levels. I like game that you can have a try of first and make sure that it will be played with before paying for it.
The game is set in a diner where Grandma cooks and you serve, there are tables in the diner and you start with 2 tables and then you get more tables as you go through the levels. At the start of a level you get people stood waiting to be seated, you seat them by tapping on the people and then tapping onto the tables. Once they are seated you have to wait until a bubble appears over their head showing what food they want and then tap to take their order. Once you have the order you take it to the kitchen where grandma will cook the order, when the order is ready the tickets come up on the counter with the number of the table on them.
Once the people are finished eating you have to give them the check again by tapping on the people and then you pick up the dishes and put them onto a trolley to go for washing. There is music along with the game and it is the same instrumental over and over again so it gets very annoying. There is not a lot of skill to the game as you are just constantly tapping whereas I think there could of been some swiping or something to make the brain work a little more.
There are bonuses through the game for seating people so that the colours of their tops match the colour of the seats and there is bonuses for taking more than one tables order at a time called a chain bonus, this is the same for whatever action you are carrying out at the time.
The graphics are crisp and clean and the colours are based mainly around red, white and blue. You can speed the cooking up by combining orders which means just placing one ticket on top of another this means you get the orders done faster for more points.
There are 20 levels in the game but the customers increase massively from level 2 so I dread to think how many customers there would be at level 20. If your customers wait too long they get an angry face although they look pretty evil when their faces change and the waitress stands and yawns when she is not busy which I find a little strange. For a child I would say it is a little limited but for an adult you would possibly be more inclined to compete against each others top scores.
Temple run is a game that my children wanted on the Ipad so we downloaded it for them however I have ended up finding that I quite like the game too.
The idea of the game is that you are running through the temples with a gorilla chasing you, I have no idea why a gorilla but if he catches you then he throws you up and down and your game is over.
The game is really fast paced, you run through the temples and you have to swipe the screen to turn corners before you fall off the end of cliffs or hit an object. You have to duck under objects and jump over too as well as having to steer through water rapids by moving the Ipad from side to side.
You can watch videos to earn extra gems which allow you to revive yourself when you have died and you collect gold coins which allow you to buy different characters to run with. At Christmas you could purchase a runner with a Santa hat on which my daughters found funny.
When you are running there are specials which do things to your character like speeding up or giving them a shield but when you collect them you lose gold coins which my eldest daughter doesn't like as she likes to save for the next character.
The game is fun, it is fast paced but the graphics keep up with the actions. The game is very easy to play and my 3 year old plays it and can play it whilst watching a TV programme which amazes me, I love watching her as she is so calm and leaves every move to the last second yet she gets really good scores. I think this game encourages fast reactions so I think it is actually a good game for little ones to play and as the game is over pretty quickly it needs short bursts of concentration and of course the time on the game can be limited by the parent.
My sister was amazed at how good the girls were when they played the game that she decided she needed to play too but she couldn't score as well as the girls so she wasn't impressed. I find the game slightly addictive when I play because as soon as I die I want to increase my score and can find that time just disappears so I make sure I keep an eye on the time when I play.
You can check out your statistics in the menu section and it shows you your highest ever score, longest run, most coins and most gems. It also tells you how many games you have played ours is 448 so it has been played rather a lot. I would give this game 5 stars it hasn't got a lot of depth to it but it is fun and easy to play along with being free which is a bonus.
I bought this set for my eldest daughter for Christmas, I only bought it to make up a third item in the Boots 3 for 2 offer before Christmas. You can buy this set along with other versions such as fairies from Amazon for £7.99.
The set comes in a very girly looking box, the box is pretty sturdy and says it is for ages 5 and over. The box shows pictures of the finished projects along with a picture of a castle underneath a rainbow which is really petty.
The set comes with a plastic tray mould with 6 princess designs in it, 2 bags of plaster, a set of instructions, a set of 5 paints, 2 pins and 5 pieces of magnet.
The instructions are very simple to follow and they tell you to mix 50-70mls of water with one bag of plaster, we did this but found it needed a little more to be at a consistency that we could use it. Once you have mixed the plaster you pour it into the moulds, it states in the instructions that the makers don't know how many moulds will be filled per bag of plaster which is very strange to me, we found that 1 bag of plaster filled all 6 moulds.
You have to wait half an hour for the plaster to set and then push gently on the mould and the models will pop out, we found they were still a little damp so we left them overnight before painting them.
The paints that come with the set are blue, pink, yellow, purple and white but on the box it shows the designs being painted with green on them so although you could mix them I really think there should be a 6th tub of green paint. The paints were nice and thick and easy to use and Sophie did do some mixing with them to make other colours, the paintbrush to complete this part was included.
the set was great value, when I bought it I only expected it to do 6 princesses but it will do 12. The set should really include more paint as we haven't got enough to paint another 6 models and it should also include green for the reason already mentioned. I think it is a little poor that there are only pins and magnets for 7 creations when the set makes 12.
The pins were a bit of a pin to put in the plaster as the pin kept falling down and hitting the plaster so it wouldn't have been usable once it set but we did manage to finally get them to stay in place.
Both my daughters decorated the models and they had fun doing so, it was an activity which took about an hour and kept them both quiet. Sophie loves giving her creations out so she spent nearly as long deciding who to give them to as decorating them. There is also a little bag of glitter included in the set so that it can be sprinkled over whilst the paint is wet but we didn't use this as Sophie wanted to save it for the next 6 we do.
I say this set is great value and fun to do however be aware you will need extra bits for the backs and some extra paint too, due to this I rate the set 4 stars.
I always use cleansing wipes as they are convenient and I carry a pack around in my bag for when I feel I need to refresh in work. These ones are more expensive than the ones I usually buy at £2 for a pack of 25 but I bought them when they were on offer.
The wipes comes in a very simple white packet with a peel back clear area on the top to dispense the wipes, the packet is the same idea as a packet of baby wipes. The packet has the Nivea logo along with some wording all in different shades of blue which I think looks really nice and stands out.
The wipes are for normal and combination skin and are said to cleanse, tone and hydrate aswell as removing make up and waterproof mascara and they contain vitamin E and Hydra IQ. The wipes are alcohol free and they have been dermatologically and ophthalmologically approved.
The wipes are rectangular in shape and they are folded in such a way that they pull out of the packet easily and only one at a time. The wipes are pretty big for a face wipe which I like and the wipes are textured.
The wipes are nice and moist from the top of the packet right through to the bottom but the bottom ones are not too wet which I often find with cheaper ones. The wipes smell slightly fruity to me with a hint of lemon but not overpowering.
I use these wipes on my face and neck every night and they feel really soft against my skin, they get into the creases of my face well and my face feels lovely and refreshed after use. My skin is left a little damp after use but this soon dries and then my skin feels really soft and smooth which is great as I don't feel the need for moisturisers after using them.
The wipes are really worth the full price although I would never have bought them at full price I am now glad I have tried them. They feel lovely against my skin, my skin feel lovely when I have used them, definitely 5 stars.