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Unlike the picture on this page I actually buy the large 174g pack which are usually on offer for £1 from supermarkets such as Tesco although they usually retail for about £1.79
Skittles are tiny finger nail hard shelled candy sweets but are soft once you bite into them. They come in different colours and different flavours. One of the things I love about skittles is the huge range of flavours, and that they are real flavours. The difference with the sours is that whilst there are the same colours and they are like really sour versions.
I really like the orginals but in some ways I like these better because with them being so sour, I can only eat like one at a time and they last ages.I know some people say they are not as sour of some sweets but for me they're very sour, I'd say at least a 9 out of 10.
The large bags I buy last ages, and they have a little sticker on the back so that the pack can be resealed so they don't go stale.
In terms of staleness I have found that they last a long time in terms of freshness, and the use by date is a few months in advance.
Because they are hard bodied I wouldn't recommend them for young children as they could be a choking hazard.
Overall I would thoroughly recommend these as they are very yummy, are a different flavour of sweet and last a long time.
I started using dooyoo a few years ago when I came across the reviews for a product I was considering buying. I then started to write my own, and whilst some of my initial ones were locked for being too basic I got into the hang of a style of writing that hopefully helped other people as their reviews helped me. I really liked the community section, and the whole community people as a whole. A few times people would comment on my reviews or message me. I then became so busy I didn't have any time to write any reviews. I came back a month ago, and am finding the site really rubbish.
Half the links don't work
The help pages don't go anywhere
My miles keep disappearing
Customer support don't want to know
The community section has gone
The community as a whole have gone
The categories have changed
the conclusion of a review is now the title?
the word count is 200-500 words, what happened to the different type of reviews? Like express reviews. Sometimes there isn't 250 words to say about something, and at the other end why is there a word limit of 500 words? Some of the best reviews I have read were in such detail one paragraph would have been 500 words and that would have just been the introduction
I just feel that its gone 'down the pan' somewhat, as though the sites slowly started falling apart and that's made me feel really sad.
What's going on Dooyoo?
I only gave the Halti 3 stars out of 5 as I am reviewing this from a multi-dog owner point of view.
I have two dogs, Beau is a nightmare walker so I bought him the Halti after recommendations. No amount of bribery with treats worked with getting it on him. It was difficult!! But not where near as difficult as trying to walk with him on it! He looked like a squirrel. He wold not walk, but would simply stand on his back legs, front legs at his nose pulling it off, and, in true Houdini style, within seconds it would be off. No amount of treats balls would distract him either. When we did eventually start walking he would stop and perform his squirrel routine or scrap his nose against the wall. I have to say after months of trying I did give up.
Now my second dog Luna walks like a dream. She however, does not like dogs. We compete in agility and so with so many people oblivious to the fact that their dog is sticking its nose where it's not wanted I bought the halter to help her. Basically it works as it gives me complete control of her nose meaning she cant lunge and tell dogs off. She is also protective and possessive of me , so its also taking some of that away as she is not able to act on it.
The Halti is basically a loop that goes round the nose with a bigger loop that connect behind the back of the head like a collar, then there is a little clip that attaches to the collar. I must admit I find it fernickety to put on and a bit awkward though once it's on, for her, it works. The only downside I have found is that it has a tendency to ride up above her eyes.
So overall I'd recommend anyone to give it a try, but its a not a miracle cure for all dogs.
I do a lot of baking and so like to have something to watch in the background, having used NOWTV for a month free trial I was not so impressed so decided to try Netflix.
What is Netflix?
It is an online version of the old school Blockbusters. You pay one monthly fee and it gives you unlimited access to their range of viewing materials.
Why is it Good?
One of the advantages of Netflix over other providers such as NOWTV is that there are movies and TV series included. One fee covers them all.
Another advantage I have found is that Tv series for example are all grouped together, when one episode finishes the subsequent one starts. This means you don't need to keep searching for episodes. It also means when your having a film fest you can just sit back and watch.
The third advantage is that there really is a wide range of both TV series' and movies to suit all ages, of all genres. Again in the past I found the repertoire to be quite restrictive.
The fourth advantage is that when you stop viewing of a program, when you come back to the program it picks up from where it was left.
The fifth advantage is that NETFLIX is accessible from different types of media
The first is that there isn't a lot of new releases in either Tv programmes or movies
The second is that that with some completed series', Ashes to Ashes for example, there is only series one available, and not the remaining two series'
The third is that the site isn't as well organized as it could be
Overall however, it is well worth the fee. It's a monthly fee, no long subscriptions, and is quite good value for money. Overall I'd recommend it.
I have 2 dogs so traveling light is not always an option. Because I have dogs, I am pretty much grounded to the uk (Though I have driven one to Spain - but the cost of fuel renders this pretty impractical). So I have a usual place I go to in the lakes and these are the top 10 things I need.
1) Car - as this is the main method of transport for me and the dogs, this is pretty essential. My car needs to be able to run a 3 hour journey without any problems so it needs to be running ok to begin with and have a full tank of fuel.
2) Dog Food - Obviously as I am taking the dogs I need to make sure that I have their food. There are local shops not too far away but none sell proper dog food and changing my dogs diet can result in them having funny tummy's! The runs are not what you want when you're on holiday.
3) Phone & Phone charger. Even though there is little signal there I need to at least have my phone. My phone also doubles up as a book as I have a Kindle app.
4) Wellies / Walking Shoes. Even if don't go walking I need proper shoes / boots as it's fairly muddy and wet when it rains. The thing with dogs is that they still need taking out to the toilet - regardless of the weather
5) 2 Sets of clothes. Even though I do essentially travel light, I need clothes suitable for sun and rain. The latter is more likely though in the lake district.
6) Cash! The village within which I stay, is tiny. There is no cash point and no one accepts credit cards so it is essential I have cash.
7) Human Food. You may notice that this is fairly down on my list. I take bits with me as it is self catering and although there are local shops, it is cheaper and easier just to take it with me. Saves me a) shopping when I am trying to chill, and also b) saves me trying to shop with the dogs. It's still fairly down my list as food is available in the village and I tend to eat out at nights anyway.
8) Camera -I love taking photos. Whilst the scenery is great, i love taking action shots of my dogs, combine them with great scenery I think make fabulous photos
9) Insect Spray. This is low on my list as this is only essential depending upon the time of year. It's inside my first aid kit anyway which I take with me as i;m a fairly clumsy person so it's really just a "just be prepared" thing. Its not completely essential as again there are supplies there
10) Family. I love it when we all go away together. 3 Adults and 6 dogs! Its great fun. Even better still is when family and friends go away. The last time we had 12 adults and 25 dogs! It was great great fun! you may notice this is at the bottom of my list as it is not completely essential - I do go away by myself - but on the other hand it is way more fun when we go together!
So there you have it! My top 10
10) Family! Again this is very low on my list
Where do I start with this one!
I used parcel2go to send some parcels recently. First of all, when I got to the lockers they were full. I trundled home and contacted p2g. Of course they have no contact number everything is done via chat which takes ages. And you're not the only person the agent is chatting to, they're chatting to about 7-8 of you. I was told the locker would be emptied that day. So I waited and went again. Guess what, still full. Was told first agent was incorrect - they would be emptied the next day. So I waited, and went again. Still full. Went home, contacted Parcel2Go was told both agents were incorrect and would be that night. By this point I was annoyed. I was assured by the following day it would be sorted. my 3-5 day delivery was now 6-8! Finally when I went again they were empty, only now half my labels wouldn't work. So off I went again. Had to explain it all over again, and was sent new labels.
So after the parcels were successfully dropped off, you would hope that would be it. It wasn't. It was the tip of the iceberg.
Half the parcels then had no tracking. Some were delivered.
When I contacted Parcel2go all they would say was that they'd email the courier, this would take 1-2 days for a reply. One parcel has with the courier a week now. I submitted a claim as per their instructions, for it to be rejected by someone else 20 minutes later. When i contacted them I inquired why it had been rejected. I was told because it had been located. Yet when I asked where it was , they couldn't tell me!!
Another they have claimed would be delivered tomorrow, then tomorrow comes and goes, and nothing. This has been going on for a week. Still no delivery.
Some of the staff don't seem to know what day of the week it is, when they get stuck they just disconnect the chat. The word "customer service" is some distant memory and very clearly does not exist in their office.
Their manner is basically copy and paste standard responses, and even when I have taken it upon myself to contact the courier for correct information they still dont give a damn.
I am now waiting a call from a manager - we shall see what happens.
It is a well known fact amongst my friends that I do not sleep. I am terrible for it. Some nights I am lucky if I grab a few hours. So for Christmas my friend, an Avon rep, bought me a couple of the Sleeptherapy range. I was both excited and skeptical when I went to bed. (should have known better and stuck to the latter)
The Sleeptherapy Sleep Balm, is a small round tin. It looks like a lip balm / vaseline tin, and the contents not disimilar. I found that it didn't really smell. The idea is you rub a luttle on your wrist and you sleep like a baby. So that night I rubbed this vaseline-like balm on my wrist, curled up, and readied myself for a sleep-filled night. By 3 am I had decided that that really wasn't gong to happen and gave up. Giving the product the benefit of the doubt, and blaming my over-eagerness I tried again the next night. It was a repeat performance.
Perhaps Avon were hoping for a placebo effect, you buy it, think it would work therefore it does? I have no idea but I personally feel it's a waste of time, and you'd be just as good rubbing a nice sceneted lip balm on yourself - at least that would have the advantage of smelling nice. I found that this stuff didnt really smell. Which is odd, I was expecting some Lavendar-like fumes to come wafting out of the pot.
So, obviously I am not recommending this! Buy some lip balm instead!
If there was one beauty product I could not live without, it would be my GHDs.
I have my fingers and toes crossed here that me writing this review won't jinx them as mine have quite a few years so far.
GHD - (Which stands for Good Hair Day) were one of the first brands to use ceramic plate technology. The straighteners are basically two plastic arms, joined together at one end in a way that they open and close - a bit like old fasioned crimping irons. The last couple of inches at the end of each arm has a small ceramic plate - this is the part which is heated and you use to straighten your hair.
The straighteners, once switch on take at least a minute to warm up. Which in reality is not a long time, but when you're waiting can seem like an eternity. When you switch the irons on, there is a little red LED light which comes on, and when they are reday to use this flashes and it also emits a little beeping noise. The beeping noise is great for anyone who, like me, is usually multi tasking. SO for example I switch them on, put them down, and carry on getting ready. The beeping is a great reminder that "hey you've left the irons on". Always remember though that they will get hot, so best putting them on a solid surface that wont burn. (I have a small burnt patch of carpet!).
They also have a safety cut out, so if they were left on and forgot about they will switch off. A feature which has already proven its weight in gold to me more than once.
The cable is also really long, so it gives you plenty of scope for them to be plugged in and ample cable for you to manoever them around your hair.
The only slight downside to them, but this is with all straighteners, is that they do seem to dry my hair out. SO I use the GHD spray which prevents them from doing too much damage.
These straighteners are some of the dearest currently available, but they are a complete investment. Not only are they (for me) the only straighteners that did their job, but mine seem to have lasted a very very long time. I would recommend getting them from an authentic supplier however, as I know several people have been sold fake replicas which look very convincing but are simply not as good.
Overall I would say these straighteners are a complete investement and the only straighteners I will ever buy! Would recommend 100%
I have the misfortune of having oily hair, which means for me to feel I look presentable I have to wash my hair every day. However that's not always highly practical. Especially as I have long hair. Some days I am out very early in the morning and back very late at night and so in all honesty I'm usually too exhausted on those days to care, it's not until the next morning when I look at my hair I want to cry.
This dry Shampoo has totally changed that, and it also means I don't have to work if by evening my hair is liking distinctively 'yuk'.
Ok so what is this miracle? Basically it is a can of spray - much like hair spray. You spray it into your hair, rub it in and brush it out leaving your hair looking much fresher. One thing you need to watch though is that if you spray it too close your hair will end up white. The first time I used this, I did this at and got a shock when I looked in the mirror to see that I'd aged by about 40 years years.
The cans come in different smells too, but I like the 'blush' one best. The cans also come in different sizes, the large retailing for around £3 at tesco. I sometimes buy the mini ones which are not wholly cost effective but somewhat easier to carry round.
I would completely recommend this dry shampoo, once you've mastered the art of spraying it really is amazing stuff. It has stopped me feeling completely self conscious about my hair because I know I can freshen it up if it starts to look greasy.
For three consecutive weeks myself and a friend have made the mistake of visiting a burger king on our way home from dog club.
The first week we went, there were 2 people in front of us, and one girl serving. The girl looked miserable and id she had moved any slower she would have been going backwards. It took just over ten whole minutes for her to collate two basic burger meals. Then we were graced with her attention. I asked for a milk shake, I was told they had none. I then asked for hot chocolate - I was told they didn't have any milk. This also ruled out any milk based coffee! I asked for their special o the board which was iced lemonade - I was told they had none of this either! I ended up paying for a semi-flat (ie not fizzy) coke from their dispenser.
The food itself was, ok - when we eventually got it. The fries were warm and the whoppers ok. They weren't very hot nor particularly nice - they were just ok.
The second week the same thing happened to the letter! We were not happy. One week fair enough but two weeks on the trot? It was the same girl, who had the personality of a rainy day, and still moving at a glacial pace. This time, in addition to the above, the fries tasted reheated yet were cold, the whopper bun was stale and the burger itself was burnt!! All for £8!!!!
The third week we tried a different branch - 15 minutes away from the first location. Can you guess what happened?
No Milk! And No Lemonade!
After an extra 15 minute journey we were not impressed! Again as per the first two occasions there were no signs or indications - had there been, and had we therefore not waited, we would have gone to KFC across the road.
I think burger king you need to sort you staff out, the stock, and the quality of the food!! BK are dearer than McDonalds and for me personally the experience has been far worse
I bought this shredder as it was on offer at my local supermarket and thought it would be easy to shred my documents rather than burn them.
The shredder itself is easy to use. It is essentially a bucket with a motor sat on top that you feed paper through. One of the few advantages of this shredder is that it is quite small, so for storage purposes it is a lot easier. However its small size is also a slight hindrance as this also means that the bucket itself holds less. This is not a big issue - I'm just lazy.
The shredder however only takes 6 pieces of paper, which when you have a few takes a while to feed through. The other disadvantage is that you can only shred so many pieces at a time and then you have to let the machine cool down. When you can only shred 6 pieces of paper at a time and then have to let the machine cool after 2 minutes of shredding it does become tiresome. The shredding itself serves its purpose, the documents are shredded, however I've found the strips they are shredded into are quite wide. Having since used another shredder I have since found that the cross cut shredders make a much better job of destroying personal documents.
Overall the machine did its job, but for me I found it slow to use. It also stopped working completely after 6 months of infrequent use therefore I had to get another.
Would I recommend it? Not really. For a little extra money you can buy one that takes more sheets and cross cuts them.
What is a Slalom?
A Slalom is another name for weaving poles, a part of an agility course. They are basically 6/12 poles the dog ha to weave in an out of. There are generally 6 in the lower grades and 12 in the high grades - though this isn't always the case.
I bought these as they were on offer and I had just started playing with agility with my then only dog. They were great for just starting and a bit of fun in the garden, but since I have started training my youngest dog properly in agility I realise that really they are not wholly brilliant unless you really know what your doing as they can cause you to start training with mistakes.
They are basically 12 plastic sticks with spikes on the end. These are great if you have grass, but obviously not if you only have hard standing. There are weaving pole sets that slot into a base if you have no grassed area. I like these for the fact that they are easily portable, all I need is these 12 poles and somewhere to put them. They are also good for people starting to train their dogs using the 2 x 2 method. This involves putting two of the poles up and teaching the dog to weave through 2 poles, then adding more until the dog is competent. I personally prefer training using the channel weave method, where the poles are not put in a straight line but spread in two lines to create a "channel" for the dog to run through, closing the gap as the dog becomes more competent. (this resembles the picture). These poles are great in the respect that as they are not fixed into anything, the handler can choose how to set them up.
The only disadvantage with them really is that they don't come with spacers or a guideline as to how far apart they need to be. Anyone learning agility with the intention to compete will know that weaves are required to be set distance apart. Not setting these up correctly initially can cause problems for your dog later on. If they are also too close they could cause problems for your dog initially as they would have to bend more than they need too.
Overall I can recommend these poles for any handler either for fun, or for practising competition weaves. They retail on Amazon for around £60 though I managed to get mine cheaper a few years ago.
I bought one of these as I found them on special offer, wasn't sure what my little collie would think of it, (as she is not very toy orientated) but she loves it - as do the others.
As far as a dog toy goes it appears to be a squeaky toy, a tennis ball and a tuggy all in one toy. The main body resembles a ball, when this is pressed hard enough there is a squeak. One of the things I liked about it is that with 4 other ball orientated collies it really appealed to them - but due to the strong fabric covering - it has lasted. As many of you with dogs will know, tennis balls do not last! The "tails" of the toy provide this "ball-like toy" with an additional playing feature allowing two dogs to play tuggy too - therefore the multipurpose nature of the toy really works for me and my dogs. The tails also make a great handle for me when launching it and therefore I can throw it a much further distance away than an ordinary tennis ball.
The fabric is a really strong material and even though some of the "tails" have been slightly nibbled they are all still in tact, the squeak has remained in place and the main body of the toy has retained its structure.
The toy comes in a variety of colours, red blue and purple and retails for around £6-8. I got mine for £5 which was an absolute bargain - though to be honest given how well this has lasted and been played with - I would probably pay the full retail price. They come in different sizes, but the one I am writing the review about is a large.
I would thoroughly recommend this toy.
I have to say that I am very impressed with our invincible snake.
We have 5 and a half collies (one is just a baby), and two of them are prolific toy destroyers. Mist will get the eyes, but beau is the secret Assassin. He delicately unpicks the seams of toys using his back teeth - in complete stealth mode - so you don't even know what he's doing - until before you knoow it - it looks like it has snowed!
We fell for this toy advertised in our local Pet Store and on a whim decided to give it a go. The price was a little off putting - but we though that if it was as invincible as advertised - then it would be worth the cost in the long run.
The dogs loved it! It has multiple squeakers in so that kept their interest and with it being so long, this appealed to them too as one in particular likes to carry toys around. We have even had two use it to play tug!
Has it survived? Yes it has. It has even survived Beau!
Any negative points? Yes - just one. And that is the fact that it has bead eyes. Now anyone who has dogs and who buys teddy bears for their dogs destructive additions knows to avoid beaded eyes as these are usually the first things that the dogs like to remove, and with them being so small can lead to tehm being swallowed or choked on. This was the case with this toy - it is currently missing two eyes. The only negative point is that on an invinsible toy the add two vincible eyes!
The toy itself however is still very much in tact, with all its squeakers and stuffing still in place.
I stumbled across these in Pets at Home and thinking they were rather dear searched them online and found them from Amazon cheaper. I was skeptical as they do look rather plastic looking and wasn't sure if my dog would even like them, but she did.
The bone itself is made of a durable material with a jerky flavour running through the middle. As a result of the jerky, it really appeals to the dogs, and combined with the durable material it lasts for ages. It doesnt ahve sharp bits than break off unlike many other of similar chews, is really good for their teeth, and is extremely low in fat. The other advantage for me is that when I have given my dog rawhide in the past she has sometimes over eaten it, or eaten the chew too quickly which has then been vomited up later on, this obviously cannot happen with this chew.
Yes they are dear at £5 for a large one, but they do last for a very long time and therefore will keep the dogs entertained for just as long. I would recommend them to anyone.