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When we moved into our new home 2yrs ago we were given one of these tumble driers by an elderly relative who was moving from her home into a residential home. The drier itself was only 18months old and had cost her £198.99 when she bought it. THE LOOK The appliance has a very simple, clean look, in a cream and beige colour. USAGE It's a lovely basic condenser model which eliminates the need for venting, the condenser is very easy to empty by sliding off the bottom pannel (with the vent in it) and pulling out the plastic unit which the water collects in, this then is emptied after every use and replaced into the drier. Also after every use the filter the collects the lint etc needs scraping off, again it couldn't be simpler, the filter which is on the inside of the door simply slides out and then back in again!! As for the controls, there are only 3! On the right you have the time control to set how long you want the drier on for, it goes up to 120mins, the last 10mins of the cycle is designed to cool the clothes so you dont burn yourself on poppers and zippers. then on the left hand side you have 2 buttons, the top button allows you to choose between a hot or cooler cycle (for more delicate items) and the button below simply switches it on! To turn the machine off you simply open the door which is a push release mechanism. MY VIEW This is a wonderful, simple machine and does what you need it to. It is so easy to use my 20mth old son can programme and switch it on for me (which is both a plus and a dowside if he puts it on empty!). You have to be very diligant though at emptying the condenser and filter after EVERY use or the drier becomes less effective, plus I noticed that due to the heat the wall paper behind the drier became damp and started to peel!
Untill this week I had nothing but praise asda online! The website is easy to register with and navigate, the goods were cheap enough, delivery prompt and on time. I have in the past had items substituted but they were reasonable enough (although I'd like to meet the order picker that thinks that pizza topper is any where close to a pasta bake!?!) and all you pay is an extra £4 for the conveinience of shopping from your own home, plus they have lowered the miniumum order amount for delivery to £25. Also if they have to substitute they will upgrade the item but only charge you the price of the one you actually ordered (I have in the past recieved "asda extra special" goods as a substitute for a "smartprice" item at the smartprice items price!) BUT this week ASDA acted unforgivably in my eyes! I arrange for a delivery that arrives at midday on the day I arranged, I'm unpacking the items and discover that, although I've paid for it, they have left off my 12wk old sons formula! 12.10 I phone customer services expecting it to be a case of them asking the store to contact the driver but no, I get told they can only refund the item which will take 7-10 days!! Well, I had enough formula for 2 bottles but no money to buy more, asda have both my money and formula! I have to borrow money to go out and buy formula, so I email them at 1pm that day to tell them that I found their course of action unacceptable and wait......and wait.....and wait till 7pm THE NEXT DAY! I have an answer phone message left on my mobile saying they've logged the complaint and placed a free delivery on my account!!! No appology, nothing! They were quite happy to leave me with out money and my baby to starve! Poor show asda, I'm taking t further!
I live in a house that consists of 6 people (myself, partner and our 4 children) and we have a strict budget to keep to which means sticking to alot of the basics in our shopping especially with things that we get through quite a bit of like shampoo, conditioner , toilet rolls etc. Before I had children I always opted for the more expensive brand names for shampoo but then one week whilst doing my weekly shop we were working to quite a tight budget and when I saw that the Tesco own brand shampoo was only 58p so I decided it wouldn't hurt to give it a shot. The shampoo comes in a Large 750ml plastic squeeze blottle and has a refreshing apple smell to it and I found that even though it was cheaper you didn't end up having to use stupid amounts just to work up a good lather! I used it on the childrens hair and it left their hair clean and shining although a little dry so it needed to be used with a little conditioner. I have eczema and have to admit that although it worked wonderfully well, it did leave my skin a little dry but noone else in the family had a problem!
I have been very lucky in the past, my first three children were pretty much colic free and I never needed the help of infacol or Gripe water although my oldest had one bout of colic when she was about 6weeks old and I have never seen anything like it, just the sheer pain she seemed to be in and the relentless screaming!Thank heavens that my best friend (who is also a qualified nanny) was round at the time, she jumped into her car straight to boots to pick up a bottle of gripe water (I'm not sure of the price then as it was about 6yrs ago but a bottle now costs roughly £1.45 and is worth every penny!), It comes in a glass bottle which I'm not overly keen on especially if you are on your own, trying to juggle a screaming baby and opening a glass medicine bottle raises concerns for if it is acidentally dropped! We gave my daughter the recommended 5ml doesage and then put her back on my shoulder (where she was most comfortable) and within about a minute and a half we had wind movement BOTH ends, it was phenominal and such a relief to both my baby and myself! Since then I have always kept a bottle in the cupboard (dont laugh but my other half swears by it too for trapped wind!). This time round when I had my 4th, I haven't been so lucky and my poor son has been plagued by colic so thank goodness for my trusty bottle of gripe water in the cupboard, although when we realised it was going to be an on going problem we switched him onto infacol to prevent the problem rather than just relieve it! My top tip though if to get a medicine syringe from a chemist or boots (boots charge 50p for one), it helps you get it to the back of the mouth and there for avoid spillage and dribbling!
I had my 4th child at the begining of July so as you can imagine, over the years we have been through quite a few nappies and tried just about every single nappy brand going I think. Initially I was very impressed by huggies, they rivalled Pampers on price but came in slightly larger packs (only one or two extra but when evened out over 2yrs it makes alot of difference) I also like the fact that they featured winnie the pooh, where as it doesn't effect the use of them, the children loved them! plus, like pampers, they did half packs for half the price (14 nappies for £2.49) which is handy if you get caught inbetween shops or little one fills the last nappy in your change bag BUT only after using them a few times did I find that they are nowhere near as absorbant as other brands, infact the children were able to spend less than half the time in them than they could in rivalling brands. In short, I can honestly say that I no longer use them and really wouldn't recommend them!
Up untill about 4 weeks ago, to me a potty was a potty, full stop. That was until I decided it was time to toilet train my second child! My first daughter was an angel, I was spoiled, we went together and bought a light green potty from Tesco (if my memory serves me correctly it also had a duck sticker on the back), she then after a brief explaination from me, proceeded to get the potty, sit on it backwards (go figure), do what she needed to do, tip it in the toilet, flush the toilet and then wash her hands.......like I said, ANGEL! But my other daughter has been more taxing, I bought her a tesco potty after we did so well for her sister but she would sit on the potty at such an angle it came over the sides and end up on the floor or just bypass the potty full stop and go on the floor (awkward moo but at least I'm getting the usage out of my vileda super mop). In the end we had to move to a training seat on the toilet and taking her up every half hour just going to prove that what works for one might not for another. The Tesco potty has a very simple design but then what more do you need?
With all 4 of my children, whether they has been breast fed, bottle fed or a mix, I had use Avent bottles mainly because it was the most well known make but I was close to dispair with them as if you did not do them up just so then they would leak very badly leaving a very soggy, hungry baby and more washing for me. On a shopping trip to Tesco just after giving birth to my 4th child I saw the tommee tippee bottles and, although they were quite expensive (about £8 for 2 with newborn teats plus £3.50 for the next sized teats up) I got the bottles home, sterilised them and made up the feed, now would come the real test as he'd had problems with latching onto the avent teats as well as the bottles leaking (it would take him over 30-45mins to finish his feeds). Imagine my joy when he latched onto the bottle first time with ease and then drained it in 7 mins flat, no problems and no leakage!
I have to say that these were an absolute godsend! I discovered them when I had my third child and wish I had found them sooner. Disposable breast pad varied from make to make from those that were wonderfully thick and absorbant to others that were thin and would be soggy and uncomfortable within an hour or so, also as my milk supply was quite heavy when I had my 3rd (I breast fed easily till 6 months) I was getting through quite a few pads in a week which really was an unneeded added cost at the time. Although the initial outlay is higher than a pack of disposable (4.99 for a box of 6 washable as opposed to £3 for 30 disposable) in the long term it could save you a fortune! I bought 2 boxes so 12 disposable pads in total and even though they are material, they are thick and very absorbant plus you have the natural feel of fabric against your skin. You also get a wash bag in the box to place they pads in to go in the washing machine so they are kept together.
I invested in one of these Avent bottle warmers when we had to move from Breat feeding to formula feeding with my second child, the idea being that I could make up the day or night feeds all in one go and refridgerate them untill I was ready to use them, Granted it would be just as easy to fill a jug with boiling water to warm the bottles (and save you £20)but doing it that way you usually have to refill the jug 3-4 times as the water cools down so the bottle warmer is fabulous when you have a hungry baby in your arms or for the night feeds. The main thing to remember is to turn it off, I lost track of the number of times I woke in the morning to find I had left it on all night. In the end though I tended to make the bottles as I needed them as she prefered her bottles freshly made then cooled.
The baby grobag fastens over the shoulders (like dungerees do) usually with poppers, the one we have also has poppers under the arm pits for a snug fit and then has a zip down one side and along the bottom (like a normal adult sleeping bag) We had terrible trouble with out son kicking off his covers in the night and constantly waking because he was cold, the only down side we found was the fact that his arms weren't covered so on cold nights especially an extra cardigan over the top is essential. The great thing about the baby grobags is the range of materials and colours they come in, fleecy and thick for the winter and a lower tog for the summer. The grobags are sized Newborn, o-6months, 6-12months and upwards but can be a little pricy going as high as £30-£40 but on average your looving about £25 for one. They are so easy to wash as well as you just put them in with your normal clothes wash. I'd never used one with my first 3 children but I'd now class it as a must have baby item!
with my first 3 children I had always used a manual pump as an occassional backup so that my other half could also feed the children or so my mother in law could babysit so we could have an evening out. I bought a new manual pump when my 4th baby was born planning to do the same thing but because he was so good at sleeping the first week or so and my milk supply was so great I quickly got an infection and feeding him was agony but I didn't want to give up breast feeding so decided to express till I was feeling better the only problem was the amount of time it took to express each feed so I decided to try an electric pump to see if it increased the expressing time any and I'm so glad that I did, it took 5-10mins to express a feed instead of the 30-40mins it took with a manual, plus it has serveral speed setting so you can find the one that suits you best (very handy when your suffering with mastitis and need something a little gentler!)
I have breast fed all 4 of my children and the pumps have been a godsend. Unless you are very very lucky then at one time or another whilst breast feeding then you are likely to end up feeding sore at some point or you wish that someone else could do just one of the feeds just to give you a few extra moments in bed. The great thing about this pump is that you can either attach the pump onto the bottle and express straight in to feed straight away or refridgerate OR you can express into special freezer bags to save for another time. It's relatively comfortable as long as it's attached properly but it takes the same time to express as it would to feed your baby so can be time consuming. It is ideal though for the occassional usage so partner or husband can give the feed to babysitter if your want to take a well deserved evening off
When I fell pregnant with my 4th child I started to panic about how I was going to cope with getting from A-B as my children were 5yr, 2yrs and 1yr, my 2yr old and 1yr old were in the double but I know when the baby came I'd need an alternative for my 2yr old, although she walks very well for her age, my 5 year olds school was a 20 minute walk from our house which meant in total 80 minutes of walking every day and although she could do it, it left her exhausted and my nerves frayed after constant dawdling. When a friend offered me her buggy board I jumped at the chance although serveral people had said their little ones prefered to walk than use the buggy board but I descided it was worth a shot! Well thanks to it's design it was VERY easy to install, 2 clips that live on the buggy all the time for the board to clip on and off of and a strap to lift the buggy off the floor and attach to the pushchair handle if the child descides to walk. The only thing is you then have a child between you and the buggy so you end up effectively pushing the buggy at arms length, you also have to get the child off the board for going up and down curbs that arent properly dropped and it does increase the weight you are pushing but all that is outweighed by the benefits of not having a child that's dawdling or getting tired on long walks. this has been a godsend on the school runs!
This was bought for me as a stocking filler by my partner last year as he thinks that all chick flicks are the same, I'd not really heard anything about it and not having much time (I have 4 children) it got put on the shelf and forgotten about untill I had a night on my own a few months back, I'm now sorry I left it sitting on the self for so long as it was brilliant. It is at points laugh out loud funny but it's more focused on the relationship between two sisters (Diaz and Collett), how their differences lead to their estrangement and the discovery of their maternal grandmother who ultimately teaches the girls some valuable lessons in life, respect and each other leading to the reconcilliation. It was quite serious at times but with the right injection of humour to stop it from being depressing.
you have all your typical "chick flick" cliches with the fairy tail alls well that ends well but the heroine of the story isn't your normal picture perfect beauty that just hasn't "found the one", she's normal, average and what gives the film such a wonderful appeal isn't just the fact that you have both Hugh Grant and Colin Firth in it (phhhwaaarrrr by the way!) it's because Bridget Jones could be anyone of us, the whole "I'll start the diet tomorrow", drinking slightly too much at the office christmas party and the compulsary "big pants" which anyone that's brave enough has to admit to owning at least one pair! In short, she falls for and has a brief affair with her boss (Grant) when all the time the man for her is right under her nose wearing a rather gastly reindeer jumper (Firth). It takes a side splittingly funny journey of mishaps and soul seaching for us to get to the happy ending that you find yourself longing for them.