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I bought a pair of Adidas Samba Golf Shoes a couple of months ago and they are extremely comfortable. My previous golf shoes and most others that I had tried on when looking for a new pair were a bit chunky or clunky and always made my trousers lie a little funny.
I have previously owned a pair of Adidas Samba's for playing indoor football on wooden floor boards and had always found that they were comfortable and durable. As it was a brand I trusted this was the main reason behind my purchase. The Samba shoe for me are also a bit retro looking, a little more 'cool' looking than some of the garish coloured footwear that is on the market these days.
The shoes is made from a mixture of suede and synthetic materials which makes for a lightweight shoe which looks more like a trainer than your typical golf shoe. There are 6 spikes on each shoe to ensure that you have plenty of grip around the golf course even in heavier ground.
The shoes do require a fair bit of upkeep which is the main downside to these. As it is a suede material that is used they can be hard to clean once the shoes are a little muddy and wet.
I have the white pair with the black strips but you can get these shoes in a range of colours such as black and white, navy and white, brown and white and a rather vibrant blue and white, which Adidas call galaxy and white.
They are available online at various stores for somewhere between £55 and £60. I think that they look great and are extremely comfortable and well worth the money. In summary they look great but the up keep is a pain in the bum compared with the leather alternatives on the market.
My lips are generally something that I neglect, especially when out in the sun. I make sure I am well covered with sun lotion yet for some reason, and I am sure I am not the only one, I forgot to protect my lips. I decided it was about time to look after my lips as well as the rest of my skin and picked this lip balm up from Boots for £3.29.
The lip balm offers protection from UVA's and UVB's the harmful rays that the sun beems down on us with. It also contains a SPF factor of 30 which is nice and high. The lip balm also contains Sunflower extracts and Vitamin E which apparently helps protect your lips from the sun too.
I have found this lip balm compared with the Nivea lip balms I have used in the past that don't have the SPF protection to be quite thick and you feel like you are applying a protective layer to your lips. As well as protecting your lips from the sun it does a good job at keeping your lips well hydrated and stops any chapping of my lips.
I found that when I was playing golf in the sun my lips would regularly become sore, dry and chapped during the summer months. I believe that my lips were getting burnt in the sun. Since using this lip balm this is no longer the case so it's doing exactly the job I bought for therefore would highly recommend it.
I have since noticed there are some cheaper alternatives to the Nivea brand which I might try in the future when this lip balm is finished.
Since the birth of our little one we have tried a few different brands of nappies in an attempt to save ourselves a few quid here and there. We worked out that it would cost us around £4 less per week to use the Asda branded nappies compared with using Pampers that we had been using.
A pack of 30 nappies will cost you around £3.97 which works out at 13.2p per nappy. Compared with Pampers I found that our little one was a little more red around the bottom which we could only put down to the moisture not being locked away just as well.
I also found that these nappies weren't quite as easy to put on as they weren't quite as good a fit. I felt they were a smaller size compared with the pampers. The Asda nappy also seemed to cause a bit of redness around the tops of the legs which I put down to the nappy not being quite as good a fit and rubbbing on our wee ones legs.
As with Pampers the bag and the front as fairly obvious. There is a little logo on the front which I found was a handy way of remembering which way round the nappy went, especially at 3am!
These are a decent alternative and are on a par to some of the other supermarket branded nappies we have tried but don't quite compare to Pampers in my opinion. Once our little one is a little older and their skin isn't as sensitive I would try the Asda nappy again. However, for newborns I would personally recommend sticking with Pampers.
We decided that we would start with the Pampers brand as it was one we are familiar with and although a little more expensive we have found after trialling some other brands we have always come back to these Pampers nappies.
Pampers are more expensive and I have found that they generally work out at around 20p per nappy, compared with around 13p for some of the supermarket own brands. This means that it probably costs in the region of £4 extra per week to use the Pampers brand, a saving not to be sniffed at. This is based on using around 8 nappies per day.
The fit is far superior with these nappies. The tabs are more elasticated than other brands we have tried and the front and the back of the nappy is blindingly obvious. For someone who hadn't changed many nappies before this was quite useful in the beginning. As I said before the fit seems to be superior, with other nappies we have tried our child seems to get quite red on the inside of the leg and I think this was due to the other nappies rubbing in side of the legs. As a new born skin is so sensitive we felt it was important for the extra pennies to go back to the pampers to avoid irritating the skin.
These nappies are also super absorbent. There is a mesh type material inside the nappy which seems to lock away a lot of the dirt in the nappy keeping it away from your child's skin as much as possible. There is also a line on the nappy which changes colour when the nappy is soiled. This is a nice little addition to the nappy I thought especially in the very early days when the nappies weren't particularly heavy when wet.
These nappies, although more expensive, are certainly the favourite brand in my house out of all the brands we have tried so far and I would recommend these for fit, ease of use and comfort to baby to any new parent.
Little Angels is Asda own brand baby range and I have always found there products as good as any and their Nappy Cream is just as good as the leading brand in my opinion. For a 200g tub it will cost £2.35 which works out at 67.5p per 100g. This is compared to the leading brand, Sudocrem, which costs £1.31 per 100g for a similar sized tub. I have found that this is the best way of comparing like for like when gaging value for money.
The nappy cream comes in a pot which has a resalable lid, which granted is what you would expect. The cream is designed to soothe irritated skin and this is exactly what it seems to do. My wife and I use this cream on a regular basis whenever our child's bum is a bit red or sore looking and the cream always clears up the nappy rash after a couple of applications.
The cream is also designed to act as a protective barrier to stop the causes of nappy rash so you can also use the cream as a preventive measure if you wish. I personally prefer to give our little one a little time without a nappy on around bath time instead of using the cream as a preventative measure.
I haven't found this cream any more or less effective that a more expensive bran in Sudocrem and would recommend this to any parent.
My wife and I decided to buy a nappy bin as we live in a flat and thought that this would be a very handy product so we weren't constantly in and out to the bin with nappy's or filling up the kitchen bin with the nappy's either. After having this bin recommended to us by my brother and his wife we decided this was the bin for us.
The bin is made of a robust, white plastic and it measures 33cm x 27cm x 29cm in size. It is quite compact and doesn't take up too much room in our child's nursery.
On feature that I think could do with improving on the bin is that the bin lid opens upwards which means the bin can't sit flush to the wall as you can't then open the bin lid wide enough to get the nappy inside. This is nothing more than a slight annoyance, however.
We paid £40.00 for a starter kit which included the cartridges that you use with the bin as well as the bin itself. You require the cartridges as it is the cartridges than contain the wrapping plastic that locks the nappy and all the odors away inside the bin.
The cartridges are easy to fit. I start by unclipping the lid by using the two buttons on either side of the bin lid. You then pop the cartridge in the top of the bin and pull some of the wrapping plastic through from the top to the bottom on the lid section. There is then a small hook which allows you to tie the loose end up so that the 1st nappy doesn't just fall through the plastic and into the bin unwrapped.
When it comes to emptying the bin you will generally find that the bin is full before the cartridge is empty. There is a handy thing on the underside of the lid which allows you to cut the plastic and then you can tie up the loose end like before.
For us I have found that the bin needs to be emptied around once every 4 days or so which I guess to be somewhere in the region of 40 nappys. With the plastic wrapping locking in all the odors we have never found that we have had to empty the bin sooner than this due to the bin starting to smell.
Having also used individual nappy sacks I have found this method although more expensive far less fiddly and a whole lot more convenient. Someone living in a house may find that the extra cost does not out way the added convenience of only having to empty the bin every 4 days or so.
I bought this product for £11.99 (1 litre bottle) to get rid of some weeds which kept popping up in my patio and chipping stones. As they kept appearing I decided it was best to invest in some weed killer to kill the weeds at the root. After a bit of research at the local garden centre I picked up this product.
One thing that I really like about this product is how the weed killer is packaged. No faffing about with mixing some concentrate with some water into a watering can or anything like that. It comes ready to spray over the weeds. Simply turn the nob to ON and off you go.
This product really does work and although quite expensive makes very light work of wedding patio's and chipping stones. What else is great is the amount of time it take weeds to grow back as the product kills the weed at the root.
One point to note and something which is fairly probable with living in the UK is that if it rains within 6 hours of you applying the product then you are advised to re-apply as the product is not as effect. Given those instructions on the packaging I have therefore always tried to apply the product in dry conditions to ensure that it is as effective as possible.
Highly recommend this product and weeds are visibly dying off within 24 hours. Also the manufacturer states the product is biodegradable which means once it has dried you can start planting in the area you have sprayed if you so desire.
Once this bottle is finished I would be tempted to try a cheaper alternative and be a little more patient in waiting for the weeds to die off as it seems you pay extra for the fast acting nature of the product.
Evergreen's feed and weed for your lawn is a product which is meant to kill weeds and make your grass more lush and green looking. It costs somewhere between £6 - £9 per 1 litre bottle and can be picked up from all the big DIY stores and most of the supermarkets. It is a liquid based substance and 1 litre bottle gives you enough coverage for 100 meteres squared of grass. Personally, I think this is excellent value for money.
The product is very easy to use. The instructions on the bottle are very clear and concise. I fill up my watering can with the right amount of water that I need for my lawn and add the correct amount of concentrate feed and weed to the water can. I then pace in straight lines up and down the lawn trying to evenly distribute the mix from the watering can.
The instructions recommend that you apply this to your lawn between April and September, this is basically when the grass is doing most of it's growing. I normally apply this product to the lawn about once every 8 - 10 weeks and I am delighted with the results. Greener grass and no more dandelions lurking. I found that the results were noticeable 7 - 10 days after I had applied to the product to my lawn.
I was told in the Garden centre that the product essentially adds additional nutrients to your lawn and therefore the grass doesn't extract these from the soil. The weeds thrive in conditions where the grass has extracted the nutrients and therefore using a product like this on a regular basis kills the weeds and then stops them from growing back and from using the product that certainly seems to be the case. The additional nutrients also seem to allow the grass to thrive and give it that lush, green colour.
These thriving conditions, perhaps coupled with the good summer we are having has meant that I am cutting the grass on a very regular basis. So if you can live with a few weeds and feel like you are already cutting the grass to often, then maybe this isn't a product you should be trying.
The product seems to be safe for use, but I would of course advice that you keep it out of childrens reach. I tend to use some gardening gloves as a precaution when using the product as apparently the product does contain an irritant.
The reason I bought this product was we have a garden that we share with our other neighbours in our flat block and I am tasked with primarily looking after the lawn. It has turned into a bit of friendly competition to have the bit of the garden you are responsible for looking immaculate. The Evergreen Feed and Weed is a fantastic product and has given me a strip of a grass that I can be proud off! The neighbours have commented on it too and there are some right green fingers in that bunch.
I highly recommend this product for those who are looking for an easy way to get your lawn looking greener and weed free.
I recently picked up a shoe bag for my golf shoes after a year or two of carrying my shoes round in a plastic bag. It is by no means an essential item for the budding golfer, but a nice to have so you don't look so scabby when turning up to play at your local club.
The shoe bag is mainly black in colour with a white zip, logo and design. The bag is made from a Nylon material which is both lightweight and durable. It is also very easy to wipe clean, getting rid of those muddy patches which often appear pulling your golf shoes in and out.
As you might expect from a Nike product the quality of the fabric feels good and the bag looks to have been made to a high standard. The stitching holding the Nylon panels together looks robust and I am confident that the bag will last me a number of years.
There are also ventilation panels in the shoe bag which helps both the shoe bag and the shoes themselves from getting too smelly. Keeping your shoes clean will of course help reduce an shoe odor, but the breathable mesh does help. This is especially the case in wet weather. The mesh allows the air at your shoes while you travel from the golf course back to your house. I have on occasion left them in the boot of the car to air out, but that has left me with an unhappy wife when I have ended up with grass and mud all over the boot as the shoes have moved about on the journey home. Having the shoe bag also means that my golf shoes now have a 'place' which my wife seems to like too!
There is a handle on the bag which make carrying the shoes to and from the car nice and easy too. Some of the bags I looked at didn't have a handle and you would have had to stick the bag under your arm which would have been a little awkward when carrying your clubs at the same time.
The bag is 14" W x 5" H x 9" D (all sizes in inches) and this is big enough to fit my size 11 shoes inside. However, I wouldn't want to try and get a larger shoe in the bag as it is a fairly snug fit. The one thing which could make this bag better and it is a feature on more expensive bags is a double zip. This could allow the bag to open wider with a zip at either side of the top of the bag instead of one down the middle which would make getting the shoes in and out of the bag a little easier. I am really nit picking here though!
The price of the product varies from somewhere around £10 - £15. I used e-bay to pick up my shoe bag as I found it to be the cheapest place to get the product. I think for the price you will struggle to find a bag which is of a better quality than this one.
It ticks all the boxes and I would certainly recommend this to any of my golfing friends or family. Despite the zip, I don't see any reason not to give this bag 5/5. It is a fantastic budget golf shoe bag.
The Muslin really is any new parents best friend. The are so versatile and we don't go anywhere without ensuring that we have a Muslin packed in our changing back along with the usual change of clothes, nappies etc.
The Muslin's are made from 100% cotton and the fabric is slightly breathable. For me as a new parent this gives me additional peace of mind that I am not going to suffocate my baby when using the muslin to swaddle her or use it as an emergency bib. From speaking to other new parents, being over sensitive and over reacting is completely normal!!
Apart from swaddling and using the muslin as a bib they are great for mopping up sick and other spillages and my wife often uses a muslin to make breastfeeding a little more discreet too. It's also great to throw a Muslin over your shoulder when winding your baby.
The other great thing about the Muslin's is that they are very light weight which makes getting them washed and dried very quick and easy.
We picked up a 12 pack from Mothercare which cost £19.99. Each Muslin is 60 x 60cm which I have found to be a good size for what we use them for. We have the white muslin's but they are also available in yellow, as advertised in the Dooyoo catalogue. Other colours which I have seen in Mothercare are blue and pink so there should be something to suit everyone's tastes.
I would highly recommend investing in a pack of these as they have come in so handy since our wee one was born.
I have found these wipes to be of good quality, which is what I expect from a brand which is as well established as Pampers is. The wipes themselves are not too wet where you feel like you are soaking your baby wet, just damp enough to clean your baby's bottom. I find that the wipes are thick enough for the job. They are not too flimsy that they tear while you are try to clean your baby.
It will cost you around £1 from most of the major supermarkets for a pack of 56 wipes. This compares to say Asda's own brand where you get 72 wipes for £1. As you would expect the supermarket brand is a little less expensive, but I have found the quality not to be as good as the Pampers brand.
We felt for the first few months when our baby's skin was at it's most delicate we should use the sensitive brand and the sensitive wipes seem to be gentle on our baby's skin. They don't appear to cause any irritation.
The pack the wipes come in is resealable which keeps the wipes nice and moist. I can find it a bit fiddly to get the wipes out of the packet which change the baby, especially only getting one wipe out the packet at a time. Saying that my wife doesn't seem to have the same issues, so that may be a Dad issue rather than an issue with the product itself. Never the less, I find this frustrating when trying to change our baby.
Other things I have found the wipes handy for a cleaning our baby's hands and face if we are out and about, cleaning my own hands and I have also cleaned dirty marks of walls in our flat too.
These are good quality, but they are a little pricey and that's why I haven't given these 5/5.
The Ventura S Car Seat is compatible with the Silver Cross Surf pram and clips very easily and and out of the pram with the push of two buttons. I have found for the first month of two the our little one is a lot more supported in the car seat and attaching the car seat to the pram has meant we can easily get the wee one in and out of the car without disturbing her.
The car seat comes with a fleecy inner makes it suitable for newborn babies. We have found that we have to be careful what we are using in terms of a blanket with the fleecy inner as baby can get quite warm. The inner does provide good support for our little one, especially offering additional support around the neck and head.
There are two straps which meet at together to fasten your child into the pram. I have found this very easy to use and not at all fiddly. There is a big red button to un-clip the straps, which again is very easy to use.
The car seat is fairly easy to fit in the car. The seat belt fixes in at 3 points. There are two points around the lap and one for the diagonal part of the seat belt. One thing I do find annoying is that you have to un-clip the hood of the car seat each time you want to take the car seat in and out of the car so you can get into the fixing point for the diagonal strap. The hood is adjustable and is a great way to keep out the elements or offer some shade on those sunny summer days.
The carry handle also sits in three positions. These are upright for when we are carrying the car seat and you have to push two buttons on either side of the handle to maneuver it either forward for the in car position or backwards for the in pram position. Very simple to do. I haven't used it, but there is also ISO fix available with this car seat.
The car seat retails at around £125. We actually got this free from Winstanley Pram World. I believe that it can be purchased on the high street from the likes of John Lewis and Mothercare too. The car seat is suitable for newborns up until the child is 15kg in weight, which is 2.3 Stones in old money.
Something I wasn't aware of before going car seat shopping is that not all car seats fit all cars. You should check with your car manufacturer, but the seat fits in our 52 plate VW Golf.
The cassettes are very easy to fit into your Tommee Tippee Sangenic nappy bin. The cassette simply slots into place at the top of the bin. You then pull a bit of the film through the bottom of the lid and twist the film round the hook which is on the underside of the lid. This ties up one end of the film for you so that the nappies stay locks inside the antibacterial film.
The film does a great job at locking away any odors from the nappies. The biggest win regarding this product for me is the convenience of living in a flat, as it locks away the odors I can leave the nappies building up in the bin until it's full, generally about 4 days. Much more convenient than being out to the
bin a few times per day.
One cassette will likely last you around 7 - 10 days if your child is doing somewhere in the region of 8 - 12 nappies per day like our little one.
The cassette are available from all the big supermarkets and also places like Mothercare and Mama's and Papa's. Generally the cassettes come in a two pack and cost in the region of £9.99. I personally think this is good value for money as I have found this to be an excellent product and would only use nappy sacks if I was on the move.
Johnson's are my favourite brand of cotton buds, they are a little bit more expensive than the supermarket own brands, but they are of a much higher quality. You can normally find a 200 pack in Tesco for about £1.20. This is close on double what you would pay for a similar quantity of Tesco own brand.
As I have said the quality is much better and have found other cotton buds to be a false economy at times. You get a nice firm bit of of cotton wool on either end of a firm, stiff of what I can only describe as a little blue stick. Unlike some other brands the cotton wool doesn't break up when you are using it to clean your ears and the the stick doesn't bend or break leaving you with half a cotton bud hanging out of your ear.
I would imagine that most people use these to clean their ears but I have found some other uses for cotton buds in the past too. I find that if you have taken a shelf down in your house and need to fill smallish screw holes that have been left behind the cotton bud can be very useful. Take a bud and put some polyfiller on the end of it to fill deep inside the hole. If you pack the hole out fully you should avoid shrinking and cracking.
I have also used cotton buds to apply cream or to wash out small deep cuts in the past too. All in all these are more versatile than you might think and as I have come to expect from Johnson's, a very high quality product.
I am a big fan of the Asda Screenwash Concentrate and have used it for a number of years now. At £1.95 for 2.5 litres the screenwash is very economical and this product really is excellent value for money.
Before I started using this product I would normally just use a big of fairy liquid and some water. However I find that the screenwash provides better results than a bit of washing up liquid. It is a concentrate product and I tend to use roughly 3 parts water to 1 part screenwash.
I have found that in the winter time I have found that the screenwash works better against all the salt and dirt that you find gathers on your windscreen. The screenwash also works well in low temperatures and I have never had any problems with the screenwash freezing on my windscreen which I had experienced before using washing up liquid. The product states that it is effective down to -5C.
In the summer months the screenwash seems to do a good job at removing squashed bugs which can often prove difficult to remove as well as the dreaded bird poo. They always seem to take aim on my car just after I have washed it!
Unlike the washing up liquid the screenwash does have quite a strong smell that can linger in the car for a minute or two, but generally this doesn't bother me too much.
If you are looking for a screenwash I would highly recommend giving this one a try.