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Unfortunately, like quite a few people, I seem to pick up every single cough and cold out there.
As an Asthma sufferer, I tend to get quite bad coughs with any normal cold, and they usually tend to linger on long after the cold has cleared up.
Whilst out shopping I found these cough lozenges in the pound shop.
They come in a lemon flavouyr or this flavour, Berry blast. I'm not a great fan of lemon so went for the berry flavour.
The product comes in a small box. Inside the box is a plastic packet/bag. The lozenges' are all loose inside the inner bag, which I wasn't too keen on. I much prefer a blister strip, particularly for something you may not use for quite a while.
I would say you get between 10 and 15 lozenges per pack. Each lozenge is about the size of a womans thumb nail and is white on one side and purple on the other.
These lozenges do have quite a strong flavour but they do work fast. I have to say they didn't help too much with my cough but they really did work well on my sore throat, which ws driving me mad.
Obvisouly if you use these try to make sure you drink before you take them and try to avoiud drinking for a while after as it seems to wash the effects away.
These are quite a good little product for the price and certainly helped me feel slightly more human
I use bleach for a lot more cleaning than I really should. The trouble is I like cleaning with bleach because everything always looks and smells so much cleaner than any other cleaning products. I don't use bleach for eveverything, but quite a lot. One thing I most certainly use it on is the toilet.
I usually find that one bleach is much the same as another and although I have used a variety of brands, I was quite happy to settle to whatever was cheapest or best value and on offer at the time. My main store for buying bleach became the poundshops where you can usually pick up two bottle for £1.
A few days ago we did a rare ASDA shop as our local is a TESCO's. I was completely out of bleach for the toilet so brought some there. The offer was 2 for £1.50, but the botttles looked slightly larger so the value seemed quite good.
When I got it home I realised that the bleach I had been using from the pound shop was 750ml per bottle and these bottles were a massive 1.25 litres each, making the value pretty even, if not slightly cheaper.
However it was when I actually started to use the bleach that I realised the hidden value, the bleach from ASDA is a lot thicker and actually seems to hold to the sides of the toilet, whereas other bleaches always seem to slide straight off.
Another point was the smell, I walked away and left it to work for a good hour or more and when I returned the whole bathroom smelt of bleach, which I haven't noticed for quite a while.
I loved the idea of a sensor for playing video games. So when the Wii came out I went straight out to buy it and at the time I did think it was great, I could control my character with a remote, rather than pressing buttons and wheels.
When the Xbox brought out Kinect I thought it would be similar to the Wii, jumpy, not very reactive and at times difficult to control. I was very wrong!
We got a Kinect for Christmas and I wasn't that interested in it for myself. I watched everyone else play it and thought that it did look quite good, but you can't always tell until you play it for yourself. I thought it was a great idea that the kinect followed your body movements and no remote or controller was required, we've often had the arguement over putting on the wrist straps with the Wii!
The Kinect simply tracks your body's movements. If a game requires you to jump, you simply jump, no controller and it for me it has tracked my movements accurately every single time.
I think the Kinect is great and does make the technology of the Wii look pretty laime in comparison, but then the games are different so I do still have both. There is a growing amount of games available for the Kinect. We have quite a few now and the good thing is that prices are starting to go down quite a bit.
I love games like Zumbe, I cant dance around my living room, no wires, controllers or straps around me, completely free and I can watch myself on the TV at the same time to see how I'm doing. I can also watch a reply afterwards as well, which if nothing else is always good for a laugh, or even diet motivation.
The Kinect does sell for around £129, which isn't cheap, but if you shop well you can pick up some good deals and for us it was well worth the money.
We got a new Xbox and Kinnect for Christmas this year and as a surprise I brought some extra games to go with. One of them being Kinect Sports.
Kinect sports is basically a collection of different sports games. There's a choice of boxing, Track and field, football, table tennis, beach volleyball and bowling. So there really is something for everyone, whether you want something less active such as bowling or something to get your pulse going like track and field.
I liked the look of this game because we wanted everyone to be a bit mroe active, rather than sitting around playing on the xbox. This is great for that problem because each of the sports at the very least requires players to stand up. The bowling and table tennis are low impact so if you're not in the mood for running around you can still be active but also quite relaxed (especially after christmas dinner!). The boxing and track and field are very active and really do get your heart racing.
what I really do like about this game is that you can play on your own, against the computer or against each other with up to 4 players. You can also play online if you have xbox live. You will need the Kinect for this game, but it does tell you this on the case.
This game is rated as a 12 because of the voilence, which I assume is the boxing but I would happily let much younger children play this as boxing is a sport after all!
I brought this game for my boyfriend for Christmas as he had been going on about it for ages (at least it felt like ages!). Oringally it was was about £30 but I managed to pick it up a few weeks before Christmas on Game online for £12.99, which was and still is a good price because I saw them selling yesterday in Game for £14.99 on special offer.
Having brought it for him and watched him play it a few times, I just had to have a go on it. At first I wasn't at all interested because it is not my sort of game at all, but it did look like a lot of fun.
Rise of Nightmares works with the Kinnect so your are moving your character around the game with your own body movements. All you have to do is make sure you're signed in on the Kinnect with your profile and the Kinnect has a memory of your body and movements. Once you start the game it gives you instructions and shows you how to move around.
The game basically consists of you walking around creepy houses and buildings with ghosts and zombies trying to get you from all angles. The aim is to follow the story and fight off the zombies by using your weapons and kicking, punching etc. Now I havent finished the game yet so I'm not sure how it ends.
This is a very clever game because as soon as you start it you get that earry feeling when you'ra scared. It sets the mood very well and makes me feel very jumpy. The music and the graphics really make me feel as though I'm walking around a haunted house and quite a few times now I've jumped out of pure surprise and fear.
This game is only one player but it is very funny just watching other people. I watched my boyfriend jump back from the TV when a load of zombies jumpe out on him. This game is an 18 which is understandable considering you're fighting off zombies. I would say it suitable for teenagers though, depending on their fear threshold.
Now obviously I am a girl so my review may be a lot less technical than some, mine is based more on how we use it and how my household plays it.
We brought this Xbox as a family Christmas present to everyone. I also purchased the Kinnect and quite a few games as an additional surprise for various family members. We opted for this Xbox because I preferred the black model as it lloks a lot sleeker and more modern, plus I know it's a little fussy, but it matches the TV as well. We also wanted the 250gb memory so that we could all store games etc on it without fear of it running out.
Since we opened it on Christmas day we replaced out older white Xbox and at least one of us has used it everyday. I like Zumba and Sonic, my partner enjoys action games such as Rise of Nightmares and Red Dead Redemption and younger members of the family enjoy games such as Explosion Man and Viva Pinaita.
The larger memory is working out really well for us. We have stored a whole load of music and videos so our Xbox can be used as an entertainment centre. Games can be saved easily and without compromise. Having up to 4 people, each playing different games means we do use a lot of memory and this has definately been a very good buy for our household.
I often like to experiment with washing powders and fabric softeners. I enjoy trying the new smells and usually pick them up on some kind of offer is possible. There is a very wide choice when it comes to this type of product and it can take me some time to decide which one to try.
My favourate fragrances are the natural ones, not too heavy, delicate and a hint, rather than over-powering. I have tried many different types and overall I would say my favourate brand is bold. The 2 in 1 range is particularly good because you don't need a seperate fabric softener, which in itself saves quite a bit of money.
The 2 in 1 range is a range of powers which are both a washing powder and a fabric softener. There is a choice of fragrances including my favourate lavender and camomile. The lavender has a really homely smell, b ut isn't overpowering as some lavenders can tend to be.
It works really well with both the washing and softening side and I don't use a seperate fabric softener. My clothes always come out clean and soft and smelling gorgeous. It also works out very good value as you can buy quite large boxes of this and get a bulk buy saving, and can work out to be as little as 20p, even when not on offer.
I have recently been back on WeightWatchers again after having a bit of break following a 5 stone weight loss last year.
Since starting back on the plan I have found that they have a lot more products than when I last did it. One of these new products was these blueberry and vanilla oaty biscuits.
I got mine from ASDA where they cost £1.28 for a pack of 8 biscuits, which considering they are pretty big for a biscuit and individually wrapped, I thought was a pretty good price.
The biscuits have a real good crunch to them but are also crumbly and just deliciou, it's hard to believe they are a low calorie food. Each biscuit contains 2 pro points (i believe this is approximately 1 weight watchers point if you are following one of their older plans). This to me is pretty good for a healthier snack that does help to see you through to your next mealtime.
The flavour is of oats and vanilla and then you get these big chunks of blueberry, which although are chewy and do stick to my teeth, are just yummy.
Now I am always being told that if I would just simply buy an epilator or go for a wax that the hair would take a lot longer to grow back, would grow back thinner and I would get a smoother result. The trouble is, no moatter how much I think about it, I just don't like the idea of self-inflicted pain, whatever the benefits.
I shave my armpits and legs on a daily basis, all year round and have found that shaving is the only way to get rid of unwanted hair for me. Trouble is you do need to make it a daily thing if you don't want to have stubble, and I have quite fine body hair too!
I have tried many different brands of razors ranging from the top of the market, to electrical ones, to cheaper ones. Overall I find that bic razors are the best value and cause me the least problems. They glide over the skin a lot better than cheaper ones, causing less irritation and cuts. I also find they are a lot better value than a lot of other 'specialist' ladies razors and quite affordable at around 99p for 5.
If there is anyone like me out there who prefers to shave I found a great way to reduce accidents and cuts - conditioner. It can be any conditioner, just smooth a little over your legs and then shave and rinse. It works better than shaving foam and most women will always have a bottle of conditioner around. Works great with these razors too!
I absolutely hate cleaning, in particular dusting. If I can find a reasonable excuse to leave it or postpone, I usually will. So when I do have to do the dusting I try to find products that will make it all a bit easier, or the effects last a bit longer.
Over the years I have tried many different brands of polish and all different types. There's scented, polish wipes and even disposable dusters on sticks. Over the different brands, prices and product types, I have to say I have never noticed a great difference when comparing them, not matter what you do - dust comes back!
We live on a main road and so we do get a lot of dust coming in through the windows, particularly those at the front of the house. I always like to open the windows if possible to air the house a bit and so dusting is a must around once a week (longer if I can get away with it though).
I have been using Mr Sheen Multi-surface for quite a while now and have to say that it does seem to be the best for picking up the dust. The can lasts a ages, even when I do use a lot of it and it works out to be very reasonable at just over £1 per unit from Wilko's.
With this product you get a clean, polish scent and I love that I can use it on almost every surface around the house if dusting. It brings wood up with a lovely shine and even works on the TV and computer surfaces just as well.
I am a great believer in saving money wherever possible so that you have more to spend on the little pleasures in life and luxury purchases. I don't scrimp on food though.
I once read an article on moneysupermarket.com that said you should always try buying the next cheapest type of product in the supermarket, if possible. So for example, if you were buying the speciality, most expensive sausages, try going for one that is slightly better value and see if you like it. If you do, over a year you could end up saving quite a bit, if you don't, just go back to your usual brand and nothing is lost.
I usually buy Richmond sausages either fresh or frozen because I feel they are good value and good quality. However with the rising costs of foods, I do try the cheaper brands when they are available. One month in particular I received a shockingly large phone bill and just had to cut back on everything I could.
I went shopping and basically filled a basket with Tesco value products, including these sausages. The sausages cost 50p the last time I brought them and for that you get 8 thick cut sausages, which are a good size and fresh.
These are great value but my only critism is that they do contain an awful lot of fat compared to other brands, and seem to have a bit too much pepper for my tastes.
Don't get wrong, if you need to save money, they will fill a hole, but I do wonder how much goodness you will get from these sausages.
I had wanted a Blackberry curve for ages. Now matter how I thought about it though, I just couldn't justify buying one when my current phone was fairly new and working. I previously had an Alcaltel which is very similar to a Blackberry in design.
About 2 weeks ago I had an accident with my old phone and dropped it. After that it wouldn't switch on anymore and the one time I did manage to get it on, the keypad wouldn't work. I was actually quite annoyed because although I wanted a Blackberry, I did like the Alcatel and found it quite easy to use. As my old phone was broke and I needed a new one, I decided that now was the time to get the Blackberry.
There are lot's of Blackberry models available on the market but I managed to get a pretty good deal on the Blackberry Curve 8520, which although is a slightly older model, still did everything I wanted in a phone.
I was so excited about finally getting a Blackberry and in a lot of ways it's a great phone. There are a lot of features that I enjoy such as instant messaging, voice activated calling and detailed contact information such as birthdays and addresses. My only critism of the Blackberry is that I have found it quite difficult to get used to and think that some of the menu items are not set out in the most logical way. Such as texts. I like to have a fast key that will let me press one button and type a text and then send it to multiple people if I so wish. However with the Blackberry I don't seem to be able to do this. Perhaps this is possible but after having had the phone for almost 2 weeks, I am still struggling to find it, which is unusual for me.
This is the only mobile phone I have ever had where I have felt the need to sit down and read the intrsuction manual, usually I can figure it out myself quite quickly.
On the plus side the qwerty keyboard is great for sending texts, I can type a lot faster this way and texts take half the time. The white writing on black is also good as it is very clear even though the characters aren't huge, as with most phones.
The screen is a good size and nice and clear and having played about with the camera for a while last night, I do think it's quite good quality.
Overall not a bad phone, I've just found it a little harder to navigate the menu that I had assumed!
I recently purchased a Blackberry Curve 8520 as my old phone was sadly broken. I had wanted a Blackberry for quite some time but couldn't justify buying a new phone when my current phone was still working and quite new really.
When I got the Blackberry I felt that if I were to drop it (that's how the other phone got broken) it may well damage the phone, as it has a hard case and not a rubbery finish as some phone cases do.
The next time I went shopping I looked in a few phone shops and found that they did a wide range of silicone covers for the Blackberry. Although it wouldn't completely protect the phone if dropped, I did feel it would take the brunt of any accidents and also protect the casing from any scratches or damage.
You can get these silicone covers in all sorts of colours and designs, even covered in crystals. Usually I do go for pretty looking accessories but I just wanted something that would protect the phone and found that some of the covers looked a bit odd if they were too bright.
I have had this on my phone for about a week now and it seems to work really well. The cover protects all of the back of the phone and the sides, but still leaves you space to charge the phone, use your earphones and use the keypads without getting in the way. It also has raised silicone at the sides and top where there are additional buttons.
I was a little concerned about using a case on the Blackberry as in the past, with other phones, it has sometimes caused a bit of hassle to charge the phone or take pictures etc, but this silicone cover is perfect and doesn't need to be removed everytime you want to use the camera.
I have a West Highland White Terrior and she is one feisty little dog, always into mistchief and causing trouble. Every night I like to give her a denta stick to try and keep her teeth as healthy as possible. I buy the tesco's ones and am always looking for new treat ideas for her that will be healthy for her teeth and gums.
My local Tesco's is very limited in it's stock and I hadn't seen these dental bones intill I went to a different Tesco's store out of chance on my way home one day. Browsing the pet isle for a little treat for my dog, I came across these dental bones.
You get 2 bones in a pack for 99p, which is a lot more expensive than the dental sticks you can buy which can be as little as 79p for 7. Although it should be said that these bones do last a lot longer.
I wouldn't buy these for her everyday because of the recurring cost but as a change and a treat here and there I think they are pretty good. I get fed up of seeing things like dog chocolate and strip chews that aren't actually chews at all. I find that there isn't that much choice available for real chewy treats that will help their teeth and gums.
My dog absolutely loved these and chewed on it for a good hour before crashing out. Honestly my jaw hurt just watching her. Unluckily for me she now prefers these to the others and knows the sound of the packet, so she does get them more often than I had first intended.
The bones are quite small so probably wouldn't be enough for a very large dog. Takes my dog at least an hour to chew away at it and keeps her very busy.
When I was younger I could use any old shampoo and conditioner on my hair ad it would always come up with volume and shine and look healthy. As I have got older I have found that I have to work a lot harder to get a decent result on my hair. However there are those times when you stay over at someone's house or are in a rush and the way your hair looks is not the priority, just as long as it is clean.
I recently went away for a few days and forgot my usual shampoo/conditioner. Not wanting to go to the hassle of finding the shop where I usually buy it (a specialist brand) I decided to just buy a 2 in 1 and that would do for a few days. I was also thinking it would save a little time in the shower too if I'm honest.
I really like Dove as a brand so I thought this 2 in 1 seemed like the best option, priced at £1.89 for the bottle in a small shop, it seemed the best value too.
The smell, as with all Dove products I have ever tried, is very clean and pure and just smells a bit like a hand soap type of smell. The product is white and to use you just simply wet the hair, lather up it up and then rinse it off. The texture is quite creamy and thick.
When I had washed my hair in this I blow dryed it. Now for me it didn't work very well and after about an hour my hair looked quite lank and had barely any volume at the roots. Although this product wasn't for me it would probably suit someone with dry or damaged hair or those who like the very straight look.