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      10.07.2010 17:25
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      A good quality carpet cleaner

      With having cream carpets throughout upstairs, and a little boy who's just turned one, there's inevitably going to be some accidents, which is why its always handy to have some carpet cleaner handy for emergencies.

      Now it has to be said, that this cleaner works best on fresher stains-some of the older mars on the carpet it jst wont simply budge, but maybe that's just my fault!

      I decided to buy the Tesco version as opposed to branded makes, simply for the price, and ease of use. But is it any good?

      It comes in a handy trigger spray bottle, so its very easy to dispense. You simply spray the cleaner on the stain, and leave it for a few minutes, then go back and dab with a damp cloth, removing the stain. When you spray it down, it slightly foams up, and it must be said it has a lovely smell to it.

      When coming to remove the cleaner, its easily removed without having to scrub the carpet lie a madman, and you are left with a nice clean piece of carpet, but as already mentioned about carpet cleaners, it then makes the rest of the carpet dirty!

      Overall, I would definitely recommend this product, it does exactly what you want the product to do, and is cheaper than a lot of alternative brands.

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    • Brasso Wadding / Household Cleaning / 19 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      14.03.2010 22:07
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      A great product for getting brass back to its best

      I had some old brass scales that I wanted to clan up after being given them, and my dad said 'you need some Brasso on that'. This stuff seems to have been around for donkeys years, and I even recognise the tin just because its one of those brands that doesn't seem to have changed its packaging or design for ever.

      Brasso is widely regarded as one of the best retail products to get your gold and brass things sparkling and shining as if they were new. The small little tin contains a small piece of material-wool like-which ahs the brass cleaning product on it.

      Upon opening the tin, you may be disappointed to see only a small piece of cloth, but don't feel ripped off. Its important to bear in mind that this is a powerful cleaner, and you only need a little bit of the cloth at once to clean a large area. The spongy pad acts almost like a scouring pad, and buffs up and removes the grime and dirt from brass and even gold objects.

      Using Brasso on my set of brass scales, I must say it brought them up as good as new-very shiny and polished looking. Its worth pointing out Brasso also do one for cleaning silver-which is called Silvo(not the most original name in the world perhaps!)

      One downside to this product is tat it does smell and contain fumes, so its important not to spend too long using it, or being close to it, as it my give you headaches and make you feel sick. It can also be quite messy on the ands, so its best to wear gloves when using,

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      • Kellogg's Coco Pops / Breakfast / 15 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        14.03.2010 14:47
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        A nice tasty way to stat the day

        I go through phases of trying different cereals, and like to have 'fun' cereals once in a while. Kellogg's Coco pops are exactly the same as Rice Crispies, but coated with coca powder, to taste like chocolate.

        The packaging for these is bright yellow, and really stands out on the shelf. These coca pops also has the mascot, Coca the brown monkey, and the well known phrase 'I'd rather have a bowl of coco pops'. The cereal is made up of little pieces of rice coated in chocolate, so they have a brown appearance. When you pour the milk over them , you have that famous, snap, crackle and pop sound that could only be rice crispies.

        I must say that having the chocolate coating does little to think that they are that overly indulgent, as I find the chocolate isn't that strong, but instead gives a subtle chocolate flavour. They have a nice crunch to them and are rally tasty. The best thing about these is that after a few minutes, the milk turns chocolaty into a chocolate milkshake.

        With the fun adverts and the fact that they are coated in chocolate, you can see why these might appeal to children more, and they are still healthy too. A bowl of Cocoa pops is full of nutritional goodness and is a great filling way to start the day.

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        • KP Skips / Snacks / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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          14.03.2010 08:27
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          A light snack for someone who isnt hungry!

          As a kid I used to be one of the fattest in school, forever eating crisps, so I remember these well. Well since my school days, I haven't really touched crisps, but I had a pack of these the other day, and they brought back a few memories.

          They have progressed on a bit these days, and come in a foil packet as you would expect from any sort of crisps these days. For those not familiar with skips, they are circular shaped maize crisps, with a prawn cocktail flavouring., I think you can get other flavours too now, but the original are prawn cocktail, which is surprisingly nice. The flavour is quite subtle unlike a lot of prawn cocktail crisps have tried before.

          The crisps are vey light, and they only contain 90mclaories per bag, which is very good considering o are eating crisps. Skips are almost like Cadburys crème eggs in the sense-'How do you eat yours' . Some people like to bite and crunch on the skips as they put them in the mouth, others like to let them melt, which they do very quickly once in the mouth.

          I must say that overall, they still taste great, and make a nice treat, or even a low fat snack you can give your children, but I would have to question why you would really but these in the first place., Afterall, surely you buy a bag of crisps because you are hungry and want to fil up? Well with these crisps, they certainly wont satisfy your hunger as they are so light. They are almost like eating air, so you might be better to buy something more substantial if you want to have a filling snack that will keep you going.

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          • Pot Noodle / Other Food / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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            14.03.2010 08:15
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            A great on the go snack

            I always like to have a stock of easy quick meals in the cupboard for when I'm rushing around at lunch in-between working. That's where I find I want something tasty and filling, but also something that doesn't require me doing much preparation. That's where these pot noodles come in.

            Pot noodles seem to have been around for years, and there's a good reason-they are quick and taste a. The idea is that in the pot, you have dried noodles, and flavouring, depending o which one you have. Golden Wonder, the makers of these, have brought out quite few different flavours nowadays, but the original ones, like Chicken and Sweet corn, and Sweet and Sour, still remain my favourites.

            To make these, all you need to o is peel back the foil lid, and fill up the pot with boiling water- up to the fill line, covering the noodles. Then you simply leave it to stand, giving it a stir halfway through. After a few minutes, you are ready to eat and enjoy. As you can imagine, eating straight out of the pot also saves on washing up which cant be a bad thing!

            The noodles themselves are very tasty, although the longer you leave them, the soggier they get, so tats something to bear in mind. I must say of all the flavours have tried, the all seem to have the exact amount of flavouring in for my taste. Sometimes with cheaper brands the flavours are oo weak or too strong, but these are just right. The plainness of the noodles is subtlety accompanied by the flavour of the pot noodle.

            The only downside about these is that they do tend to clog up if you don't mix them really well, and all the flavouring sinks to the bottom, so make sure you stir the pot regularly. The other thing to remember is that if you are on a diet, these probably aren't for you as they contain a lot of calories and fat

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          • Cadbury Creme Egg / Chocolate / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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            14.03.2010 08:04
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            A nice sweet treat

            Easter seems to come earlier year after year. Now don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of chocolate, but I though Easter was only for a few days? It now seems the chocolate makers are making Easter from the start of January to the end of April, in a boost to sell as much Easter eggs and chocolate as possible. Only yesterday I saw a advert for these Cadbury Crème eggs which said the Easter egg season has started( giving the dates 1st January-April)

            When you think of Easter, you always thin of chocolate treats and perhaps the best and most common one associated would have to be these Cadbury Crème eggs. Lets face it, most people have tried these at some point in their life right?

            I have t say I absolutely love these. They are a small egg shaped treat wrapped in foil. The packaging is unmistakable with its red, blue and yellow wrapped. It must be said at this point that it can be hard to get into the foil wrapped sometimes because of the shape of the egg, so they can end up being a bit messy.

            So what's inside? Upon opening the foil, you have a milk chocolate egg, which is filled with a creamy nougat. It as to e said there's nothing else like this on the market for the taste. The creamy centre is white with a yellow spot, to make it look like a real egg...ingenious! The filing is very sweet, but combined with the chocolate, it goes down very nicely.

            Now of course, any review about Cadburys crème eggs wouldn't be complete without mentioning how to eat them. How do you eat yours? Well there seems to be many different ways in which people like to eat and savour these-whether it be gently letting the egg melt in your mouth, or chomping on it lie a lunatic...it's a topic of much debate and discussion. Even Cadburys play on it with their numerous adverts, asking 'How do you eat yours?'.

            So onto the price, the cost around 40p, which isn't too bad, and you can normally get them on offer in multipacks too. I would say although they are quite small, they are plenty for a nice treat and although I often think they shod make a big egg, the creamy centre would be just too sweet and too much I think.
            Overall a great egg treat, but only have it at Easter otherwise you will soo get bored of it!

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            09.03.2010 21:03
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            The best plain strawberry yogurt I've ever had!

            I find it hard to have a snack in the evening that fills me up, but is actually healthy. I've tried lots of different yogurts, but none of them really satisfy my taste buds, and the ones that do tend to be very unhealthy. Then when I saw these on offer at Tesco, I decided to give them a g.

            This 4 pack of Danone strawberry yogurts normally retails around £1.60, which is quite expensive I find for 4 125g yogurts. That said, Danone is a well known quality make, and their yogurts are normally very healthy for the gut.

            So how do they taste? These strawberry yogurts are very nice indeed. They are very thick compared to a lot of the yogurts I have tried, and they have real bits of strawberry in them too, which taste really nice and enhances the creaminess of the yogurt. The pieces of strawberry are a good size too, you can actually tell what you are eating without having massive chunks.

            You can tell there has been time and care put into making these yogurts. Its really refreshing to taste a strawberry yogurt, that actually tastes of strawberries. Normally strawberry yogurts have a really false taste to them, and don't feel that healthy.

            I also found that these really satisfy my hunger, and it's the type of yogurt that you want to savour every mouthful, as opposed to scoff it in a couple of spoonfuls.

            Overall, I would say although hey are slightly more expensive, I would definitely say they are worth the price. Try them now!

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            09.03.2010 20:48
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            I wont buy these again!

            I've tried many different beans before, some very n ice, some not so nice. Unfortunately, these Asda Smart Price beans fall into the second category.

            Now I've got nothing against buying value products from supermarkets, and I'm not one who's bothered about what they look like, as long as they taste nice. Looking at the tin itself, it looks cheap, and very basic, certainly not eye-catching. But that's no a problem, and id much rather save a few pennies on the packaging if the contents are nice.

            They are not though. As I expected, these beans were awful. I have tried other cheap makes with some good results but these were a big let down. The tomato sauce was very watery, admit was a pale red colour. This combined with the anaemic looking beans didn't make my taste buds want to scoff them.

            The beans themselves I found to be very hard, almost like pellets, and I found that the skins tended to split, and separate in my mouth, which then led to picking bits of bean skin out of my teeth afterwards. Not great.

            I must say I found it very hard to actually swallow these beans too, as they were so hard and needed a lot of chewing. Along with the bland flavour, these beans were a big disappointment.

            I would say that if you are wanting a tin of beans for any type of meal, avoid these and spend a little more on something more tastier.

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          • Homepride Pasta Bake / Sauces / Soups / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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            09.03.2010 20:36
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            Who says simple melas cant be tasty?

            Sometimes there are days when you just cant be bothered to cook, then do all the dishes afterwards. That's why I always have a stash of these Homepride pasta bake sauces in my store cupboard.

            These pasta sauces are so simple to use, and only take 45 minutes in the oven, and they are pretty much ready to eat a wholesome delicious meal.

            The sauce comes in a jar, with all the cooking instructions on. For a tasty pasta sauce, al you do is measure out the pasta, put it in a casserole dish, and pour over the contents of the jar, then pop in the oven! Simple. The good thing about these too is that if you follow the instructions to the letter, you ca be guaranteed of having delicious pasta every time.

            Thee are a few different flavours too, such as Cheese and Bacon, Cheese and Leek, and a Tomato and Mascarpone one too, all which give great flavour to boring bland pasta. Towards the end of cooking, I always grate some cheese over the top, to give extra flavour, and to give the top a crispy feel and texture. The only downside is that there is a lot of calories in a jar, so its not great if you are on a diet, because of the cheese flavourings.

            The sauces themselves are quite thick and stodgy, which goes well with the pasta, and gives off a great flavour, nice and strong without being over powering.

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          • Pringles Sour Cream & Onion / Snacks / 8 Readings / 6 Ratings
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            09.03.2010 20:10
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            A god crisp, makes a nice change

            I'm not one to eat crisps that often, but when I do, I like to treat myself properly and have nice ones. Pringles are certainly one of my favourite types of crisps, especially some of the flavours. Normally I would buy the original Cheese and Onion flavour, but I decided to give these a go instead.

            For anyone that's never had Pringles..first of all where have you been?! Pringles of course are the crisps that 'once you pop, you cant stop'. There's some truth in this certainly as I find I can easily munch my way through a whole pack thy are that moreish. Pringles come in a handy cardboard tube, which is a great way of storing them if you don't want to be a pig like me. The thing I like about these crisps is that they are perfectly formed and shaped, so they fit in the mouth nicely, and don't catch your mouth as they are not misshapen.

            The Sour Cream and Chive Pringles are much more subtle than I was expecting, but nice nethertheless. I would say that is much weaker than the cheese and onion, perhaps because of the amount of sour cream on them hiding the flavour of the chives. To be honest, I would prefer a stronger flavour to these crisps, and it took about 5 or 6 crisps to start to fully get the taste of these they are that weak.

            That said, they are a nice subtle flavour, which compliments the lightest and delicateness well. The chive flavouring is more prevalent than the sour cream as you would expect, but it doesn't leave you with bad breath afterwards either which is a bonus.

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            09.03.2010 19:58
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            Great tasting snack

            I discovered how tasty these were after constantly needing a quick snack which would fill me up, but also tasty..and these Bachelors Super Noodles fits the bill nicely.

            They come in a foil wrapped packet for freshness, with the noodles dry. Also in the packet is a sachet of flavouring, for which there are many delicious flavours, from traditional ones such as Chicken and Beef, to more unusual ones such as Thai Curry and BBQ Flavour. I must say, having tried many of these flavours, they all are really strong tasting, which makes a nice change from having boring noodles.

            Cooking these is very simple. Al you have to do is boil 300ml of water, and break the noodles up and out them in the water, along with the flavouring, and then cover and microwave for a 5-6 minutes. They don't over boil, unlike some other makes of instant noodles I've had. So they are very quick and easy to put on, but how do they come out?

            It's worth stopping the microwave and stirring halfway through, to make sure the noodles don't get too stodgy, and overcook. The smell of them is really appetising, and delicious. They taste really nice too. I was expecting the noodle to taste a little undercooked perhaps and rubbery, but they don't, they are nice and soft, with the flavouring not overpowering but strong enough for a nice taste sensation.

            Price wise, they are a lot more expensive than other makes, especially if you consider that these cost around 45p whilst a supermarket own make can cost as little as 9p, which is a huge difference. Is the price difference worth it? Well the Bachelors noodles are bigger packets, and definitely taste nicer. Afterall they're not called super for nothing!

            The thing I like about these, is they cook perfect every time, and really

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            08.03.2010 18:14
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            Great tasting yogurt

            Yogurts make a nice treat as a dessert or as a snack on their own. The good thing about these is that they are actually low in fat and healthy too, so I don't mind or feel guilty about eating them. the fact that there's also some fruit along with the natural yogurt is a bonus!

            So the Muller Fruit corners re just that, fruit in a corner of the pot. The pot is separated into two sections, the section with the natural yogurt, and then a smaller triangle section with the fruit. These come in all sorts of different flavours, like strawberry, cherry, apricot, raspberry etc, but my favourite is the strawberry.

            All you do is peel off the lid, and tip the fruit corner into the natural yogurt and mix. Simple. The yogurt I have to say tastes delightful, and it's at such a good price, as these are always on offer. I tend to buy a pack of 6, but there's always some multibly offer on, so they aren't too bad on price.

            So how does it taste? The fruit section is almost like a jam, and can sometimes be hard to tip out. Sometimes, it can be a bit awkward admittedly trying to tip the fruit section into the main compartment, and sometimes you can even spill which can be annoying. The fruit itself tastes very nice, but its not so much like real fruit, but like a jam. The natural yogurt tastes very nice, and has a distinctive sweet flavour to it. There's also a surprisingly good amount of yogurt there, and is very filling.

            Overall, I would say these yogurts are great, and are low in fat which makes them a nice guilt free treat!

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          • Asda Smartprice Cheese Slices / Cheese / 3 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            08.03.2010 18:05
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            I think I will stick to real cheese....

            I've recently found myself having bagels for breakfast, and indulging in buying some cheese to have on them. Just as a convenience thing, I bought these cheese slices for a change to save on chopping the cheese myself. Mow obviously oyu cant compare real cheddar cheese to these, but they actually taste ok.

            These come in a pack of ten, individually wrapped slices. It must be pointed out here that each slice is individually wrapped in plastic. They have little tabs to pull so you can open the cheese, but on at least 4 of the 10 slices in the pack I bought, the tabs ripped off, and they didn't open properly! That meant you had to get a knife and break into them-not a good start.

            The cheese slices themselves are quite thin to others I have before, which means they are quite delicate, so you need to be careful when handling them that they don't tear straight away.

            The cheese itself tastes very processed, and you can almost taste all the e-numbers you are eating, but they still taste pretty good anyway. The are just very rubbery looking, and very bland.

            The slices themselves taste of processed cheese as you would expect, and they are quite chewy too. They are good however for many other uses, like putting in burgers and sandwiches, so there is a place for them, and they can be very handy.

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            08.03.2010 17:55
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            Great value for the money, best mixed with fruit or cereal

            There a lot to be said for natural yogurts-they are healthy, good for the stomach, make a good low fat alternative, and are also a nice treat. They can also be pretty expensive too, which is why I decided to give the Sainsbury's basics version a go.

            Now its fair to say, the packaging isn't the most eye-catching in the world. The Sainsbury's basics range follows the same branding of white and orange, very stripped down graphics, and looks very unappealing. Don't let that put you off buying the product though because lets face it, if by doing that it saves you some money, then I'm all in favour. Afterall, it's what's inside that counts...

            I'm pleased to say how nice this natural yogurt tasted-for the money. Sure its not the nicest you will ever taste, but you wont beat it for value for money. I was expecting a very watery yogurt, with not much taste, but to my surprise, I was in for a shock. After giving it a mix, which is what you should do with all yogurts when you buy them as they settle, it's got a nice consistency.

            The yogurt is quite thick, and has a nice sweet taste to it. I have mine over my cereal in the morning, and I must say it doesn't taste any different to the stuff I was paying twice the price for. I would say that its very refreshing indeed.

            On its own, it does taste a little blander than others, but there's honestly not much difference.

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            08.03.2010 17:46
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            Makes a nice alternative pizza to try

            Pizzas are always something which I like to have a stock of in the freezer for the days when we cant be bothered to cook a meal, and instead just want to chuck something in the oven. So when these were on offer, we just had to give this one a go, more out of curiosity than anything. Afterall, a mushroom pizza...what are people thinking?!

            The funghi pizza is basically a mushroom pizza, with lots of mushrooms on a cheese base. So its fair to say if you don't like mushrooms, stay well clear. I must say the name 'Funghi' doesn't exactly get your taste buds watering at the thought, but it turned out to be a very nice enjoyable pizza.

            Te box is quite big, with a picture of the pizza on it, although the picture doesn't really inspire me too much either, as there is not much colour other than brown and yellows.

            Admittedly I normally like some meat on my pizza, but I was very surprised at how well the mushrooms worked along with the mozzarella on the pizza. It gives off a nice strong taste, and overpowers the base, which is what I like in a pizza. Afterall, who wants to be able to taste the base and not the topping.

            For a pizza, I found this had more than the average amount of topping on it, which made it look quite impressive. A downside I had to this pizza was that the base is very thin, and we have found that it tends to go too crispy before the top is ready.

            The only other downside to this pizza is the nutritional values. A whole pizza comes in at just short of 900 calories! That's a lot of calories to be having from just this pizza, and in my opinion, whilst this was a nice pizza, I would rather have something nicer for the amount of calories.

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