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Our bathroom sink had been draining slowly for a few weeks, I'd put bleach down it, but it didn't do the trick, so on a trip to my local Asda I had a look at the various plughole unblockers that were available. I didn't want to pay the earth for a bottle, as most of them are just one use anyway so when I saw this Buster Plughole Unblocker "Bathroom" for I think £1.50 I thought I'd give it a go.
The bottle is exactly as shown and the instructions are to pour the whole 300ml bottle down the drain and leave it for at least 15 minutes, preferably overnight. I went for the overnight options, but being a bit tight with money I used half the bottle in the sink plug and half in the bath plug. There was no smell when I poured the liqud down the drain, so there was no smell when I got up the next morming when I simply switched on the hot taps in both the sink and the bath and let them run for a few minutes. I then filled the sink with water to see if it drained quicker than before and I have to say it did, as did the bath. I was very pleased with the result as I thought by using just half the bottle it wouldn't work, but it did.
I'll definitely be buying this product again as it was cheaper than most other brands and half the bottle worked just as good as a full one.
I'm not a stickler for buying the same brand of washing up liquid when I run out, so when on a recent shopping trip to my local Poundland I noticed that I could get two 675 ml bottles of Morning Fresh Original, they are normally only 450ml but these had 50% extra in, for just £1 I grabbed a couple of bottles.
It has a pleasant pine/citrus fragrance, it's a bit hard to describe really but it's not unpleasent, which lasts through out the wash and a small amount produces a good lather. I had left some pots in the sink ready to wash but had forgotten about them, I just added some more hot water and the bubbles came back, without me having to add anymore liquid. The packaging says that it contains something called 'sparklex' which adds superior grease cutting performance. I don't know what that is but it seems to work well in removing grease.
The clear plastic bottle allows you to see when you're nearing the end of the bottle, making it easy for you to go out and a new bottle before you run out entirely. The flip top cap is sturdy and you can even stand the bottle upside down on it so that you can get every last drop from the bottle.
Like all washing up liquids if you have broken or sensitive skin then avoid prolonged contact with this product. Also keep out of reach of small children and animals.
In summary I'd certainly recommend this as being better than most washing up liquids. It's made by Cussons so you know that it's a quality product and I'd definitely use it again.
For many years I always bought Hovis loaves from my local Asda, but for some reason that has not been explained they stopped selling Hovis white loaves. I tried many other brands including Asda's own, but finally settled on Kingsmill Everyday.
The packaging is just as shown and it's normally on offer at 2 loaves for £2.00 or £1.35 for one in my local Asda so I always buy two and freeze one for future use. I find that it freezes well and doesn't come out all soggy, like some loaves do. It has a pleasent "bready" taste, not to chemically, I've tried it without any butter or spread on it and it's lovely, and is soft and springy to the touch, the crusts are soft as well so there's none of those sharp edges that you sometimes get with other loaves that can hurt your lips when you bite it. It also seems to stay fresh for a few days as well, I'm not worried about going to the bread bin after 2 days to find that the bread has dried out and is only fit for toast.
All in all this is a good loaf of bread, it freezes well and stays fresh for a few days, what more could you want to make your sandwiches with.
I'm a big Disney fan, just read some of my reviews and you'll get an idea of just how big. I've been to Walt Disney World in Florida 12 times, California Disneyland twice and Disneyland Resort Paris at least five times and I've even tried the Disney Cruise Line four times. I supposed you could call me a Disney nut. Well that got me thinking, all the Disney parks are fantastic, but surely they could be even better, are there things that Disney planned to build and never did, well this book, The Disneylands That Never Were by Shaun Finnie answered my question, yes there are.
Who would have thought that Disney planned to build a ski resort called Mineral King Ski Resort in California's Sequoia National Park, or that The Animal Kingdom Park in Florida was supposed to have a "land" were dragons and other mythical beasts would roam, I know I didn't until I read this book. It is filled with wonderful facts about how Disney planned new hotels and rides but for one reason or another they never got built. However being Disney they never threw a good idea away and some of them were tweeked and reused in other ways.
Available from Amazon at around £12 for a paperback version, (I'm a paperback girl myself) or £5 for the e-reader version this is a great book for anyone who wants to learn a little bit more about what Walt Disney and the Disney COmpany really wanted to do with the Disney Brand.
It's a must read for a Disney fan.
I love Walt Disney World in Florida. So much so that I've been about twelve times over the years.
When you've been that many times you sort of exhaust all the normal things to do and start looking for the unusual and obscure stuff. Like digging into the history of the parks. That's how I found out that Walt Disney's original plan for Epcot was far different to the science and geography theme park that's there today. He wanted to build a fully working scientific city, filled with all the latest technological advances and breakthroughs. It was a fascinating concept but sadly he died before he could get it built.
So when I heard about a thriller novel The Happiest Workplace On Earth by Shaun Finnie, set in this city that was never built I had to give it a try. I got my paperback from Amazon for about £8-99 but there's a download available that's considerably cheaper if you like your books on an e-reader, personally I much prefer a good book.
It begins when Jack and Eloise Rothman, along with their grumpy teenage son Heath, have their application to live in the city of Epcot accepted. Like all other residents they will be expected to develop new and better lifestyles for future generations and help test these out. It's an idyllic lifestyle and one that the adults have been trying to get into for years. However even before they move in they find that life in the technological city isn't as perfect as they'd thought it would be.
There are people running a guerrilla war against the Disney corporation, a boardroom divided and fighting within itself for control of the company and a violent security force who run the city like a police state. If you don't want to abide by Epcot's squeaky-clean rules then you have no place there. On top of all this Jack Rothman is framed for a crime he didn't commit and has to run for his life through the Epcot that only existed in Walt Disney's imagination.
Don't be put off by the fact that it's Disney - the characters are hardly ever mentioned and you don't have to know anything about Walt Disney World either. You could see this as a political thriller that just happens to be set in a futuristic city. Or, if you're a big Disney fan like me, you could see it as a chance to learn much more about the Epcot that never was while also reading a great page-turner. I've read this kind of thing lots of times before of course. There's a chase, there's a bomb, there's a kidnapping. All the usual stuff that you find in thrillers. But it's fast paced and easy reading, not heavy going at all.
Ultimately it's a fast-moving tale about one family's fight to save the things that they love and what price they're prepared to pay. I loved it.
Personally I'm not a big fan of de-icers, I find that no matter which brand I use I nearly always end up having to scare the inside of my car windscreen as well as the outside. Am I doing something wrong, who knows? I find that a simple scraper does the job just as good, especially if I've got the time to scare the ice off, plus I don't have to do the inside as well.
But just in case of emergencies I do have a can of CarPlan Blue Star De-Icer in my car and one in the house, (in case I can't get in the car as the doors have frozen up, it has happened). The can is exactly as shown and holds 600ml of de-icer in aerosol form. I've had mine for years, I think it might have cost me £1, that's how often I've used it. It's simple to use, simply spray onto your windscreen and wait for the ice to melt, which it does rather quickly I have to say. But I still find that I have to scrape some of the ice away as well, as the de-icer only seems to melt the ice where it's hit the windscreen. I don't like to use a lot as I've also found that sometimes the de-icer can actually freeze, especially when I use my windscreen wipers to clear the melted ice away. This is not good when you're driving, as it can mean that your vision is obsured somewhat.
All in all I would say, have this as a back up to a simple ice scraper, to use it in conjunction with a scraper to give yourself a head start on removing the ice.
For some reason they've asked for a quick rating review on this item, but to me the questions don't really relate to the product.
Let's face it, we all go to the toilet and we all need something to wipe our bums with, it's a fact of life that we just can't ignore. So why pay the earth for something that's only going to be used once, well at least I hope it's only used once, and then flushed away, certainly not me. I don't need toilet roll that's been air dried for softness, or has pretty patterns embossed on it, what's the point of that? I usually stick to supermarkets own brands, not the cheap "value/ smartprice" ones, but the ones that are a few quid less expensive than named brands. Well the other day I was walking round my local Asda when I noticed that Andrex with Aloe Vera were on offer, a 12 pack for £5, so I thought I'd treat our bottoms as they were only 15p more than I would normally pay for a 12 pack.
They come in the usual plastic wrapping which has a perforated opening along the top and easy to use pull cord handles for carrying. Nothing that I haven't seen on many other brands of toilet roll. The toilet rolls themselves are white in colour and have many small ridges on them, why, you might ask, need I explain? They are made of two ply tissue and there's an average of 160 sheets per roll each sheet being 124mm x 104 mm. The tissue I have to admit is rather soft to the touch and feels thicker than some toilet rolls I've used in the past, so I'm not afraid of it spliting whilst in use, if you get my drift. There's also a very slight scent when you open the packet, but I wouldn't say that I could identify it, maybe it's just the packaging.
I've used them for other jobs too such as blowing my nose and cleaning up minor spills in the bathroom and they've handled the jobs perfectly, they are more than just a bum wipe in our house.
So are these toilet rolls worth paying more for, well not for me. Yes they are kinder to your skin but I've had no problems with my usual brand so I think I'll only be buying these as a special treat and only when they're on offer.
I love reading crime/murder mystery novels but I don't want anything that's too explicit in it's details when it's explaining a crime scene. I like nice gentle books like Agatha Christie and Joanne Fluke. Something which will get my mind working on who dunnit and why but without describing all the blood and guts.
Enter the Monk series of books. Based on the American television show about an ex San Francisco police detective who has to leave the force after his wife Trudy is brutally murder. It's the only case that Mr Monk has never been able to solve which lead to him shutting himself away from the world for over three years. You see Mr Monk has a lot of phobias and I do mean a lot, he doesn't drink milk, no food on his plate can touch, he cannot shake hands with anyone without having to wipe them afterwards, everything has to be in it's proper place. The list is endless, he suffers from Obsessive Complusive Disorder and cannot stand anything to be out of place, it's this that also makes him a brilliant detective, he notices things which other people don't see, for him the world has to be in order, if it isn't then he has to make it so.
This book follows on from Mr Monk Goes To Germany and finds Adrian Monk "on holiday" in Paris with his assistant Natalie. However this turns into anything but a holiday when Adrian whilst on a visit to the famed Parisian catacombs spots a skull that's not quite as old as all the others that are down there and what's more it shows signs of murder. Only Monk could see such detail in amongst the thousands of other skulls that are down there. The subsequent investigation leads Monk into a subculture of people who only live off what other people have thrown away, much to Monk's disgust.
Whilst investigating the crime, Monk also takes on the roll of a street cleaner, much to the delight of the city worker as he's very impressed by the "motocrotte" which they use to clean the streets as it sweeps, vacuums and washes the streets as you go along and even sprays air freshner. This to Mr Monk is cleaning at it's best. What he doesn't know is that when translated "motocrotte" means "poop motorcycle" somehow I don't think he'd be so keen to ride round the streets of Paris cleaning them if he knew this.
Written from the view point of Natalie, this book is really easy to read and is full of humour, mostly at Mr Monk's expense, as he tries to live in a imperfect world. The characters are believeable and well written and you really feel for what Natalie has to go through looking after Adrian Monk.
Summary: If you like the television series then you'll like these.
I'm not a regular at Costa Coffee, but if that's all that's available whilst I'm out shopping then I'll happily pop in for a quick coffee or hot chocolate and a muffin, after all I do have a Costa Coffee card.
I find that the staff are nearly always polite, at busy times they can be a little harsh, but then can't we all when we're rushed off our feet, but the coffee is served hot and quickly. They have a good selection of drinks available, and often during holidays such as Easter and Christmas they put on even more choices. Yesterday I had one of this year's Christmas offerings White Chocolate hot chocolate with whipped cream and cherry sauce. It was lovely, very creamy, hot and with just the right amount of sweetness, well for me at least. My other half thought it was rather too sweet for him.
They also offer a good selection of muffins, cakes and hot toasted sandwiches as well as cold sandwiches and cold drinks. Ok so the sandwiches are prepacked and not made to order, but they are always fresh and very tasty, well the ones that I've eaten have been. And again they have seasonal ones on throughout the year.
Costa can be a tad expensive, just like any other branded coffee shop, but I do like their coffee and hot chocolate, although I can only ever have one cup as it's quite strong even with milk. They are my second choice coffee shop, after Starbucks, but then again Starbucks don't offer a loyalty card and Costa do and I do like getting free coffees, so maybe I should make them my first choice.
I don't like paying a lot for bubble bath because let's face it at the end of the day it all goes down the drain anyway. So on that note I don't normally buy Radox as it can be rather expensive, but they had it in my local Poundland the other week so I thought I'd treat myself and my other half to a bottle.
The bottle is exactly as that shown, nothing fancy, just clear plastic with a blue plastic screw cap which holds 500ml of navy blue liquid. The liquid is not too thick and not too thin and when added to running water produces a generous amount of loose white bubbles. Now as to the smell, well what can I say, I was expecting to smell the sea as the bottle claims to have sea minerals in it, but I was somewhat disappointed. There was no salty sea smell at all, there maybe a hint of iodine, but nothing like the aromas I've found in other "ocean" scented bubble baths. I'm not sure what it's supposed to smell like and unless you know what "cocamidoproyl betaine" and "polyquaterrnium - 7" are then there's no clue on the bottle as to what it is supposed to smell of.
The bottle claims that it helps you to unwind, personally I'm in and out of the bath quite quickly so I can't comment on whether this is true or not. What I can say is that it didn't dry out my skin and there wasn't any particular smell left on my skin either, nor was there a lingering smell in the bathroom, which personally I sometimes find quite nice to have the house smelling of something different for a couple of hours.
I don't know whether I'll be buying this again, my other half seems to like it, but personally I'm not too fond.
Just like my Natural Elements Raspberry and Cranberry Foam Bath and my bottle of Natural Elements Raspberry and Cranberry Shower Creme I got this bottle of Natural Elements Handwash from Poundland, well I liked them so I thought I'd give this one a go as well. I will say thought that they have changed the name, my bottles all say "Bottled At Source" on them, but they are still the same product.
The bottle is exactly like that shown in the picture, it is made of clear plastic and holds 500ml of deep pinky red liquid. The gel its self is quite thick, but not overly so that you have to really pump the bottle to get any out and a little goes a long way. Just like it's brother and sister, the handwash has a really fruity smell, which lingers on your hands for sometime after you've washed them, which a really don't mind at all . I really like the smell of raspberries and cranberries so this doesn't bother me at all, but again some people might find this just too sweet a smell. This again doesn't seem to dry out my skin at all. I would say that the handwash smells more of raspberries than cranberries, but for me that's fine.
So whether you buy "Bottled At Source" or "Natural Elements" raspberry and cranberry handwash, you can be sure tht you'll have Christmas in your house all year round. They're cheaper than Original Source, but smell just as good and you get more for your money.
I've had this handwash in my cupboard for ages and had totally forgotten all about it. I seem to remember buying it from Tesco when it was on offer, so I'm not quite sure how much I paid for it but you can bet it was less than £1. I don't normally buy Cussons as it's normally a bit expensive, well for me it is anyway, so this for me was a treat.
Well I got it out of the cupboard and finally gave it a try, and was instantly taken back to my childhood, the smell is that of those strawberry shoe laces you could buy. Yes I know you can still buy them today, but let's face it, they've played around with them that much that they're just not the same. The smell is a sweet but strong strawberry flavour, so much so that you could almost eat it, not that I'd advise that, and it lingers on your hands for quite a while, which I find quite pleasing. A little press of the pump action dispenser produces just enough light pink liquid to wash your hands without the need for repeated pumping. If you want more bubbles then please pump away to your hearts content, but I found that a small amount was quite sufficient to wash my hands. It doesn't seem to dry your hands either which is a good thing.
The bottle is exactly like that shown in the picture, nothing fancy, it does the job it's designed to do without taking up too much room on your sink, or wherever you decide to place it. This would be a great handwash for kids, as it's pink and smells great, it's not flowery, but then again I'm a big kid at heart so for me it's great too.
I've only had this camera about 10 months so I'm still getting use to it, but what I can say is that it takes great photos, just on the basic auto setting.
Here's what I can tell you though. It comes complete with batteries, neck strap, usb cable, lens cap, a very small manual which just tells you the basics on how to set the camera up and a CD rom with the rest of the technical stuff on. It has 16 mega pixels, a 3.0 inch LCD screen which tilts, intelligent Digital zoom, full HD movie and photo, 360 motion panorama, 11 frames high speed continuous shooting, 3D individual shooting and 30 x optical zoom. If you want the really in depth data then please visit:-
Like I say I'm not an expert on cameras, but I know that I like this one. As soon as I got it out of the box and popped in the batteries it was so easy to use, you just turn it on focus on what you want to take a picture of and hit the button, the camera does all the rest. Ok so I've only tried it in auto mode so far, but it seems to work great, It automatically changes the setting to take into account the light, moving objects, faces, landscape, I even took a photo in a dark tunnel and it came out perfect, the detail in the rock was amazing, something that I couldn't see with the naked eye.
The 3 inch screen is really good, it tilts out away from the body of the camera and then horizontally. However like with other digital cameras I've used I find it really hard to see anything on it when it's sunny. It took me ages to work out how to turn it off though as the camera also has a view finder, which I do like to use, especially in sunny conditions. I was looking through the manual trying to find out how to turn it off and there was nothing there, I had a quick look through the CD rom and couldn't find anything, it was only when I put the camera near to my face that I suddenly realised that it turned off automatically when it got close to my eye. This is really smart, but it does have a down side as you tend to get nose prints on the screen whilst using the view finder. A small price to pay though as it does mean that you can focus on things in bright light and not have to rely on the screen.
Transfering the photos from the camera to your pc is really simple as well, once you've loaded in the software, simply connect it to your pc with the usb cable and then copy and paste your photos to whereever you want to store them. It's really easy to do even I can do it and I'm not that good at downloading stuff onto the computer.
As I've said. I'm not an expert on cameras, I'm just an enthusiastic amatuer photographer who wants something that's easy to use that will take great photos and for me this camera ticks all the right boxes.
I went on a self catering holiday recently and instead of taking a load of food with me I popped into a local Sainsbury's store to do my shopping.
Well let me start by saying that the packaging has changed somewhat from that shown, the tomatoes now come in a cardboard carton, much like what you'd get orange or fruit juice in, a bit strange you might think, but that's what they come in. My one small gripe with this particular packaging is that, when you cut along the line indicated, the hole produced is not big enough to allow the tomatoes to run out smoothly, the pulp blocks it up so that you have to shake it to get it to come out. Not a good idea to have tomato juice flying around as it gets everywhere. You then have to cut the top again to widen the hole so that you can get the remaining tomatoes out. So now you know, cut the hole wider than indicated.
The tomatoes themselves are very tasty and there's quite a lot of pulp in them with quite big pieces of tomato, which get stuck in the hole you've just cut, they're not too juicey, the mix is just about right. I used them on their own and thre easily fed four adults for breakfast, along with bacon and all the trimmings and I added them to a chilli and they worked just fine.
All in all these are a great buy, just a shame about the packaging, I would buy them again, if I had a handy Sainsburys to shop in.
I live about a ten minute drive from my local Asda and also my local Morrisons, but I alway seem to do my major shopping at Asda. Why you might ask, when both are so close, the answer is simple, price. Asda seems to be cheaper than Morrisons on most of the products I buy.
They sell a wide variety of items and their own "Smart Price" range are excellent value for money and taste just as good as more expensive brands. I tend to buy quite a lot of these such as kidney beans, chopped tomatoes and baked beans and find them very tasty, just check out my other reviews to see how tasty they are.
I find that it is easy to find what I want on the shelves, they don't tend to change the store lay out all that often so I know when I go in I know exactly where to look for my items. Their fresh fruit and vegetable section offers a good range of produce which tends to last quite a while, something which other supermarkets fresh vegetables doesn't. I know I store them in the same way, but Asda's items seem to last that little bit longer and my other half says that their grapes are better than Morrisons and he should know as he eats loads. They have an in store bakery and their fresh baked bread is delicious and when they're baking the store smells great.
Asda's aisles are quite wide as well, making it easy to pass people who've stopped for a chat, something which does annoy me a bit, but you can't change people. The store is also very tidy and clean and the staff seem friendly enough when I've had to ask them something, which to be honest isn't all that often.
All in all I would recommend Asda.