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    • Frijj Milkshake / Soft Drink / 47 Readings / 44 Ratings
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      19.01.2012 22:25
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      Great tasting thick milkshake

      ==Introduction==

      I've always been a fan on milkshakes and being on steroids long term because I have crohns disease can make your bones very brittle so milk being a great source of calcium is an added bonus for me! Frijj is a chilled milkshake which can be found in the fridge department in stores, it comes in a variety of different flavours including the original strawberry, chocolate and banana as well as more outgoing flavours which include fudge brown and honeycomb. A recent new release is vanilla flavour which is now one of my favourites; it just reminds me of the taste of a mini milk ice lolly!


      ==About the product==

      Frijj milkshakes come in one size, a 500ml bottle. Frijj is advertised as being low in fat - less than 1%, suitable for vegetarians, gluten free, no artificial flavourings or colourings and a source of calcium and vitamin b12.

      The milkshake comes in quite a thick bottle and has a screw top lid which I find quite handy as I don't always want to drink a full one of these in one go although once it has been opened it should be consumed within 3 days and kept in a fridge at all times. The bottles are a plain white colour with coloured splats depending on the flavour - yellow for banana, red for strawberry and brown for chocolate.


      Ingredients include; Skimmed Milk (75%), Whole Milk (18%), Sugar, Buttermilk Powder, Modified Maize Starch, Flavouring (different depending on the flavour you have chosen), Stabilisers (Carrageenan, Guar Gum), Colour (Mixed Carotenes).


      A 500ml bottle contains 335 calories, 50.5g of sugar and 2.5g of fat, I know these statistics are not necessarily the best although they have such a lovely taste and the fact there so thick makes them different from other milkshakes I've tried.


      I normally purchase these milkshakes from Tesco although they are also available in asda and Morrison's and I've also seen these in most newsagents/ off license stores. They retail at £1.20 each although I find these on offer in at least one of the big supermarkets at all times, the best offers I have found recently is 50p in Morrison's and the end of last year they were buy one get two free in Tesco so I stocked up then! They have quite a good sell by date from when you buy them to when they must be consumed, its normally about 3-4 weeks which is great length of time.


      ==Summary==

      I really enjoy drinking these milkshakes and in particular I like the thick yet very smooth texture, my favourite flavour is vanilla or chocolate although I would recommend all the flavours to you. It's worth a mention though that before opening you must give them a good shake to give them an even texture. I would recommend these to you as I think they are good value for money, the money aspect which is not so appealing is the amount of sugar that is inside these which is quite alot!

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        19.01.2012 15:14
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        An exciting toy, but for how long is the question!

        ==Introduction==

        All of a sudden what seemed out of nowhere last year moshi monsters appeared and every child seemed to own a "moshling" on the online game named moshi monsters. My sister was one of many who was fascinated by the craze and not before long it seemed you could get just about everything moshi monster (cards, stickers, keyrings, clothing, watches and the list goes on!).


        One of the most popular moshi toys and was also in the top 10 most wanted toys for Christmas 2011 was the moshi monster tree house.


        ==About the product==

        The moshling tree house (manufactured by mind candy) is made of good quality, durable plastic. The front consists of a brown trunk with a green tree top with the moshi monsters logo on it. The tree house opens up at the back to reveal a large area for you to play with all your moshlings, it's also great for storing them all when not being play with so they don't get lost. There is also a real working basket lift for your moshi monsters to play on; this is what my sister particularly likes about it.


        The tree house has a branch sticking out which a moshling can sit on, the set or includes an exclusive Roxy diamond shaped figure which my sister really likes and the face that no one else at school has it is an even bigger bonus!


        The tree house is 29.5cm in height and width and is 15cm in diameter. I purchased this from the toyshop I work in as I was struggling to get hold of it as everyone seemed to want it, I paid £19.99 for it which is the recommended retail price, and it comes in quite a large box and bulked up my sisters Christmas present pile quite nicely. I've also seen this tree house in Tesco and online at eBay, play and is also available from the official moshi monster site although at the time of writing this it was out of stock. The tree house does not require alot of putting together and what did need doing my sister who is 9 managed to do it herself.


        The tree house is recommended for children 4 and up and probably not suitable for children under this age because the moshling figures that have to go with this are quite small although there's no small parts with the actual tree house. As mentioned you only get one figure with this and you will probably want alot more, they can be purchased in packs of 5 for £4.99 or you can get blister packs of 2 for £1.99 although you don't know which figures you're going to get in there so could get up with duplicates.


        ==Summary==
        This is a great toy and my sister has had great fun making up little stories with all her moshlings, its good quality and not too badly priced at £19.99, although it has not been played with as much as some of her other toys and I can see within a few months it may be gathering dust purely for the fact there is not a terrible lot to do with the actual tree house itself apart from the lift which takes the moshlings up to the treetop perches. I'd rate this product 3 and a half stars.

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          12.01.2012 17:16
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          a great book for any moshi monster fan and provides hours of great fun!

          ==Introduction==
          All of a sudden what seemed out of nowhere last year moshi monsters appeared and every child seemed to own a "moshling" on the online game named moshi monsters. My sister was one of many who was fascinated by the craze and not before long it seemed you could get just about everything moshi monster (cards, stickers, keyrings, clothing, watches and the list goes on!).

          Every year many different annuals are released on a variety of the year's most popular topics, this year's included hello kitty, the x factor and of course moshi monsters. I bought this for my 9 year old sister to is a big moshi monster fan and received a lots of moshi monsters merchandise for Christmas.

          ==About the product==
          This is the first official moshi monster paperback annual to be the released. The front cover has a sky blue cover with the moshi monster logo and features many of the popular moshlings including poppet, Katsuma and iggy to name a few, the front cover also states that each annual included an exclusive virtual gift for your room (on the moshi monster online virtual world.

          The recommended retail price for annual is £7.99 although most places do them cheaper, I paid £3.99 in Tesco for this, I noticed WH Smith had them on sale at full price but were buy one get one half price although I went in a couple of days ago and all annuals were reduced to £1.99 which seems to happen most years although is not really any good if your wanting to send it as a Christmas present. The book measures 215 x 285mm.

          The annual features 61 pages of fun including colouring pages, puzzles, comic strips, lots of information and fun facts on how to make the most of the moshi monsters online website, my sister found this particularly interested as it helped her improve greatly on the game and helped her to discover combinations she didn't know. Also included are games, instructions to make your own glump and much more. The back page was the answers to all the different activities throughout the book.

          What I personally like about the book is each page is full with different things to do and has provided hours on entertainment for my sister, bright colours and bold titles are used throughout to make this an exciting read. If you want to skip to a certain part of the book there is also a contents page.

          The book is published by sunbird which is also known as ladybird books, printed in Italy and the ISBN number for this book is 978-1-40939-059-6. The book is recommended for 6-12 years; my sister is 9 and had no problem with this book.

          ==Summary==
          I would really recommend this book as if offers such a large variety of different activities to do, my sister has spent many hour completing everything throughout the book and also goes back to it regularly to help with on the online game, its great value for money - especially if you can pick it up in the January sales. 5 start from me and my sister.

          If you have a moshi monsters fan in your family I will gradually be reviewing many of the products of which my sister received for Christmas or continues to buy.

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            11.01.2012 20:21
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            An average product although for the price you are paying they do the job

            ==introduction==
            Although I hardly get the opportunity to wear a suit, I did have to for a wedding not too long ago, I needed something to keep to suit in while transporting it down to the hotel and also something to keep it in once I returned home as that it did not get damaged and kept in pristine condition, I opted for the set of 3 garment carriers from Argos, priced at £11.99

            ==About the product==
            The set of 3 carriers are made from PVC and they are not the best of quality although I didn't expect fantastic quality for the price that I paid. 2 of the carriers are quite small and would be no good for suits but my mum used one to keep a dress in no problem, the last one is much longer which I used for my suit. The carries are black and the zip goes through the middle of the front.

            The bags are simple to use, just put your desired item onto the hanger inside the bag then zip them up and they are ready. I was pleased with the result from these carriers and they did a good job of keeping my items in good condition and crease free. Although I've only used the carriers once and I now just keep my suit in this in my wardrobe I have read other reviews which say the quality is not great after using a few times and also that the zips may break so if you are looking for something to use regularly maybe if might be better to spend a little more on a more expensive, better quality garment carrier.

            The smaller 2 carriers are H91xW58xD7cm and the larger one H120xW58xD7cm. As well as protecting clothes from creases they are also ideal for damp, dust and from sunlight so no fun coloured clothes!

            ==Summary==
            I think it depends on what you want these garment carriers for whether they are going to be of use to you, if like me it's not something you're going to be using too regularly then they will be ok although if your wanting them for regular business trips then these are not for you. I don't think I would really recommend these products as they are not great quality and if I were to need more in the future then I would probably try better quality garment carriers.

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            • Innocent Smoothies / Soft Drink / 38 Readings / 36 Ratings
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              A great healthy drink although you have to pay the price.

              ==Introduction==
              I'll be the first to admit I'm not the healthiest of people, in fact probably not very healthy at all. A biscuit would win over an apple any day for me. I live with my mum and just see my dad at the weekends and my dad can be a little bit of a health freak at times and will always try and encourage me to go for the healthier option. One product he bought and asked me to try was an Innoccent fruit smoothie and I was quite pleasantly surprised at how tasty these were considering their full of goodness.

              ==About the product==
              All innocent products contain 100% natural ingredients, the smoothies contain 100% fruit and count as 2 of your 5 a day, which is great if you're always busy and on the move. A variety of different flavours are available, my favourite is strawberry and banana which is quite surprising as I don't really like banana but they just taste really nice!

              The smoothies are available in different sizes including kid's cartons which include a straw so are ideal for lunch boxes; also they are no bits in these and are 100% smooth. Then there is also 750ml and 1.25 litre cartons and little bottles which are ideal for adults on the go. Innocent are quite expensive though, the little bottles can cost nearly £2 each so no something I would buy all the time. The small cartons for kid's lunch boxes cost about £3 for 4, the 750ml bottle is about £2.50 and the 1.25 litre carton is about £3.50.

              The drinks are available in all leading supermarkets; I have bought them in asda, Tesco and Morrison's. All supermarkets with Tesco in particular have this on offer quite often, just before Christmas the range was half price and when not on this offer they are normally on 2 for so much. They have good dates on so last quite a while and don't have to be drunk quickly. For the best taste these need to be kept refrigerated.

              ==summary==
              Although definitely not the cheapest product on the market these are really good for you as each recommended portion contains 2 of your 5 a day and I just love the taste. The fact that they come in lunch box cartons, little bottles and bigger bottles is great as they are catering for everyone. I see innocent have also started branching out into veg pots too which also contain 2 of your 5 a day look quite tasty. I would give this 5 stars for taste although maybe not for price!

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              08.01.2012 23:25
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              Does the job if you just want to shred paper!

              ==Introduction==
              Since turning eighteen two years ago and going into full time employment I started to get alot more important, confidential documents including wage slips and bank statements and they were starting to mount up at home, I knew it wasn't an option just to throw them in the bin so decided that it was time to invest in a paper shredder. Working at Tesco, while on my lunch break I decided to go and check out what shredders they had on offer an went for the Tesco value shredder as I didn't want nor need a fancy shredder just one that was going to shred my confidential information. I paid £8 for this product.

              ==About the product==
              The shredder is quite small and is also quite light. The shredder is black and is made from plastic. The capacity of the shredder is 7 litres which is plenty for me as it was just for personal use although may not be any good if you work in an office and would be using quite alot during the day. The shredder needs a power socket nearby to use. The shredder states that it can take up to 5 sheets of paper at a time although I stuck to just doing 2 at a time because it seemed to cope better with this. I tried putting in a piece of thick paper/card although it was too thick so this machine is only really of use to you if you want to shred paper.

              To use the shredder you need to plug it in and turn it to "on" you then feed the paper through the slot in the top, the paper then sets shredded into 7mm strips which is enough for no details to still be readable, once i have a pile of shredded paper I then use it for bedding for the guinea pigs and they seem to love it, so by the time they have finished with it I'm pretty sure no one will be able to get their hands on any of my information.

              If the paper is not fed in carefully it can from time to time get stuck, although there is a reverse button although this only actually works half the time, I've found myself having to take the top off and take the paper out manually myself which does take some time and at this point I'm wishing I went for a bit of a better shredder! Although saying this I've never actually had a problem with the shredder itself its always turned on fine and always done as its told, the only reason it has jammed is because the paper has not be fed in at a perfect straight angle.

              ==Summary==
              I've had this shredder for just over a year now and it's still working with no problems, it's quite compact so I just keep it out on my desk, it does get used quite regularly and the only problem I've had with it is the jamming although this is probably my own fault, if you careful with the shredder you probably not going to have any problems with it, considering I only paid £8 this product I'm quite happy with it although if it was ever to stop working I think I would go for a better brand one next time as my mum also has a shredder and paid about £20 and it just seems better in general, all in all I would rate this shredder 7/10.

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              • Ty Beanie the Cat / Soft Toy / 27 Readings / 26 Ratings
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                08.01.2012 22:04
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                Cute and Cuddly soft toy to add to your beanie collection

                ==Introduction==
                TY Beanie baby range come in 3 sizes; the small one which McDonalds manufactured and this was the only place they were available although they have not released any for quite a few years now, the standard size beanie baby which is the most popular size and the larger beanie buddy size which were the same beanies as the standard range just much bigger.

                When much younger I was a keen collector of the beanie babies which were are the height of their success during the 1990's although they were first released during 1985 which was before I was born!

                ==Summary==
                As a keen collector of beanies I decided for Christmas 2011 to get my sister one, she has several off the beanie boo range but I decided to go for a cat as we all love cats in the family, I decided to go for Beani the cat in the end as his cute little face just seemed to stand out.
                Beani has a light grey coloured fur all over his body with slightly darker ears; his fur is quite long so you can get your hand into him when giving him a good stroke. He has a large red neckerchief/ bandana round his neck.

                Each beanie baby has a collectors love heart shaped tag in their ear with a message, Beani has the following message

                'Why is my name Beani the cat?
                It's funny you should ask me that
                My owner loves her Beanies so
                She wanted the whole world to know!'

                It's very important for alot of TY beanie collectors that the tag is kept in perfect condition as although they are not worth alot these days alot of collectors will only be interested if the tag is pristine, you can get little plastic covers to put over the tag to protect them and make sure they don't get damaged, I used to pick these up in the shop I bought the beanies from for about 20p each. Unfortunately Beani is no longer available to buy and is retired; I bought him brand new off eBay though so he is still out there if you want to add him to your collection.

                Beani can be surface washed although I don't know if he would be in as good condition afterwards, these beanies are not advised for small children as they could end up with a mouthful of fur and if they bit a hole In it there are lots of little white beans in which they could swallow not to mention going all over!

                ==Summary==
                My sister was very happy to receive this cute and cuddly cat on Christmas day and takes it to bed every night, I managed to get this at a bargain price of £3.99 including postage which I think is very good value for money as some of the new ones which still get release cost up to £8 each although I have seem selected beanies in Home Bargains for £3 although this can be very hit and miss!

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                  A great must have item for any moshi monster fan!

                  ==Introduction==
                  All of a sudden what seemed out of nowhere last year moshi monsters appeared and every child seemed to own a "moshling" on the online game named moshi monsters. My sister was one of many who was fascinated by the craze and not before long it seemed you could get just about everything moshi monster (cards, stickers, keyrings, clothing, watches and the list goes on!). I work in a toy shop and in the summer on 2011 we started repeatedly getting asked for moshi products, so my boss started to enquire and before long we were stockists of many of the products.

                  My sister got a new pink 3ds for Christmas and one of the game she got to go with it was the moshi monster game, so when I saw this stylus pack at only £3.99 in game I knew straight away it was a must have and off to the till I went with it.

                  ==About the product==
                  The stylus pack is an official moshi monsters licensed merchandise and includes a hot pink stylus with poppet on the top (there were other sets available with different monsters on including katsuma although my sister being a girly girl I knew I had to get pink!) also included is a screen cleaner with internal pink fluffy lining with poppets face on and a game case, again with poppets face on which will fit one DS game in, of course my sister keeps her moshi monster game in this. A stylus is an essential product to use with the any of the DS range so if you have a big moshi fan in the family why now treat them to this product, I'm sure they will not be disappointed.

                  This stylus pack is suitable for 3DS, DS iXL, DSi and DS Lite.

                  The RRP for this product is £3.99 which I think is a very good buy for an official moshi monster product and made a great stocking filler, although I have noticed with moshi monsters becoming more and more popular each day they seem to be selling for more, having a quick look on eBay the cheapest I can find it is £6.49 including postage but on Amazon you can get it for £3.49 plus postage. When I bought it in game they were in a big basket by the till and there were plenty of them available.

                  The product comes in hard plastic and the background is very bright and contains a variety of different monsters available on the online game, the item is very lightweight and weighs a total of less than 10g. The product is made with very good quality materials and is showing no signs on and wear despite being used every day since Christmas.

                  ==Summary==
                  I think this is a great value for money product which is officially licensed by moshi monsters. It is available nationwide at a variety of different stores including Game and Game Station and can also be purchased at online retailers including Amazon, play and eBay. I would rate this product 5 stars and I'm sure my sister would too who uses this product each time she plays with her DS, even if she's not playing the moshi monster game!

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                    05.01.2012 23:31
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                    Great value deodorant

                    ==Introduction==
                    I've tried many different deodorants in the past and it was just my chance I was shopping in Morrison's and it happened to be Vaseline intensive care for men that was on offer at half price so I thought I would try it and I've never looked back and used it all the time ever since.
                    Vaseline is a trusted brand that has been around for some time as well as manufacturing deodorant they are also well known for their lip care products

                    ==About the product==
                    The product is marketed as a 24 hour protection and can say that this is definitely true; I can go the whole day without having to re-apply although sometimes I do because the deodorant actually has a really nice, fresh smell. The deodorant is ideal for sensitive skin as it contains pro-derma and has 0% alcohol, this is great as some deodorants that I've tried in the past can irritate your skin and leave quite a nasty rash. The deodorant also doesn't leave any white marks unlike some brands so you can wear a dark coloured top without having to worry about any marks that might appear. Once you apply the product it dries quickly and does not feel sticky.

                    The deodorant comes in a dark midnight blue coloured bottle with the Vaseline logo on the front, this is different from the woman's which comes in a white bottle. The bottle is quite slim and has a push down nozzle. I really like the shape of the bottle as it fits better in your hand as it's not as thick in diameter as some brands which you can't quite get your hand round.

                    The product can be purchased from supermarkets such Tesco, Asda and Morrison's as well as shops including Wilkinson's, Superdrug, body care and savers. The full price rrp for the average size bottle (150ml) is about £1.75 although there is a bigger bottle available although I prefer the average size bottle. I've quite often seen this deodorant on offer for £1 or even better at half price making it about 87p which I think is a total bargain as I actually prefer this over lynx which is nearly double the price of this deodorant!

                    ==Summary==
                    I'd recommend this deodorant to men because it has a really nice fresh scent and also if you trying to watch the pennies its alot cheaper than other brands like lynx and nivea and I actually prefer it. You know you're getting a good product from a brand that you can trust. I'd give this product 5 stars!

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                  • The Grinch (DVD) / DVD / 33 Readings / 32 Ratings
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                    A great value christmas DVD at £3 which i would reccomend!

                    ==Introduction==
                    I Love Christmas and a good Christmas movie and my personal favourite is the Grinch. I normally watch it on the telly every year although I decided to buy it last year as I managed to get in on-line from HMV for £3 including postage which I thought was a real bargain.

                    The Film is an adaptation from the Dr Seuss children's book - "how the Grinch stole Christmas" and was released in the year 2000, it stars Jim Carrey playing the Grinch and I think he does a fantastic job of taking on the role.

                    ==Plot==
                    The film starts on set in who-ville, where we are introduced to the who's, the creatures which live here. There's nothing more the who's love than Christmas and decorate the whole town from top to bottom to celebrate the occasion, I think the set looks fantastic and would love to live there myself at Christmas as there is such a good spirit. Although we soon find out that not everything is good news as close to who-ville is Mount Crumpit which is where the Grinch lives who everyone is scared of.

                    One of the who's is a young girl called Cindy-Lou who unlike all the other who's doesn't understand why they are making such a kick up about Christmas and has totally lost her Christmas spirit. Cindy encounters a near death experience when she fall into a parcel making machine at the post office where her dad works although she is saved by the Grinch himself although he claims the reason he saved her was to give her a message to spread around who-ville to stay clear out Mount Crumpit although Cindy does not believe him.

                    Cindy then starts to ask people in the town about the Grinch and discovers that he hates Christmas; she then comes to the conclusion that if she's ever going to get her Christmas spirit back then she must also help the Grinch get his back. The cast list is as followed;
                    -Jim Carrey as The Grinch
                    -Jeffrey Tambor as Mayor of Whoville
                    -Christine Baranski as Martha May Who-vier
                    -Molly Shannon as Betty Lou Who
                    -Anthony Hopkins as Narrator
                    -Josh Ryan Evans as 8 Year Old Grinch
                    -Frankie Ray as Who
                    -Jeremy Howard as Dru Lou-Who
                    -Taylor Momsen as Little Cindy Lou-Who
                    -Bill Irwin as Lou Lou Who
                    -Clint Howard as Whobris
                    -T. J. Thyne as Stu Lou Who
                    -Lacey Kohl as Christina Whoterberry
                    -Frank Welker as Max the Dog (voice)

                    ==Summary==
                    I think the Grinch is a great family film and really gets you in the Christmas spirit, it would make a great Christmas eve film to watch with the kids before hanging up the stockings and heading off to bed, the film is rated a PG although there are only a few very minor scary parts on the whole it is a very enjoyable festive film which you can go wrong with for £3!

                    The film runs for 1 hour 41 minutes. Extras on the DVD include deleted scenes, outtakes, makeup and design feature, visual effect feature, fait hill "where are you now" music video, cast and filmmakers biographies and Grinch game trailer.

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                    Have a Fantastic Christmas!!

                    I'm a huge fan of Christmas; just love everything about it, since getting a paper round at the age of 13 I've always bought gifts for all my family and friends and decorated my bedroom like a Santa's grotto with lots of tinsel and pretty decorations (I've just turned 20 and this hasn't changed although I'd like to think the gifts I buy now are more appreciated from when i used to get £9 a week for delivering the local paper, although Christmas is by no was just about the presents). I also like to be organised at Christmas, especially the last few years since going into full time employment you think you have plenty of time left to get sorted then all of a sudden it's the big day, certainly in the last 2-3 weeks in the run up to Christmas I tend to end up working 7 days a week as the store is so busy and I like to make the most of the overtime, always helps!

                    Below I will try and offer some of my own tips and advice on how to not only be organized at Christmas but have the best time possible.

                    January is one of the best times to prepare for Christmas the following year for several reasons but one of the main one being it's the January sales where many retailers slash the prices of gifts by between 50-70% and as long as the item is not going to go out of date e.g. chocolate or sweets then why not pick up items you can give as gifts the following year not only will this give you a great head start on the following year but can also save you a nice fortune. Many sales now start on Boxing Day in store although I noticed that alot of on-line retailers started their sales Christmas Eve this year. One thing that I would advise though is getting a notepad to write down all the gifts you have bought because chances are a few months down the line you may forget and don't want to end up double buying a product!

                    January is also a great time to get all you Christmas cards, wrapping paper and accessories for the following year, I've done this for many years as the way I see it is your only going to have to pay full price when Christmas does come around so why not get it cheaper, wrapping paper and cards are never going to go off, I've probably got enough wrapping paper to last me the next few Christmas's although I always find myself end up buying more.

                    If like my family you receive lots of Christmas cards, another option other than recycling them is to use them as tags, you could just cut them into a square shape although I like to get some of the fancy edged scissors as I think it has a lovely effect, then you have all you tags for next year and they have not cost you a penny!

                    As soon as one Christmas is over, come January 1st I always start saving for the following Christmas, some people may think it's a bit crazy as it's only just finished by why not? It saves on a big dent in your bank come December. The last few years each time I've got paid I've but a set amount of money into a savings account then withdraw September/October time although if I buy bits during the year in the sales I deduct the money from the account.

                    Another way of making some extra money for Christmas is ebaying! Why not sell on any unwanted Christmas presents or have a raid round the house to see what is no longer needs, If I see something that hasn't been worn in my wardrobe for several months and I know I will no longer wear then that can go on. Most supermarkets offer saving stamps too, you simply put £1 in the machine and get a token, buy a couple every week and you would have over £100 come Christmas, this could be used to get Christmas food shopping, if redeeming through December you can normally also get a small extra bonus.

                    You can also start buying any extra treats for Christmas early as most shops start to get them in end of august, items with long dates such as tins of chocolate also we tend to just get little bits like condiments, gravy granules and stuffing - just don't be tempted to eat them, they may only be a few pound each but it's a few pound less to find during December, then if you buy a few bits each week in December you only have fresh items to buy like the turkey, which actually most supermarkets half price on Christmas eve but it's a chance you have to be willing to take.

                    Also another very valuable tip I have found is get your Christmas cards wrote during November then as soon as it hits the start of December you can get them sent out, this is one less thing to worry about, if you sending cards abroad check with the last Christmas posting dates with the post office as for some very far places the last day is early December although if you are just sending within the uk then the last posting day for first class is usually around 21st and second is a few days early although I tend to just send all my post second in December and it gets there just as fast!

                    If you're going to be short of cash this Christmas then why not try making some gifts yourself, there always more appreciated too, have a good at making some fudge or shortbread then get some cello wrapping to wrap it up in, then add a bow and some curling ribbon and you have a gorgeous handmade present, its shows that you have put alot of thought into it too.

                    I still have an advent calendar now although mine is one where you add little gifts yourself if you are getting chocolate ones then make sure you get them early as come December 1st all the nice ones are all sold out and it's just the cheap ones left with the chocolate that tastes not very nice.

                    One of my favourite parts of the build up to Christmas is the wrapping although I tend to do this all in one go about a week before Christmas otherwise you could forget what you've bought and items could get damaged and incase your going to have to return an item because you've changed your mind your going to have to unwrap it, also if you have small children who will be getting electrical items for Christmas don't forget to test them prior to the big day otherwise be prepared for some very upset little people!

                    Then come Christmas eve you can be thankful you're not one of the headless chickens running around last minute you can put your feet up, stick some nice new pyjamas on and put a good Christmas DVD on, always the Grinch for me, such a good Christmas film which you can pick up for about £3 including delivery from HMV and most importantly have a nice time, enjoying the company of family!

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                      Cheap and cheerful, family fun card game!

                      ==Introduction==
                      All of a sudden what seemed out of nowhere last year moshi monsters appeared and every child seemed to own a "moshling" on the online game named moshi monsters. My sister was one of many who was fascinated by the craze and not before long it seemed you could get just about everything moshi monster (cards, stickers, keyrings, clothing, watches and the list goes on!). I work in a toy shop and in the summer on 2011 we started repeatedly getting asked for moshi products, so my boss started to enquire and before long we were stockists of many of the products, one being the moshi monster top trumps. We have sold top trumps for many years and they had always been a success, they also made great stocking fillers.

                      ==About the product==
                      The cards come in a green plastic case; the case can be easily hinged opened so the cards can be slid in and out. Inside the pack you will receive 30 moshi monster cards, a rule card and a code card. The cards are printed on thick glossy card and are of very good quality so are not going to bend easily. The 30 cards all represent a different moshling, which are all part of the online came, these include iggy and my personal favourite Purdy! Inside this pack you'll find exclusive bios, as well as combinations to attract each monster.

                      Each card has a picture of the moshling on; the cards can be battled in the following areas rarity, speed, cuteness, brains, and mischief.

                      To play the game, hand out an equal amount of cards to each player, you then take it in turns to say which statistic on your card is best and will beat the other players, if your monster turns out to be the best in the area you have chosen you then get the top card off each opponent although if one of your opponents monsters is better than they get your top card, this keeps happening until only 1 player is left in the game with all the cards and is crowned the winner!

                      ==Summary==
                      These are a great family game and are ideal for taking in the car on long journeys, my 9 year old sister loves them and they have easily had their monies worth out of them, she also likes the fact it shows you all the different monsters, it also states that you can add more cards to the collection which may be meaning there is going to be a second series of the top trumps, i know the moshi monster mash up cards are on series 2 and I believe in some issues of the moshi monster magazine, one of the free gifts is a top trump card.

                      The card game can be bought in many online retailers including Amazon and eBay for around the £4 mark, I've also seen these in newsagents and supermarkets including Asda and Tesco's, again for £4 which I believe is great value for money as it can provide hours of fun as you can get a different result every time.

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                      Lovely summer kit, very good quality made by a great retailer

                      ==Introduction==
                      Playmobil was always a favourite of mine as a child, I can remember having boxes and boxes of it and used to love it each year when the new catalogue came out with all the new releases and I would circle all the new, exciting sets I wanted. Although not my main job I work one day a week in a toy shop that happens to stock a very large range of Playmobil and to this day it's still as popular as ever, especially at Christmas as Playmobil has built up a great reputation for good quality products which never seem to break or have any problems as there made very well. Although from working in the toy shop I know that Playmobil customer service is very good and if you ever were to have any problems with any of their products they will do their best to help.

                      Another great thing with Playmobil is they do large and small sets so something to cater for every pocket, that's how I started off just buying one of the boxed figures with pocket money.

                      ==About the product==
                      The theme of this set is a family have gone away on their summer holiday and are staying in a holiday home/ chalet. It must be a sunny day as they have got a table and chairs outside and are having a barbeque.

                      The chalet has a large blue roof with an open side so you can get into the chalet and the other side has a window on it. It has large opening doors to the front and a high window on the back wall which has lots of shelves and a roof level on the inside. The chalet measures 29cm by 27cm by 24cm tall.

                      The set includes Mum, Dad, a son and daughter, a ball, as well as a brilliant barbeque set with utensils, a crate of bottles, a sofa and a chair which both convert into beds, a coffee table, a TV and hi-fi with speakers, two sets of books for shelves, a vase, a plant in a pot, a table lamp, a patio table with folding chairs, umbrella, a picnic rug, a basket with jars, cutlery plus a coffee pot with cups and plates, and a ladder up to the bunk beds. There are flower trellises and trees for the outside too.

                      The item was originally release in March 2002 and as far as I know is no longer manufactured although if you were to buy this set brand new, the original retail price was £30.

                      There is not a terrible lot of assembly to do with this product, just the main chalet and adding the inside interior as it comes flat packed in the box, the instructions that come with this box are very clear and easy to follow and include pictures so if you can't understand the writing then the pictures are of a good quality. When I opened the box there were no missing parts and everything was as it should have been, as far as I was aware there were no design faults with this product and was exactly as it should have been.

                      ==My opinion==
                      I would not suggest this product for anyone under the age of 4, purely because there are lots of small parts like cups and plates to go on the table and chairs and by small I mean about 1cm tall.

                      I believe this product is good value for money as although it may seem expensive it's a product that's going to last for a very long time if not forever because the quality of the plastic is very good and would not break easily. I no longer own this product as everyone if my family has outgrown it although we passed in onto my cousins who and 6 and 7 and they have had great fun playing with, a little imagination can go a long way with this product.

                      Although for anyone who enjoys Playmobil this is a lovely set which will provide hours of fun!

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                        A fab little machine which i couldn't be without now for ebay

                        I've been a member of eBay for several years now and have always just written my address labels by hand although in 2011 I started selling more regular on eBay to generate a little extra income which I could put towards Christmas, I started to think more about how I could make the parcels I sent off a little more professional. After analysing items I received off eBay I decided that printing the address labels would look much better than just writing and although my writing is quite neat it just doesn't give the same finish. I started looking into label machines and having previously owned a little Dymo machine that just embossed lines which I used for card making, I went straight to their website and was amazed by how many different designs and versions there was, I just wanted a cost efficient machine to print my labels.

                        I spent quite a long time searching for which machine was going to be best for me, some of them printed huge amounts in minutes but this wasn't the reason I wanted it, eventually I decided on the label machine which would best suit me - Label writer 400 turbo. Although I had made my decision I didn't want to rush in to making the purchase as it was not going to be a cheap piece of equipment and was going to be more on an investment and hopefully last me a long time.

                        After watching several videos on YouTube so I had a better idea of how the 400 turbo was going to work I finally made the purchase mid august 2011, I searched eBay although in the end I bought it from Amazon for £80 as this was the best price I could find, it arrived within about 2 days of purchasing. The machine came in quite a small box although was very well protected and came with a detailed instructions as well as the guarantee which changes to 3 years once you register the product.

                        The machine itself is quite compact and quite modern looking. The machine has a power supply and connects to my laptop via a usb cable, I don't have this in all the time just when I'm going to use it. To be able to use the Dymo machine you have to install the software onto your desktop which is an easy process and only takes a few minutes, once this is installed you can start printing your labels in minutes.

                        The software is very easy to navigate around although if you feel unsure there is a tutorial on the software that you can follow. As I was always printed different addresses for all the different people i was selling on eBay i had no need to save the label although there is an address book feature where you can save all the address's that you use regularly so you don't have to keep re-typing. You have the option of choosing how many copies of each label you want to print, it also has a "fit to page" option so whatever you want to print on the label will fit, you also have a huge choice of different fonts to use and can make it as big or little as you want, make it bold or underline etc. You can also print direct from Microsoft programmes. You can also add clipart to the label from a selection that is supplied or if you want to be really fancy you can import your own pictures which is really easy to do and I've done several times and it really does look good! The labels only take a minute to do, all you need to do is copy and paste the address and then press print.

                        I mainly use the label machine to print addresses although that you can do with it is endless, I've used it label various items so it's easy to read and I know what it contains
                        The label machine runs off thermal technology which means no ink at all, all you will ever need to do is replace the roll of labels so once you have actually bought the machine the only expense you're ever going to have is the labels, not ink so although the initial purchase is quite expensive its very cheap to matain, I used cheaper labels off eBay in my machine and they do exactly the same job as the official Dymo labels although they work out about 75% cheaper, you can get lots of different sized labels although the size that I always use is the large address labels which are 89mm x 36mm, I believe you can also get coloured labels which would make a change to the original white. The only colour you can print with is black although you can change how dark or light you want it so you could make it grey if you wanted.

                        When you do need to change the roll of labels in the machine it is very simple to do and only takes a few minutes and you're away again! I've got so use to using this fantastic little machine I really don't know what I would do without it now, it takes seconds to print professional looking labels and I would really recommend it as a great investment to anyone who is a regular seller of eBay, definitely a 10/10 from me!

                        Advantages:
                        - Runs off thermal technology so no ink costs
                        -Very lightweight
                        -Gives items such a professional finish
                        -Very easy to use
                        -3 Year warranty ( although I've not had any problems since buying)

                        Disadvantages
                        -If you are going to use proper Dymo labels they are quite expensive although like mentioned above, the compatible are exactly the same and much, much cheaper!

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                          03.01.2012 15:44
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                          Quality toilet roll that your bottom deserves!

                          Andrex is a premium branded toilet roll, and is without doubt alot more expensive that other brands and supermarket own brands. Although I find Tesco and Asda both have this on offer quite regularly so if one doesn't, chances are the other one will. Another promotion Andrex quite often run on the 9 roll pack is 3 rolls free, giving you 12 rolls in total. This product is available in a 4 pack, 9 pack and depending on the size of the shop, some places also do even bigger, better value 16 and 24 packs.
                          Andrex not only do the quilted toilet roll, they have a huge range of different products, each type of toilet roll has a different colour so you do not get confused, the quilts toilet roll is an attractive midnight blue colour, it's also worth mentioning that you can collect "puppy points" with every purchase, the smaller packs you get about 5 and some of the bigger ones offer 10, once you've collected the desired amount they can be exchanged for various different products or days out, all the information can be found on the Andrex website.

                          I am very impressed with the quality of this toilet roll, I've tried many different brands and this is easily the softest, even softer than other quilted branded toilet roll, the toilet roll is extremely thick meaning you don't have to use as many sheets so will last much longer than if you're having to use several sheets at a time so could work about to be more cost efficient than cheaper brands.

                          I suffer from crohns disease so a good toilet roll is very important for me and I can during bad flare ups find myself visiting the toilet quite a few times during the day and after trying many different brands, it was my Nan who recommended this to me as she uses it herself and I have never looked back since. The toilet roll is very easy to tear as the perforation lines are clearly marked and a light tug will easily remove the sheets.

                          The average price for a 4 pack of this toilet roll is £2.25, although the bigger packs do work out cheaper, especially if they have some extra free rolls, I was in asda just a few hours ago and noticed they had the 9 pack on sale for £4.25 which is quite a good price, sadly I can't remember if it any free rolls as I just glanced when passing.

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