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      22.02.2013 07:03
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      A fun book.

      A few months ago now, my sister had decided that she was to set the date for her long awaited marriage to her long suffering partner (though has since had to postpone it for a while!), and in doing so decided that as her big sister i was to be matron of honour (a big honour, with a silly sounding title!).

      I wanted her to have some silly wedding related stuff to get her in the planning mood, so purchased a few things, a planning pad, a sparkly pen and this particular book, though in hindsight this could be part of the reason she postponed it! Lol!

      The book (when i first looked at it!) was going to be horror stories, good and bad about peoples weddings, but i genuinely thought it would be told from the bride (or grooms) point of view.
      How it is actually told is from the point of view of a fictitional wedding planner working for a really well known and well to do company, covering a few of the funnier weddings that the author has gathered stories on, so the stories are completely true (and anonymous!), but told in a story form.

      The book covers irrational women (brides and mothers alike), striving to have the biggest and best weddings, spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to outdo there friends, from a la carte food, through to firework displays to music, nothing is too much for their big days, and though at times the opulence seems ridiculous and over the top (though to be fair most of the peoples families are very affluent and rich, so can afford to spend a lot), it's the neurosis of the brides that make the stories.

      There is one woman who starves herself for months to get into her one off designer dress, who looks amazing on the big day, to have her cow mother try and outdo her, deigning that this was her big day, and no-one was going to ruin it for her, not even the bride!

      There are some really touching stories, of the people who are genuinely getting married for love, and don't want the world and their dogs inivited for a spectacle, and though these are really lovely to read about, i am ashamed to say the so-called "celebrity", especially the "wags" weddings that had me hooked, never before have i read a book with such hilarity before!

      This book was a lot of fun to read, with the wedding planners being fantastic characters in themselves, one a serial "shagger", usually ending up with the bridesmaid at the reception (then hating himself for it!) and the other being completely gay, thus making him every brides dream planner (and boy does he know his stuff!).

      All in all this was a fantastic lighthearted read, though with plenty of nautiness too, recommended!

      Price wise this was purchased for £1.00 from Asda.

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-0-552-15693-6

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        21.02.2013 07:23
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        A book i won't bother with again!

        My mother in law, knowing my love for anything vampire related, decided she was going to treat me, in the form of this new book, and as i DO judge a book by it's cover (i know sooo shallow!), was quitely confident it was going to be a great read!

        Violet Lee is an unassuming young woman, always the one to be treated badly by men, and always seeming to be the one waiting for others, she finds herself in this particular situation one Friday night, only for her to witness the most horrific of murders, where multiple victims not only get killed, but also have their blood drank too!

        Feeling she should get away she unfortunately draws attention to herself, and becomes an abductee, with the fact her father is a leading politition being the only fact that seems to be keeping her alive.......or is it?

        She soon discovers that there are more evil things in this world, with her seeming to be an integral part of it, and even with her feelings of absolute revulsion towards these "people", and how they feed and live, she can't but help feeling a connection and a real attraction to the prince Kasper Varn.

        This has all the trademark elements that would normally make this the perfect read for me, vampires (obviously!), an other wordly romance, and the chance of a bit of sex/biting (or both, yes i am a tramp! Lol!), with this even going as far as advertising this as the "sexiest romance you'll read this year"!

        What i actually got was an intriguing start, with the quite harsh murder scene being within the first few pages of the book, than the continued sense that the book was just about to get started...........but never did!

        There seemed to be an awful lot of scene setting, with the same theme being the subject of it....which was the untimely death of the vampire Queen, and a so-called prophecy that must come to pass for vampires to continue as a race, though by the time the prophecy was explained (very near the end of the book!), i didn't really undersatnd the significance of it, and to be honest didn't really care!

        There are a few quite readable scene's, usually involving Violet and Kasper, but found that they were not really that erotic, as to me Violet was a fantastic and fiesty character, but Kaper was a spoiled and dislikable creature, seeming to force himself on her, not erotic and at times quite uncomfortable reading!

        There are a also a few quite disturbing scenes too, unlike many other books within the vampire genre i have read before, this does try to indicate that vampires are actually killers, and romance is not really very high on their agenda's, so when one particular vamp decides he wants Violet, what ensues is a very brutal almost rape scene, not very pleasant at all!

        All in all i felt like i was waiting for things to happen, and when they finally did i really could care less, it was a slow and labourious read, one of which i will NOT be repeating again!

        Price wise this is available from www.asda.co.uk for around the £3.86 mark, though i would reccomend you borrow first!

        Thanks for reading x

        ISBN 978-0-00-750367-4

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          18.02.2013 07:01
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          Not brilliant!

          After reading Maggie Steifvaters previous series of books and being quite impressed with them (Shiver, Linger.....), myself and my daughter (the family that reads together stays together! Lol!), decided that we would try her other books, with this (Lament) and what we thought originally was the second follow on book to Lament, (Ballad), would be the ideal purchase!

          Sixteen year old Dee is a cloverhand, this is someone who can see fairies, (though for a good portion of the book she doesn't actually know that!), she is also an amazing musician though with very little confidence when it comes to competing.

          At a competition she meets gorgeous and mysterious Luke, who not only seems to fancy her silly, but also gives her the confidence to play her music the way she wants, winning her her first title.

          But she soons realises that there is more to beautiful Luke, and maybe he wants more than just a summer fling, couple that with the mysterious man that is stalking her it feels like it will be a long summer!

          I have read fairie related books before, and have quite enjoyed them but felt that this book was a little flat feeling, at no time did i feel any empathy with the main charcter of Dee, she came across as quite weak at times and at no time really questioned her involvement with Luke, even when strange things started to happen, which (when you consider she hadn't realised she was a cloverhand until the second chapter!) was completely unrealistic!

          Luke on the other hand i did feel a conection with, i really cared that he was suffering, even when it reveals he is actually integral to Dee's survival, i loved how he slowly burned for Dee, knowing that he may well have finally (after a thousand years!) found "the one", but knew he couldn't indulge in his feelings, so reading how he held back but yearned at the same time made the book much better for me!

          Story wise again it was a little flat for me, a cloverhand challenging another cloverhand for postion of power within the fairie community, with the only redeeming quality of it being the fairies themselves, these are portrayed as vicious and self serving, thinking nothing of murder and rape for their own amusement, they were in short very menacing feeling!

          I really didn't feel this book at all, with the only saving grace (or reason i kept reading until the end!) was the love story between Dee and Luke, though this is a bit of a heartbreaker twist at the end!

          This book (like the Shiver series of books), is aimed towards the younger reader market, but seems to have crossed over to the fantasy genre, meaning i can now share books with my 11 year old daughter, without worrying there is anymore than a little colourful language to contend with, though they do all seem to revolve around teenage angst and unrequited love!

          Price wise this is available from "The works" as part of a "buy 3 for £5.00" deal currently running.

          Thanks for reading x

          ISBN 978-1-407120-7

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            11.02.2013 07:11
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            An ok dog chew toy.

            I am always seeming to be buying toys and gifts for my newest baby, Belle, my 6 month old Border Collie pup, with her having more treats than i do!

            She has many toys, but i wanted something that was a bit different to her usual tennis balls and chew rings, and after my track record with semi cuddly toys, something that she couldn't chew a hole in and rip all the stuffing out of was a must!

            After a recent visit to my local Pets at home store, I found a small selection of toys that had been reduced slightly in price (I love a good bargain!), I hate paying full price for something that will end up in bits!

            After seeing this claw and rope toy I decided it was unusual enough to go in my basket, with it offering not only a chew toy but a cuddly soft end too.

            The claw itself is quite large, being slightly larger than a tea plate, with perfectly formed and stuffed claws, which so far have managed to keep there form (and stuffing!), even with plenty of vigorous chewing.
            The palm part of the paw has a small elasticated pouch that holds a tennis ball, though I didn't realise this until I got it home!
            The rest of the claw comprises of a textured thick material, that even with plenty of chewing and throwing around, has yet (two weeks on!) to show signs of tearing.

            At the "wrist" end of the claw, there is a sturdy cream coloured rope, knotted at one end, that Belle thoroughly loved chewing and throwing around, though my husband did complain that this was smore like an offensive weapon, as she threw the toy around so vigorously, that if you got caught with the rope end it really did come sharp, usually around the ankles!
            The same could be said with the hidden tennis ball within the claw! I left the ball in (once I had discovered it!), to encourage Belle to use her initiative to remove it and play with it, instead she just kept throwing it around, with the ball finally escaping, and nearly smashing my hubby's beloved television.......needless to say, it was kept separate from that moment on!

            Longevity of play, well I did have quite high hopes for this one, though after the two weeks I found that it has gone the same way as the majority of her other toys! The claw part suddenly ripped one day, and she almost sensed weakness like a shark would with a seal, she chewed relentlessly until she had removed and dissected everyone of the claws, (the dog not the shark!), and the stuffing was visible, of course by this point it had to be thrown away, as she has choked once on toy stuffing, so I find I am slightly more vigilant than before!

            Before she got to the claw however the rope was my main concern, once she had worked out how to untie the knot (!), the strands of the rope took very little time to pull apart, completely destroying that part too!

            Although I did think that I had finally got a toy for Belle that was longer lasting (though I am not daft enough to assume indestructible!), I found that she made short shrift of this toy too, though she did have a fantastic time destroying it!

            Pricewise this cost me £5.00 (reduced from £6.00), and took Belle a good three weeks to completely destroy, which does sound a short lived toy, I have actually spent more than that for the toy to barely last the day!

            For more information visit - www.petsathome.co.uk

            Thanks for reading x

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              08.02.2013 06:30
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              A nice room/bodyspray.

              As part of my Christmas box my friend (who is an avon rep), gave me a lovely set of seasonally scented products, of which this room/ body spray was one of them.

              I have tried almost all the other scents within this range, and i love how they can be used for not only freshening up the scent of a room, scenting and reviving bed clothes between washes, but is also suitable as a bodyspray, this product gives a whole new meaning to multi tasking!

              This particular one (as a i mentioned earlier), is classed as a seasonal scent, with the obvious meaning of "sugarplum" pertaining to Christmas, though before use i wasn't really sure as to how this would actually smell.

              When i did actually smell it i thought it was lovely and fresh, with a real sweet and fruity layer to it, but was dissapointed that it wasn't more Chrissmassy smelling (ie with the inclusion of cinnamen or such like).

              The scent lasts reasonably well when used, though tends to linger longer on fabrics than on myself, with this really freshening up my bedclothes after use.

              Fabrics wise i have never had a problem with staining when being used, though as this is a pump spray rather than a aerosol mist spray, care has to be taken to not over saturate the fabric being sprayed (particularly before bedtime, i sprayed my bed once only to find that it was still damp when we went to bed, my husband was not amused!).

              The bottle itself holds 125ml of liquid, which (even with daily use) should last a good month, as a little goes a long way.

              This particular scent )if im being honest) was nice, but by no means my favourite, with it being a little too fresh and light for my tastes, though my 11 year old daughter loves it, and i do prefer her to have lighter scented sprays due to her tender age.

              This scent is available sporadically via your local avon representative, or from www.avonshop.co.uk, though i do tend to hold out for the offers, as full price you can pay upto the £3.00 mark for this, so i wait until it's available at £1.00 a bottle.....then stock up!

              Thanks for reading x

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                07.02.2013 07:12
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                A nice cheap toilet brush set.

                After my long owned, but rarely used toilet brush suddenly fell to bits a while ago, i replaced with the cheapest brush i could find, you don't need to spend too much on something that effectively scrapes s**t away!

                As with most of my "essentials", i tend to buy everything on my weekly shop from my local Asda, with them having a reasonably good bathroom section to choose from.

                Within the section i noticed that there were a few "smartprice" products to choose from, with this being Asda's budget range, which vary from absolutely rubbish, to really rather good (obviously i was hoping the later statement in regards to this product!).

                The toilet brush is rather non descript when you first see it, though this is good to me, as i do want people to use it if required, but i wanted something that would melt away and not be on display when in the toilet room, so the fact that this is a bog standard white colour was really rather perfect!

                Within the set you get a really good and substantial brush, with heavy duty bristles and a solid feeling handle (always a must we used to have one with a screw on head, and found that it kept dropping off into the toilet bowl whilst being used!), with the brush holder being suitable for use, but a quite flexible feeling bowl, though saying that we have had a few of these (replced for hygiene reasons and not due to them being broken!), and have never had one break on us.

                Use wise this has been a good product to have, with the bristles being long enough on the brush to get to the under side of the toilet rim to clean all the nasty limescale away, with it still looking clean (after a good wash!) after a fair bit of use.

                Price wise this is available for around the 60p mark, which for a product that i can now afford to replace every couple of months is very good value, and much more hygienic than soaking in bleach!

                For more information visit - www.asda.com

                Thanks for reading x

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                06.02.2013 07:16
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                The fourth (and just as good!), book in the series.

                After the author of the book i will now review, visited my daughters school a few years ago now, my daughter and myself were introduced to the Pegasus series of books, of which this is the fourth (so far!), and is as good as the previous three.

                Emily has been on many adventures with her beloved Pegasus, she found out that she was the carrier of the flame of Olympus, and she was destined to sacrifice herself to save Olympus, she has saved the world (twice!), and is now happily ensconced in Olympus with her father, her aunt and her love interest Joel.

                She has long been aware that she was changed the day she became the phisical form of the flame, with her powers increasing daily, but she finally feels that she has them under control (though on the odd occasion she has let loose, she has destroyed entire areas!).

                With the news however that she is no longer actually human, but more a power sorce rather than a 15 year old girl, she finds herself losing her way, and at times she feels her mind, but when she discovers her link to an ancient race of beings called "xan", she finds herself travelling through space and time to find her own origins.

                Suddenly though the race of ancients in Olympus start to rapidly age and die, which for a race of immortals is frightening, even worse is the idea that this could be a weapon that could kill evenone, without anyway of stopping it.

                Is this the end of Olympus and Emily's beloved Pegasus?

                As i mentioned earlier in the review this is the fourth book in the series, and time has elapsed a few months from the last book.
                The overall feeling at the start of the book is that of completion and calm, with all of the main disasters and world ending catastrophe's behind the peaceful race, Emily can start to rebuild her life and look forward to a future with her loved one's all around her and safe, so when she finds out that she is no longer even human a journey to an ancient world is required which (once again!) opens up a whole new adventure, though this is one where the unbelievable happens....the immortals start to die.
                This in itself gives the book a slightly more grown up feeling, dealing with issues that youngsters may not be familiar with, though is done in such a gentle way is ideal for a child to read.

                The book, out of the entire series, has the most information on ancient Greece, with this book containing not only all the well known characters and legends (Apollo, cupid etc....), but also the Titans, which I have to say I have actually heard off (god bless Jason and the argonauts!), but had no real knowledge or understanding or who or what they were, this gave a really good general overview without the information overload, making this not only a very exciting adventure childrens book, but also a mythology lesson to boot!

                As you may have gathered I have really enjoyed this series of books, and was even pleased to find that it feels like it has been left open at the end for maybe another book to come (please!!!).
                The characters have evolved with the book, and I was even pleased to find a bit of a romance story starting between Emily and Joel (both from the human world), making them feel a much more realistic and rounded character to read about.

                The story is informative and fun, and both myself and my 11 year old daughter have thoroughly enjoyed the series (so far!), recommended!

                Price wise this is available from www.asda.com for around the £4.00 mark.

                For more information on the series and the author visit - www.kateohearn.com

                Thanks for reading x

                ISBN 978-1-444-91094-0

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                  02.02.2013 16:59
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                  The conclusion.

                  WARNING! THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOK CATCHING FIRE.

                  After being so impressed with the two previous books i decided to just plough on and get to the conclusion, which to be fair by the end of the second book i really wouldn't have been able to second guess!

                  After surving two hunger games (though only just!) Katniss finds herself the face of the rebellion against the Capitol, a postion she wouldn't have even considered if it wasn't for the facts that A, they now had Peeta, and were doing god only knows what to him, and B, they had bombed Katniss home town (though thankfully had failed in killing her firends and family, but had killed hundreds of others).

                  Initially Katniss is led to believe that she is integral to the revolution, but soon finds that she, like so many others are simply chess pieces, being moved to try and checkmate the opponents, though she does have a few tricks of her own up her sleeve.

                  Once stalemeate is established there is one last hairbrained mission, that feels really familiar, a final unofficial hunger games with the prize no longer her life, but Peeta's.........

                  This book out of the three felt a little stale at times, with there being a little re-hashing of the two previous books in certain scene's, though did love how they kept the two main charcters apart (Katniss and Peeta) creating a real, "will they, won't they" feeling to there on/off, real/unreal romance (the book would explain this a little better, but they had a fake romance in the first book, that turns into something more).

                  I enjoyed the final mission which takes all the main charcters into the Capitol itself, and found that some of the "traps" that had been laid by the hunger games gamemakers really original, although a couple were completely unrealistic, and i found myself finding these moments comical rather than frightening.

                  There are real gasp out loud moments, particularly in the last half of the book, where many of the main characters are killed off or change sides leaving you with a real feeling of uncertainty as to who will win the final fight, and whether Katniss and Peeta will ever find their way back to each other, or even if they want to.

                  All in all this was a good read, and i loved the very realistic ending, which was perfect and fitting in with how gritty and lifelike the story has been in general, though i didn't feel this was the better of the three books.

                  The book is actually written and aimed at children, with my daughter falling into the age bracket (11 onwards), but have said to her that she is probably going to find the book a bit too gritty, so would reccomend this book for teenager onwards, though there is no swearing or sexual content, there are a fair few imaginative deaths, and most of them involve children.

                  I am glad i read this book, it was the conclusion that i was hoping for, though wasn't expecting, with this book keeping me guessing right until the last page, reccomended!

                  Price wise this was purchased as part of a set from "the book people", which i managed to get for £5.00 for all three books.

                  Thanks for reading x

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                  28.01.2013 07:18
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                  A really good fryer/cooking unit.

                  After my deep fat fryer finally died, i managed about two months before realising i needed a replacement....quickly!

                  After a peruse at my local electricals store i was pleased to find that the holy grail of fryers (in my opinion anyway!) was at that time being sold for half price (£90.00), with even an extended warranty being sold half price, which i promptly purchased!

                  My Mum in law had had an Actifry for a good year before i could afford one, and raved about hers constantly, not only due to how delicious the chips were that she made in it, but also the fact it could be used to make whole meals, one pot style with hardly any fat needing to be added.

                  I initially tried chips when i had mine, which, whilst i enjoyed the chips, my son really didn't, so took him a little longer to start eating them (which he did eventually!).

                  The set itself was a lot bigger and heavier than i was expecting, taking up a good portion of my limited counter space in my kitchen, and it was too heavy and too tall to fit comfortably into a cupboard, so if this was to go the same way as many of my other "must have" items, i would struggle finding somewhere to store it!

                  In the unit itself there is a detachable pan with a handle, this is where all the food is cooked, and is coated in a non-slip covering, so care has to be taken when removing food from the pan and also when washing it up.

                  In the centre of the pan is a hole where a detachable arm is fixed into, this constantly rotates around, keeping the food moving which i feel is one of the reasons it takes so little time for the food to be cooked through.

                  This again needs careful cleaning, as there are a few nooks and crannies that can accumulate fat into, and does!

                  The unit is really easy to use, with there being a multitude of food that can be cooked, fresh and frozen, with chips being the first thing i cooked, the instruction booklet explains the best way to wash, dry and cut the chips up, and gives you optimum cooking times (which can be timed using the timer on the top of the unit), though have since found cooks just as effectively without the rinsing of the startch off, and the timing, i find i can tell how close they are to be cooked by the look of them!

                  I have since gone on to cooking chicken pieces (though if you like crispy skin this is not the best way as the arm seems to strip the skin off), bacon, ham, pepperoni etc... and have found that they all cook much quicker, and without me having to stand over them turning them in the pan by hand!

                  I find that frozen chips, sausages, onion rings, potato letters etc, cook beautifully in this unit, and though it does say you don't need to add extra fat to these as they have fat in them for oven cooking, they do taste a little nicer with a little dribble of oil before cooking!

                  There is a full list of items that you can cook in the actifry, along with a substantial recipe book, with recipes from around the world, though I do find I use this on regular basis, I do tend to use for the same sort of food, normally potato based (chips, wedges, roast potato's etc...) or for sausages, or meat portions.

                  How the unit actually works is quite simple, yet very effective. There is a small element under the far side of the lid, which blows hot air out of, so when the arm turns the food constantly, the food is getting equal amounts of the hot air cooking it quickly and thoroughly, with the recommended amount of oil to be used (quantities outlined within the instruction booklet, but usually around the 5-10ml line, measuring spoon included!), not feeling as if it would be enough, but of course is!

                  Due to the method of cooking the unit does get extremely hot, so I tend to have to get it out of children and dogs reach, with me even burning myself a few times, forgetting that it's hot air that cooks the food and just flipping the lid open, then wondering why the unit scorches my hands!

                  I have already mentioned cleaning, but it is worth mentioning that although the pan and arm are removable, and can be cleaned in hot soapy water (not sure if it is dishwashable, as I am the only dish washer in my house!), the filter under the pan should be regularly cleaned as it can get bunged up, especially with any herbs or spices you may use in your cooking.
                  And (as with deep fat fryers), no matter how hard to try, you will always get a layer of grease on the unit and fittings, I recently had to take my original unit back to the store and was mortified that I had had the arm in soak and scrubbed on and off for a weekend, and still had to take it back with a thin layer of fat on, though the assistant wasn't fazed at all!

                  Any downsides, well from the previous statement you will have gathered that this is actually my second unit in 18 months, though I feel that it was a freak thing that happened (the arm snapped off the central rotor), though due to the extended warranty I took out when I purchased the unit (£22.00 for three years, new for old, no questions asked!), I was able to have a newer unit straight away, though wasn't impressed with the manager telling me repeatedly that I was lucky he had allowed me to swop, as it was at his discretion to do so, which I thoroughly enjoyed putting him straight on!

                  This has been a really good unit, and I have actually used this on an almost daily basis, when the arm incident happened I had to go a week without it and felt lost, so this (unlike so many of my other must have items) has actually been money well spent!

                  Availability is widespread, with this being purchased from Currys, though do shop around as at full price (£199!), I would really have been hard pushed to buy at that price!

                  Thanks for reading x

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                  • Hartz Tennis Balls / Dog Accessory / 49 Readings / 47 Ratings
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                    26.01.2013 16:38
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                    A nice cheap dog toy.

                    I seem to be buying an endless supply of chew toys for my new puppy Belle, though she does seem to have stuck to chewing these rather than my fixtures and fittings!

                    Alongside the chew toys she likes her balls to be thrown for her to fetch (though she does still need to learn to let go once fetched!), with her particular favourites being these Hartz one's.....luckily as they are reasonably priced and for sale in my local Asda!

                    Advertised on Asda.com the balls are sold seperately, but i did manage to get a pack of three (ideal for us as the dog seems to have one and hide one for future use!), and these were being sold for a few pennies more than the single ones were being sold for via the website.

                    Each ball is a bog standard and sized tennis ball, with the only difference being the colours on the balls, these being a selection of different colours (ie pink and purple, blue and red etc....).

                    The balls are covered with a rough feeling felt material, which is fine until the dog decides that she no longer wants it on, with it being chewed off very easily!
                    The felt has at times also been eaten by Belle (there was one incident that i though she was ill as her poo was green....until i realised it was actually the covering from the ball!), and so far has caused no problems, though if i see she has started stripping the balls i do tend to eaither remove all the covering or throw it away.

                    The balls are nice and bouncy, adding a different element to the game, and are perfectly sized to fit in Belle's mouth (border collie), though a smaller dog would struggle with them.

                    These are a nice and reasonably hard wearing toy that Belle really enjoy's playing throw and fetch with, and for the price (84p for three in store, a little less for one online), i can afford to buy and throw away (only if i can't remove all the felt in one go!), without it breaking the bank! Reccomended!

                    For more information visit - www.asda.com

                    Thanks for reading x

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                    25.01.2013 07:16
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                    A nice chew/companion toy.

                    Along with all the "necessaties" for my newish puppy (which there seems to be a lot of!), are the many, many toys she has.

                    When we very first had her i wanted to get her a toy that she could carry with her, a friend almost, due to her having just left her brothers and sisters.

                    I found this particular toy with a selection of chew toys at Pets at home, and found that it looked so quirky and cute i felt determined to have it (convincing myself it would be the ideal toy/companion for my new puppy!).

                    It is reasonably small by comparison to other "cuddly" toys available out there, with it being only around 7" in length and with it comprising of two rubber balls (one for the head and one for the body), covered with a tan coloured cord type material, and attached with a flimsy effect yellow neck, this makes the toy very "flickable", which my puppy loves doing, she flicks about almost hitting herself in the face with it, but she seems to find it a lot of fun!

                    Finally it is topped with a quirky looking face and yellow comb on the top of it's head, which to be fair is always the first thing that gets chewed off! (This is the second one we have had since getting Belle, four months ago!).

                    Longevity is actually not that long, though did last longer the first one she had, as she treated (as i had hoped for!) like a friend, and preffered to carry it around and snuggled with it at night, so the first one got licked into submission before she started chewing it!

                    But the chewing did start, and anyone that has had a puppy will know that their teeth are like needles at that age, so made very short work of it (once it starts to fall apart it has to be disposed off as it becomes a choking threat).

                    This time she has chewed the face off and the neck away, and is currently using it as two seperate throw balls, though at any given time you can go to it and it will be wet through with slobber (gag, heave!), so thick is the material that covers it.

                    Price wise this cost me £4.00, which is quite fair compared to some of the better branded (but the same quality) toys available, though i do try to buy other cheaper toys for her to chew on too, trying to encourage a bit of longevity with everything she has (though she does have her favourites and these are the first to be thrown!).

                    This is a nice toy, that isn't the hardest wearing chew wise, but also doubles as a companion for Belle, recommended!

                    For more information visit - www.petsathome.com

                    Thanks for reading x

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                      24.01.2013 07:01
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                      A set of usuable nail clippers.

                      After having my puppy for a little while, i now feel a little more confident with her, which is why (after taking advice from my brother in law about it!), i decided to attempt to clip her claws myself, rather than the vets.

                      When we first had her i was advised to get her dew claw removed, which is a claw that sits futher up her leg, away from the paw area, but was told that this was a practise used only for actual working dogs, and just to let it wear down naturally when she started going out for walks.

                      The problem was that as she started wearing down her claws the dew claw wasn't doing anything, and as she is a rather excitable and jumpy puppy, we all now look like we have been hand feeding Freddie Krueger!

                      After a quick peruse at Pets at home, i found some clippers that looked easy enough to use, and one's i felt confident in brandishing!

                      To me these clippers looked like pruning shears, with the blades having a slight curved to them, and being really heavy duty.
                      The handles themselves are nice and thick, with a slightly textured and rubberised feel to them, making them non slip and comfortable to hold.

                      I was surprised that Belle actually sat as good as gold whilst having her nails trimmed, though i didn't find them that easy to use!

                      The packaging that the clippers came in didn't actually have any directions for use, which shouldn't really have made any difference to me right?, wrong as these clippers had the cutting blades, and also a seperate blade that didn't seem to do anything, but kept getting in the way!

                      I think the idea of the extra blade is to protect the dogs claw from being trimmed too short, but how this was supposed to work is still a mystery to me!

                      The price of these is actually a bit more than i was expecting to spend too, being around the £15.00 mark, and though a little confusing initially, by no means unusable (especially at that price!).

                      For more information visit - www.petsathome.com

                      These are an ok set of clippers, though am unsure whether i would or wouldn't recomend.

                      Thanks for reading x

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                        A nice idea.

                        I am over the moon to be the proud "Mum" of an 5 month old border collie pup called Belle, she has literally been here weeks, but has completely turned my house upside down, and worked her way into all of our hearts....surprisingly too, as i have never owned a dog before, and feel like i did with my eldest daughter!

                        As with my first child i have found that i may have gone slightly over the top with the puppy products available to buy, though after purchasing this as a spur of the moment thing, i have found this particular product invaluable!

                        As i have said i have no prior knowledge on puppies and training them, so have had to take advice and follow my gut, again very much like when i had my children!

                        There are many different products available for toilet training your pooches, but as we haven't yet innoculated Belle (later in the week I wrote this review anyway!), we can't risk letting her out incase she picks up any nasty germs, so knew i needed some way of training her, and hopefully finding a way of not letting her pee and poo over every surface in my house!

                        I had seen these training pads before, but have to be honest didn't look close enough to realise they are very much like bed wetting sheets for toddlers, i glanced, registered and was convinced they were nappies for puppies!

                        After realising what they were and that actually they must be quite well used as there were at least four different brands available, with the Pets at home version being the cheapest one's.

                        For a pack of 14 pads i paid £6.29, with the price coming gradually down the more you bulk buy, i started with a 14 pad pack as i honestly didn't think i would need many more than that, but have found that in the first day we used six pads! Though i am hoping this amount will go down as she is allowed out!

                        Each pad is 55cm by 57cm, and is a white quilted top, backed with a plastic sheet, and looks very much like a much thinner version of the inside of a nappy.

                        The product states that on the pad is a scent that not only attracts the puppy to it, but also a scent that does encourage them to relieve themselves on it.....with varying degrees of success!

                        For the first day Belle literally just relieved herself were she stood, which to be fair we had expected as she had only just left her Mum, and was in a new and scary place.
                        The second day however she seemed to know instinctively were she had to go, with the only accidents she had was when she held her bum over a corner bit and missed the pad (though she had her main body on the pad itself, so as far as she was concerned to she was on target!).

                        Once urinated on the moisture is locked away within the pad, with the pad being ok to use again without replacing, in fact once she had used it she was much more likely to re-use it again as she had her scent on it, though of course once she had pooed the pad has to be rolled up and thrown away.

                        At the moment though I find her using them is very hit and miss (excuse the pun!), depending on her mood entirely, though as she has now had her first injection (second one to come soon!), she will be allowed outside and her toilet training can be taken outside (again with the help of the pads).

                        These are quite a good idea, and do help with toilet habits when (like me!) you have to go to work and leave the puppy on their own for a while, though of course it's entirely up to them if they use it!

                        For more information visit - www.petsathome.co.uk

                        Thanks for reading x

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                        A fantastic and dog friendly product.

                        As someone who has never had a dog before one of my concerns (aside from the chewing aspect!) was the smell, my mum in law had a dog a few years ago and her house always smelt doggy, a thing i really didn't want!

                        As my house is mostly laminate floors, i knew a good mop through with a dog friendly detergent would sort that aspect of the odour out (zoflora mixed in the right quantities is a good dog friendly product), with the dog herself being the only smell i would have!

                        After a quick peruse in my local Pets at home store, i found that there was quite a good selection of products for such a problem, ranging from shampoo's (wet and dry), wipes through to the spray i will now review for you.

                        The bottle itself is only a small one holding a mere 125ml of deoderising spray, with a shelf life of 12 months.

                        The idea of the product is that it can be sprayed directly onto your dogs fur 9dry or wet), then brushed through.

                        The spray itself contains aloe vera, this not only helps the dogs coat stay shiny and odour free, but also moisturises the dogs skin too, a double whammy then!

                        The spray works by binding the fungal agent that causes the scent, removing the scent from the fur and leaving behind a very pleasant scent, not overly powerful but nice and fresh smelling.

                        The products main ingrediant is Byotrol, which is a tested and recommneded agent that is alcohol free, environmentally safe and non-toxic.

                        For the product to work effectively it has to be used daily until the bad odour has gone, then when the dog gets wet.

                        You simply spray onto the dogs fur, avoiding the eye and mouth areas, then brush through, to be honest you only need a nice light covering, so once brushed through the fur doesn't take long at all to dry completely, though even if she did have a quick lick it wouldn't have any effect on her.

                        I have only had to use this a few times (mostly through the really wet period we had just before Christmas), and found it really effective, leaving Belle much nicer to be around!

                        Price wise this cost me around the £1.30 mark, and so far has only had around 1/4 of the bottle used.

                        For more information visit - www.petsathome.co.uk

                        Thanks for reading x

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                        A nice dog brush.

                        You may (or not depending on if you have read previous reviews of mine!) know that we have in the last three months aquired a new member of the family, in the form of a border collie pup called Belle.

                        Having got through the first month, of which i did find a little trying at times (it is very much like having a baby in the house again!), i feel a bit more confident in what i am doing and feel a little more incontrol, with our now toddler aged puppy!

                        Belle has now gone from being a tiny fluffy and completely adorable puppy, to a much larger but still gorgeous puppy, albeit looking a bit more scruffy, this is due to her being a long haired dog, with her adult fur now finally coming through.

                        I did purchase a puppy brush for her when we first had her, but have found that it doesn't seem to make a difference to her much thicker fur now, so went in search of a grooming brush that would tame her wild looking fur, but still be gentle enough on her still very sensitive puppy skin.

                        After a quick peruse in my local Pets at home store, i found that there was an intermidiate brush between the puppy brushes and the much harsher adult dog conbs (which look very much like metal nit combs!), with these being a slightly softer bristled brush, but substantial enough to remove loose fur.

                        The brush comes in three different sizes, suited to whatever sized dog you have, with me going for the medium sized brush for Belle.

                        The handle and head is made from a very tactile soft rubber, complete with a textured grip handle.

                        The bristle themselves are quick thin and reasonable well spaced apart, with each bristle ending in a small ball, this i assume is to make it much gentler on the dogs flesh, but still being effective enough to actually get through the fur, a feat that the much softer bristled puppy brush struggled to do.

                        Belle has not long got used to her puppy brush, so i did think she would be a little wary with the new one, but found she knew exactly what it was and what it's removal from her food cupboard meant, with her dropping to the floor and rolling onto her back immediately!

                        The brush was easy to use and was very well recieved by Belle, with it not only managing to tame her wild and unruly fur coat, but left it nice and shiny looking, with it removing the excess loose fur, which was easy enough to then remove from the brush and throw away.

                        Pricewise this cost me around the £5.00 mark, with the smaller and the larger brushes cost a little less and a little more depending on size.

                        I think this is a nice brush that Belle enjoys having used on her, and is helping her transformation from puppy to her adult fluffy form, recommended!

                        For more information visit - www.petsathome.co.uk

                        Thanks for reading x

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