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      16.03.2014 23:44
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      A lovely cheap lunchbag that stands out from the crowd

      I change my lunchbag for school fairly regularly as firstly it gets pretty tattered but secondly I find it simply gets quite grubby despite cleaning it out every day when I get home from work. So, I was determined to purchase something cheap so it didn't matter if it only lasted a little while. At the same I was looking for a little bag I could put in little bits and pieces of snacks etc for my daughter when we are out and about, something that she would carry with her and could hold. It was on amazon that I noticed they sold these really cute charlotte bags of various designs retailing at £2 but with postage on top. So, having some money on an amazon voucher I bought two, one a pink polka dot for my daughter and this Japanese Suki design for myself.

      Given the price, I wasn't expecting terrific quality and I didn't mind because it wasn't something I was probably going to be keeping for a long time anyhow, and when the two products arrived, they were quite thin and paper like but at the same time were a good size for a lunchbag and each one had a lovely little carry handle. These bags are made from recycled plastic bottles and I love supporting environmentally friendly products so the sides of the bag are like a waterproof plastic/paper quality, but they are wipeable which is great. There is a little zip that goes around the top to keep all the contents in place. It would be a good idea to have a good look at the measurements of the bag before you buy - L 23cm x width 12cm x height 20cm otherwise you might get a bit of a surprise.

      Now, although I opted for the Japanese Suki design, I only picked it because I thought I thought it looked girly, but a bit too old for my daughter, but not too young for me! Its not that I am into japanese style fashion so I don't know much about it, but I think it looks cute, and the little figures make it colourful.

      I have had this bag now for at least a month as has my daughter and I have been very very happy with it. It is the perfect size for my lunch to work, and even if something spills it is easily wipeable, well so far anyhow! I am really pleased with the design and it has been admired by many of my work colleagues. The handles are the perfect size for a lunchbag carrier. I like the fact that it is made from recycled materials and even when this bag serves its time I would be very tempted to get one exactly the same again! A great little lunchbag!

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        15.03.2014 23:54
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        A great first scooter

        A friend of mine who has a daughter exactly a year older than my daughter often compare notes about their very similar personalities and interests. Before Christmas we were discussing the mutual love of the outdoors that both our daughters share, and she told me about her daughter's scooter which she adored. and had got when she was two. I had previously never had thought a two year old would be coordinated or balanced enough to be able to work a scooter but she assured me her daughter loved it and got the hang of it very quickly. She recommended this OzBozz first scooter which is suitable for children from 2 upwards as it can be changed from four wheels to three wheels to two wheels as they grow so it should be useful for a considerable time. My parents were looking for ideas for my daughter for Christmas and I suggested this OzBozz first scooter which I had found on amazon, but have since seen in Argos. I did ask my Mum not to get it in pink as I wanted it to be used again if we ever had another child in the future and it turned out to be a boy, so my parents bought the one shown at the top of the screen in blue and green. It can be purchased in several other colours but this can also affect the price as well.

        My husband spent Christmas night putting it together for my daughter so she could use it the next day. He didn't seem to have much trouble following the instructions to put it together. I loved the fact that it can be folded down easily to be carried and transported in the car when not in use. A small little green ball is pulled out and the scooter can be folded down and it locks it so it won't fold down on the child or open up when closed, so it is pretty secure. You can also adjust the front bar of the scooter as she grows to suit her height, though obviously we haven't had to do so yet. Likewise she started and is continuing with four wheels, which is definitely was she needs for balance certainly at the moment.

        We took my daughter out on her scooter on Boxing Day for the first time and even after half an hour we could see her starting to show some signs of what to do, although she gave up easily and I think it seemed like a lot of hard work with little reward initially. However most dry days we tried to give our daughter a chance to practice, she even practiced in the garage in the winter whilst my husband was working in it, just practicing turning etc. and it didn't seem to take long before she really did get the hang of it and start to ride it like older boys and girls, and became muc h more confident. It was also nice to see that she started to enjoy it as she realised she could adjust her speed and liked to go up and down the small gradients of the hills into the driveways where we live. It is now the case that the first toy that my daughter asks for when we are outside if her scooter.

        All in all, this was a brilliant buy. It is perfect for a two year old as a first scooter, as they can balance easily with the four wheels, and also there are good grips on the hand bars, but it has the potential to be used for a number of years because you can adjust both the height and the number of wheels. SHe has great fun with her scooter and it is a big favourite but also it offers her good exercise particularly as she learns to build up speed with it. A great buy!

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        15.03.2014 00:25
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        A lovely set of animals

        My daughter has a collection of both Happyland and Fisher Price LIttle People which she is slowly outgrowing, however she still occasionally asks for either or both of these sets to be brought out. Recently, she wanted both out and was playing with her Fisher Price LIttle People farm but incorporating many of these ELC Happyland Farm animals, which I realised I had never reviewed and had been given to her for her second Christmas by someone. The set that my daughter has includes 5 farm animals and currently retails on the ELC website at £8, which is pretty expensive in my view, and it is worth waiting for a 20% deal in the ELC before purchasing, making it a much more realistic price.

        This set of farm animals includes what you would expect - a cow, horse, chicken, sheep and a pig, all familiar to most children even from an early age as they learn to recognise each one and learn the sound that each one makes. Certainly my daughter enjoyed doing this with the animals when she started talking. This range is suitable for children from 18 months which I think is a fair enough recommendation as my daughter would have been 16 months when she got them and she was able to use them straight away without any major safety concerns as they are too big to really be able to put in the mouth, though they still got an attempted chew frequently when she first got them. Obviously it would be sensible not to leave a young child alone with these but I never noticed any problem or obvious danger.

        These little animals are chunky so are perfect for little hands to grasp and manipulate. They are well made and bright and colourful and so should appeal to young children. They certainly appealed to my daughter and still do to a degree. She played a lot with these animals using them to make the relevant noises and like she was doing recently will use them with other playsets as well. Now that she is two and a half, I think these chunky animals are almost too basic for her and she is moving on quickly so she has got good use out of these toys make them decent value for money, especially if you get them on offer.

        If you are looking for toys to encourage talking as well as role play then I would certainly look at this paricular set of animals.

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        14.03.2014 01:05
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        A poor cereal

        I have being doing a lot of my weekly shop in Sainsbury's as I was sent some vouchers by them to use over a couple of weeks. This week when I did my shop I needed some cereal, as my husband I very often have a small bowl of cereal as a 'supper' in the evening and since I regularly buy the Tesco version of Fruit and Fibre which my husband and I both love, I thought I would try the Sainsbury's version. A couple of spoonfuls made me regret my decision to purchase this and after having two small bowlfuls over a couple of nights, I didn't want any more. My husband, the human 'bin' has been left to finish the rest, but even he agree it wasn't good.

        I paid around £1.50 for this box, the smaller of the two sized boxes I saw on the shelf thank goodness. As you would expect this cereal is high in fibre but also fortified with vitamins and iron. Looking at the picture on the front of the box, you would expect that you would be getting plenty of banana chips, and big plump raisins. Not so, in the couple of bowls that I had, I never got one banana chip and a handful of small puny raisins. It didn't really feel like the word 'fruit' should be in the title of the cereal. This is the complete opposite of the Tesco version which is full of 'fruit' and in fact the banana chips are huge as are the bits of coconut and raisins. It really makes it seem like the Kellogg's version of 'fruit and fibre'.

        I realise this is a wholegrain cereal but I find the actual flakes themselves to taste quite gritty and bland, totally different from the Tesco version I adore. I really found it hard to eat these flakes, and didn't want to go down the road of adding sugar either, so at times it felt that I was chewing cardboard. Plenty of times I have had the Tesco fruit and fibre for supper and ended up having a little more, as it is just delicious. In my view, there is nothing to entice to me to purchase this cereal again and I will be avoiding at all costs next tim.

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          12.03.2014 22:46
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          A great waterproof suit - just check the sizing!

          My daughter would live outside if I let her, which is a good thing and since her Dad is very outdoorsy he has her outside in the garden with him whenever he can, digging, planting, sowing, and generally maintaining the vegetable patch. My daughter was given a waterproof all in one suit from Trespass when she was a year old and we have bought one for her ever since when she has outgrown her previous suit. The last suit that she had before her current one, was this one from Regatta, another all in one puddle suit, which retails on the likes of amazon for around £13, though size can affect the price.

          Unless it is a very warm summer day, my daughter almost always has a waterproof puddle suit on when she out in the garden. The regatta suit (which is very like the Trespass one in my opinion) comes in a variety of colours, but we had selected the red at the time because we thought it would do another child in the future, boy or girl. These suits are easy to get one, as there is a zip down the front of the suit finishing at one foot. Children can simply slip the other foot into the other foot hole. There is elastic at both the feet holes and the wrists which is great as it stops the water from getting onto the clothes she is wearing underneath - although that said, she has always worn welly socks over the bottom of the suit and her welly boots, so there isn't a lot of chance for water to get in. I like the fact that there was also a hood attached to the suit, as it protected from the rain, but was also great on a windy day, although I found the hood to small to put over my daughter's head if she had a hat on. These suits are meant to be breathable as well, which is perfect for Springtime, when it isn't a scorcher but at the same time, a child could get warm in it. These suits also come with a reflector trim which I suppose is useful in the darker duskier evenings, but to me it isn't an essential.

          A word of warning, I would say that I found these suits to be a little smaller than the Trespass suits, and my daughter moved on to the 2-3 Trespass suit which her grandparents bought for her, earlier than I had expected, so she probably didn't get as long out of this suit as I would have hoped, so if I go to purchase another of these suits in the future, which I would happily do, I would definitely go for the next size up. Otherwise, this is great for children who love jumping in puddles, getting dirty and messy and generally being outside.

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        • Panadol Ultra / Pain Relief / 41 Readings / 41 Ratings
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          12.03.2014 00:06
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          A great short term pain respite

          Not long ago I was suffering with terrible toothache, not something (touch wood!) that I have ever been bothered with too much before, but unfortunately nothing was helping with the continual ache that throbbed during the day. I tried the usual - paracetamol and even ibuprofen, but neither were getting rid of the pain entirely, so I could still feel it throughout the day, making it very difficult to concentrate on work or whatever else I was doing. Making a phone call to the dentist to arrange an appointment, it was suggested that I try Panadol Ultra over the few days before the first appointment that I could attend. I dutifully went out to my local chemist to get a pack. These aren't cheap, and given I usually pay for supermarket own brand paracetamol I got a bit of a shock when I saw a pack of 20 of these tablets for around £3.50 but I was willing to give anything a go just to get some respite from the continual ache.

          Panadol Ultra is a mix of two main ingredients - paracetamol and codeine. It is the codeine however that offers the extra pain relief ( something I remember taking when I broke my collar bone years ago). That said, it is very clear from the packaging and leaflet with this product that its usage should be with great care. It is to be used on the short term - for a maximum of 3 days otherwise it can start to cause addiction leading to withdrawal symptoms. Again, I remember this from the time of my broken bone, when my parents ensured I only took it for a very very short time so there was addiction formed. These tablets can be used for dealing with the pain of headaches, sore throats, backache, toothache, period pain and even migraine. This would have been useful for me years ago when I used to suffer terribly with period pain and paracetamol did very very little to ease my suffering (the pill worked for this!)

          These tablets do not have to be taken with food and I took one straight away when I got home after buying them simply with a drink, though I was careful never to take them in the morning until I had something in my stomach, in case it caused an upset tummy (it never did). These tablets can be taken every four hours, which for a couple of days I needed to until I got my dental appointment and I didn't have any side effects from using these tablets, although reading the potential list can be a frightening experience.

          I'm not very good at taking tablets, and need a rather large drink to ensure I get them over my throat. These weren't any worse than any other tablet, and I didn't have any problems swallowing them.

          The great thing about these tablets and what I would have expectd given that they were recommended to me as well, was that they effectively eased and removed the pain and throbbing that neither paracetamol nor ibuprofen could do in this case. I actually found them to work quite quickly as well, so even when I felt them start to wear off a little after the four hours I could take more and quickly get the relief again. I never had to use these after 2 days as I had my dental appointment and got everything sorted thankfully, however I was very glad of the relief these tablets offered me whilst I waited for my appointment.

          All in all, these are great to have in the cupboard for those times when the pain is getting unbearable and nothing else is working, thought it is vital to follow the directions issued so there can be no addictions formed. Highly effective for short term relief -then the underlying problem really needs to be addressed.

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            10.03.2014 22:53
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            Not for me!

            Having a little money left on an amazon voucher and with a string of birthdays coming up, I came upon this Chocolate Digestive Button Mirror which cost me £3.49 on amazon, and had in mind to give it to my sister. My sister is a bit of chocaholic and so I thought this would be perfect as a little nik nak to finish off her birthday present. There also seems to be other options for these mirrors including a cupcake version and a chocolate chip version, but this was the most apt for her, plus I thought it was the kind of mirror that would be quite discrete in her handbag if she needed to have a quick peek at herself etc.

            When this mirror arrived, I didn't actually realise what a button mirror was. From the pictures I assumed this was a mirror than you flipped open with the chocolate digestive on the outside - not so. This kind of mirror has a mirror on one side and a picture and in this case a chocolate digestive picture on the other, so it isn't a flip mirror, which I was disappointed with, although I should have done my research better before purchasing. I much prefer the flip mirror as at least the glass is kept clean, whereas the mirror that isn't covered can get very dirty and grubby in a woman's handbag, especially someone with children as you carry all their stuff as well.

            My biggest disappointment however was with the actual chocolate digestive picture- there was just something cheap looking about it, rather than something unique and one of a kind. I realise that it only costs £3.50 but I was still expecting better quality and in the end I decided not to give it to my sister as I just didn't think it looked good enough to give as a gift and looked like something cheap and tacky. My daughter now uses it in her little pretend handbag as it fits in perfect and she can role play with it. IN fact it is probably better designed for a child because of its quality than as an actual mirror that you would give someone to use.

            All in all, I was disappointed with this product and wouldn't either purchase again or recommend it for anyone looking for a 'different' gift.

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            • ELC Egg & Spoon Race / Outdoor Toy / 36 Readings / 35 Ratings
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              09.03.2014 23:16
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              A great versatile toy

              My daughter was given a kitchen by 'Santa' this year which she plays with a fair bit (though a little less than I had expected) and she loves to pretend to cook eggs (one of her favourite foods). My mother in law happened to be in the early learning centre not long ago and picked up my daughter this egg and spoon set, which cost £6 although I think there was a 20% event at the time. She bought these for my daughter mainly because she thought my little girl would enjoy the eggs inside and could use them in her kitchen but it had the added element of being both an indoor and outdoor game.

              My daughter was absolutely over the moon when she got this toy. We have a long hallway that my daughter likes to play up and down and even kick (!) a soft ball so this was the ideal venue for having some egg and spoon races with both her daddy and me as well as the grandparents. Initially she just enjoyed opening and closing the egg and pretending to hear the egg crack. It was a while later when she understood the concept of racing with the egg and spoon so the egg doesn't drop. Although cheating is a common event since she still hasn't completely understood how to balance the egg well enough so it won't fall and sometimes there is a little frustration when her egg falls and someone else has won.

              There are four colourful spoons with four matching egg shells which can be opened to reveal the hidden egg. Although this toy is suitable for children from 3 months, with supervision there is no reason why a much younger child wouldn't enjoy opening and closing the egg, although the egg itself is fairly small.

              As well as the game, my daughter actually gets a lot of use out of these eggs for her kitchen. They get fried, scrambled and even boiled and the the spoons are used to then pretend to eat the eggs. She also likes to pretend to crack the eggs to do some baking, so it really is quite versatile.

              This is a winter or summer toy, as it can used plenty within the house in the winter months, but equally good coming into the warmer Spring and summer when we can get out to the garden and this can join her other outdoor toys as well.

              I am very impressed by the quality and versatility of this product and would highly recommend it!

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                08.03.2014 00:27
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                A good memory game with educational benefits

                One of the gifts that my daughter received at Christmas this year was this Disney Memory Game which I have seen retail at between £4 and £5. My daughter isn't really into Disney yet, as she doesn't really watch any disney related although she does like her Minnie Mouse teddy. This memory game is based a lot around Disney princesses and Disney movies, and I recognise some like the Little Mermaid, and Snow White, but there are quite a few that I have no idea who they are.

                This memory game is designed for children from age 3+ but after a couple of games, my daughter who is 2 and a half caught onto what to do and is able to play this game very well, however within this box there are 48 cards, 24 pairs, and we never play all of them at once, as she would tire too easily. When we first started the game, my husband or I used to pick out 6 pairs of cards, all with very different pictures (this is because there are a few cards with the same character albeit a different scene which I think could be confusing for a younger child) and my daughter would have been able to grasp how to play it. Now when we play this game we tend to use about 10 pairs of cards and this is enough to keep her attention and if she likes enough interest to play a second game. Obviously an older child could play with all the cards at one go, but certainly I think even a three year old might struggle to concentrate with 48 cards all out in one game.

                Since my husband nor I know all the names of the characters, to aid our daughter in the beginning, we used to talk about the hair colour of the disney character if it was a female or simply a dwarf or frog depending on what the card was. As I mentioned above, I do think it is a little on the confusing side to repeat some of the characters even though they are in different scenes especially when you are trying to teach a young child how to play the game.

                In terms of memory, this is a terrific game for all ages of children to improve their memory, albeit their short term memory. My daughter, in honest truth, has a very good memory, which i am always quite surprised at, but I still think this game is very good to continue to improve that memory.

                To be honest, although I am very happy with the game itself, and the game is quite an old concept, I recall playing a similar game when younger, I probably wouldn't have bought the disney version and simply bought a colourful picture card version instead. If you have a child who is mad keen on disney however this may be a good game to get them interested firstly in games, but also in improving their memory, which I do think it would do over time.

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                  04.03.2014 23:40
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                  Good lozenges to get rid of those sore throat twinges

                  Recently I picked up a 'bug' that both my daughter had had and my husband subsequently picked up. I had a sore throat for almost a week and a half, as well as other symptoms and for quite a few days I was having to take a paracetamol every four hours just to ease my throat. As it started to ease I tried to reduce the amount of paracetamol I was taking and took one in the morning before work and brought these Beehams Max Strength Sore Throat Relief Lozenges in case my throat would get sore during the day. Previously I always used Fisherman Friend's throat sweets however I didn't have any in the medicine cupboard, only these which my husband must have picked up at some point so they were the only thing I had.

                  Well, very often at some point during the day I felt my throat and reached for one of these lozenges rather than the paracetamol. My husband had bought these lozenges in a blackberry flavour thankfully as I find that flavour easy to take in such medicines rather than honey flavoured lozenges. These lozenges claim to offer 'effective relief from sore throat pain and infection'. They have two main ingredients both having antiseptic features which try to tackle the bacteria and infection in the throat, and one of the ingredients acts as an anaesthetic to help numb the pain. These ingredients work together to soothe and lubricate the throat to give relief.

                  As an adult you can take up to 8 lozenges in any 24 hour period. I never took any more than two in a 24 hour period, as if the throat continued to bother me I reached for the paracetamol again. There is no doubt that I got relief from my sore throat through using this product although at times the relief didn't last that long and on occasion I reached for another one an hour or so later. HOwever, when my sore throat was easing in general and I wasn't having take paracetamol every four hours, I did find that they lozenges took the sore throat twinge away quickly and gave me relief and stopped from reaching for the paracetamol which I was trying to avoid, except at bedtime to get me through the night. THe blackberry flavour made them lozenges very pleasant to suck so there was no problem taking it, and also since I find it hard to swallow paracetamol these were so easy to take.

                  IF you are suffering from a severe sore throat then I don't know that these lozenges would give you a long enough amount of relief and are not strong to really combat the pain. However, if you take them when you have a twinge of a sore throat and you don't want it getting any worse then these lozenges are brilliant and work great and giving you relief. I would purchase them again and have reconsidered Fisherman's Friends being the only lozenges I previously would get.

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                • Asda Bow Pocket Cardigan / Clothing / 30 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                  03.03.2014 23:11
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                  A lovely cardigan but a little short

                  For my little girl;s 2nd birthday last summer my mum has asked me was there anything clothing related that my my daughter needed that she could get as a little nic nak to finish off the rest of her present. At the time my daughter had outgrown a lot of her 18 -24 month cardigans and I suggested a 2-3 year old cardigan. My Mum (and Dad) added this little bow pocket cardigan in pink from Asda into the rest of her birthday present and I thought it was a lovely and girly.

                  If my Mum hadn't said and I hadn't ever looked the label, I would have said this cardigan could be from a more expensive shop, although I am perfectly happy with the quality of Asda George clothing as I have bought many items for my daughter and even myself on occasion and never had any big problems with the quality. This is a button cardigan rather than a zip up, and I think that makes it more dressy - that said, it can be worn casual or for a more dressy event. Although Asda don't seem to stock this in the pink anymore, I have seen it in navy, which isn't just as girly, but otherwise is the exact same and priced at £6 currently which I think is what my mum paid as well.

                  This is a long sleeve cardigan so I wore it a lot on my daughter during the rest of the summer and for most of the autumn and winter months. IT was a great added layer which she could take off if she could too warm, but also gave her a little bit of warmth on a cooler summer or autumn day when one layer was still enough. I washed this cardigan a lot and there was no sign of bobbling at any stage which is impressive.
                  However, I did find by the time we got to February past, although the sleeves were still okay on my daughter, the length of the cardigan was starting to look a bit on the short side and seem a bit 'pinched' and so she really only got 6 months out of a cardigan that I would expect to do her for the year given it was age 2-3. My daughter is quite tall for her age, but I think this was never the longest cardigan in the world and as she grew the cardigan just began to look too short for her and so I put it away.

                  All in all, although I really liked the look of this cardigan and my daughter seemed to like wearing it, I would hesitate to buy another one simply because she didn't get as much wear out of it as I would have hoped. It is a really cute cardigan and definitely looks lovely both as a casual cardigan with leggings or jeans and perfect with a summer dress, and for £6 I suppose I still got six months out of it, I just had hoped for longer which was a slight disappointment.

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                  02.03.2014 22:32
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                  Not one I would buy again

                  I have been going through a lot more handgel that usual recently as around my ring finger has been red and itchy from washing my hands and obviously soap getting between my rings, so I am trying to be very careful with washing my hands and sometimes I use the hand gel instead of soap when I am out to avoid my hands getting affected. Also, sometimes when I am taking my daughter to the toilet when out somewhere she can't always reach some of the sinks and rather than try to lift her as I try to wash her hands, I put this hand gel on to try to keep the germs at bay. This cuticura citrus hand gel was the last hand gel I bought as I was running out and happened to be in a discount pharmacy store which was only selling one hand gel and it was this one. It cost me less than a pound which I thought was reasonable value for a 100ml bottle, the only thing I didn't like was the fact that it was 'citrus' fragrance rather than than a neutral fragrance.

                  The gel has a yellow tint when you put it out on your skin to reflect the citrus element. On the front of this bottle, it states that this hand gel kills 99.99% of bacteria fast, and is suitable for all the family, when in public toilets, for eating out and when on the go. All times when I would be using this product.

                  When using this hand gel the scent is fairly strong and very citrusy and reminds me of using a lemon cleaner rather than the more natural lemon smell you would get on your hands when cutting or grating a real lemon. Obviously I cannot say whether this product has effectively kiled 99.99% of bacteria, as both my daughter and I have still picked up a bad cough/sore throat/cold virus at the moment but at the same time, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't kept us away from other bugs. It is the citrus scent to this product which I don't like. After using this product, I have found that on occasion my hands have been a little tingly and itchy, particularly on the those areas of my hands prone to itchiness and redness in the dry weather. I haven't noticed my daughter having any redness however because of the effect on me, I probably only used this on her hands when I had no other choice and there were no other hand washing facilities. I really felt the citrus element of this product doesn't do much for the condition of the skin on my hands and I would much prefer a neutral hand gel with no fragrance as I have never previously had any problems with these.

                  All in all, since buying this product I have bought a neutral hand gel since and have actually kept this hand gel on my desk at work to use before eating or if my hands are sticky, but I don't use it on my daughter now and I am simply using up the bottle rather than chucking it out, but I won't be buying this again.

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                  • Crackle Glass Lamp / Lighting / 41 Readings / 40 Ratings
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                    28.02.2014 23:54
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                    A lovely looking lamp that doesn't cost the earth

                    We have quite a bit of decorating to do in our new house to modernise - most of it being simply decor, so as we gradually do rooms up, we obviously need some new and matching accessories. We did bring some lamps from our previous house but in the room we have recently done up, I wanted a nice new lamp to match the new decor but I didn't want to spend a fortune. I love Dunelm and have been happy with nearly everything that I have bought from the shop before, so a while ago I visited and picked up this crackle glass lamp in a champagne colour, rather than the one shown above. THis lamp comes in a couple of different colours, including a plum colour, but it was the natural champagne colour that fitted the decor of the room best.

                    This lamp cost me £19.99 which I thought was a fair price for a pretty lamp, and it is very pretty. It has a faux silk shade and in my case this shade is a slightly deeper champagne colour than the sparkly crackled base. It is beautiful when lit and gives enough light for what I need, although probably not enough if you are trying to use this lamp alone to light a big area - two may be required for this, or this one alongside a coordinating crackle glass light fitting.

                    This lamp would be suitable for both a living room or a bedroom. I have seen lamps like this costing a lot more money that what dunelm is charging and yet I wonder who could tell the difference. There is a richness about this lamp when it is lit in particular, and can just finish off a table or room with the sparkly crackle glass element, that makes it that little bit different from a regular lamp.

                    I have had this lamp now for over a month and have been extremely pleased with it, and it is yet another product form Dunelm that has been a great price for great quality. I would happily recommend this lamp, to anyone wanting a modern, rich looking lamp to finish off a room and add a touch of sparkle!

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                      26.02.2014 00:16
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                      Good fragranced bags but nappy bags equally good!

                      Prior to being on the pill, my periods were quite heavy and over the initial few days I would have to change pads very very frequently to make life comfortable, which was why at the time I bought these Pop ins Sanitary Bags, which was a little box that contained 50 small disposable fragranced bags to put your sanitary towels, tampons or even pantyliners in and keep them smelling okay until you could dispose of them in a bin, or I have also seen these in some fancy washrooms in a bid I presume to stop sanitary products from being flushed down the toilet etc when there is no sanitary bins provided within the cubicle. I have no recollection of what I paid for these sanitary bags at the time, but I have seen them on sale for around a pound for 50. To be honest, I'm not sure I would purchase them regularly at that price, given that you can probably pick up cheap, fragrances nappy bags to do the same job for a lot less! I didn't have a child at that point so wasn't as aware of such things! I had actually forgotten about these bags until we moved house, as my periods are now much much lighter when on the pill, so don't need to change my pad as frequently and also with them not as heavily soiled they don't smell as much so I can manage to wrap them up tightly until I find the nearest bin.

                      The little box that these sanitary bags come in is small and discreet enough to fit into most reasonable size handbags or of course you could take a few out for a small purse if you were going to a special event. These work a little like a tissue box, where you simply pull one bag out at a time as you need them. There is a pleasant fragrance with these bags that does seem to work effectively at overcoming any potential smell that could develop when soiled sanitary products are not disposed of quickly. Each little bag as handles that tie so it is easily kept together and your sanitary product will not fall out until you reach the bin. I used to find this particular useful if you were travelling or were away somewhere where it simply was impractical to dispose of your sanitary product discreetly.

                      These little bags are coloured purple in an attempt to disguise the contents- I'm not really sure how effective that is, however it isn't that I have ever paraded the contents or bag around, so never gave anyone the chance to have a good look!

                      All in all, I don't tend to use these bags now, although since coming across them again, I have put a couple into my handbag. As a I said when my periods were heavier these were very useful, particularly in keeping potential smells at bay, nowadays however I don't think I would necessarily purchase these as they are a little on the costly side given what they do and how thin they are, I would be much more inclined to purchase fragranced nappy bags that in my opinion would do the same job but for a lot less!

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                      25.02.2014 00:19
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                      A lovely coin purse

                      For years I owned a little coin purse that I would always have used when we went on holiday and I didn't want to bring my proper purse. Also, I liked to keep foreign coins in this purse separate from any sterling money I would have, and I felt it was a safe and small way to carry money as I could tuck it into my daily travel bag rather than a big bulky purse. However after our house move last year, I looked and looked but could not find the little coin purse, so I can only presume it will turn up in some box in the future or it has got lost in the process of the move. Either way I really missed it when it came to our holiday last summer and bemoaned this fact to anyone who would listen!

                      Someone in my family did hear (!) and bought me this beautiful Radley In the Glade small coin purse for Christmas and I couldn't be happier as it is soooo much cuter than the plain one I had before and I'm really quite proud to produce this little coin purse if we are away and I need money in a shop. It was actually my sister who bought me this as part of her present to me but she added that she had got it on offer just before Christmas so didn't pay full price, as we do have a average price we spend on our usual gifts and at full price a little purse like this would be beyond what we would spend, especially when she had given me other things as well. As far as I know the original price for a little coin purse like this from Radley would set you back just over £20

                      This little coin purse is made of leather, which you would expect from this reputable company and the price tag, and is cream/ivory in colour, so very spring/summery. On the front there is the little recognisable Radley dog, which I love, standing next to a lovely red and white toadstool. On the back of the coin purse there is another much smaller little toadstool and the brand logo and name. As far as I can recall, I have seen this little coin purse in both red and black as well, although this would have been my favourite if I had had a choice. This little coin purse came beautifully presented in a little drawstring bag, which only adds to the richness of the product. I really love it and probably isn't something I could justify buying myself, so it is always nice to get bought a little luxury item like this.

                      As well as holding coins, there is a little keyring attached at one side of this purse so it can be attached onto something, for added security or for ease. I have to say since getting this I haven't ever attached it to anything and to be honest I don't ever plan to, as since I am only planning to use this little coin purse when we go away for a weekend or on holiday, I will have it securely in my bag, not hanging down the side. I have only had the opportunity to use this coin purse once since getting it and it held enough coins as well as a note for what I needed when we were away for a couple of days. So therefore it does exactly as it what its name suggest it should do.

                      All in all, despite being a little out of my everyday budget, it is a beatiful coin purse which I really cherish and can't wait to get good use of on our summer holiday!

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