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      12.03.2012 09:54
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      A durable and funstional bread bin/

      When I moved house I decided to update my kitchenware. I chose this bread bin as it blends in with the black surface top and beech units. I went for the blackcolour as I thought it would be an easy thing to find matching items for and I was right!

      The bread bin itself does hold a lot of bread. I even double it as a biscuit tin as surface space is tight in my kitchen. Not only does the bread bin hold a lot of bread but it keeps it fresh for days. This is important for me as we are not big bread eaters in our house and it means that I don't have to split the loaf and freeze it.

      It is easy to clean out the bread bin inside and crumbs don't seem to get stuck in thoses pesky corners like some bread bins can. There are no scatches on it and with two youngsters in the house it is proving to be very durable. However I am finding that the downside is that it now has small spots on the outside and I do not feel that I have had my true value from it. But to give it the benefit of the doubt I also can't find anywhere the shelf life of a bread bin!

      I paid £14.99 for mine from ebay and would say that overall I am pleased with how functional it is.

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      10.03.2012 20:39

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      An unusal read, off the beaten track but just what will Mma Ramotswe get up to?

      Having spent some years living and working in Botswana I just had to read this book. I used to live in the area it was set so I actually know the places and can really get into the setting. The setting is typical of the area and I actually think the tv series did not do it full justice. After buying the first book I have gone on to read the series. However, I am not sure if you have never been there that you get the full impact of the book, even the pronunciation of some of the words/places!

      It is slow to get into but is one of those books that if you stick at gets better and being a short and therefore relatively thin book I could slip it in my handbag to read whilst the girls were at there various clubs.

      The main character is Mma Ramotswe who decides to set up a detective agency. This is a very difficult to do anywhere in the world nevermind Botswana! The book follows her through both her personal life and the cases she takes on. The character is quite head strong and if you imagine people rarely shout in Botswana and read it in a calm tone then you can really get inside the characters head. Mma Ramotswe takes on some cases, I won't go into detail as I think this would spoil the read

      The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency fiction but set in real Botswana and is written by Alexander McCall Smith. It is available in the usual places like Whsmiths. I got mine when it was on offer for £2.99 and thught it was well worth it.

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      10.03.2012 20:12
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      A great family of four size slow cooker that means you can get on with your life!

      I am a busy single mum with two young girls who seem to go to endless clubs and I have been growing increasingly worried about the junk quick food I have been feeding them. Having heard people rave about slow cookers I finally decided to get one and now wonder how i ever managed without it.

      I have never used a slow cooker in my life before and was quite worried it would boil dry and set on fire so did try it out one weekend but now I don't see what I was fussing about. On the mornings that I need it I brown the meat whilst making packed lunches. Then I lterally throw in the rest of the ingredients. I use frozen veg as like I said I don't have the time at the moment to cook from scratch. Although it has three heat settings I tend to put it on low so it can cook whilst we are out. It is great to come in and know that I can just serve it up.

      I looked at the smaller slow cookers but they looked like you could not fit much in especially if you were cooking both meat and veg. This size means that I can fill it to the brim or just part way.

      The instruction manual does have a few recipes to get you started but there are plenty of ideas on the internet or you can even buy recipe books.

      There is plenty of room and it would easily feed a family of four. The pot just lifts out and you could dish up or take this to the dining table. It is therefore easy to keep clean. The only downside is that the side does get warm so I do keep it pushed back away from little fingers!

      The colours of silver and black actually match my kitchen so it was an added bonus to me.

      I got mine from Argos on offer of £19.99 and have already had my moneys worth and piece of mind that quick junk food is now a treat not a regular thing.

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      18.02.2012 15:27
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      A fairy tale for every dancing diva!

      I picked this book up for my daughter who loves the Daisy Meadow collection and is a keen street dancer. I actually caught her reading it to her five year old sister and then both going off to make their own rountine and story. It brought tears to my eyes but also explains why I feel I really need to recommend this book as it not only encouraged reading for pleasure but also got them into imagination roles.

      As mentioned the story is one from the huge range of Daisy Meadow books. This one is number 51 and you can either buy as part as a set or just as a single book. Buying as a set is better value for money. The set is aimed at age 6-9 year olds and can be read either independently or read to a parent/carer. Although there is a huge range of books you don't need to have read the earlier ones to understand what is going on. I would start with your girls name and once they've read one I'm sure they will want more!

      The story itself is about an outing to the disco. During the story the girls have to help Jade the disco fairy get her magical ribbon back from a goblin. They need to get it back or the disco will be ruined. Will they manage it in time?

      ISBN: 9781846164910
      It normally retails about £3.79 from most good retailers like WHSmith and you can buy online from Amazon.

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      21.01.2012 18:29

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      A lovely girly magical fairy story.

      These books were on my daughter's list for Christmas and to be honest I wondered what all the fuss is about. Since she has now asked me to let her read some before bed it means that arguments over just five more minutes when it is bedtime have gone as she wants to read it. We have now finshed this book and I must admit that it is just as good as the others we have read. We did some out of sinc due to wanting to read her name first! Saying that though you do not have to read them in order as they are each stories in their own right.

      My daughter is currently eight so can read this to me or vice versa and even by herself. I would say it is suitable for age 6-9 year olds. The teachers are also commenting on how well her reading is coming along.

      This story is set on Rainspell Island where two girls find a fairy [Amber] trapped in a shell. The girls then help to reunite her with her sister. But will they succeed...

      In my opinion it is another great Rainbow Magic book set in daisy meadows. They are better value if you buy in sets as in some place you will pay upto £3.99.

      We got ours from WHSmiths but I know you can buy them on Amazon and from Waterstones too.

      ISBN 1843620170

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      15.01.2012 11:06
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      Lovely stories about fairies that encourage reading. Spread some fairy magic...

      This book is one from a series of books about fairies with girls names. My daughter found one with her name and loved it for so much that she asked for some more. This I feel is a good selling point to get girls introduced to the set.

      The books themselves can be bought singularly or as sets. Obviously the sets are better value. I feel that the price for single ones are the only negative thing about them.

      The books are fabulous at getting girls aged 6-9 to enjoy reading and as they get hooked on the stories they want to see it though to the end. I am glad they have been put in the reading scheme at school. They are good for helping with phonetics as the words are within their level. There are the odd tricky words which is good to me as then it improves vocabulary as we tend to discuss them.

      This book is about how Rachel and Kirsty meet Ruby the Red Fairy and follow them through their adventures in the human world. They then have to make sure party bags don't get into the goblins hands to make sure birthday parties still are hit with the people who attend. The story does keep my daughter in suspense throughout.

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      • Rio (DVD) / DVD / 12 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        02.01.2012 16:51

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        Rio lives upto its clips and is a good film to watch as a family. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

        I bought two dvds to watch on Chritsmas Eve to watch whilst waiting for Santa, this was fabulous.
        It was advertised for all the family and served its purpose. To be honest it was far better than I expected. The animation in the film was the same quality of the Ice Age fims and the storyline about Blu did have me chuckling at times even if the storyline did seem a little far fetched. I am not quit sure if someone turned up at my shop that I would take them on face value without really researching their creditials but at the end of the day it is just a film!
        The dvd has now come down in price from when I bought it but I think it is well worth the money as it has been played numerous times in the holidays since.
        I think you will be pleasantly surprised by it!

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      • Technika LCD22-208 / LCD TV / 13 Readings / 11 Ratings
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        11.09.2011 10:04

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        Superb small tv that looks stylish.

        I was sceptical about this tv as I have had technika products in the past and not only did they look cheap but they broke quickly. This tv was on offer for sub £100 which did worry me and it was bought as a put me on until I could afford to buy a bigger and better tv. It is so good it now acts as our tv. The screen isperfect for a smaller room. It is 'blooming great!'
        It can be wall mounted but I use it on the tv unit and it looks great there too.
        It does not look 'plasticy' and the picture quality is good. The sound quality is great for the size of the tv and it will go up loud enough for you to tell the kids off! I like having freeview already installed as it saves having to find a place for freeview box. The dvd players keeps my kids happy as they enjoy watching them and this is easy to operate.
        The remote and set up is very easy and I say this as I am not technically minded. The kids have grasped how to use it very quickly too.
        The tv has totally altered my opinion of this brand and i will check out there other products in the hope that time has made them better.
        Although it might not be a sony it does the job and i am happy with it and think that you will too.

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      • Samsung ES28 / Digital Camera / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        07.09.2011 21:26

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        Ideal for casual use/ first camera

        I bought this camera for my daughter as my samsung camera is great and have always liked the brand. It does come in different colours which is good and you can get it for a good price. It seems quite durable which I feel is important as she does not always take care of things yet.
        However, I was not impressed with this model as it seems to struggle timewise when you need to use the flash as it seems to have to warm up like the old 35mm. It does work but just quite slow when you take more than one photo at a time to charge the flash.
        The actual photos themselves are clear and the screen size is ideal for you to see what you are taking a photo of and view back.
        The camera itself is very easy to use.
        I would recommend it for casual use and someone getting to grips with a digital camera.

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      • Daewoo Kalos / Car / 8 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        14.04.2011 11:30

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        It is loved so much that i consider it part of th e family!

        I really like my kalos. I have had it for a few years and has sailed through service and MOT every time. It is a lovely car for a run around and although it does not have a huge boot space, it can fit ample in for our 3 person family for 3/4 day breaks. I like the fact that it has air con as it has proved brilliant on those few hot summer days that we have had. What amazed me was it was bumped by a transit van and the transit came off the worse! It seems to be really good on petrol, not including wear and tear I go door to door to work cheaper than by bus! I would seriously consider buying another model if I ever get rid of this one.
        The only down side is the road tax seems high for such a small car.

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