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      16.03.2014 22:29
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      Lovely toy

      I was going to clock off for the night when saw this. I feel like I have to tell you how amazing this toy is. The doc Mcstuffins doctors bag cost £18 from Tesco and is the best toy we have got for our daughter. The actual bag is plastic and the bottom is purple with a picture of Doc on the front as in the picture. The handle is glittery pink but smooth to the touch. It is as big as a clutch bag so just light enough for little hands and not bulky at all.

      In the doctors bag there is the following:

      Stethoscope - This is lovely as it is purple and pink and has the same design as in the programme. If you press the heart it does th ewooshing sound the kids hear on the show which is lovely and my daughter pretends her toys are coming to talk to her when she presses it. It is a decent size so I can wear it and she can at 3.

      Odometer - This is the thing that looks in your ears, eyes and mouth if needs be. It has a glittery pink handle and then a purple top with glass to both sides so looks real. It is around 8cm tall so a good size and very easy to hold.

      Thermometer - This again is quite big so nice for them to use and safe. It has a glittery pink handle with pictures of four faces ranging from sad face to happy face. The top is purple then blue. My daughter loves this but insists on putting it in peoples mouths so we have to clean it often.

      Blood Pressure Cuff - This is fab and again big enough for her to put the purple fabric around my wrist to pretend. There is a pink blob on the end she can squeeze and a little counter which whizzes around as she presses it.

      Then there is a syringe which again is pink and purple but with a clear middle. A plaster which is quite small really but can fit around her wrist and most of her toys. Our box also had some stickers of which there were about ten sparkly ones which she loved.

      All of the implements fit neatly into the bag so can be tidied away nicely.

      It is a fantastic toy and most of the things can be cleaned easily, they are big enough I dont have to worry about her playing with them and because they look just like the show she loves them. It is the one toy she keeps coming back to so absolutely great!!!!

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      16.03.2014 22:11
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      Great tape

      I am not a DIY person at all but I am good at sizing things up to buy haha. This is where this value tape measure comes in. I never like to spend much money if I dont need to so 98p from B & Q sounded about right for a tape measure.

      We moved into our house and had to buy furniture for every room not to mention decorating everywhere. Every two minutes I was measuring something and this tape measure has worked every time.

      It looks just as above and you can get it in different colours if orange is not for you. We have the blue one but they are all bright colours. They are quite small which is good and the lip at the bottom right of the picture above is where you pull the tape measure from.

      The tape is yellow and clearly marked in mm, cm and inches so you can measure in what you like to work in which is good. You can pull it to 3m which I find is adequate for most of my measuring needs. The tape is quite sturdy and you can use the black button on top to slide down and hold the tape measure at the stage you need it to stay.

      If you let the tape go when you have pulled it, it will retract back to the unit. It does do this quite quick and I have hurt myself on it once so be cautious with it. There is also a belt clip onto it which I have never found useful but its there should you want it.

      All in all it is a great tape. For 98p to be honest you cannot go wrong!!! Very cheap and it has lasted us two years so far and has had a lot of use. I seriously cannot fault it at all.

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      16.03.2014 21:45
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      love it.

      I have always been a fan of Anna Sui perfumes and every single Christmas I get bought one from my Mom. This year was this Anna Sui Night of Fancy perfume and I have been very pleased with it.

      Appearance:
      The bottle I have is 50ml and looks just as above, It is a glass rectangle bottle on the bottom which is clear and purple coloured perfume inside giving it a lovely colour. The front of the bottle bears the name and the back has a beautiful pattern with flowers, trees and leaves swirling across the bottom and around the sides.

      The top of the bottle has a lovely design. The cap is pink at the bottom and then a deep purple plume which is a peacock with beautiful feathers. As a design I think it is quite striking.


      Scent:
      Scents I always find quite hard to describe as people smell things differently. Now some Anna Sui perfumes smell very sweet where this is but toned down a little. This is a very floral scent and smells quite musky. I can definitely smell rose and there is a fruit in there somewhere. It is not an overpowering scent as some give me a headache but its definitely sweet so unless you like light scents then don't try it.


      In conclusion I love this fragrance as I love all Anna Sui. Its sweet and suits me fine. I just looked on Amazon and you can still buy it for around the £20 mark but it looks to be in different packaging from mine but will still be the same great smell.

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        16.03.2014 21:13
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        Lovely Little Lamp.

        I have a few Tiffany lamps in my house as I love the style of them and always have. Now this nifty little lamp is a table lamp and is 30cm high so quite small and it sits proudly in our living room. The light it gives is not the brightest but then again it is a down lighter so you don't expect it to be bright. It is 12 cm wide so again a nice size for placing in any room.

        Tiffany lamps are made from like stained glass and as you can see from the above picture this lamp looks just like an owl. It has purple wings although there is some blue in mine too and the rest are the cream colour that is apparent with most Tiffany lamps. The brass holder is lovely and a muted gold colour. Now I hate gold but I love this colour. It is so neutral that will look lovely anywhere and with any colour scheme.

        The owl itself dangles from the holder by a small hook so will wiggle a little when you touch it. It takes a 25W bulb so it gives off a nice cozy looking light.

        You plug this light into an adaptor and there is a switch on the cable to turn the light on and off. There is a hole in the base of the lamp so that you can hide the cable and dangle it behind a unit.

        This lamp you can pick up for around £30 - £35 on Amazon from different sellers. It is lovely and you won't be disappointed as long as you like this style which I do.

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        • Tesco HM09 Handmixer / Mixer / 41 Readings / 41 Ratings
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          13.03.2014 21:51
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          Works well.

          Now I was actually bought this hand mixer when it was on sale at £10 in Tesco and it is amazing. I am going through a phase of making cakes at the moment with my daughter and she loves to do this. The mixer comes as above with 2 types of mixing implements. They are both great and have ridges at the top of the metal rods so you simply push them into the mixer and they slot into place. I always give them a slight tug just to make sure.

          Honestly Im not that much of an expert so have no idea what the two types of mixer are actually for so I just use either but if anybody wants to tell me that would be great.

          You pop them into your mixture plug your mains adapter in and you are ready to go. Now there are a few speeds and number 1 I have always found to be fine and within seconds my mixture is ready. Honestly I have only put it up to the highest once and the noise was so loud that it scared my daughter so we havent done that again, haha.

          They always get my mixture perfectly smooth so Ive never had any problems using them. Now there is an eject button you can press when finished and they just pop out very easily so you can clean them perfectly. The metal prongs are dishwasher friendly so that is good and easy for me to clean. Then the actual unit because it is a handmixer is not big, about the size of a small pan so easy to store which is great.

          All in all a great hand mixer which does exactly what it says it does and I have not been disappointed with it yet. I would thoroughly recommend them if you can find them. Great unit, great price and works perfectly.

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          13.03.2014 21:38
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          Brilliant!!!

          Game of thrones is a fantasy novel but one with a difference. It is extremely clever, brutal and funny. The book has a creamy cover with a picture of a dragon head on the front. The author is George R. R. Martin and there are almost 800 pages in this book. You can buy it for £4 from Amazon.

          Ok so there are the facts over and done with. Now to the story. The basic premise is that Kings Landing is the capital city of the fictional island of Westeros. In Kings Landing is an iron throne on which the King sits. The King is Robert Baratheon who travels to the North to enlist his friend Eddard Stark to become essentially his right hand man.

          Now the King is well loved by many apart from his Queen Cersei Lannister who has her own scheming ways about her to take over the kingdom. Her brother Tyrion is the imp who is quick witted and constantly using his brains to get ahead in life.

          We then have Daenerys Targaryen who believes she has the rights to the Iron throne but she is across the sea being sold to the Dothraki.

          Now these are just a few of the characters but we get to learn about their families and why they are all intertwined. There are simply too many stories to put on here but the basic is that there is a big secret that the previous hand of the King was killed to protect and this book focuses on Eddard who is slowly learning this secret.

          Each chapter of the book is from a different characters perspective so you hear from Eddard Stark, Catelyn Stark, Arya Stark, Sansa Stark, Bran Stark and Tyrion Lannister. Each is written slightly differently depending on their character so for instance Eddard is extremely serious, Tyrion extremely witty and Bran extremely young.

          It is a fantastic way of telling the story as you get to love all of the characters. Martin writes well as all of them and doing it this way really takes you into the story as trust me alot goes on which would be massive spoilers to put on here.

          My favourite character has to be Arya who is the cheeky tomboy daughter who is always getting into mischief. I love her!

          Now I think you know from my review that I love this book. I find it easy to read and the stories just keep getting better with everything explained well and enough mysteries to keep you reading. There is one teeny part I hate though and that is how many names are introduced. Now I had watched the show before reading the book so I knew who was important but if you havent it can be quite hard to keep up as some paragraphs introduce you to around ten names when really only one is important.

          I really do recommend these books though if you like medieval fantasy drama. It is quite brutal though as a lot of carnage happens and it can be quite hard sometimes imagining because the children in the book are espcially very young. It is well worth reading though as it is utterly amazing and compelling and you will not be able to wait to read the rest of the series.

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          13.03.2014 21:10
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          Love it !!!!!

          I got this product because I suffer from arthritis and have done for over 15 years. I was hurt in a car accident and ever since my shoulders and back have suffered. I have months of pain usually during the winter and I have always used deep heat spray. This works but the smell makes me feel sick and when you spray it the smell gets everywhere and lingers.

          I was recommended the aloe heat lotion and it is a 4 fluid ounces tube and looks just as the picture above. It does remind me of a moisturising tube so dont mistake it for your hand moisturiser. Now the smell of this is not too bad at all. It still smells as the deep heat does to me but the difference is because you are applying such small amounts and straight to the required area the smell dissappears quite quickly.

          The lotion has a slightly cloudy colour and you only need small amounts to apply. I use the size of a five pence piece for each shoulder and upper back. When you apply it you can feel the heat slightly but it is not overpowering. It is reassuring that you can feel it working straight away.

          The pain usually for me disappears within the hour which is great. My arthritis reacts to heat very well and I find I only have to apply it once or twice a day for it to stay effective.

          Out of all the products I have tried this is definitely the best. I got mine on sale at £10 but I think it is usually £12. So far I'm on the same tube and it has lasted me the past 4 months and it doesn't feel like I have used much in the tube which is great.

          For me this product is amazing and I will be using it for a long time to come.

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          12.03.2014 14:13
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          Dont smell it

          First lets start by saying I drink this gel daily and have done for a month now and I still hate it. This costs just over £20 from the internet or from your Forever living representative. It is 1 litre of the stuff and looks just like above. Plastic container and you can open it and keep it in your cupboards for up to 30 days or a few months if you pop it in your fridge which I find is better.

          The gel is from the aloe leaf and is the pure gel found which is different from that you can buy in many shops. It aids in helping your immune system, detoxifying your body and can help skin conditions.

          My reason for drinking the gel was to detoxify my body so every day you are supposed to drink 2-4 fluid ounces of the gel. Now my advice is do not smell the liquid it does not smell nice, kind of medicinal and then when you pour it you wil notice that it is not like a drink.

          It is thick gel. Sure it goes down easy enough but there are bits in it and if you are a bit squeamish like me you may have trouble so I pinch my nose and drink it down. You can put a little apple juice into it which does make it taste a bit better.

          Now my personal experience is that it helped. I have found my sleeping to be better, my skn to feel better and I do feel like I have more energy. Now the only thing in my life that has changed is the gel. I know of a few people it has helped so I wold recommend it but just don't expect it to taste nice. After all it is supposed to be good for you so it was never going to taste nice, lol.

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          • Samsung Galaxy Mini / Smartphone / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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            12.03.2014 14:04
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            Ok!

            I have had this phone for almost a year now and my only words for it are that it is ok! My husband has the samsung galaxy and has been very pleased but only the min was available for me on my contract.

            Appearance:
            The phone looks ok. It is small and I went for the silver so it has a glossy silver back and the front screen is huge with a camera at the top and the words Samsung. There is just one button to be seen when the phone is off at the bottom. Plus there are lots of choices for cases online which makes it look nicer. In short it looks very slick!

            Usability:
            There is a button on the side which turns your phone on and off and one for volume. Your phone comes on within seconds and there are square apps to show you what you have on there. You can add screens so using your fingers you can swipe to many screens which allows you to organise your apps. You hold down for a few seconds and you can move them from screen to screen.

            Apps:
            You will already have the standard ones on there i.e. camera, calendar, clock. The camera is actually very good even wthout the flash and I have taken some fantastic photos which I have had blown up onto A4 and they have been perfect quality. You will have to download other apps such as facebook but easily done from the play store.

            Issues:
            My one problem with this phone is the battery life. I send a few texts a day and spend about an hour on the phone and I have to charge it every day. There is a percentage by the battery and when it reaches 7% you will lose your ability to use your camera properly.

            Also I find that the phone freezes a lot and wont ring but will tell me I have a missed call. Neither me or my husband habve managed to fathom out why.

            You can get all of the stats online but I have around 400 photos and 15 videos recorded and it hasnt reduced the speed of the phone. In conclusion I think it is ok but would go for the normal galaxy if I had the choice.

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            04.10.2012 22:58
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            Nice but could be better

            The barley mow is situated close to Stafford town centre although don't try walking there from the town as it will take you a while. It is right by Shugborough hall and a beautiful area of Cannock chase which makes it very popular with walkers. It's address is as follows:

            Main road, Milford, Stafford, st17 0uw.

            It is easy to spot and is directly over looking Milford common so it has a real beauty spot. The are plenty of car parking spaces situated to the right and we have never had a problem parking even on one bank holiday when the place was packed.

            Now the barley mow is a pub and kind of appears to be like a harvester, beef eater type place. It is very clean looking and the huge gold letters outside saying barley mow will certainly tempt you in. In the restaurant there is ample seating all around including a rather large beer garden at the rear which is nice on a hot day. We have never had an issue getting a table even when we needed them to accommodate ten adults and six babies. They gave us a lovely cozy corner at the back which was perfect.

            The menu has all of your normal pub grub such as burgers, curry, lasagne, gammon and all at decent prices around the £6 to 9 mark so what you would expect really. They also do a few other things such as lemon chicken which I had and then Sunday roasts are always a popular choice. For desserts again you have standard choices such as chocolate cake, ice cream, crumble etc... Drinks are all once more standard pub drinks. The staff are very friendly though and will always try to get you what you want.

            Now my only issue with the barley mow is that the food doesn't exactly meet my expectations. You can tell they must buy in bulk and some choices are really not nice. I once had a curry and it tasted just like it had come from a can and the chicken was not the nicest at all. My husband on our second visit had a chicken pie which he thought tasted wrong however our friend liked it.

            The atmosphere is great in here though and with the choice, prices and nice location this is why we have been back here even though it is not our favourite place to eat at all.

            I have to only I've it three stars though as the food really does let it down. It just needs to taste fresher and liked a bit morpe effort has been put into it and I would happily up my star rating.

            Kate
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          • Virgin Media TiVo / Set Top Box / 44 Readings / 43 Ratings
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            Its very good

            We swapped from Sky to Virgin Tivo when we moved house and so far I like it. Ok so the TiVo box looks very smart. It is black and about as big as a sky box or a play station 3. The buttons are small and there are lights at the front. It is not an ugly looking bit of equipment. The remote is quite big and standard to be honest. They basically look like the picture above.

            The actual TiVo you can get different sized hard drives depending on how much you record. We went for the 1 terabyte one as we do tend to record a lot. This is great space as at the moment I have two films, thirty of Lotties programmes and then forty half hour episodes and around twenty one hour ones and I'm still using less than half of my space. I always use to reach 98% used on sky but not sure I'll ever reach that on here.

            It is quite easy to use. There is a guide button on your remote control and you can see all channels you have on your plan for almost two weeks which is great. When you have chosen one you can then simply press The record button on your remote. Virgin gives you choices so you can record one episode, get a series link so you never miss one or remind you the episode is on.

            Your recordings are all in the my shows which you can access from your remote. Now with sky you can separate them into watched and recorded but they are all in the same place with virgin which I think would be useful for them to change. You can order them via date or name and they do get grouped so for instance if you record 5 episodes of one programme you will just see the programme name and then you can drill down into the episodes.

            With your series links you need to go in and change each one individually. It will automatically record only 10 episodes so I always change this to all and then you can decide if you want just new episodes or everything to record. There has been nothing I have recorded so far which hasn't worked.

            If you get a viewing clash it will tell you and offer to clip programmes for you which is good so you never have t miss everything.

            What I do like about TiVo is that you can record three things at the same time. I also like that it will automatically change the channels for you if it needs to to record. When it is recording you will see a red light appear on the box.

            You also of course have all your on demand things so you can access old shows or movies. I've used this a bit and it is good. Some you do have to pay for but it always warns you. You can set up child passwords though which is useful to have.

            Setting up the TiVo box is pretty easy especially as virgin did ours for us. They set up it in our rented house and in our new house but there are only a couple of ports so would be easy for anybody to do.

            I also like the little features the TiVo box allows access to such as I player and YouTube. Also when etching a recording ou can give the show a thumbs up or down and you will get recommended shows sent to you.

            My one issue with the TiVo box is that it can be very slow and sometimes I press the remote and it takes a couple of minutes to respond. As yet I haven't worked out why this happens as its not all the time bu if I do I'll let you know.

            All in all though I like it quite a bit. TiVo has some good features and I think it is a smart system. I would recommend to people and I'm slightly happier with this than sky so alls good.

            Kate

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            31.08.2012 10:30
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            Fantastic buy for any parent.

            When we had our baby one of our first purchases was this Angelcare monitor. We chose this one because of great reviews online and we trusted Angelcare that it was a good make. Well it has not let us down 18 months later and even though we have a new monitor we still use this old one as I actually think it is better.

            The monitor looks exactly how the picture displays it above. You can buy it fir just under £75 on Amazon at the moment and trust me it is worth the money. The monitor is bright blue and is quite attractive looking so it really doesn't look nasty in a childs nursery but for their safety I wouldn't even care too much about looks.

            It comes in three different parts. Your first is the sensor pad which you can see on the left hand side of the photo. It is a big thin square which has a couple of layers which you can feel if you press down on it. This is full of sensors which detect your babies movement so you lay this on the bottom of their bed. In a moses basket it is good under the mattress part and then we put the moses basket cover over it to conceal the wires.

            You put the sensor in the middle of where your baby is sleeping and in a cot bed this may seem like it is too little but trust me it detects such fine movement it will be fine. There is a wire coming off this sensor pad which is plugged into the receiver which is the middle part of the photo above. This is how you turn the sensor and whole monitor on. There is a dial at the back which allows you to tune up or down the sensitivity of the sensor pad so you can gage what is right for you. I always had it on number 3 as it seemed to work well.

            The back of the receiver where you plug the sensor pad there is another space for your adaptor just to give you power. On the left hand side you can just see on the photo as blue button. This is to turn your monitor on and off. As soon as you turn it on there are lights at the front which will flash in time to the movement sensor so you know it is on.

            The blue button on the right hand side is for turning the night light on for your child. Both switches you pull up or down against the monitor.

            The final part on the right hand side of the photo is the monitor itself. This has a cradle which you can plug in anywhere to always have battery. The battery however does last a 2 hour nap and then 4 hours when Lottie goes to sleep so great battery life. The cradle is good for the night though as soon as the battery starts running out it will beep at you which is not something you want happening at 3am!!!

            The monitor always shows the temperature on the front as the ideal nursery should be around the 18 mark. Then the left hand side is your noise levels so as soon as baby starts crying you will see the level rise. This is great for people who cant hear very well. It is also your volume control which you can adjust from the buttons on the front. Even on the lowest it is relatively loud though which is good. The only thing with turning it right up is there is a slight hissing sound which can drive you a little crazy.

            Also on the front you will see a small movement which is your babies movement. If no movement has been detected for 20 second the alarm will sound. This is via a high beeping sound which will be coming from the monitor and in the babies room. It can worry you when it goes off but it may just be that the baby has wriggled down the bottom of the crib which happened alot with our Lottie.

            You can control minimum and maximum temperatures from the monitor by pressing menu and scrolling to the picture of the sun or snowflake. Then you can use the arrow buttons to change them. If the nursery then drops below or above your set temperatures the monitor will beep at you. This is great when they are young so that you can add / remove blankets.

            If you hold down the bottom arrow you can also hold the whole monitor so if you need to take the baby out of the moses or cot then the monitor will stop detecting movement for you. Then you just hold it again to turn it back on.

            I think this monitor has been brilliant. Easy to set up and use and works fantastically. We have not had any problems with it and we only replaced it for a video monitor around 5 months ago. We still use this one with the travel cot at my Mums house though as it is fantastic. It gave us peace of mind when she was little and even now.

            It picks up on so much sound that if you have it on high you can even hear them breathing. It is is also very funny when people go in to settle Lottie and forget its on and we hear them singing songs on the monitor downstairs.

            For the cost you can't go wrong. A few of my friends have the same monitor and they have loved it too so I really cannot recommend enough to you all. Compared to our new one too which the battery life does not last that long so it always needs to be on charge this one is great. I really am so used to the security it gives me now that Im dreading getting rid of it. Ill probably still be using it when she's 10!!!!

            Kate.

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            29.08.2012 23:30
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            Good for a quick fix

            Ok so the other day I wrote about the strawberry room and linen spray and today it is the black cherry and nutmeg spray. I'm sorry if I am repeating myself and you have read my other review but for the new readers here goes. So you can buy this from Avon and I managed to get it on a deal for 99p which they do quite often so it is worth looking out for. Usually though they are only slightly more expensive anyway. They are part of the Avon naturals range.

            The bottle is clear which looks nice and is a lot more attractive to look at than say a bottle of Febreeze. There is a picture on the front as you can see in the picture which is off cherries and nutmeg so the odour you should be ready to experience when spraying this product. With the dark hues the bottle looks great and you are ready to use it.

            It is a complete plastic bottle so when you go to spray it it is a push down device. You simply take the top off and point your spray into your desired room and push down releasing a fresh aroma. To use it is simple and the directions on the bottle state to do it a couple of times in the centre of the room.

            When you spray this one you get an immediate smell of the black cherry. Cherry I always think is quite a strong smell and I really like it. In fact it almost smells good enough to eat. I do not however no matter how hard I try smell the nutmeg. Now nutmeg again has a strong smell to it but it does not come through in this product in my opinion.

            This spray is for rooms and linen so you do not have to be afraid of going a bit mad with it and spraying whatever you like. It is a lovely smell and does not have that medicinal smell to it like many seem to. You know with air fresheners when they sort of smell nice but you can always smell the chemicals. Well you dont get that with this just a nice smell.

            So you would think everythings great right? Well not quite as my only complaint with this product is that just like the strawberry one it does not last long. The smell goes after a few moments and you can no longer smell it and I find that if you were trying to mask an odour then it just wont work. It does make your linen smell nice but again not for long.

            The bottle has now lasted me about 6 months though and there is still a little left but I think it needs way more than a couple of sprays and also very regular to keep up the nice smell.

            I do love it though and prefer to use it over Febreeze.

            Kate.

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            28.08.2012 09:44
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            Def worth a visit!

            We live right by Weston so it is of no surprise that we spend a lot of time here at the Woolpack. You can find this pub here:

            The Green, Weston, Staffordshire, ST18 0JH.

            Now Weston itself is a lovely little village in Staffordshire. It has a huge green running right through across the main road through the village. On the green is the Woolpack so as you can imagine on a lovely warm day it is great to take the kids to and let them run around on the green, there is even a park for them to go to.

            The Woolpack looks extremely charming and exactly like the picture here on dooyoo. It is on two levels so was obviously two houses at one point and the left side has beautiful pitched dormer windows. It looks like an inviting country pub.

            There is a decent sized car park at the back but if you get stuck you can always park by the green as there is always somewhere to go. Now there are tables at the front of the Woolpack with parasols but I prefer to go into the beer garden which has beautiful blossom trees everywhere if you go in the spring/summer season. It is so quiet sitting there that it is our pub of choice on a sunny day.

            Inside it looks extremely traditional with the patterned carpets, small little snugs where you can sit and the windows with diamonds on them. It is quite dark but it just adds to the cozy feel to the place. The chairs are wooden but extremely comfortable and the best seat I think is opposite the bar when you walk in as it is a huge window seat which Lottie loves to look out of. Yes this is a child friendly pub too!!!

            Now the food is your typical pub grub. I always tend to go for Gammon but last time I had a chicken burger which was yummy. They also do 2 meals for £10 so it is worth looking at that menu. Im not going to tell you its the most amazing food ever but it is pub grub and as long as that is what you expect you wont be disappointed.

            The bar is pretty well stocked and I haven't requested anything yet that they haven't been able to fulfil. The prices there are quite average. Our meal with drinks and puddings came to just under £30 which I think is not too bad.

            In conclusion though I think the Woolpack has a great friendly atmosphere. The beer garden is perfect, the setting is perfect and the indoors are just traditional and cozy. The staff have always been friendly and helpful to me which is all you can ask for and I think if you work with such nice surroundings then why wouldn't you be lovely.

            If you want somewhere you are guaranteed nice food and a nice atmosphere too then you can't go wrong with the Woolpack.

            Kate.

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            I love it! Great gadget!

            Now I have to admit that I was not the biggest fan of the iPad when it first came out. My husband was obsessed with getting one and I couldn't understand it. I have a laptop, he has a PC. Why would we want to spend a hundred pounds on a new gadget which goes on the Internet but without the added bonus of being able to use word, excel etc...?

            Last Christmas after around 6 months of my husband moaning about getting one I rallied all the family around and we managed to get enough money together to buy him one. Well his face on Christmas day was a picture as we handed him the money and then he started the dutiful wait for number 3 to come out. He loves it but I have to say 8 months on and the iPad is really mine as I'm never off it. That's right everybody I was converted.

            So how does the iPad look?

            Well our iPad is not white as shown in the picture but black. It is an extremely glossy black around the screen and then silver at the back with the apple symbol proudly showing. The screen is huge and there is not even a ridge separating the screen from the black edge.

            There is a button at the bottom of the iPad which you use to take you to the home screen. The top has a small camera for photos and videos. The back then has a camera and the sides contain a power switch. A switch for doing the volume and a small switch for putting the iPad on silent. It is extremely thin So feels quite nice to touch although I'm glad we have a case which props it up for me.

            Usability what's it like?

            Ok everything is very smart on the iPad. Most things are separated into apps that you can download from the store. They range in price from free to a few pounds in majority. Apps are shown as squares on the iPad scrreen and you can easily swipe with your finger to see all of your apps. Then you have your safari button which takes you to the Internet and there you can go on whatever you like.

            The keypad on the iPad will show up from the bottom of the screen when it is needed and the keys are very big which is what I like. It will automatically bring up the letters but thee is a 123 button bottom left which will take you to numbers and characters.

            On the Internet you can have multiple Internet sites on tabs open which is good and it is really like using a computer so even I can use it.

            My only issues with the iPad is that 1 some sites use flash and java which can be a problem for the iPad and they won't show. My other issue is that the keyboard I find hard to use when holding the iPad so I rest it on my lap. We got a CSS that you can Velcro the pad at a level so you can give p holding it and it's much better she as my mom has a normal case and it is harder to use.

            Oh I almost forgot another thing, the photo quality is not amazing unless you have brilliant light.


            What are the specs?

            Well we have the 16 gigabyte iPad and we have lots of photos, videos and apps on here and so far have not it any storage issues. You can get different gigabytes though for an iPad if you think you may need more space. It is Just over 24cm high and The screen site is just over 9.5 inches. It has a normal adaptor which can also be used for other apple products such as your iPhone.

            The battery life is great. It takes a couple of hours to charge and will last a few days so is brilliant.


            So why do I like it so much?

            The iPad is nothing more than a glorified phone. The reason I love it is that it is big enough that you don't hurt your eyes when using it. I also love the fact that when ou finish with it it is so thin that you can hide it away quite nicely. I do really love it and if they figured a way to get a word like programme on it I would love it. Maybe they have and I don't know about it.

            A little more on my favourite app.

            Well I love YouTube and with a daughter she loves it too. I find it so easy to take videos and then upload and share them. I also love the right move app as its so easy to use and came in very handy when I was moving house.

            In conclusion don't knock it till you've tried it as it is a fab piece of machinery and worth the price tag of just under £400.

            Kate

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