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I spent probably a good few years trying different shampoos out to find the perfect one. I suffer from a slightly dry ,although not flaky, scalp so I wanted something not too strong and medicated but a product that wouldnt make my scalp worse. I finally was recommended using this product, and was a little wary as I am not keen on the smell. When I opened the bottle, I still didnt love the smell- I prefer the smell of lovely fruity shampoos/ shower gels anyday . However the minute I put it on my head I felt refreshed. The tea tree leaves your scalp feeling cool and clean, and once your hair is dry the smell is a million times better. I wash my hair other day, as this shampoo makes it feel clean and not greasy at all inbetween washes. My hair smells fresh and feels soft, this product is my lifesaver!!! At just £1.00 in most shops, I will continue buying until they stop selling it! I also use the conditioner for maximum effect and I would recommend anyone to use both products, your hair will feel fab afterwards!
This is yet another of the toys my daughter recieved for my first christmas. My first impression was that the bears voice was so irritating!!! Other than that, I only have good things to say about it!
The price of this bear seems to range from £9-£14 which is pretty average for this kind of toy. You can also purchase Little Alfie Bear who is brown, and Little Singing Bear Blue, so they have a nice choice suiting different genders/taste.
The bear has three light up buttons on her tummy, and a big heart button to switch her on. She is plush everywhere except her torso which the electronic bit with all the buttons. I personally prefer a soft toy to just be a soft toy, this makes cuddling her a little uncomfortable for my daughter. For this reason, this bear is not really one to sleep in the cot with baby but more a nice addition to the toy box! One really good point about the bear, is that after one minute of no input, it completely switches off, saving the battery!
When you press the bears heart button, she giggles and says clearly "how are you? " which is good for encouraging polite words as baby gets older. She then sings a tune which goes "I'm a friendly light-up bear, I'll teach you 123, a sleepy, hungry, happy bear, hey, come and hug me!" I think this is really stimulating for the child as it teaches them to express certain emotions (sleepy, hungry, happy) as well as learning numbers. When you press each number it again re-iterates the emotions stating "Im hungry, Im happy and I'm sleepy". Repetiton encourages the children to take it in and helps them understand the words being spoken. When you press the numbers again they count from 1 to 3, helping the child to learn through play. The bear also keeps saying "I love you" which is a little creepy when you forget she is switched on, but is a nice phrase for your child to learn! Along with the other tunes the bear plays, this is a really fun and educational toy for a baby and it is recommended for age 3- 12 months. At 7 months, my daughter enjoys the flashing lights ( aswell as throwing poor bear over the side of the highchair repeatedly) and the velcro attachment on bear's head means I cant take her anywhere to attach to buggy,cot etc :-)
I recently had to finally admit defeat with my daughters baby bath support- she is now nearly 7 months and much more active( shes a pretty good splasher!!!) and so I did some research. I went onto kiddicare.com after hearing they were really good, and saw a couple of different bath seats suited to her age. I was really wary and read every last detail before choosing the Safety 1st swivel seat as I am a little overprotective and hoped the bath seat I chose would be safe enough and appropriate to her age group. I paid £8.95 for the seat which I thought was very reasonable, and the delivery was also fantastic, only taking a few days and Kiddicare sent an email stating the date and the hour in which it would arrive meaning I could be home!
When I first used the seat, I realised my daughter absolutely loved it. She could sit up, feeling much more independant and kick her legs about at the same time.The contoured backrest provides comfort for my child and peace of mind for me as a parent. For me, I could play with her and the toys in the bath without worrying about holding her safely on the bath support. The seat has suction pads, which I am always wary of ( if you see my review on baby bubble machine, you may understand why!) but I was thrilled to find they were REALLY GOOD. I mean, I couldnt get it out of the bath at first....it was really stuck there!!! It has little grippy bits in which you pull up on each suction pad to release the seat- very very safe. The seat swivels 360 degrees, making bathtimes alot easier with washing hair etc and there are 3 different coloured rings on the front for baby to play with.These toys at the front keep the child interacting and interested, especially helpful if they normally hate bathtime! If you have a toddler and a small baby, this seat would be ideal as you can sort baby out without worrying your toddler is unsafe in their bath seat. Another great pro about this item for me, was that it saved my back !!! Leaning over the bath to use the baby bath support was not the most comfortable of tasks and this totally relieves me of that!! I think the only negative point that I feel about this product is that it only comes in a blue colour, it might be nice to bring out some other colours so that if I had two children for example, I wouldnt have two of the same seat.
The seat is designed to suit children aged 6-12 months and can be bought from such shops as Amazon, Asda, Kiddicare, and Boots ranging in price from £8.00-£15.00
My child is safe and happy in this seat so i am one very happy customer :-)
My daughter is 6 months and currently during her naps, I study online to be a teaching assistant. Before I had her, I was a nanny but I have also wanted to work within a school environment. There is so much controversy these days about some mothers working all day and only seeing their children at night. Yes, I hate the thought of leaving my child, yes I worry about her becoming more attached to a childminder and yes I don't want to miss any milestones....but did it ever occur to people that some of us have no choice? My partner works full time, and we would probably be better off on benefits but we both enjoy the working lifestyle and would be bored stiff at home. I love the feeling of earning money especially now I know that what I earn on top of my partners wage means my daughter gets a better upbringing. I will only work part time, otherwise all my wages will end up in the pocket of a full time childminder.... but I think at 22 years old I should still be taking oppurtunities, especially ones which will improve life for my daughter. I am looking to start a job when she has turned 1, and I would like her to mix with other children and learn to be away from me in preperation for playgroup. I think it will benefit her greatly and I see nothing wrong with it.
I am a huge fan of Lamaze toys. When I saw Dee Dee the dragon in Toymaster, I absolutely had to have her! She is a lovely pink plush cuddly toy, with many different textures and colours on her. Her tummy is bright yellow with a textured feel to it, her wings and the flower she holds feel all crinkly , she holds a ball filled with smaller balls to make a lovely rattle noise, and she has a mirror on her tail. The bright colours capture the childs interest and help them as they get older to identify different colours. The different textures mean that baby can learn what different things feel like. The different sounds help to develop auditory senses as the child gets older. The mirror helps the child learn their own reflection and recognize it, and provides a great game of peek-a-boo! All these different learning oppurtunities are fantastic for any child from birth right up to 24 months, helping them in different ways as they grow. The white ring attached to Dee Dee's back means that she can accompany your child in most situations. It is a clip which attaches to a playmat, cot, pushchair, highchair, and bouncer meaning your child will never have to be without her favourite companion!!
I adore this brightly coloured, stimulating toy and believe it helps children to learn so many new skills. As they get older, Dee Dee is also a fantastic toy for imaginative play, and there are endless possibilities with Lamaze!
You can buy Dee Dee from most toy retailers eg. Toys r us, Toymaster, Lamaze and she can also be found on Amazon, Ebay, and Asda amongst many others. she ranges in price from about £5-£10 with Amazon probably being the cheapest I have found so far. I would recommend her to anybody as well as the other Lamaze toys available as they are just fantastic!!!
I was very lucky to be given this pram absolutely free, however I only got the stroller section. It is normally sold as a combination pram, now retailing at around £300 in the sales, including carrycot and raincover. You can buy a car seat which is compatible with it too, so if your child is asleep in the car, you do not have to wake them when you reach your destination-really handy!! If you are looking for the correct car seat you can either purchase the Primo Viaggio (£165) or the Aton (roughly £120). When buying from the Mamas and Papas website, you can buy the pushchair in two different colours- black or purple. Both look reaally stylish and modern- I think the purple looks gorgeous but I was given the black one.The Aton carseat comes in a few great colours too, and they currently have an offer in which you can buy the pram and car seat for £389 saving £30. You will also need car seat adapters which can be bought seperately for approximately £30.You may also want a footmuff which would also cost you around £30. There are cheaper ways of buying the additional parts eg.ebay or amazon which are always worth a try.
Setting the pushchair up was surprisingly simple. In fact, I had no instructions and managed to do it in 5 minutes. I had to attach the front wheel which was really simple, no screwdriver needed. Then I needed to unfold the chassis (unclip, pull out until it clicks.) Then you just put the stroller seat on top, it literally clips in! To then fold the pushchair down , it is just as simple- the stroller seat has bits you push in to pull it out, you then pull up the levers to fold the chassis. You cannot fold the pushchair as a whole, however neither part takes up too much room, easily fits into the boot of my Nissan Almera.
When using the pushchair, firstly you can adjust the seat so it lays back, or sits straight up- whichever is more comfortable or age appropriate for your child. secondly, the seat can face forward or face the parent. I love this!!! My daughter is 6 months old and I currently have her facing me still, but when she gets to toddler age I will have her facing forward like any other stroller. The 3 wheels swivel all the way around so it is really easy to manoeuvere and although it looks fairly bulky it feels light to push. The shopping basket isn't as big as I would like, however holds a small amount of shopping. The hood can be pulled right forward if needed to block out the sun, and when folded back there is plenty of room and strength to hold, for example, a bottle of milk whilst walking around the shop. The handle is adjustable so even if you are really tall, it can be your ideal buggy. The seat itself looks really comfortable and can be made more cosy with a footmuff. My only downside is that the straps dont seem to loosen easily, especially with the footmuff attached.
I absolutely love this pram, it is perfect for what I need and suitable from birth-3 :-) highly recommended
I absolutely love this pram
I got my daughter these stacking rings from Asda when she was 6months old, mainly because they were reduced to 50p!!! She is almost sitting up by herself but I sat behind her and gave her the toy to see what she thought. She was drawn to the bright colours and began to take each ring off. She puts everything in her mouth but as the rings are soft, it was not a problem. She is now even starting to put the rings back on, helping her with hand-eye co-ordination, and if I lay her down and place the rings around her she will roll to pick them up. I think it is brilliant that such a simple, cheap toy has helped my daughter learn these skills. I highly reommend it, and at 50p - what have you got to lose? I love simple toys, and this for me is a classic favourite.
My daughter at 4 months recieved two of these for xmas. My first thoughts on it were that it was a little boring, it only rattles... no lights,sounds etc. My worry was would my child get bored with it? Well luckily the answer was no. She absolutely loves her dollies, they are soft and cuddly and she loves shaking them to hear the rattle.
The price of these range from about £5 and £10 which is a very fair price in my opinion. You can buy them from most toy retailers eg Toys r us, ELC, Entertainer and on websites like Amazon or ebay too. The doll is a lovely simple design, very soft and plush, with an embroidered face. It is perfect for young babies as they cannot harm themselves on it at all.
You can also buy a pram which goes with this doll which is perfect for when your little one starts to walk. You can buy this from the same shops as the doll retailing at around £20-£25. I cant wait to buy this for my daughter when she can walk to push her lovely little dolly around in.
Cant fault this doll, gorgeous girly colours, lovely to cuddle and an all round perfect and safe first toy.
I bought this for my 4 month old for Christmas, thinking it might help her enjoy bathtimes. It cost about a tenner, which I thought was fantastic value. It does not come with bubbles which is a little disappointing but then, bubbles arent exactly pricey! It also requires batteries which is another small expense - not ideal but it is the same with most toys! The machine has suction pads which stick to the tiles around the bath tub. I stuck them down properly, but was horrified when it suddenly 'leapt' off the wall mid-bath, and smacked my daughter on the head leaving her with a giant bruise. I very nearly sent it straight back to the shop in fury but my daughter loves the bubbles. I now just lean it between the taps as I really don't trust the suction pads. Nice idea but should be made a lot safer especially as it is aimed at babies!!!
When I was a teenager, my mum was an Avon representative. All I remember is me and my friends flicking through the brochures and buying just about every bit of Color Trend make up they had over time ( Color Trend is their range aimed at teenagers/young people with fabulous bright colours and trendy shades.)
I then decided when I turned 20 to give it a shot myself. I was out of work due to long term health problems at the time and I thought this would be a perfect little job to keep me busy at home and would get me out and about a little bit too.
My sales leader was fantastic. In fact, I still speak to her now and am hoping to start up Avon again soon (I moved to a new area, and had a baby so gave it up for a bit!) I think having a supportive sales eader is vital. She started me off with lots of free brochures and showed me how to submit orders online. I couldn't wait to get started! She designated me a few roads near to my flat, so I delivered brochures to each house and hoped for the best. I also gave brochures to friends and family, I found lots of people like Avon- Its affordable, yet good quality make up. When I went to pick up my brochures, I was a little disappointed as I had rather hoped for lots more orders but I had a few which I was happy with and set about submitting my order.
The site is very easy to use, you input the item number and the item will come up automatically. When it comes to earning money, it really depends on the area you get and the success of that area. Firstly there is a small admin fee of about 7.50 which Avon take from your first and second order with them, then you must pay for brochures (unless you have a very kind sales leader like mine who was always happy to give me a few free if I needed some) which are around the £8.00 mark for 50. What I started to do was build up a good client base and only deliver to those clients and family/friends. This way I knew that they were a.likely to order and b.not likely to chuck the brochure in the bin! (some people will just get rid of the brochure which is very frustrating!!) To earn any money from it, your sales need to be to be at least £78.00 to recieve 20% back, and £148 to get 25%. This, initially I thought sounded terrifying, but my first order was near £100. My problem is I spend my earnings on Avon products!!! Avon reps also get a discount brochure called Hello Tomorrow which gives them a huge range of products at discount prices as well as samples in bulk to give out to customers in hope of maximising sales.
It is really enjoyable although sometimes a bit time consuming ( writing out order forms, sorting through orders etc.) The items get delivered to your house for free by a friendly delivery driver, and if you need to make any returns for your customers( even if the item has been used) you won't have to pay a penny and they get their money back too.
If you enjoy meeting new people, are not necessarily out to earn lots of money (although with the right time and effort put into it, its entirely possible), and you love freebies....
Join Avon :)
Upon realising my daughter would be 4 months at Christmas, I began searching for suitable presents. I had to factor in the fact that we have little space for large toys in our house, and so I started to search ELC website with this in mind. I stumbled across this sensory ball pit, and was instantly attracted to the fact it has bright colours and provides a stimulating learning experience for my baby. It comes with beanbags which make different noises when felt by the child, and a few balls. I think for £25.00 I would have expected the balls to fill the ballpit, but I only needed to spend another fiver in order to get a large bag full which wasn't too bad. The ballpit is filled with different textures, and a mirror which my baby loves! The ballpit is 6months plus, but I put my baby (4 months at the time) in it on her tummy and she absolutely loved it. She can now sit up and really appreciate the different colours and textures. I would always supervise her in there, but it is certainly a good place to put your child if you want to get on and do housework as long as they are in your eyesight!It is extremely easy to pop up, with four easy rods to slot in and velcro to hold them in. It then folds down, and I can easily slide it underneath the cot when Im not using it to keep the place looking tidy for five minutes! I am really glad I purchased this item, my baby can learn new textures, colours, recognize her reflection, and generally have great fun!
I was working on the perfume counter in Boots when I discovered this fruity yet floral scent by Dior. It instantly became a favourite of mine. I will start with the products only bad point ( in my opinion) which is the price. Dior is far from cheap, and whilst you get value for money, I personally could not justify using it every day. I save it for special occasions as it makes me feel glamorous and feminine. A gorgeous mixture of bergamot,mandarin, roses and jasmine creates this sensual perfume. The bottle is elegant and modern and I adore the shape. The perfect scent for a date, a night out, or just to make you feel fabulous. Its very sweet and girlie with a sexy sharp edge to it which I think creates the perfect womanly scent. I have the Dior minitures which are great for popping in your handbag on a night out!
I must admit, probably like many others, I was dubious about this book. I think its got a great concept but the author goes overboard with the sex scenes. I found myself skim reading on several occasions because it was boring me a little. The rest of the book was brilliant and it really captured me but I found the constant sex dull!! The character of Christian Grey certainly made me fall in love a little even with his slightly messed up persona. Ana is also a great strong character and I think both are very memorable to the 'book world.' I would hope in a film version that they would focus more on the actual plot.In summary, a great concept but when I end up skim reading...something must not be right! Definitely not everyones cup of tea but a good one to get you in the mood thats for sure!
Another fabulous heartwarming read from Katie Fforde. I adored the village setting and found myself wishing I too could do up a lovely little cottage (maybe one day). I wouldnt describe the book as exciting or thrilling but is the kind of book that is easy to read and perfectly enjoyable especially for a holiday read. Its a book filled with romance and lovable character (especially the dog that the main character ends up caring for!) Its a little predictable in places, and I think more could have happened but it was a good book nevertheless. Its quite a 'safe' book but in a nice familiar way. I could relate to the characters and enjoyed the homely vibe that pours out of every page. I laughed in places, and cried in others. Overall a well written story by a fantastic author. Go and buy this for your holiday read, its perfect for a chilled out setting.
Now, I am no 'tech junkie' in fact before this phone I couldnt bear the thought of using a touch screen phone. I wanted all the apps and whatnot but the idea of trying to type a word and having to delete every other letter when my finger presses the wrong button made me want to scream! Upon realising the phone I wanted in my head was only available in touch screen, I warily decided to give it a shot. I had the phone about half an hour before I realised it was fantastic. I love the fact I can watch catch up tv and youtube on my phone. I can google anything I need to know and get an answer in seconds (as a first time mummy this is essential!) I can download tons of free apps including recipes, games,and a kindle. None of which slow my phone down. The battery life really depends what you use the phone for. I am constantly using mine. If i lost it, I think I would cry! Its easy to type on, especially with a screen which rotates. In fact I am typing this review on it! It seems to hold alot of pictures and the camera has captured many of my beautiful baby girls finestmoments perfectly which I can then instantly share with friends on facebook, twitter,messenger, whatsapp, via text or email. I can keep my emails up together and quite frankly I probably dont need a laptop at all with such a fantastic phone to hand! Overall, the phone never disappoints and keeps my life in perfect order! I would recommend this phone to anybody looking for an affordable and yet exceptional device. Absolutely thrilled with it!