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Even though I don't really like Scarlet to watch a lot of TV we do always seem to have it as our background noise when we are pottering at home. Mostly these days it is Cbeebies that I can hear even though Scarlet is off playing. She does like In The Night Garden and the Toy Story films this is where her TV watching usually finished.
That was until she came across Timmy Time. From the first time she saw the Theme Tune she just loved everything about it. As I watched in amusment from the Kitchen, she danced and jumped around in front of the TV for 10 whole minutes. That seemed to be the longest time she had concerntrated on one thing for a while. Scarlet is not a look with my eyes sort of child, she is a more of a look with my hands and is always far too busy to concerntrate on one thing for more than a few seconds.
Cbeebies is a fun and learning TV channel for children from birth to 6 years of age. Not only do they have the usual cartoons but programmes on learning from counting, animals, colours and even words. They also have a website in which your child can sing-along to songs, complete jigsaw puzzles and you can even print off pictures for you child to colour in. Scarlet like sitting with Mummy on the Laptop to play the games.
Timmy Time is about a little Lamb called Timmy who at the age of 3 has gone to nursery. He has now gone from being the only Lamb in the flock to having to share and explore a whole new world at nursery with the other baby Animals. And believe me Timmy is a very active little monkey.
The Characters -
The Teachers -
Harriot Heron - Is one of the teachers in the nursery. As you can tell by her name she is very tall heron and they always manage to cut her head off in the class photo's.
Osbourne Owl - Is the other teacher in the nursery. As you can also tell by his name he is an Owl and has a son that goes to the nursery.
The Baby Animals -
Mittens - She is a Kitten who is a very girly girl.
Otus - Is an Owl and is the son of Osbourne Owl.
Yabba - Is a duckling who loves to splash in puddles.
Stripey - Is a badger who very often falls asleep in class.
Kid - Is a Goat who eats everything in sight.
Apricot - Is a Hedgehog who is very frightened by loud noises.
Finlay - Is a fox who just loves making mischeif.
Paxton - Is a pig who who loves wearing his blue and yellow striped jumper.
Timmy - He is the main character in the programme who loves getting into mischief and loves mud.
The characters on the programme don't actually talk but use the noises that Animals use. I know a lot of people are quite sceptical about childrens programmes with no conversation but Timmy Time has certainly helped Scarlet recognise the noises made by each Animal and to identify what the Animal is. And the stories are actually quite funny.
Sat down the other night with Scarlet gave me an insight to Timmy Time on Cbeebies Iplayer and it actually had me laughing out loud at the things this little scamp seemed to get upto. I may get tired of watching the show over and over but if Scarlet likes it then I like it.
After having my last well overdue Eye test the Optician confirmed my worst fear. I would have to wear glasses permantly and all the time aswell. I knew my Eye sight was getting bad but I thought it was just because I read alot and used the Laptop everyday.
With limited income I was dreading looking around at the frames my Optician offer as I knew they were expensive. Yes I would recieve help off the NHS but only for £40.00 and the cheapest pair of glasses in the shop were over £100. Until my friend Caroline suggested I try a website called Wantglasses.co.uk. And I am glad I did.
She explained that if you obtain your Prescription off the Optician the company will make the glasses to suit you so I off I went with looking. When I first logged onto the website I thought it was going to be really hard to use and I was so surprised to see how easy it was.
Wantglasses.co.uk offer a range of mens, ladies and unisex glasses ranging from £15.00 a frame. And best of all the lenses are completely free. As you first enter the site you come across a page that shows you what they have to offer. Wantglasses offer single vision, bifocals and even varifocals. Glasses that come in Rectangle shape, Oval shape, Aviator shape, Round and Wayfarer. With prices ranging from below £20.00 to £150 plus I couldn't go wrong. They also offer designer glasses (which are way out of my price range), full, semi or rimless glasses, a range of colours and even bendable ones. They really do cater for everything.
Once I had chosen my frames I proceded with the order. All the glasses offered automaically come with free Anti-Scratch which is good as Scarlet tends to pull my glasses off. The company also offer Anti-Glare and Tinting at a small charge of £10.00 which is fantastic value as Specsavers seems to be twice the amount. You can also choose the colour of the Tints and even how thick you want your lenses.
Putting my Prescription details in was so easy and Wantglasses have a step by step instruction guide to help. I paid for my order by Credit card and again the payment was so secure and easy to complete. Postage for the glasses is charged at £3.50 for first class delivery, £4.50 for courier delivery and £6.50 for next day delivery.
I opted for the standard delivery and with my first order I had an offer of free delivery. Wantglasses advise with a standard delivery the glasses will be delivered within 14 days. My glasses in total took 21 days to be delivered as the frames I had chosen were temporarily out of stock. Wantglasses however, kept in contact with me every step of the way by telephone and email.
They also offer a 14 day return policy if you decided that the glasses you have ordered are not for you. I didn't have a problem with my glasses but have had to contact them once when Scarlet pulled the nose supports off my glasses and they have a very friendly team of advisors which are so easy to get in contact with.
Overall I am so impressed with Wantglasses that I am going to order some tinted glasses for the summer shortly. And the fact that I paid £28.00 for 2 pairs of stunning glasses has also swayed my intent to use them again.
Both Scarlet and myself have the most problematic skin. She may only be 23 months old but she has had the most severe Eczema since she was born. As soon as I find a product that doesn't affect her skin I usually stick with that rather than trying new ones. Unfortunately though as money can be a bit stretched sometimes, I need to find alternatives.
I have never had a problem with baby wipes though. Even if they are own branded ones, I for example love the Boots and Morrisons own which are always on offer. But this month as the new Tesco had opened in my town I had to check it out and went to do my weekly shopping there. I actually found it quite expensive though. Whilst doing my shop I remembered I needed baby wipes so I went to the baby aisle to have a browse.
I ended up picking up the Tesco's own my baby's ultra soft cloth wipes in the fragrance free. On offer for 3 packs of 80 wipes for £2.70 I thought this was a bargain just like Boots and Morrisons. The fragrance free wipes come in a plastic blue pack with the hard plastic flap on the top which I just love as it seems to keep the wipes fresher for longer. It seems to be a very basic pack (which I suppose is what I was paying for) and advises you of what you need to know.
The top of the pack advises you the wipes are Dermatologically tested, enriched with a mild and gentle moisturising lotion including extracts of Aloe Vera and Chamomile. Then the bottom of the pack advises you of what the wipes can be used for, how to use the wipes, any warnings and what to do if you are unsatisfied.
I love Aloe Vera and use it quite alot each day but with these wipes I wish I had left them on the shelf in Tesco. As I pulled the first wipe out of the pack at changing time I noticed how thick they were. I like baby wipes to be thick as putting my fingers through them when chaging Scarlet makes me sick. The wipe also seemed to be quite large.
So off I went with changing Scarlet's nappy. The wipes were so easy to get out the pack and I only had to use a few as they were so thick and big, there is nothing worse than having to use a whole pack on one change as the wipes are small. So far so good. That was until I went to change her bum again. I have been so lucky that Scarlet has not suffered with really bad nappy rash before, just a few red blobs but after using these wipes she was red raw.
I put cream on her and thought maybe it was because she was teething but as the day wore on and she showed no other signs of teething I realised it was the wipes that were causing this. I stopped using them right away and i noticed a difference on the redness on her next change. I couldn't believe it. As I was NEVER going to use these wipes on her again and still had 2 and a half packs left I tried them on my face instead.
So that night whilst getting ready for bed I used them on myself for the first time. I was in complete shock when they turned out to be as rough as Sand Paper. I only managed to do half of my face as I was in pain and stinging. I had to do the otherside of my face with our normal Morrisons wipes. The next morning upon waking I couldn't believe my eyes when my face seemed to be red raw on the side I had used the Tesco wipes. Thank goodness it was gone the following day.
I have since given the remainder packs to a friend who has had no problem with them and Scarlet and I will NEVER be using them again.
If you have read any of my previous reviews you will already know I am obsessed with Shower Gel and any Bath product that I see. As my last review was on my Obsessive Compulsive Disorder who would blame me, I have to be clean. But the Shower Gel obsession seems to be more than that to me.
If you read my last review (or my other Shower Gel reviews) you will already know that I suffer with a rare skin disease which is getting worse as the days go by and for a long time I was unable to use any perfumed prooducts at all. As my specialist has given me the go ahead to start using my favourite products again it has left me with an obsession to smell nice and feel clean. I suppose being OCD doesn't actually help this latest fixation though.
After buying all the products that Supermarkets offer and generally any other Shower Gel that looked / smelt nice, I was starting to have a problem with finding ones I had never tried before. That was until Tesco finally arrived in my local town. Now I had a whole new 'own' branded items to try. So on the opening week I went with a mission of finding a nice, new Gel. And that is where I came across the Tesco Wake Up Coconut and Mango Shower Gel.
The Tesco Shower Gel Range come in white bottle's with the lid on the bottom for easier use. On the front of the bottle is the Tesco's brand with the Wake Up logo in white letters on a black strip. Then it goes on to explain the Gel contains Coconut with added mango for that little bit extra. On the back of the bottle then, it advises you all of all the useful ingredients information, what to do if you are unsatisfied and also the usual barcode.
I love the smell of Mango and Coconut as an individual smell but I was a bit apprehensive to start as I was sure the smell of Coconut and Mango together would not be the best combination, upon opening the bottle though I was shocked. The smell was delicious. It does smell more like Coconut but every now and again you do get the smell of Mango come through. All I could think of was Bounty Bars or Malibu. Yum Yum. I know eating Shower Gel is not a good idea but I really could have just eaten this all up. I will now add that I didn't. I must add aswell though that the smell is not too overpowering as I have found that some Coconut smells are really powerful.
The next time I jumped in the shower I made sure I had the Gel in the bath room to use and off I went with testing my new product. As I opened the bottle the smell just enveloped me. It made me quite hungry. Squeezing the Gel into my hands was easy and the Gel itself was really thick, white and creamy. The bubbles and Lather that it produced as I proceded to wash myself were amazing. The Shower tray was full of the most scrumptious bubbles and my feet got a lovely massage of Coconut, all without using a scrunchie puff aswell. I couldn't imagine the bubble it would produce with the puff but I couldn't wait to find out.
Upon drying myself once I'd had my half an hour under the steam I instantly noticed that my skin was so supple and moisturiesed. I am glad that the Gel didn't leave my skin dry as I am experiencing difficulty with using moisturising cream at the moment. It is related to my OCD and moisturising cream is leaving me feeling greasy which in turn makes me feel unclean. The smell left on my skin is amazing after using this Gel and if I have a shower at night I can still smell the scent after a 10 hour sleep which I like.
I will certainly be using this Wake Up Gel again as it makes me feel so refreshed, moisturised andthe scent is amazing. I paid £1.00 for this in Tesco and certainly will again!
I have written the introduction to this review about Fifty times already and wasn't quite sure on how to announce that I suffer with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (mixed with the fact that if the review is not correct I am unable to post it).
For all those that read my reviews must think I am falling apart or otherwise being held togethert by a piece of string, as I may only be 27 but I am already a sufferer of Hypermobilty Syndrome, Anemia and a Rare Skin Disease. Believe me sometimes I could voluntarily take myself to the vets to be put down especially after a long hard day coping with chronic pain.
~ What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ~
OCD is the fourth most common Mental disorder.
The disorder is controlled by intusive thoughts to the sufferer which leads to anxiety with the reptitve behaviours that follow being generally used to control the anxity levels reached. OCD affects people in so many different ways and can either come out in the form of constant hand washing, hoarding and even nervous habits.
There are three dfferent types of OCD which are Obsessions, Compulsions and OCD without overt compulsions.
Obsessions - Used to control obsession related anxiety, the sufferer cannot feel calm until the unbalance has been amended. For example if there is an item out of place it can lead to the sufferer thinking someone will get hurt.
Complusions - This is where the sufferer thinks that compulsive rituals must be completed because they have to. For example it may include the sufferer counting footsteps otherwise a dreadful event may take place.
OCD without overt compulsions - This is where the sufferer completes mental rituals rather than obvious compulsions for others to see. For example the sufferer might feel driven to aviod certain social situations due to the intrusive thoughts.
~ How I suffer ~
I suffer with both the Obsessive and Compulsive sides of OCD which has left me within a living nightmare now for Five years.
I have always suffered with OCD since I was a child but it was only small things that used to upset me. For example if my food touched or got mixed together it would leave me unable to eat and more often than not leave me physically sick.
I started suffering severe OCD however on the 27th November 2005 after a normal night out left me fighting for my life. It was just the little things that changed first but all too soon it became such a problem it left me unable to leave the house.
I am an obsessive cleaner and perfectionist. At first I thought that everything being in a certain place or cleaning the house five times a day was normal but after my partner woke up with a different duvet on the bed to what he went he fell asleep in, he knew something was wrong. When he finally went to see a Doctor on my behalf a year later my OCD seemed to be at it's worst.
Some of the behaviours that I have demonstrated throughout the last Five years have left me and my partner heart broken. I have been a hard person to live with and I really do think this behaviour had some part in the breakdown of our relationship. Nothing he ever did for me seemed good enough. I would go around after him tidying up Scarlet's toys putting them in the correct place and facing the same way.
My everyday routine has to be completely the same. I have to clean everyday still and at my worst I ended up spending the whole of my waking day cleaning over and over again. I have washed my skin so much it has been left bleeding. But to me washing my hands until they bled was normal, it is what everyone else did. Now however, I know different.
I just can't explain the things I have done when I have been in OCD destruction but I know people saw me a physcotic.
~ My Treatment ~
After being convinced to see my Doctor I was prescribed some Pain Killers which also act as a mild Anti-Depresent. As I am currently on controlled Pain Killers for being Hypermobile I am unable to take any other tablets.
After a few weeks of taking these my partner noticed I was a bit more relaxed but it was when I had councelling to deal with the obsessive thoughts that we really started to notice a difference.
The post tramatic stress I suffered after being left bleeding to death triggered off the severe OCD behaviour and reliving the night when the disorder became it's worst helped me realise what I was doing.
~ Me Now ~
I will never be fully clear of OCD and any change in my life or hard time I go through will set me back five years and it will all start over again. Thank goodness I have Scarlet to bring me back to reality. I am still on Anti-Depesents every so often if I am in desturction mode and it helps everytime.
I still however clean the house on a daily basis, bath or shower on a daily basis and will not leave the house until everything is in it's place. I have though stopped cleaning other people's house's when I go for a visit.
I will always try to help someone who is going through the same situation but when people who clearly are not suffering with the disorder think they have OCD it makes me mad as they will never know what the sufferer and their families have to go through each day.
I will completely beat this one day.
After picking up Pampers Simply Baby Wipes and really having a disaster (see my last review) with them I needed some more wipes urgently. I am all up for trying different makes of Wipes as they don't seem to affect Scarlet's skin but after having a disaster from the last lot I was starting to think that maybe I should stick to the ones I have used and liked before. I really liked the Boots own fragrance free ones and then they changed them. Typical.
As it was 7.30pm though when I needed some wipes urgently, I knew boots would be closed and the only shop (apart from Co-op which is quite expensive) that was open until 8pm so off I trekked. As I had limited money I was looking for some that were on offer. That is when I came across the Morrison's Baby range. I have seen a few of the Mum's in Playgroup use the range and my sister also uses the Wipes to remove all traces of her Make-Up before washing her face so they couldn't be too bad.
So I picked up 3 packs of the Sensitive Fragrance Free wipes for £2.70 and went to the till to pay. Each pack contains 80 wipes and is white in colour. The packet is the same size as Pampers or even the Boots own which fits snugly into any baby's changing bag. On the front of the pack there is not just a sticky plastic strip but a solid plastic strip which makes it easier to open and close when needed. This I find also keeps the wipes from drying out. On top of this label is the Morrison's brand and a small drawing of a baby.
Below the cute drawing the pack advises you they are Fragrance Free, Enriched with Aloe Vera and Chamomile Extract and have been Dermatoigically tested and Hypoallergenic. I am a fan of Aloe Vera so I was really hoping I was going to like these. On the back of the pack then it advises you on the Ingredients, Directions for use, Warnings, Morrison's customer service details and what Morrison's say about the product.
As I prep aired Scarlet for bed that night I used the wipes for the first time. As I opened the wipes I noticed how easy the tab was on the front, it clicks as you open and clicks so you know it is closed properly. It was so easy. I noticed as well that there was no scent with the baby wipes, just as I like them. So far so good, now the test would be how they were to use. I pulled one out of the pack (just the one as well and not 10 like the simply wipes) and set to work changing Scarlet's nappy. The one wipe was really big which was a refreshing change.
When changing Scarlet I only needed to use a few wipes as they were so large. The wipe to touch was so soft and just the right dampness, not too wet and not too dry which was good as it didn't leave her bum damp to touch. After using the wipe I noticed that her bum was quite soft to touch which was lovely, no unusual wetness or no harsh smell for her. The next morning when I changed her from waking I noticed that her bum was still peachy with no signs that the wipes had made her Eczema worse. Thank Goodness.
So as they were a hit with Scarlet I tried them on my face. They were so smooth and soft that I could have carried on wiping my face for hours. I only used the one wipe and have to really let you know that it removed all traces of my Make-Up ready for me to wash my face. The next morning it was great to wake up without any black gloop in the corner of my eye for the first time in years. And touching my skin was great, it was soft as Scarlet's peachy bum.
I really like these wipes and at £2.70 for 3 I just can't go wrong.
Up until 3 weeks ago Scarlet and I had been so lucky to avoid all the winter cold and flu bugs that seemed to be going around. Everyone else seemed to have them along with other bugs but we had nothing. Then Scarlet came home from her Nan's with a really bad cold which ended up being a week of her sneezing and wiping her nose on my trousers. Aren't children so lovely sometimes? I really thought that I had missed this cold again but the next morning it really hit me.
I was feeling quite tired and low anyway at this point so I had been stupid to think I would avoid the germs this time around. I was dreading getting a sore throat though as every time I do I end up with tonsillitis and I really didn't need to be that ill with a 2 year old to run around after. So I went to my local shop in search of some flu capsules and Strepsils. That is where I came across the cool version.
Strepsils have been around for as long as I can remember and come in a range of flavours from the Original, Blackcurrant, Honey and Lemon, Cherry, Strawberry sugar free and the Cool. I have used them before and found them to be quite effective so I stocked up on a packet of the Cool flavour.
The cool come in a box of 16 lozenges which are each in individual bubble wrapped compartments on the 2 strips inside and are really easy to pop out for use. The white box is about the same size as the other Strepsil product which I find fits into my bag quite nicely. The detail on the front of the box is quite simple and very eye catching. The general information that is used is the brand name, the Antiseptic ingredients and a picture of a Strepsil on the left which is in blue.
The back of the box then advises you that 'Strepsils cool lozenges provide effective relief from the discomfort of sore throats. Each lozenge contains a combination of 2 Antiseptics to fight the infections which can cause a sore throat and mouth infections'. As soon as I read the information I knew that I would not have to worry about that sore throat starting. The other information on the back of the box then advises of usage instructions, warnings, ingredients, storage information and manufactures details.
About an hour after buying them I started to feel my throat aching so I popped one of the blue lozenges into my mouth. As soon as it hit my tongue the cold sensation took over my whole mouth. To me it almost tasted of Eucalyptus as well. It was the strangest feeling. The lozenge did exactly what it was supposed to as it numbed my throat and took the pain I had started to feel away. This made me feel great especially as it seemed to clear my blocked nose too.
I only managed to suck half of the lozenge though as I found it so cold on my mouth it actually started to hurt. I wouldn't recommend drink a glass of water of hot tea straight after either as it made my mouth taste so strange. The effect of numbness of my throat however seemed to last about four hours until it started to ache again so I popped another one into my mouth which had the same soothing effect.
I paid £2.95 for the lozenges and as after 2 days my sore throat had gone I would definitely buy them again. Now I just need to find something to get rid of the lasting cough that will not go.
In the last 21 months since Scarlet was born I have tried all the brands of Baby Wipes which are on the market at the moment and now generally buy what is on offer when I go shopping or depending on how much money I have. The wipes have never had an affect on her Eczema and we have never suffered Nappy Rash so I can use which ever ones are on offer.
The last time I was shopping in Tesco the Pampers Simply Clean were available at 3 for £3.00 so I picked up 3 packs. I always use Pampers Active Fit Nappies with her and know that Pampers are a really good make. When the Simply cheaper range came out I picked up a pack of the Nappies as well when they were on offer and found them not that bad to use. I have read some reviews on them that have been bad but I found them ok, not the best but ok. So I wasn't too worried about using the wipes, but how wrong could I have been.
The Simply Clean Wipes come in a pack of 72 which is white and orange in colour. The pack is generally the same size as all the other baby wipes I have tried and about the same depth which fits into Scarlet's change bag nicely. On the front of the pack is the sticky label that you can peel back to get the wipes out with the Pampers label on the left hand side and a picture of a baby on the right. The back of the pack is very basic and comes in several different languages so I gather they provide them in Europe as well.
The information that is supplied on the pack consists of the Ingredients list, that they are made in the EU, the address of Manufacturer and basically that the wipes are Soap Free, Alcohol Free and Dermatologic ally tested. As the colour of the wipes is so vibrant I guarantee you will not miss them in the Supermarket. I had seen them many times before I actually bought them.
As I peeled back the label there was no smell to the wipes at all which I like as strong smelling baby wipes make me feel quite queasy. But as I went to get a wipe out I found it hard to pull just the one that I needed. I seemed to pull about 10 out by mistake. I thought it was just me as I can be quite heavy handed but even when I took more care when I was changing Scarlet's nappy I found I still pulled out lots. I was quite annoyed as I thought we would be through the pack in about 4 changes so this wasn't value for money at all.
When using the wipes on Scarlet I found them so small compaired to the rest of the wipes on the market. This proved quite difficult when Changing Scarlet as one dirty nappy had me using the half the packet. I was in shock when I noticed how small each wipe was and I found they ripped so easy when trying to use them. This was not good on a dirty nappy as I ended up with my fingers in it, I was not amused at all. I gave up with trying to use them with Scarlet and decided to use them to remove my Make Up before washing my face before bed.
This is when I came across a smell with them. As I wiped the first one across my face I noticed a very strong smell of Plastic. Even after I had finished using the wipe the smell was so strong on my face that it made me feel sick. I am really unhappy with them to the stage that I have mentioned it to my friends and also emailed Pampers. I am however still awaiting a response.
Even on offer I wouldn't buy the wipes again and wouldn't recommend them to anyone.
I have never really suffered with Dry Skin; sometimes I get patches from where I have had a flare up of Solarises but other than that nothing. I have however been having some major Dry Lips recently as the weather seems to be changing all the time. I usually use the little Vaseline pot or the Little Green Tin from Superdrug but when I needed them the most I couldn't find them. At the weekend my lips were so dry and sore the pain was unbelievable. It was typical that I couldn't find my Vaseline pots.
As I searched the house from top to bottom I came across a Chap Stick in Apple flavour. I never usually use Chap Stick as I find it quite horrible on my lips and the odd bit that gets in your mouth tastes horrible. But I seriously had no choice. Chap Stick has been around for as long as I can remember and I do remember using them in my teenage years when I was having pocket money and using cheap branded Skin Care and Make Up. But I didn't like them then either.
Chap Stick comes in a 12m round tube with a lid that can be replaced and a screw bottom so you can use all the Lip Balm in the tube. Around the tube is the plastic Label and the Apple one comes in green. On the Label it self is the brand, flavour, ingredients, storage instructions and the barcode. As the tube is so small the details on the label are very basic. It was only when I had a look on the web that I found out that the Lip Balm softens and moisturises dry, cracked lips and contains Carnauba Wax and Beeswax. And the Directions are as follows -
Directions: Apply as required especially before going out in sun, wind or cold weather to keep lips protected.
So I pulled off the lid to reveal the Lime Green Lip Balm underneath. I couldn't smell the Apple right away but when I went to apply it to my lips the smell was sweet and lovely. It reminds me of the Alcoholic Drink 'Apple Sourz' (there I go with the Alcohol smells again). I find that it also smells of undiluted Apple Cordial. As I was applying the Lip Balm the instant relief was amazing which really shocked me as I have found Chap Stick doesn't generally do this. And the taste was nice as well. I know you are not supposed to eat it but it does taste like Apple's.
As the Balm also contains Vaseline it is quite greasy and does need to be reapplied to the lip area after an hour or so. But as I already know Vaseline is not supposed to sink into the skin but is supposed to sit on top and form a protective barrier this doesn't bother me at all. After about half a day of reapplying the Balm certainly did it's job and left me with smooth, luscious lips. I was so glad.
I am not sure how much was paid for this Chap Stick as I found it in the house but when looking online I have come across a price of £1.20. I would certainly pay this for the Balm which fits nicely n my pocket.
Now Scarlet and I are on our own I will need to start becoming more of a bargain hunter than I am already. I know things are going to be tight when it comes to money but I was hoping that I wouldn't have to change Scarlet's skin care and bath products because of her Eczema. We are really happy with the ones that we have been using but when I needed to replace her Bubble Bath I had no choice on my last shopping trip but to go for a cheaper product.
So instead of picking up my usual Johnson's Night Time Bath I opted for Tesco's own Brand Night Time Bath. Now I was hoping when I used it her Eczema wouldn't flare up as I have also run out of the Aloe Propolis Crème and certainly cannot afford to replace that at the moment. So that night I started to use the Bath product with some seriously crossed fingers.
The Tesco's own Bath comes in a 400ml dark Lilac squeezey bottle which is sort of two oval shapes which allows your hand to fit quite nicely around the middle to enable you to squeeze the Bubbles out. The lid is at the top in the same colour and comes with an easy open and close flip lid. The label on the front shows a sleeping baby and all the Brand information. Also the front advises that it is Tesco's no tears formula, contains Lavender oil to help relax and calm, it is paediatrician approved and Hypoallergenic.
The label on the back then advises that of any warnings, ingredients, Directions for use and tips for a better nights sleep. Tesco also advise that the my baby range are especially developed by baby care experts to be the best for baby and you. It also advised that the formula contains not only Lavender Oil but Sweet Almond Oil to promote relaxation and softer, smoother skin. With reading the information on the back I was still a bit sceptical about using it but I opened the bottle to pour into the bath.
As I opened the bottle the smell of Lavender engulfed me. It wasn't a very strong smell though; it seemed to have soft Lavender mixed with the new baby smell. The smell wasn't at all what I expected it to be. It really does smell lovely. As I proceeded to pour the liquid into the bath. I noticed straight away it seemed a lot runnier than the Johnson's product I had previously used. At first I put the recommended amount of a small squeeze of the clear liquid in and swished the water around but it didn't seem to produce very many bubbles.
When Scarlet has a bath she likes a lot of Bubbles as she like to pick them up and blow them away. By the time she gets out the bath she is covered from head to toe in them but with the recommended amount with the Tesco Bath I knew there wasn't enough. As I put more in I started to think about if I would actually be saving money if I used this one as I was using more. By the time I reached the amount of Bubbles that we wanted I had used a quarter of the bottle.
The bubbles did seem to stay for the whole hour she was in the bath (she needs to be very wrinkled when she gets out otherwise she will scream). And the smell did linger through out the whole bath. Now was the ultimate test though, did it make her sleep and did it make her skin bad again. Once she was dry it was such a lovely scent on her skin. She was so soft and smelling so nice that I couldn't wait to cuddle up on the sofa with her until it was time for her to go to bed.
Unfortunately the Lavender didn't so it's relaxing job that night as she was awake 3 times. But it was more to do with her teething that the failings of the Lavender. As for her skin, the next morning when she was awake I noticed that it had not affected her skin at all. Thank goodness her Eczema had not been affected by the own Brand.
I am not sure if I will buy this again. Even though it is £1.21 for the 400ml bottle I did need to use a lot more to achieve the bubbles we wanted. So I think value for money I will stick with Johnsons as it seems to last a bit longer than 4 baths.
Well baby Scarlet has certainly inherited my appetite and eats really well. Even after having her tea she also eats a pudding to fill up her ever growing belly. The ones she likes the most are Yoghurt, Rice Pudding and Custard. Mummy loves Rice Pudding and Custard too so we both share a tin after tea. I am going to have a go at making my own Rice Pudding one day as my Granddad makes it to perfection.
I find though they can be quite expensive to by so when I was last in Asda I though I would give the Smart Price ones a go. The only disaster I have come across from the Asda's own brand was the vegetable soup but as the rest out weigh that one I thought I might as well give it a go. And at 18p per 425g tin I didn't think it would matter if it was a disaster.
The Asda Price Smart tins are very basic but not at all hard to miss when shopping. They have white labels and the writing to explain the product is in green and the Rice Pudding was no exception. Also on the front of this one though it explains it is suitable for vegetarians. On the back of the tin then there is all the usual information about Nutrition, Allergy Advice, Ingredients, cooking advice and what to do if you are not happy with the product.
Allergy advice for you -
Skimmed Milk, Reconstituted Whey [Water, Whey Powder (Milk)] , Whole Milk , Rice (9.0%) , Sugar , Acidity Regulator (Sodium Carbonate) .
Cooking Instructions -
Microwave - From Chilled/Ambient: Empty contents into a non-metallic bowl. Cover and heat on full power for 2 1/2 minutes (750W) or 3 minutes (650W), stirring halfway through. Stir thoroughly before serving.
Hob - From Chilled/Ambient: Empty contents into a saucepan. Heat thoroughly over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally. DO NOT BOIL.
Nutritional advice per half a can -
* Energy - 744kj (176kca)
* Protein - 7.0g
* Carbohydrate - 33.5g
Of which Sugars - 19.3g
* Fat - 1.5g
Of which Saturates - 0.8g
* Fibre - 1.9g
* Sodium - 0.08g
Equivalent as Salt - 0.2g
As I opened the tin I expected the Rice Pudding to be so thin and watery but it was not at all what I expected. It was quite thick and creamy that you would expect any bigger brand to be like. The smell as well was exactly the same as the bigger brand and made me so hungry as I was pouring it out of the can ready to go in the microwave.
To ensure that it is not too hot for Scarlet I never put it in for the amount of time that is on the can, so I popped it in the microwave for about 60 seconds. Once the pop had sounded the smell was even stronger because the pudding was now warm It smelt so delicious. But again the ultimate test would be the taste and baby Scarlet's opinion.
If baby Scarlet doesn't like something she will just open her mouth and let the contents fall out so with every new brand I try with her I brace myself for having to catch food. As soon as she could smell the rice pudding though she was so excited about eating it. As I popped the spoonful into her moth she swallowed it right away and her mouth was open ready for more.
Right I thought if she likes it that much I will need to try it. So I took a spoonful. The taste was so creamy and yummy I couldn't wait to eat my half. It was exactly like the bigger brand makes and it was so Moorish. I couldn't believe for such a cheap price it felt like I was eating Ambrosia. I was shocked. From mine and Baby Scarlet's opinion 'if you are a Rice Pudding lover give this one a go and you will not be disappointed'.
I will be singing from the roof tops about this find for a long time and with a 18p price who wouldn't be.
If I had the chance I would go back to living in the country, I don't exactly live in the middle of a city but I would love to have a small hold or a farm. I am a very big Animal lover and already have a dog and 3 cats but would love to have more. Before Scarlet baby came along my Animals were my life, now Scarlet and the Animals are my life.
We had our dinky tabby cat first called Bella, then our Collie Smokey came along a year later and again a year after that my RSPCA rescue's Ruby and Mia came along. Ruby is a long haired Black and White that was rescued from someone trying to set her on fire and Mia is a practical Burmese Tortoise shell who was dumped at the side of the road when she was a tiny kitten.
When I decided to have a dog though it was a really difficult decision for me to decide what breed. I love big dogs with my favourites being Boxer's, German Shepherd's, Collie's, Doberman and Great Dane's. But I had to be realistic as to what would fit in my house I was living in at the time. As I had grown up with Collie's and Sheepdogs, I knew there temperaments, how to look after them and their behavioural tendencies. So I started looking for a Welsh Collie.
Welsh sheepdogs are bread for there working capabilities with Cattle, Sheep and Horses. A Collie will vary in size, colour and look with the most common colours being Black and White, Red and White (more like a Chocolate colour) and Tri colour. The coat itself can be either long or short and is quite smooth to touch. A collie is an extremely active dog and need a lot of exercise and stimulation if they are to be kept as pets. They are extremely intelligent and loyal dogs which with a small child in the house I am extremely grateful for.
Smokey however is very rare. We came across him at a friend's house when he was only 4 weeks old. His parents are well known working dogs around our area and are black and white in colour with all of his brothers and sisters being the same colour. Smokey however, is long haired and Ginger in colour. I have never seen another Collie the same colour and have even been offered a lot of money for him but he is my baby and I will never part from him.
Taking him to the vet to have his very first injections we were told that he has an undershot bottom jaw. It doesn't affect him in anyway, he just always seems to sit with his tongue hanging from the side of his mouth or a little tiny bit that stick out the front. To me I find this just adds to his character. He also suffers from sever eczema which he needs cream for but it can be controlled with ease.
He is now 4 years old and I have had some heartbreak with him. As with all Puppies Smokey went through a chewing stage. But this stage seemed to end up with him ripping the stuffing out of my sofa, chewing the window frame, eating the underlay under my hall carpet, chewing skirting boards, eating shoes, chewing the corners off my table and generally trashing my house. It took what seemed forever for him to grow out of this stage but it was only 6 months. He hasn't chewed since, well as long as you don't leave your socks for him to eat.
I was devastated when at the age of 2 he was run over by a car. As I saw the bleeding heap on the floor that was my dog I had to stand and watch the driver of the car just drive away and leave us on a country lane. Smokey was on a short lead when a maniac came around the corner and hit him, I was lucky it wasn't me aswell. He was fine after he'd had some of his teeth filed down and he a stitch put in his eye and I am so glad that here is still with me to tell the tale.
He is though the most loyal Animal that I have ever known and even with all the heartbreak that I have been through in the last few weeks he has never left my side. Even when I had to split assets the Dog and Cats stayed with me. He is the most loyal, calm and gentle friend I could ever ask for. At night he sleeps under the bed unless he hears a noise which leads to him moving to sleep outside Scarlet's door to protect her.
If Scarlet is out in the garden then Smokey is out in the garden aswell. He is so over protective of her and if someone tries to talk to him that he doesn't know he will warn the stranger to stay away. Scarlet however uses his over protectiveness to her advantage, so when mummy tells her of she will go and sit behind him leaving me unable to tell her off. She may only be 21 months but she knows how to bat her lids at her loving furry friend. But I am thankful that Smokey will always protect her if her mummy wasn't able to.
Having him in the house with me every night makes me feel at ease. If he hears people passing he will let them know this a house with a dog. The Postman still laughs that Smokey's bark makes him sound so big and nasty which he isn't at all. Every morning the Postman brings him a treat so Smokey greets him with a wagging tale and usually his ball for the Postman to throw for him. I just know I will always be safe with him and that is all I can ask for.
As for intelligence he is a very bright dog. Can open and close doors, bring you the post and his lead when it is time for walks. He has between 3 - 5 hours exercise a day which seems to wear him out thank goodness as he does have a lot of energy. We play a lot of hide and seek which he can now do with ease. All I do is hide his ball that he has had since he was a pup and he finds it within Seconds. Collie's are renowned for Agility training aswell which I am yet to try Smokey on. But I wouldn't change my Ginger fur ball for the world.
I would recommend a Collie to anyone
After realising I am in love with Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream I am going to try each one that the UK have to offer. I have already tried Phish Food, Cookie Dough, Caramel Chew Chew, Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Cookie Dough so when the Co-Op leaflet came through the door I went to see what they had to offer in our local store. I was disappointed though to see they didn't have many flavours.
The only one that they had that I hadn't already tried was the Chocolate Macadamia from the Fair Trade range they offer. So I picked up a tub and couldn't wait to get home to try it. I still am in shock that I had never tried Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream until the end f 2009. I really thought that they were only available in America and wasn't at all aware they had realised a small range in the UK.
The Chocolate Macadamia comes in the same round 500ml tub as most of the other flavours. On the front of the tub it shows the usual information of the Ben & Jerry's logo, the name of the Ice Cream but the picture on the front is a country scene with a cow on the right hand side and Nuts on the left hand side. This particular tub also shows the Fair Trade Logo also. The description on the front of the tub describes the product as 'Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolaty Covered Macadamia Nuts'.
On the back of the tub the information comes in four different languages. On the right hand side of the back label it gives you all the information of Ben & Jerry's and how it originated. It also tells you the Fair Trade information as well. As usual the back shows you the Nutritional information, Ingredients and what to do if you are not happy with the product.
Nutritional information per 100ml -
Energy - 950kj ( 230kcal)
Protein - 3g
Carbohydrate - 19g
Fat - 15g
I couldn't wait to get into the tub but I couldn't. Around the top is a plastic strip to keep the item fresh and to ensure you are unable to open before purchase. This should have also advised after purchase as I really couldn't open it. After a knife and pair of Scissors later I finally opened the tub. Phew what a mission it was to get in the tub, it better be worth it. Looking at the top if the Ice Cream the Chocolate and Vanilla swirls it really did look so appealing. So I dug in.
I find all Ben & Jerry's a bit hard to start and this one was no different, I popped it into the Microwave for a few seconds and proceeded to eat. The taste was amazing, the Chocolate and Vanilla was such a lovely mix. And I also got a few separate bits of flavour as well. It was such a rich, velvety taste and so more-ish. It was lovely. Then after a while I came across a Chocolate covered Macadamia nut.
The Chocolate covering the nuts tasted exactly the same as you would get in a pick and mix bag of Chocolate cover Nuts and Raisins which I can honestly say I was not overly impressed with it. But I just sucked all the Chocolate off to get the Macadamia Nut on the inside. As soon as I crunched one of the nuts it was the weirdest taste on the world. You could taste that they were roasted which I thought was a bit odd to be in the middle of Ice Cream.
As I got through the tub I didn't find a lot of the Nuts as I was quite disappointed as the more I had the more I liked them. They are an odd combination to have with the Ice cream but something about them made it work. All I can say is that you need to try them. I would again.
As I suffer with Hypermobility Syndrome I live in constant pain. Some days it can be a dull ache in my lower spine but on other days I can be in so much pain in all my joints that it can make me sick. As I am trying not to rely on Pain Killer as to be fair I am only 27 and if I have to rely on strong drugs now there is no hope for me when I get older and the arthritis starts to kick in as well so I do try to use as many alternative pain relief methods as I can. Some work fantastically but others are not so good. Investing in a new Tens Machine was the best decision I have made for ages.
Firstly let me explain a bit about Hypermobility Syndrome as I know a lot of you are probably wondering what it is, I sure knew that I hadn't heard of it before I was diagnosed. Hypermobility Syndrome is where my connective tissue proteins such as collagen are differently formed to most. My joints, muscles, tendons and even ligaments are laxer and more delicate than most people's which result in vulnerability to them leading to pain and easier injury. Unfortunately the Collagen in my skin also produces too quickly causing me to scar severely, bruise easier and get abscesses constantly.
HMS was a condition I was born with and unfortunately will have for the rest of my life. I can bend my knee's backwards more than 40 degrees more than I am supposed to, have severe lower back pain, shoulder pain and even the simple task of sneezing or yawning can have the worst consequences on my neck and shoulders. As you can imagine as well the minus 20 nights with the weather do not help, the cold makes me extremely worse and I am hating this snow for what affect it is having on my hands and fingers. One of the alternative methods in pain relief that I am using constantly at the moment is my Lloyds Pharmacy Dual Tens Machine.
What is a Tens Machine?
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation or Tens for short is to enable an application of electrical current through the skin to relieve pain. The item is connected to the skin using two or more electrodes which when placed in the affected area produce a non-invasive, safe nerve stimulation to relieve the most acute or chronic pain.
What can Tens be used for?
Many studies how shown the level of relief for problems such as osteoarthritis, chronic musculoskeletal pain, Joint pain such as Hypermobility Syndrome, Knee pain, Shoulder pain and even as a pain relief in Labour.
What does the Lloyds Pharmacy Tens Machine look like?
It is a battery operated hand held unit that is about palm height and width. It has rubber sides on to enable easier holding for people that suffer with their hands. And due to its size it is easier to carry around, I just pop mine into my pocket or clip it onto the waist band of my trousers. On the front then is the Digital screen with the timer for how long the machine has been in use for, what mode and intensity you have got it on. Just below the screen then is the buttons used to control the functions. At the top of the machine is where the electrodes plug in and the back is where the batteries are.
Mode - you can have 9 different modes to the machine which each have various pulses. They have various uses and give different sensations. I always use it on the fifth mode which feels like tiny pin pricks to relax my muscles.
Intensity - There are 8 different intensity modes with number 1 being the weakest and 8 being the strongest. I never get over 6 as it seems to make my body twitch of it's own accord if I go over. However funny it is at the time it does hurt and would look quite strange if I was to walk down the street randomly twitching.
Price and Availability -
I paid £19.99 for the Tens when it was on a half price off in Lloyds Pharmacy. It generally retails at £39.99.
How effective for pain relief is the machine and my verdict -
As a sufferer of chronic pain I would give the Tens 4 out of 5. It relaxes my muscles when I need it to and relieves the pain from Chronic to a dull ache. I wear the machine for longer than the 15 minute timer in one go, usually for about 45 minutes and I can honestly say it does exactly what it says it does.
The wires with the machine are so easily hidden and as you put it in your pocket I also wear the machine when I am out and about. Especially when I am doing my shopping. As the pads are hidden under your clothes only you will know it is there. I however have put the intensity on too high whilst in Morrison's and had quite a few odd looks whilst squiggling in the aisle. I even use it to do my everyday house work which would be a mission and cause lots of pain if I didn't have the tiny electrodes coursing through my back.
I would talk to your Physio or Doctor before using the machine just to ensure it is useful to yourself, but as you can buy it over the counter it is such a useful natural method without the use of painkillers.
I would definitely recommend them to all sufferers of back pain and really couldn't function in everyday life without this little machine sent from heaven.
For all those that read my reviews it really isn't the same feeling using Shower Gel anymore. Until the Day before my Operation I am allowed to use them and then again 6 weeks after my Op I am allowed to use them with the same 6 week window when I have the Op on my other arm. Not being able to do or use something makes it that bit more exciting and recently I have missed that 'drinking before it's legal' feeling. However much I try to convince my brain that I am not allowed to use them it just laughs at me.
After my nightmare day on Tuesday (read my last Lush review for the disastrous information) and the lack of sleep we had due to a poorly Scarlet that night, waking up the next morning was hard. Even at 10am when I was still half asleep so I hopped in the shower as I knew I needed to take action before Mr Kimbles went to work. I couldn't be dozing when it was me and Scarlet otherwise she would have painted the walls or fed the cat to the dog. Generally something along those lines.
So I picked up the Imperial Leather Wake Up Shower Gel. Going by the title on the bottle it should do the job I was looking for. The Wake Up Shower Gel comes in a 250ml clear bottle to enable you to see the vibrant yellow liquid on the inside. The lid is also in yellow and has a flip top which is easy enough to use in the shower for you to get the Gel out. The label on the front is clear as well which is something you don't see to often. The Imperial Leather logo is then at the top of the label in a red scroll, then underneath is pictures of a few lemons. It also advises it contains Bitter Lemon and Ginger.
The back label then is white in colour which struck me as just plain strange as the front was see through. Oh well off with reading it anyway I went. The back suits me down to the last letter. It generally says 'Not a morning person, the bitter lemon and ginger is aimed to put a spring in your step no matter what time of day'. No I am not a morning person so these bubbles really need to wake me up on that morning.
Imperial Leather is a very well known brand of Shower Gel and Bubble bath, being owned by a company called Cussons. I have used the brand for many years and do really like some of their products. They are renowned for being mil enough for the whole family, dermatologic ally, 100% soap free and skin friendly.
So I flipped open the lid and the smell of ginger was really strong. It was more over powering than the lemons which I was glad about as I can find lemons really sickly especially if I had to smell them all day. Rubbing the Gel into my skin it produced the most amazing lather and made my skin feel so soft as I was still in the shower. Once out I could still smell the Gel as I was drying myself and it left a slight hint on my skin. After the full day of running around after Scarlet the smell of the Ginger on my skin was amazing.
But with waking me up, it wasn't a skin tingling feeling as you get with Original Source wake up Shower Gels. It seemed to just make me feel more refreshed and ready to face the day without wanting to curl up in a ball and go to sleep. I think the lack of Lemons in the smell didn't help as it wasn't there to wake me up (or feel sick rather). But I was really happy with the smell, the touch of my skin after use and the refreshed feeling it left me with.
I paid £1.00 on offer for this bottle in Morrison's and I think I will again.