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A Calendar of the the Grandchildren and family. This is something I`m sure all Grandparents will love...my parents loved the one I made for them last year. It was easy, I scanned the best photos I could find of the Grandchildren. I then chose to have a different style calendar for each month (to make it less boring) and for each month a different photo. I alternated the photos evenly, so no one could scream `favouritism!` I then printed it all out and stapled it together. My parents have a new calendar each year, (they need it to remember dates), so it was something I knew would be useful. Having the family photos on it made it really special to them too. I felt quite proud when they were so pleased with it...the Grandchildren loved it too, makes them feel extra important...like a film star...being on a Calendar.
If when you look at the prices of table crackers..you`d rather not bother, because they can be £10 or more a box. Have a go at this. I buy the very cheapest I can find, usually there is always somewhere that has them a £1 a box (like on the market or a pound shop). Depending on your dinner guests, or whoever may be pulling the crackers, buy some bits & pieces that you know they would like.. eg. sweets, fun size chocs, pens, keyrings, nail clippers, bath pearls, hair scrunchie, nail varnish....or anything else you see that costs hardly anything. Wrap it up in some xmas paper and open one end of the cracker & pop it in. If you haven`t enough bits or ideas, kids always love to get a 20p or some coppers wrapped up. Then add tinsel in a co ordinating colour, or bows & ribbon to make the crackers look special.
Another good freebies site. This is the new, recently updated site..been going since 1997. The site is quick & easy. With loads of freestuff, all in categories. There are loads of Freebies on the site, over 700 & they are aiming for 1000 by Sept. A lot of the stuff listed is also on other freesites, but then I suppose there is omly so much freestuff around, that they all find it eventually. The site is updated everyday, with alot added each day. All the freebies are rated, as to how good it is. Although I came across one, which was rated a `must have`, (from US)filled in the long form, submitted, and was then told, it can not be submitted as I hadn`t filled in the `state` box, I ended up just clicking any state...so probably won`t get the freebie...although the person running the site claims to have had his freebie. There were a few dead links, but then there is on most freesites. All in a good site, worth visitng. Shame about the address...couldn`t they have got a simpler one. ( Theres no www.)
Maybe if this was the first comp site I`d visited I might have been impressed, but I am sorry to say I wasn`t. There are sites alot better than this out there. There are quite alot of competitions listed, but the list is quite basic, just naming Prize, Link & closing date, I prefer to know a little of how to enter first, I don`t want to click, wait, to find its 20 questions. The comp, are in categories, such as, Daily comps, Weekly, Monthly, Latest etc. Also on the site are some Freebies, which I didn`t think were much use, as I have seen them all before on other sites...ages ago. There is a list of shopping links. Some comping advice, including tie breaker help. The sites not slow or hard to get around, but seems to lack something...imagination maybe. As I said personally I found it boring, but don`t take my word for it...you might think it`s great.
ALLERGY TIME IS HERE AGAIN!! I recently bought this Self Help book. Having a houseful of allergy sufferers...eczema, asthma, hayfever....I thought it was worth finding out what other remedies there are. It is a nice book, with colour illustrations, hard back, & educational, explaining what are allergies, what causes them & why. Theres a section on conventional medical treatments. Followed by a chapter for each alternative treatment. There are many Natural/alternative remedies, Herbal, Homeopathy, Bach Flower, Acupuncture, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Visulisation, are just some of what this book covers. Each Allergy is also covered in separate chapters, some of which are, Anaphylatic Shock, Drug reactions, Food alergies, Insect stings, Skin allergies, Asthma.... I have really found this book interesting & helpful. It explains how to Test for allergies. How to Prevent your allergy. What to avoid. There is a good list of useful addresses from all around the world too. I haven`t had a chance to try out a lot of what I have read, I have to decide which remedy to try first, but this book has certainly taught me a lot, that I didn`t know. The section I thought was good was Charts listing the pollen seasons around the world...handy to know if going on holiday abroad. The book is bright and laid out clearly, and it tells us all we need to know. I`d recommend this book to anyone who has someone in the family with an allergy. Published by: Paragon Author: Paul Morgan.
Also find out all there is to know about the Isle of Wight. I have been thinking of going to the Isle of Wight, but did`nt know too much about it, eg If there was plenty to do, Prices of the Ferries and so on. So through a search engine I came up with this site, I expected it just to give me prices & times of Ferries...it did & so much more. What a good informative site. Not only was the Price list clear & easy to read, you could also send for a free Timetable & Fares brochure. They must have every available Holiday Accomodation in the whole of the IOW on the site. Whatever your taste from Camping Sites to Hotels, all with Photos. They have deals if you just want to go for the day, combining your Ferry price with admission to Attractions..real good deals too. There`s a Colouring Competition for the kids, which can win you free Ferry crossing. They really do have all you need to know, and all of it is just a simple click away each time you want to know more. Theres Special Offers on Holidays too, which you can also book online. You will find all sorts of info on Restaurants, Pubs, Days out, Places of Interest.....and more. You can order free, Info Packs for Students, Attraction Guide, & Beach Guide. There was evn a pop up window, which warn of delays on the motorway that takes you to the ferry, which I thought was really good. I know all I need to know about the Isle of Wight now, all I have to do is decide if & when I will go. When I decide this will be my first visit to book evrything up.
Buy the food at your own risk!!! We have a local Poundshop, it stocks a wide range of Household & Gardening goods, Toiletries & Food. You have got to admit these shops are tempting & we all like a bargain sometimes. I recommend, stick to buying the Hardware though, you can`t go wrong with a £1 Ashtray, Plant Pot or Colouring book for the kids !!! I know some people buy the food they sell, it is cheap too, eg 3 packs of cakes a £1. I like to buy food from a Supermarket though, but have to admit to weakening to the cheap prices a couple of times. My first mistake was 4 boxes of Birds custard £1...when I went to use it, I opened the box, put in pan to warm, without really looking at it, while it was warming I could`nt resist sticking the spoon in for a mouthful...well it made me heave, it was disgusting, it was OFF! No, I never took it back, I threw it along with the others...just incase. Some organics Shampoo was another mistake, it didn`t lather..I wondered if it even really had Organics in the bottle. I decided to throw it, looking at sell by date first though...which was May 1996, I bought it this year!!! The final straw was my 6 year old screaming there`s an insect in her cake...I had got her her fave Bakewell tarts, and yes there was a black sort of maggot looking creature crawling from under the icing, I felt sick. I put in in a bottle to take back, but never did...all that would`ve happened was I`d have got a replacement or refund, so was it worth it! So now I just buy the Household goods, if anything. Maybe I have just been unlucky. Perhaps my local is just a bad shop. Some of the food probably is good quality. But, Beware of out of date items! Why are some brand names so cheap in these anyway???.....are they rejects??? Where do the unknown makes come from??? Poundshops all over, seem to have the same low quality stock of food???
You must go here...even if only to dream!!! This site has so much info to help you plan your hols. There are Insight Guides for a range of Holiday destinations, although at the moment these are mostly of destinations in Europe & US...but they are adding more in the future. These guides leave no stone unturned....covering, Getting around, Visitor facts, Tourist Info, Not to be missed sights, The Weather & best time to go, Opening times of Banks & Shops, Tipping, Public Hols, Taxis & Public Transport, Local customs and even Emergency phone numbers. They have over 300 Resort Guides too, which are just as informative, choose your destination & type of holiday, eg. Peaceful, Lively, Family...for a guide on all you need to know. With Currency converter, Passport info & links to other sites. You can also click for their own latest deals & book with them. There is a Trrravel Mag giving Hints, Tips, Ideas, Advice on Unusual Locations, Cruises, Exotic Weddings..... You can register for the Holiday Auctions too. This site is a must to visit before you go anywhere. It covers every sort of Hoilday imaginable, Adventure, Romantic, even Chartering your own Yacht. When I registered at this site they were givig awy an Insight Guide of your choice free. I chose one on Las Vegas...well, I can dreammm! The site is really good to get around, no waiting for pages to load....real easy to use. Great site! Great site
Shop online for Candles, Holders etc & receive 25 free tealight candles, yes this site is giving them away with every order. I have just registered too, and am now awaiting my 5 free Floating candles...just for joining. This is a secure site, easy to find what you are looking for & not expensive,with easy to use Shopping bag. Check out the Special Offers, they are quite good. They also sell some nice Oil Burners, Pot Pourri, Feng Shui items, Incense sticks & Candles in all sorts of shapes & sizes. I liked the very clear pictures of the items, which can be enlarged, as well as the good descriptions and measurements, (at least we can`t order something that looks big, only to find on arrival it`s just an inch high),. All items are priced including & excluding VAT & a dispatch time is stated....on average 7 days, although some are just 1-2 days. Most items can be Gift wrapped. They have a good selection of Boxed Gift Sets, which consist of Aromatherapy Bath Foam, Body Lotion, Vegatable Soap, Candle & Glass, & Mood Enhancing Gel..for £14.99. There is Free Post & Packaging on orders over £20. This site does not have a huge list of products, but there are still plenty of really nice things, at good prices.
Want to be on Changing Rooms? This is where to start. This site has lots of info & tips on Buying, Owning, Selling & Improving your home. You can join the webclub, to receive weekly email from Celebrity TV Designers, giving their top tips for the home. There are Competitions too. Theres all sorts of advice on Mortgages, Legal Matters, Decorating, Design, Gardening... There are DIY tips from Handy Andy, How to make, from Linda Barker. It`s like all the Homes & Garden mags rolled into one. You can also `Get talking` where you can share your tips or ask for advice on anything to do with the home. Easy to get about & not too slow. If you like all things Home...you`ll like this site...well, I did. And to get on Changing Rooms... You & your neighbour need to live within a 5 minute walk of each other. The Rooms to be decorated need to be at least 12` x 12` or if it is a Main Bedroom 14` x 14`. You then email or phone with your details.
Is not available anymore. After reading the review by `kt` I thought I`d have a look. Firstly I got taken to `ooops` the page you require is not available, so after swapping the address around a few times, I gave in & typed in just channel5.co.uk. I then clicked on House & Garden and there it was a link to house doctor...at last. I clicked on it only to see a message below informing me that The House Doctor is having a summer break. I thought this rather useful, so any other curious people like myself, aren`t tempted to go see for themselves what this site is like. Channel 5`s site is long winded and slow to load, so it takes a while to find out House Doctor is no more!
This site is great for last minute gifts, which are sent direct & most within a few days. A friend recommended this site to me, she said her order arrived exactly when said, no problem. The site is bright, and easy to use, with so many nice gifts...it starts you thinking `who can I send a gift to` It has Flowers, Chocolates, Hampers, Balloons, Fruit Baskets, Herbal Baskets, Jewellery, Magic Sets, Teddy Bears, Cakes from Cornwall, Cards..... First I Took a look at the cards, they are hand written & sent by first class post...the cards are nothing overly special, just the usual ones you get in card shops. It was £2.95 which sounded ok, but then I thought I could go to the shop myself the next day, get one & post it for less & it wouldn`t take any longer. Next I looked at the Cakes, what a nice idea to send to mum I thought..different...the cakes looked lovely, the prices..well they averaged at £10, I liked a large one at £18.50 , thought mum was worth it. So I clicked to purchase, I could then add a message, next I found delivery was £6.50 !!! Sorry mum...but £25.05 for a cake! I could get one for £2 & send it myself. You can also send a humerous personalised Front Page of a Newspaper, but that was £24.95 !!! This is a good site, fast, and the gifts are so nice, but sorry I personally thought the prices were over the top. They also have a reminder service you can register with & they will send you a reminder of special occasions 2 weeks before the date & you can register as many dates as you want. It is worth a visit & if you have plenty of money, I am sure you will find loads of gifts to send.
One of the most challenging in Essex. Really enjoyable. My other half insisted I write this on his behalf...with his narration. Basildon Golf Course is one of the best, for a really challenging game. It is a long course, very hilly, with lots of blindshots, it`s a Par 72 & can be very difficult. It can also be quite cheap, after 5pm,(summer) it is only £9.50 a round. There`s a well stocked Golf shop, also selling Food/drink & for smokers..cigarettes. The Clubhouse sells good low priced Bar snacks & meals, also cheap Lager at £1.70 a pint. The Club house is split into 2, for members & non members. It has a superb drainage system, which keeps the Course playable most of the winter. A Club Proffesional can help you with your game, or give beginners lessons. There is no Golf Range, but theres a Practice Putting green & Chipping area. If you visit this course, there is ample Parking, but I recommend that you book for weekends. Watch out for the 16th hole, Par 5..the most difficult, you Tee off on a narrow farway, out of bounds to the left & heavy woodland to the right, your shot must be straight as the farway slopes from right to left... Say no more! Go there! You`ll love it!
After reading the other reveiw on offeron.com I thought it sounded worth a visit. Personally though, I thought it a a real waste of time. If you`re into searching for special offers & freebies on the net, then you you are probably aware of the best places to visit, if you`re new to it, then you may think offeron.com is good...that`s because you haven`t been to the right places yet. The site really lacks content. There are just a few lnks to real offers...probably already on most freesites. There are some coming soon offers, which is no good. Thers a list of Known brands, which you can click on to be taken to the site of your choice...but if you wanted to visit `kelloggs` for example, you can go there yourself, it`s not hard to work out msot main known brand addresses, is it? They have a list of brands which are not online offers, they are the offers that are on the packaging eg. Coca Colas Mobile phone offer...we know of most of these anyway, if it`s a product we already buy. If it`s not one we buy, then we are not likely to, just to save 50 tokens or whatever for something that we don`t really want. The site is easy enough to use, but thats because theres hardly anything on it. My advice..don`t bother. Stick to the good freebie sites with all sorts of offers, free stuff & competions.
Can we ever really get rid of them? I don`t like the idea of Fly Sprays...if they kill the flies, they can`t be too good for us, they even warn us on the can ` do not inhale` & `don`t spray near food` which is hard when they always seem to appear when doing the dinner. I have tried a Tomato Plant in the kitchen...helps a little I`ve tried a Basil Plant too...helps a little Citronella candle..they won`t fly near it, but they are still in the kitchen. Now I use old fashioned Fly Papers...yes they look ugly! but they are non toxic & don`t harm us, or the air we breathe in any way. They are safe to have in the kitchen where food is prepared. And, they do work, if used as instructions. If you have not seen or heard of fly papers: they are made of long strip of of sellophane 2" wide, which is coated with a sweet sticky substance & rolled up. To use, you pull out the strip from the middle which uncoils & hangs from the ceiling, attracting flies so that they land on it & can`t get off. They do work attracting the flies, which get stuck on the paper & eventually die. I can`t look at it though, all them dead flies stuck to it look horrible. You are supposed to hang them in the middle of the room, & if I did they would probably keep the room fly free, but as they look so gross, I have them in a corner where visitors can`t see it...so it`s my own fault I still have some flies. I would recommend them, as they are so cheap about £1 for 6 & they can last for as long as there is space for more flies, which can be a couple of weeks...if you don`t mind looking at the dead ones that long.