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    • Lamaze Freddie Firefly / Baby Toy / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      18.09.2012 21:42
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      Definitely recommend to others

      Freddie the Firefly was the first Lamaze item I have purchased. I bought him from Amazon for £6.99 in June 2012 for my little boy who was 3 months old at the time. There is a lot of confusion amongst friends and family who insist that Freddie is in fact a butterfly, despite my protests to the contrary!

      Freddie has bold black and white wings which are very attractive to young babies and these make a crunchy noise when touched. The front is brightly coloured and I have seen several different colour schemes. There is a covered mirror, a plastic teether which has a little pocket it can be put in, the wings are different textures, some smooth some lumpy. There is a squeaker in one of his wings and 2 plastic coloured hoops attached to the bottom which my little one loves to hold on to. It can be attached to a pram/ buggy easily.

      This toy is appropriate for use from birth designed to stimulate vision and hearing. Freddie keeps my little one entertained for fairly long periods. It is not machine washable, wipe clean only which is a shame as my son was rather sicky when he was little so Freddie has been wiped down with baby wipes rather a lot!

      Freddie can now be purchased for £5.00 inc P&P from Amazon (correct as of Sept 2012) which is a fantastic price for such an entertaining toy.

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      18.09.2012 21:25
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      Bouncy fun, great activities, baby love it!

      My friends clubbed together to buy me the Jumperoo as my baby shower present, I had been considering buying one but the jungle one was close to £100 at the time, this was before the latest version came out. When my little one was around 3 months old and able to hold his head up we put him in it for the first time.

      Appearance.....
      Bright colours and lots to look at! The Jumperoo is in the style of a baby walker, the baby sits in a swivelling seat in the centre, the seat itself is padded and looks like a frogs mouth, the whole activity centre is suspended from 3 posts by stretchy material and this allows the jumping motion, these have 3 different heights so it can be adapted as your little one grows. A blue frog and parrot hang down from 2 of these poles and my little boy would just spend ages staring at these at first. Around the outside are various toys/activities, the main attraction is a spinning wheel which plays music when spun and makes animal noises, there are also flashing lights. The volume control has 2 volume settings and you also have the choice of having a constantly playing tune or a shorter version when the toys are played with. The batteries seem to last very well, I haven't had to change them in 3 months and it gets used every day. There are 2 spinning balls, one contains a cartoon sun which also spins inside, my little boy loved this one as it is higher than the other activities and when he was smaller he found this easier to play with, the other appears to be some kind of reptile and some small plastic balls which rattle when spun. There is also a small spinning wheel on top of a ladybirds back and a kind of butterfly which hangs on a bend stalk, I thought this was broken when we first saw it as I assumed it should hold its own weight but apparently it is meant to be that way!

      Price.......
      As I mentioned, this was close to £100 when I first saw it buy since the newer planets model has come out you can now find it on Amazon for £79.97 which I feel is better value for money and more in line with what I would be happy to pay for something like this.

      Positives.......
      My little one loves this and keeps him happy, especially now he has figured out how to bounce. The seat cover is washable which is lucky as all that bouncing does sometime produce the odd bit of sick!! The whole station is sturdy and very safe as long as your child can hold their head up on their own.

      Negatives.......
      The only think I can think of is that the music can become quite irritating but then this is true of many children's' toy!!

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    • Texet LMA4-V Laminator / Gadget / 22 Readings / 20 Ratings
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      12.05.2011 15:02
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      Great item, would recommend

      We use this laminator at work in the office and as I was using it at work earlier in the week I thought I'd see if I could find it on Dooyoo and guess what........!

      As I mentioned, we use this laminator at work and it is used to laminate a variety of notices and posters that are displayed around the workplace. This laminator is black in colour and is mains powered. It does take a little while to warm up so it is a good idea to switch it on a little while before you want to use it. To use you simply insert the paper you wish to laminate into a plastic pouch and push into the laminator - of note this laminator can only fit paper up to and including A4 size. For an A4 sheet it takes approximately 10-15 seconds for the paper to go through on the rollers.

      The laminator is compact and lightweight so it is easy to carry around the workplace as it gets used in various rooms on different floors. The top of the laminator does get hottish during use and can take a little while to cool down after use so please beware of this. It would be suitable for home use too.

      On the whole it is a relatively stylish laminator unlike the bulky style of a few years ago and on researching the price I have found you can purchase these relatively cheaply from Tesco for around £23.99.

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        12.05.2011 14:37
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        Great product and price - would recommend

        Having worn glasses since the age of 4, last year I decided to take the plunge and try contact lenses as I had planned a holiday abroad and thought it would be great to be able to wear sunglasses and still be able to see!

        These were the first lenses I ever used and were recommended to me by my optician. As my left eye is a different prescription to my right eye I had a box for each eye, each containing 32 lenses. They come in individually sealed packets in a saline solution which are easy to peel back. The lenses themselves are very easy to get out of the solution and after a couple of shaky attempts I found them very easy to get in and now can get them in and out without having to look into a mirror.

        At first, I found I could only wear them comfortably for around 4-6 hours as they became quite dry and a little scratchy but since using saline eye drops (suitable for use with contact lenses) i found I was able to wear them for up to 10 hours which is the length of time they are recommended for use.

        I find these improve my vision more than my glasses and love wearing them but tend to stick to glasses for work and wear the lenses on nights/days out which makes them last far longer than a month.

        The price for these is relatively cheap compared to alternative brands and I would definitely recommend them for first time users and regular wearers alike.

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          24.04.2011 20:17
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          Great summer sandal

          I actually bought my pair of sandals on Ebay from the Schuh store for the meagre price of £9.99, RRP £29.99. This was because they were an ex-display pair and the black floral design in the shoe was slightly faded. The pair I bought are the same as the one in the featured picture but you can also get them with white or red straps instead of black. I liked the look of these sandals as I am quite short legged unfortunately and flipflops do nothing to help me in the height department so i was on the lookout for a heeled sandal.

          cover sole: synthetic material
          internal material: 100% polyester
          heel height: 2.5"
          sole: high-quality synthetics
          upper material: textile

          These sandals are very comfortable due to the fact that there is a fair bit of bounce in them, although they appear to be made of wood they are actually not, in fact I managed an impromptu 6 mile walk in them last week! The floral strap is adjustable and although the black floral pattern on the inside does fade after a few wears, this is not a major problem as who buys shoes just to look at the inner design?! The bottoms have plenty of grip so there is no risk of slippng over.

          All in all I would highly recommend these as a fab summer sandal, despite the heel height they are remarkably comfortable!

          Thanks for taking the time to read xx

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            24.04.2011 19:58

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            great emollient/skin cleanser

            The item i was prescribed by my GP was actually Doublebase gel 500g. this was for my dry skin and worsening eczema. I was advised to use this daily in place of soap and also as an emollient when needed.

            This is a huge bottle with a pump action dispenser. the bottle itself is see-through and states the name of the produce on the front in purple lettering with further information including ingredients and instructions on the back.

            The gel itself is a strange consistency, if you turn the bottle on its side or upside down the cream moves as if it is a whole leaving behind no residue! The cream is unscented and a little does go a long way. It leaves the skin feeling fairly greasy and i found it a very effective emollient, especially when used after bathing, word or warning though - be caredul what you touch whils you wait for the product to soak in - it really is very greasy and can leave marks on clothing/furniture though this is easy to wash out.

            This worked wonders for the dermatitis on my hands and mild eczema on my back and legs leaving my skin feeling far more supple and moisturised than other products I have used in the past which have actually inflamed the problem in some cases.

            All in all, if you can cope with the greasy skin until the product soaks in then I can highly recommend this product.

            Thanks for taking the time to read.

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            24.04.2011 19:47
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            Fab funky design, delicious fruity fragrance.

            I first came across this perfume on the recommendation of a friend, I loved the fruity summery fragrance and went out and bought myself a bottle.

            I bought myself a bottle from Boots - 30ml for £29.99 which I believe is a reasonable price for a decent perfume. The 'bottle' is a red plastic oblong in shape with a central button on the top with Gucci rush inscribed down one side which comes in a red sleeve type thing. I found the design very handy and light to carry around in my handbag because of the fact that it is made of plastic rather than glass.

            The scent itself to me smells very light, fruity and summery, to be more precise after doing a bit of reasearch its top notes include gardenia with base note of patchouli and the heart based around vanilla, jasmine and peach. only two or 3 squirts are necessary and the fragrance lingers for many hours. My partner loves the smell of it luckily as I'm not sure I would change it if he didnt!!

            All in all i would definitely recommend this produce both due to the scent itself and also its longevity.

            Thanks for taking the time to read ;-)

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            18.10.2010 21:08
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            Great product, would highly recommend.

            I had been thinking about buying a new MP3 player for a while, previously I just had a cheapy one without a screen or any other functions. I was planning to start running and thought this product would encourage me. I chose the Nano because of the slim design, it fits perfectly into my hand when I'm out for a run.

            The Nano comes in a range of colours including black, silver, orange, purple, yellow and Red which is the colour I chose, I believe this was limited edition. I ordered mine from the Apple website and this comes with free engraving from £129.00. It was delivered in a funky Apple Ipod box with simple instructions and the trademark white earphones.

            Visually very sleek and attractive and easy to use I could time my running efforts with the stopwatch function. It also has a calendar, alarms, games and a place to store contacts. you can also upload videos and photos onto it for viewing.

            Sound quality is very good as is the playback quality of videos.

            I found it very simple to transfer my music on to it and found that 8GB is much more than enough. i have over 500 tracks on it and it still has 4GB free.

            My favourite functions are the shuffle option to mix up the tracks and also the ability to create a playlist to fit your mood/workout.

            I found the battery life more than satisfactory and is quick and easy to charge.

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            • Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB / Smartphone / 30 Readings / 29 Ratings
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              18.10.2010 20:33
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              Great product

              I recently gave in and joined the Iphone craze which has swept through the vast majority of my friends and colleagues, they put up a pretty persuasive argument and after doing a bit of research i caved in, I was due an upgrade on my current contract and thus the phone was free but I believe these currently retail for around the £400 mark direct from the Apple website

              I was rather surprised when I got the package home and found no instructions but apparently this is the norm and to tell the truth it doesnt really take a genius to work it out.

              The phone itself is lightweight and a slim design, I immediately bought a case and screen protector to minimise any wear and tear as I am known to be more than a little clumsy.

              There are the usual functions you would expect on any modern phone - phone book, text messaging which i particularly like as it displays your messages in chat format which is very handy to look back on. The camera is pretty decent although my major complaint is that there is no flash option at all which makes night time pictures or photos taken in a darkened pub or club rather grainy.

              The app store is amazing and I am still exploring this. Apps are either paid for via itunes vouchers but to tell the truth you tend to be able to download free versions of apps, these include games, utilities such as flashlights,thermometers, Mobile networking such as Facebook and Twitter and many many more.

              I find the phone very easy to use but can understand why some people would have difficulty - I have rather small hands and find that texting is very simple but my other half struggles as the letters are very close to each other.

              The biggest minus for me is the battery life. i find i have to charge mine every day as the battery just doesnt last long at all - this may be because I 'play' with it more than I have other phones. Also the charger lead is very short and doesnt seem particularly durable so I imagine I will be replacing this sooner rather than later.

              To sum up, I would personally recommend this product for ease of use and the sheer scope of entertainment it holds.

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              • Chameleons / Pet / Animal / 61 Readings / 60 Ratings
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                01.10.2010 14:29
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                Not suitable for anyone

                Our home seems to be slowly turning into the reptile house of the local Zoo. We now have three bearded dragons, one leopard gecko, a gorgeous Iguana called Bill and our latest addition, a female Yemen chameleon that I have named Kiwi.

                Kiwi was 'rescued' from a lady who advertised her for sale on a local internet advertising site. Poor Kiwi was decidedly underweight and her home was totally inadequate for her. She is now in a proper vivarium designed for Chameleons. As they love to climb they require more upward space than lengthways and this should be well ventilated with lots of branches, platforms and leaves for them to hide in. Live plants are great for them but take care that they are suitable for chams as they will often have a nibble, fiscus Benjamin is ideal. A varied diet of bugs is a good idea, chams don't seem to be too fussy, we tend to go with locusts and the occasional worm or 3 as a treat. Make sure live food is dusted with calcium powder three times a week. As chams can't recognise running water it is essential that you set up a drip system or mist the enclosure a couple of times a day, so the water drips down the plants enabling it to be seen.

                They require a proper basking light with UVB to keep their bones healthy and to enable them to digest their food adequately. Since we have had her she has grown beautifully, the spines on her back which were stunted are starting to come through properly.

                She is usually a bright green (the same as all female chams. The males change a more extensive range of colours) when she is most content, often after finishing her meal or basking in her favourite spot but when handling her i.e. when moving her to clean her out she will very often start showing darker spots or stripes - often looking a little like a cheetah pattern on her skin.

                Chameleons are not social creatures and cannot be housed together at all, even being able to see other chameleons when housed separately can cause stress and displeasure. When breeding, the female should be brought to the male and then removed as soon as the 'act' is over. They show their displeasure at being handled by puffing up and will hiss, some bite although luckily I have not had this trouble with Kiwi, generally I would recommend keeping handling to a minimum. Although there are some individual chams that seem to enjoy human contact and 'ask' to come out by scratching at the front of their enclosure, on the whole they are display creatures only.

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                • Zoo Med Bearded Dragon / Reptile / 28 Readings / 27 Ratings
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                  01.10.2010 14:06
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                  No substitute for a varied supplemented diet

                  As an owner of three bearded dragons I thought I would give this product a fair try despite having read a couple of negative reviews about it. I figured it would be handy to have on standby in case there was a problem with obtaining live food. As it happened I had a chance to try it during the snowy weather we had in January of this year as the delivery of bugs had not made it to the Island due to the adverse weather.

                  It comes in pellet form and is designed to be used in place of the reptile's daily salad/veg and live food apparently containing very nearly all of the vitamins and nutrients required for healthy beardies. Now this is all well and good but try telling this to a beardie, I could not get any of them to do more than give it the odd curious lick. If you had seen me trying to feed them, rolling it around to make it seem 'live'.

                  So, in essence, although it may seem like a great product, time-saving - no chopping up salad and fresh veg and containing everything a happy healthy beardies should need I would not recommend this personally as I had no luck with it whatsoever. I would advise feeding them a varied diet of recommended bugs, plenty of fresh salad/veg options and to use a calcium supplement a few times a week for adults and Nutrobol once a week.

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                    30.09.2010 16:03
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                    Would definitely recommend, does exactly what it says!!

                    I have just reviewed this shampoo so I thought I'd best do one for the conditioner as well. As a recent convert to highlighted hair (naturally brunette) this was the first blonding product I have used so far and to tell the truth it will probably be the last as I find it 'does what it says on the tin' (or bottle).It comes in a golden colour bottle with a picture of honeycomb on the front. It has a flip lid so is easy to open and close in the shower - no lids to drop etc. The conditioner itself smells as lovely as the shampoo - like warm honey, rather a comforting smell I found. It is white in colour with kind of golden sparkly bits in it which I guess is the bit that makes your hair shimmer, texture wise it is not too runny or gloopy.

                    I applied it after shampoo as is recommended and left it for a few minutes then rinsed thoroughly, as I was rinsing my hair felt very sleek and when I ran my fingers through it there were no tangles or knots. The product rinses out easily. After blow drying my hair felt beautifully soft and sleek and very much lighter - My colleagues and friends have actually asked if I have had my hair lightened again the day after using these products together.

                    I believe this sells at around £3.50 which is very reasonable and on a couple of occasions I have found it on offer in Tesco and Boots as a but one get one free.

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                      30.09.2010 15:40
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                      Well worth the reasonable price, hair looks lighter and smells great!

                      I am a natural brunette who is a recent convert to highlights. My hairdresser friend recommended that I purchase a shampoo specifically aimed at women (or men I guess!) with blonde hair. Not wishing to spend a fortune I trailed around the shops and ended up at Tesco where I found both L'Oreal Shampoo and the conditioner as a buy one get one free offer, never one to pass up an offer like this I snapped them up.

                      The shampoo bottle is the same as the one pictured, golden-yellow in colour with a flip top lid. On flipping the lid I could instantly smell the shampoo - kind of like warm honey - delicious. I found it the right consistency - easy to get out of the bottle although not so thin that it slips through the fingers when applying it. Very easy to apply, rinsed out really well and I followed it with the matching conditioner.

                      When I blow dried my hair I could see a difference, my highlights haven't gone dull despite regular swimming and my work colleagues have even asked if I have had it highlighted again as it looks so light on more than one occasion.

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                        Delicious low fat cheese, big on taste

                        Now the first thing you should know is i love my cheese, the stronger the better but as I am also a member a slimming world i have to watch the amount i eat, after reading that i can have more low fat cheese than regular cheese i was on a mission to find the tastiest one out there.

                        I bought it from Tesco as it was on offer at the time, quite distinguishable in the yellow and green packaging. I believe you can also buy it ready grated but i purchased it in a block.

                        I needed something to top my (healthy) lasagne so opened the packet which is resealable as many cheeses are nowadays to preserve freshness. Having tried many low fat cheeses before, in my experience they are often plasticy and dont melt at all well but i was very pleasantly surprised, it melted fabulously and still has a lovely strong cheddar taste to it, i would definitely recommend it as the tastiest low fat cheese i have tried so far, perfect for slimmers.

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                        • General / Discussion / 44 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                          Have a read, get to know me a little x

                          1. What is your occupation right now?
                          Receptionist/secretary/administrator

                          2. What colour are your socks right now?
                          I very rarely wear them

                          3. What are you listening to right now?
                          Work colleagues chatting

                          4 What was the last thing that you ate?
                          Chicken and tomato sandwich

                          5. Can you drive?
                          Yes.

                          6. Last person you spoke to on the phone?
                          Lee

                          7. What do you like most about Dooyoo?
                          I love writing reviews, and reading others reviews, trying to improve upon my own

                          8. How old are you today?
                          27

                          9. What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
                          Football

                          10. What is your favourite drink?
                          Alcoholic - Jack Daniels Non alcholic - Tea

                          11. Have you ever dyed your hair?
                          Yep, way too often lol!

                          12. Favorite meal?
                          Lasagne, or roast lamb

                          13. What is the last movie you watched?
                          Lilo and Stitch with my boyfriends kids

                          14. Favorite day of the year?
                          My birthday!

                          15. How do you vent anger?
                          Shout/cry

                          16. What was your favorite toy as a child?
                          A pull along plastic turtle called Horace

                          17. What is your favorite season?
                          Summer!

                          18. Favourite fruit?
                          Mango

                          19. In a relationship?
                          yes

                          20. Do you have children?
                          Nope, not as yet

                          21. Do you live in town or country right now?
                          Country

                          22. What's the last book you read?
                          Dorothy Kounsom - Goodnight Beautiful - amazing

                          23. When was the last time you cried?
                          When I broke things off with my ex

                          24. What's on the floor of your wardrobe?
                          shoes

                          25. What's the biggest compliment you could receive?
                          A comment on my weight loss is always greatly appreciated, 2 stone and counting!

                          26. And the biggest insult?
                          Not sure about this one

                          27. Holidays - do you prefer beach, mountain, lake, city ... ?
                          Beach

                          28. Are you scared of flying?
                          A little, on take off and landing but I love flying on my own, a mini-adventure lol!

                          29. Scared of the dark?
                          Not really, depends where i am

                          30. Favourite charity?
                          Earl Mountbatten Hospice

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