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Having my best mate living with means we get through an awful lot of washing up.
I mainly do the washing up as Deanne works full time and I'm at home most of the day.
I used to really hate washing up because I'm disabled and find standing for periods of time hard. It didn't help that the washing up liquid I was using was rubbish and a shop own brand. It didn't seem to clean the dishes as it should. Then my mate suggested Fairy platinum as her Mum uses it and finds it good.
At first I thought it was going to be too good to be true. It said a ten minute soak is like an over night soak with leading brands. It was a little more expensive to what I was used to buying.
Comes in a beige coloured bottle with the Fairy logo clearly seen at the front. I am reviewing the 625ml bottle. We are told that tough stuck on food is removed after just ten minutes of soaking in this liquid. Most are over night. Three times tougher on grease, with less scrubbing needed.
This is the best liquid that I have ever used in my life. You only need a small squirt about the size of a five pence. It gives of a lovely aroma of lemons and lathers really well indeed. I firstly was my glasses and mugs followed by cutlery, and then my crockery. There is no rule as how to wash your dishes,however I have always done it this way. I rinse my dishes too. I know not every one does this but I do due to personal preference. I buy the large bottle and it lasts me two weeks. That is fantastic as I wash up about three times a day.
I have found it is good diluted to clean sinks and work tops. Once used it leaves everything sparkling, clean and fresh and smelling lovely. No finger marks or streaks are left behind just shiny clean dishes.
I will never purchase any other washing up product again as it doesn't last as long as this and in the long run costs much more than buying fair in the first place.
Available from all good supermarkets for around £2.00 for a 625 ml bottle.
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I am have never really been a bread lover. A loaf can last me way over a week. I put the loaf in the freezer and just take a couple of slices out as and when I need it. I either defrost it at room temperature on defrost in the microwave.
The bread comes in a plastic see through bag and we are told that it is made by Warburtons a family bakers. Warburtons have been baking bread since 1876, being a trusted Baker for many generations.
The information is very informative giving a lot of information about the product.
I have been following a healthy eating programme for a long time now and have eaten this product ever since. Before that I used to eat white bread also made by Warburton's.
I have always found the bread to be of exceptional quality.
The bread I am reviewing lasts a good five days after opening. I have sandwiches toast, or make a fruit pudding with it.
The bread contains your daily amount of fibre needed for a healthy balanced daily diet.
The weight loss program I am following says to have two slices of this sort of bread to get the daily amount of fibre needed in an adults daily diet.
The bread itself tastes oaty and is nice and fluffy and bounces touching it.
I had two slices today and made toast and had beans with it. The bread was very oaty and had plenty of seeds within it.
This is a product I recommend not just for those of you who are following a healthy eating program but are bread lovers too. You won't be disappointed with this and I know it will be a firm favorite for you and your family to try.
Available for £1.50 a loaf from all good super markets.
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In front of me I have Johnson's baby shampoo 300ml bottle. It comes in a clear plastic bottle and you can see the shampoo is a golden yellow colour. Johnson's and Johnson's has been around for over one hundred years making baby shampoo and other products. We are told that the shampoo is soap free and is as pure as using water, that is why it is very gentle on babies eyes.
I use a blob of this shampoo or the size of a ten pence piece apply it to my hair and massage it in. I rinse and repeat if required. The way you know this is apply one lot of shampoo and if it foams into a lather you don't need to apply a second lot. If you apply and your hair doesn't foam then a second application is required. I know this product is meant for babies however I use it for my pwn hair as it becomes very dry at the ends but greasy at the roots.
Other shampoo's I find to harsh for my hair.
I use this every other day on my hair. I used to wash my hair daily but found it made it go dull and lifeless and decided to wash it every other day instead.
I take my dog to the groomers as she is a Poodle and needs regular grooming. My groomer suggested using Johnson's baby shampoo on Daisy as it works very well with woolen coats and doesn't sting dogs eyes. This is amazing it is suitable to use from dogs to babies children and adults. It has a mild scent to it of wooden sweetness.
There are other baby shampoo products out there but not a patch on this. It has been around for many generations and is trusted for the no tears formula.
Available from all good super markets and chemists for around £1.50 for 300 ml bottle.
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I suffer from very dry skin due to having a medical problem called Lymphoedema. I was looking for something to shower in that doesn't dry my skin out more than it is.
Being on a budget, I was on the look out for something good but not that would break the bank so to speak. I didn't need to worry as my best mate bought me this for Christmas and she knows how terribly dry my skin is. I was so grateful to receive it
as a gift from her.
I have read a lot of reviews for this and couldn't wait to give it a go.
Comers in a white container with the Radox logo seen at the front of the product. It tells us that it is Coconut kiss shower cream made from milk and has the scent of coconut.
Radox is made by a company called Unilever and makes a variety of products.
For further information please visit their website:
I use this when I have a bath or a shower, I have either daily. I use a sponge and a blob of the product as it is highly concentrated a little goes a very long way indeed.
The cream is white in colour and smells just like it says of coconuts and has a fruity undertone.
I use this when I shave my bits and bobs and it leaves my skin feeling silky smooth and mouisturised. I feel clean and fresh. The scent only lasts for about an hour after bathing or showering with this product.
They dry skin I have is not as bad as it used to be since using this product.
This product is suitable for all family members to use from toddlers and over.
Widely available from all good super markets and chemists for around £1.50
I have always taken pride my teeth being clean. I visit my dentist every nine months as she says my teeth are very good for an almost thirty eight year old.
I dread the dentist as I have a jaw disorder called 'TMJ' causing nerve pains in the face.
Comes in a silver box and it tells us that it is Aquafresh extreme clean.
There is the Aquafresh trade mark at the top of the box showing the red white and blue colours. Content of the paste is 100ml.
For further information regarding this product, visit their website: www.aquafresh.co.uk
This tooth paste has different colour stripes that are red white and blue; each having different uses within the paste.
I use just over a pea size amount on my tooth brush and it tastes of spear mint, leaves my mouth smelling fresh and clean for hours after use. I use this paste twice daily, both morning and night.
I purchased this at tesco and was on offer for the bargain price of 95p.
Vitamins that are present in this milk are as follows; Taurine and iron are prominent in this product as it is essential in a cats daily diet.
This product is not suitable for kittens under the age of eight weeks as they require their mothers milk at that stage.
The product comes in a carton with the Sainsbury's logo easy visible at the front of the carton. There is a picture of a cat on the carton.
At the top there is a blue srew lid to gain access to the product. Deatails of the customer care line are given for further information visit their website: www.sainsburys.co.uk or telephone their hotline: 0800 636262.
Three cats live in my home one belonging to me and the other two belong to my best mate who lives with me. Every so often one of us purchases cat milk for the cats as it is much lower in Lactose than normal cows milk that can cause tummy upsets and give cats diarrhea.
The milk is rather creamy and is like a beige colour it smells more like cream than milk.
The cats have a saucerful each in the morning and in the evening it contains all of the vitamins and mineral that are required in a cats daily diet. Each carton contains four servings. Once opened refrigerate. The cats love this and drink a saucerful in no time at all.
Exclusive to Sainsbury's for 60p.
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Comes in a black glass jar with a black lid also. The jar that I am writing about contains 100 grams of coffee within the jar. The product is made by a company called: 'Mondelez' they are part of the coffee made happy farmers who wish to become Enterneurs further information can be found: www.coffeemadehappy.com
I adore coffee and am rather a coffee snob to be honest. I live on a tight budget, however I do not skimp on my coffee. A jar of this lasts me just over two weeks, fabulous considering I drink about four mugs a day.
The coffee has notes of nuts to it with a mild coffee smell. You can have the coffee to your own taste and how strong you like it of course. I prefer a flat tea spoon with sweetener and milk. This product is the nicest instant coffee that I have ever tasted and became a firm favourite of mine almost twenty years ago by a boyfriend I had a the time. I tried other brands over the years but always go back to my old faithful this beautful Carte Noire instant coffee. You can of course buy the other version of this for coffee machines, however for quickness I always opt for this version.
The coffee has a velvety smooth texture to it with no bitter taste to this it. The coffee has a good of a taste to it as pure filter coffee if not better in my humble opinion.
I paid £3.80 for this from my local Sainsbury's Super market.
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The sweeteners come in tablet form and come in a stylish pellet style box. At the top there is a picture of a strawberry and it clearly tells us that they are called 'Truvia' made by a very well known company called Silver Spoon, who make a verity of products including, Sugar and sweeteners. The box contains 100 tablets.It tells me that they are calorie free and are made from stevia leaf. The leaves are steeped in water to allow it to infuse simular to making a cup of tea.
* Please be aware that this product is not suitable for lactose intollence as they contain this ingredient.
The product sponsers diabeties uk and raised £50,000 in 2013.
For further information regarding this product, pay their website a visit at ww.truvia.co.uk
or by phone: 0800 288 8262.
In my opinion I find these tasteless and bitter. I usually use Hermesetas and only use two to suit my taste buds. There is a green button at the side of the box to eject the tablets. The tablets come out of the bottom. These where not sweet at all and left a very bitter after taste in my mouth. Two where not enough and I ended up having four in my coffee, this made no difference what so ever. I bought these from my local Tesco store on offer and thought there was no harm in giving them a try as my Consultant at 'Slimming World' uses these for us at group, to have with a cup of tea or coffee whilst we are there. I didn't try them as I thought I'd buy some to try at home. Never again I have wasted my money totally.
You can also buy these in small packets of these that contain one tablet per sachet.
I paid £1.24 for these as they where on offer. Available at most supermarkets or Chemists.
For those of you who may not already know, I've been following the 'Slimming World' weight loss plan since the beginning of January, we are now in May and I have lost just over two stone.
After moving out of Coventry to Rugby and live in a house with my best mate, I decided to get something sweet in that wasn't too naughty for both of us to eat. I had to give these a try after spotting them in my local Iceland store for £2.00 for a box of two.
Comes in a purple box with the Weight Watchers from Heinz clearly seen at the front of the box. The pots are plastic and round with contents within the pot. Simply tear the film sleeve off the top of the pot and enjoy.
I have a savory tooth, however from time to time I crave something sweet. Following the Slimming World weight loss plan I was on the hunt for a pudding that didn't contain too many calories.
Whilst shoping im my local Icelands store I spotted these in the Weright Watcher from Heinz freezer section. I have never tried these before but decided to give them a try what did I have to loose at the bargain price of a pound per pudding.
At the bottom of the pot there is chocolate sponge followed by Belgium chocolate and a vanilla moose and chocolate swirls at the top with chocolate pieces for decoration.
The pudding smells of vanilla more than it does chocolate however this is an very tasty pudding indeed with not may calories at all. At slimming world it only contains seven syns per pot, or four weight watchers points that to me gives me total piece of mind. That is good considering at Slimming World we are allowed between five and fifteen points per day.
Available from all good supermarkets for around £2.00 per box of two.
I was on the look out for a stylish yet not too pricey kettle for my kitchen. I live with my best mate and we like our home to look the part.
I purchased this from Argos for the simple reason I was on a budget and black is the colour we chose to go in the kitchen. This kettle hold up to 1.7 letres that is plenty enough for two people and a couple of visitors. I am impressed as it boils rather quickly and the water stays hot not luke warm like some kettles boil these days. The only down fall is that the lid seems to open slightly on it own accord. With the lid opening it causes more steam and if you touch the lid you will get scalded.
The switch to it illuminates a orange glow making it look sylish.
I use the kettle to make hot drinks of course however I also use it for boiling water for cooking on the hob. One draw back I have discovered is that because it is black it shows up lime scale on the outside near the spout and has to be cleaned there daily to prevent build up.
I descale the kettle every month to stop limescale from collecting on the element this does not just save money on buying a new kettle, it adds to the life and function of the kettle also.
I do like it and would advice the manufacturer to re design the lid to prevent it from opening on its own. Please be careful with children when using.
I use the kettle several times a day as I do love my cup of coffee and occational tea. Available in other colours too.
Available from Argos fro the bargain price of £11.99
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My best mate and I have recently moved into a two bedroom house, as you can imagine money has been tight so economising has taken its form. I am not a real bread lover a loaf can last me a week, however I have found this bread delightful.
My best mate says this bread is utterly inedible however I disagree I think it is moreish, we do beg to differ as we do live together after all.
The bread has been cut to medium sliced and is brown in colour. The bread smells of oats with a malty undertone. The bread itself tastes as wholemeal bread should with a smooth texture.
I am pleased to point out that Sainbury's do not use bleach in any of their bread or cake products and this product is suitable for vegans too. Each loaf contains 800 grams of bread. Allergy advice is given, as it contains gluten, rye barley and oats, this can be found in bold writing on the packaging.
I use my bread for sandwiches with a variety of fillings, including: Cheese, egg and cress, ham, salad. you may have your own variety. I also like this bread toasted with low fat spread and marmalade. I have this as I am currently attending Slimming World and have this as my healthy B option, for those of you who don't know it means fibre in your daily dietary requirements
I have a toasty maker and have a toasty several times a week with cheese or whatever meat I have in at the time. This bread works really well with the machine and doesn't stick or anything as long and you coat the top and bottom layer with plenty of spread or butter, to prevent it from sticking.
This product has a not either soft or hard texture it has a melt in the mouth texture to it.
I actually prefure this bread to the leading brands. Deanne (my best mate), would argue the fact as she dispises it, however I am the reviewer and my opinion counts.
A thumbs up from me and it will be purchased again, however my mate will be buying her own leading brand bread from now on.
Available for 40p a loaf only available at Sainsbury's or Sainsbury's local stores.
I suffer from very dry skin not just on my hands but feet. Recently I visited my local Boots Pharmacy and was on the hunt for something for my very dry hands. My hands where not just sore but where very chapped from the cold. Being on a budget I didn't want to pay over the odds. The cram is white in colour and has a very light fragrance and smells of light floral scents with a citrus undertone.
It's non greasy formula makes it easy to apply and massage in to both nails and hands without your hands feeling greasy and slimey as some creams do.
I apply the cream twice a day in the morning and in the evening. With cold weather and using cleaning makes our hands dry out and loose moisture in them.
After using the cream for just a week my hands feel softer and my cuticles feel more nourished. My nails have become less brittle too.
Slimming world was foundered in 1969 by a British lady called Margaret Miles-Bramwell, who had weight issues and invented this fantastic weight loss programme.
All of the Slimming world consultants have at some point in their lives have been obese making them good role models in weight loss. Every consultant has a empathetic approach to individuals needs. No weight is read out only how much someone has lost. Each week members take a piece of fruit for slimmer of the week. I won slimmer of the week after just three weeks of being there and losing half a stone the same night. It makes you feel in control and proud to have achieved this.
The weight loss plan is easy to follow with food optimising easily explained with lots of free foods to choose from. The programme is very easy to follow. Choosing one 'A' choice and one 'B' choice along with free foods. Then we have syns they are for foods that contain either fats sugars and have to be counted for. At slimming world we are allowed to have between five and fifteen syns a day; This is to stop us feeling deprived. This is not a diet at all we can still eat what we want, but in moderation. Its about re-educating ourselves.
My weight problems started when I was in my late teens.
I was always the correct weight as a child. However when I started menstruating my body went from a healthy child into an obese child. This was due to a hormone condition that I have had since my teenage years,I tried and tested so many diets over the years, from the cabbage soup diet to weight watchers. I seemed to lose weight for a short period of time and then gaining it all again sadly.
Forward a few years. January 2015 arrived and I decided to do something about my weight once and for all. I have multipal health problems and decided that losing weight may have a slight inpact on my health. As I had tried diets in the past that failed I was convinced that Slimming world would be the same. I knew a few people that did the diet and lost loads of weight.
I woke up once morning and decided to give it a go, what did I have to loose?
My Dad said that he would like to give it a go so we thought it would be a fantastic idea to do it together. I have lost one stone three pounds in seven weeks. I feel more energised more alert and healthier. I no longer feel breathless when walking and hardly have to use my asthma inhaler as much as I used to. I feel fuller for longer and no longer feel tired or sluggish after eating like I once did.
When at goal weight we are encouraged to still attend meetings, this gives other members encouragement to continue and the goal-members ambition to carry through their journey of healthy living. It is a well known fact that when we reach goal weight we live an extra eight to ten years.
To join slimming world it costs £9.95. However Iceland have started doing their own range of Slimming World ready meals. If you go to this section you will find a leaflet that contains a coupon to join for free. Each week it costs £4.95. The support is endless, whether online or by contacting your consultant by phone.
In front of me I have a cardboard box that is red in colour and I am told they are made by Mr Kipling. There is a photograph of the said Cherry Bakewells. Information is given at the front of the box regarding health information within the product.
Each Bakewell weighs eighteen grams. I am pleased to read that these cakes contain no hydrogenerated fat and all the ingredients are natural. Made in Great Britain and history tells me that Mr Kipling comes from Rugby in Warwickshire, however the cakes can be packed at various locations within the Uk.
This product contains gluten and contain eggs.
I am not usually a sweet tooth and very rarely buy cakes or puddings. However I bought these as my best mate and boyfriend love sweet stuff. These are nice to have with a nice cup of tea or coffee or just on their own.
The Bakewells come in a foil cake case. The Bakewells are made of shortcrust pastry at the bottom and have both plum and raspberry jam within the pastry itself. On top of the pastry is sponge followed by royal icing and a cherry. They smell of icing and jam with almond smells in the background.
The cakes are delicious. They melt in your mouth. The texture is soft and you can taste the jam at the bottom along with the pastry and the sponge and icing. They are nice and sweet and are of good quality I say this because in my opinion I believe that Mr Kipling is generous with the filling within the cake.
If I hadn't of bought these from a shop I would have thought they where home made. These have had a thumbs up from Deanne and James who had two each and I had the one!
I will definately be purchasing these again will recommend these to both children and adults.
Available from all good supermarkets for £1.00.
I own a four month old Kitten called Casper. I fed him kitten food up to a week ago as he was off his food. I took him to the vet and they said to try him on adult cat food. I did and ever since he has been eating everything in site.
Comes in a small can with the Kitekat logo seen at the top. There is a picture of a ginger cat on the front.
Nutritional information is given and the daily amount are shown, please see below for information.
Within a twenty four hour period feed your cat the following:
For a 4 kg cat one third or 25 grams to two thirds equals 208 calories. Each 100 grams is 208 calories.
I was skeptical at first as Casper wasn't eating his food at all. I saw this can of food in my local Asda store in a multipack and thought there was no harm in trying it.
I am thrilled to tell you that Casper loves this food and has eaten a full tin of it so far.
The food he has tried is the white fish variety and he simply loves it.
The food is white fish in jelly and comes in meaty chunks. It contains animal derivatives and smells like it says on the tin of fish.
I am so over joyed to learn that Kitekat contains no preservatives flavours or colours. I like to feed my cat a good quality food that I know is healthy.
I feed Casper three times a day as he is four months old and a can lasts me a day and a half.
I recommend this food for all cats as it is good quality and my kitty adores it.
I purchased my multipack of six from my local Asda store for £2.89 excellent value.