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Fisher price has always been my favorite company for children's toy. Every one is so well designed and so much fun with learning in mind. When my daughter was born I brought her the whole range of fisher price toys, including the cookie jar and musical books but unfortunately never purchased this for some reason. She got brought this for christmas when she was 2 and although the toy is for ages from 6 months, i do think she was may be slightly old for this toy, although I must admit she loves it.
It is such a charming toy, I know this sounds a silly thing to say about a toy, but every person that sees it in action says how lovely it is. The voice of the tea pot is so gently and when she sings it makes you feel really cheerful. My favorite part is when you tip it up it makes a pouring noise, it must have a motion sensor in it so it knows when to make the sound. It really is lovely.
The toy is very girly in colour being pink with lilac cups but my daughters best friend who is male loves it so i would say it is very much unisex. It has 3 modes learning, music, and imagination. It teaches shapes, numbers, opposites and even manners, what more can you ask from a toy.
The plate which fits the cups is a shape sorting plate and the cookies that come with it double up as a teether. There really is not much more you could ask from a toy, which is why i wish so much that my daughter had had this toy from a young age rather than the age of 2 because I think she would ahve gotten so much use out of it.
It retails at around £15.00 and is widely avaliable as most fisher price toys are.
I am so attached to this toy, it is defiantely one of my favorites and one of my daughters too, i just wish i knew she had more use out of it but I know she will soon be growing out of it. It is a must have for any little housekeeper!!
When I fell pregnant with my son, I promised myself I would not go a day without a bouncer and I would make sure i had one before my son was born so that we had it when we came home.
When I had my daughter in 2008 I brought the think pink fisher price bouncer and it is something we could not live without, she slept ate and practically lived in it.
My son unfortunately is not so keen but I think this is due to him being a little boy and he always wants a cuddle. The chair however I am very happy with.
Retailing at about £39.99 - £45.00 depending on where you purchase it from the chair made by Fisher price is really brightly coloured. it has a big giraffe on it and lots of other animals and comes with a bar accross the top of it with brightly coloured toys which sing to keep your baby amused.
It has a metal frame and is covered in a padded material bucket like seat which is where the baby sits. On the front is an on/off switch which turn on the calming vibrations. Unfortunately the vibrations eat the batteries quite fast, especially if you accidently leave it on through the night (not surprising really) It takes one D battery which is a pain to change because you ahve to take the material cover off to get to the battery compartment which then has to be unscrewed. All due to health a safety I am sure but still a pain. The singing toys take 3 button cell batteries. The cover IS machine washable which is a result as when I had my daughter I sometimes used this as a feeding chair and it got very dirty.
The chair is suitable from birth to a child weighing 9kg. A small child can be strapped in which an adjustable waist belt but for a young child it would be pretty hard to get out of so I just leave it undone and will start to strap my son in when he is moving about a bit more.
I am over all very happy with this chair, I am sure we will get our moneys worth eventually, it is just that my daughter took to hers so much quicker and it was lovely for a bit of rest. I would highly recommend this product from this highly reputable company fisher price.
My daughter was brought this toy when we got a new bath by her grandparents. It seemed like a fantastic idea as it was her favorite character and would be lots of fun to be able to draw all over the bath with it just washing off.
the first thing I noticed about the toy was that the characters seems really small in size, especially George who was even small enough to pose a choking hazzard, it does state the toy is for children 3 and up and my daughter is only 2 and a half but i still dont think I would trust a three year old with the size George was.
Which brings me to another thing that concerned me, the toy states it is for ages three and up but yet peppa pig is aimed at children from 1 year old and I imagine would be very childish for a child much over three. I could be wrong and may be children are still watching peppa pig far after the age of three but I cant imagine this toy lasting a 3 year old long.
When my daughter first played with the toy in the bath she had so much fun, she enjoyed writing on the bath very much but I was concerned that this might give out the wrong message and make her think it was ok to draw on walls etc.
The boat which is supposed to be a floating toy does not float properly at all. Although it sits on the surface of the water it is designed badly in the way that as soon as you put the characters on the boat it tips over and so it's not much good at all.
The crayons which come with the boat disintegrate on first use and actually stained my bath. My daughter did use them quite vigorously as she thought it a great novelty but i still think this is bad news, especially if like me you have a brand new bath tub. We did eventually get it off but unfortunately it took a few cleans!
The toy retails at about £15-£20 depending on where you buy it and it is widely avaliable in most toy shops and online, although I would steer clear, this is not one of our best purchases and it now sits in the bath toy box un played with as the novelty has long since worn off!!
I am not a huge coffee drinker. I much prefer a cup of tea in the morning and I find that coffee sometimes leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I hate strong coffee and always opt for a latte if I go to starbucks. When my husband brought these in a supermarket I thought i might aswell give it a try. I like something with a bit of a novelty factor about it and so I thought it would be rude not to. I am also a fan of the Nescafe brand and only really drink their instant coffees so this helped in the persuasion.
On my first attempt at making the coffee it was a total disaster. The coffee comes in sachets so it is already measured out for you meaning you are supposed to get the right consistency etc. You make the coffee by simply pouring the sachet into the cup and adding hot water then stir. Unfortunately this left the coffee extremely lumpy and tasted absolutely disgusting. Every time I took a sip I ended up with a lump of unmixed coffee in my mouth which wasnt very pleasant. I am surprised I had a second attempt but my husband had brought these on offer at buy 1 get two free and so we seemed to have tons of them about. I tried to think of a way I would be able to get a smooth coffee and so I thought about other instant drinks I had used before. I always used to drink bourneville as a little girl and my nan always used to first mix it with a splash of milk forming a paste and then add the water. This is what I tried.
I had much more success making my coffee like this. I got a wonderfully smooth texture and it tasted absolutely lovely.
The coffee is not strong at all and for my husband who takes his coffee almost black he isn't a great lover of these. I don't think this is down to the extra milk that I add at the beginning I just think these are very milky but this is just how I like it. I have a very sweet tooth and always take 2 sugars in my tea and coffee and so added 2 sugars to this but I think this was a little too much as the coffee is extremely sweet to start off with. I now only use one sugar when drinking this and it comes out perfect. You also get a little tub of chocolate topping powder in the box so this helps to sweeten it up.
Unfortunately because I add the milk to start with it does end up being just right to drink rather than boiling hot. I knwo some people prefer their hot drinks hot hot hot and so you may find it beneficial to warm it through in the microwave also.
Unfortunately like most coffee this does leave a bad taste in your mouth. I would say probably more so than the normal instant stuff and it can become really disgusting if you dont have a drink of water after. The bad after taste does not take away from the fact that this is a lovely tasting coffee though and it certainly wouldn't stop me from drinking it.
Unfortunately these little sachets don't come cheap and are priced around £5.00 for 20 sachets. We only brought these when they were on offer and the offer has now unfortunately ended. I will be very disappointed when we finish them because I am enjoying them in this cold weather. I think compared to other instant coffees this is expensive and whilst you are getting 20 cups out of it it is still an instand coffee at the end of the day.
This product is widely avaliable and we brought it in a certain supermarket but it is avaliable in all of them. We have also seen these in some wholesalers since discovering them and we plan to price them up when we come to the end of our stash. I do think these could be found on offer in various places, they seem like the sort of product that would be reduced most of the time.
One sachet contains 74 calories. I think this seems a good amount for the type of product this is and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that these are just 2 points on weight watchers because of the low calorie content. It is as I said quite high in sugar though with 8g per serving - almost 10% of your daily allowance.
The ingredients list is as follows:-
Sugar,Skimmed Milk Powder ,Instant Coffee (16%) ,Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil ,Dried Glucose Syrup ,Lactose ,Lactose - Whey Permeate ,Milk Proteins ,Stabilisers (E340, E452i, E331) ,Salt ,Choco Topping: Sugar, Cocoa Powder, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring (Vanillin), Cinnamon ,Contains Cocoa Solids 32% minimum (taken from nescafe packaging)
As you can see this product DOES contain milk so therefore would not be suitable for vegans or milk allergy sufferers, however I can confirm that this product is suitable for celiacs providing you don't sprinkle the chocolate on top as my mum has the condition and has checked this out, she enjoys these with me on a daily basis.
The packaging of the product is very basic and in keeping with the nescafe brand. It is a simple cardboard box and inside seperate sachets of coffee. Fully recycleable.
Overall I am very impressed with this product. At first I felt disappointed but with practice I have become a great lover of these. It is a shame they are so expensive as if they are not on offer I would not pay full price for them. These are definately the best instant coffees I have tried and I am very tempted to try others from this range which include Mocha, Latte and chocca Mocha. I will definately do that when they are on offer!!
I always shop in Elc for my daughters toys. I find them good value for money although I know people who don't agree. I think they do always put childrens safety first which is ovviously a mothers number one priority.
My daughter received this trampoline last christmas after me asking her uncles to buy it for her. I chose this one out a) because it was from Elc and b) because it was the only one I had seen that had the padding around the edges. As it was christmas it was hard to find in the shops. They didnt have it out at all but I had seen it advertised online and hoped i would get it. I do begrudge paying £4.95 delivery with ELC.co.uk. I think this is a huge amount of money so prefer to shop instore (but we will leave that for another review). I asked the lady in ELc if she had any and to my surprise she said she had laods out the back but they just didnt keep them on the shop floor because of the time of year.
I expected to pay £25.00 for this trampoline which is what I had seen it for online but when it went through the till it came up as £20.00 and I also had a 20% off birthday voucher which meant i got it for £16.00 which I thought was a bargain (even though it wasnt from me). Most toddler trampolines I had seen had been priced way over this even for a very standard one from a supermarket.
The trampoline matches the blossom farm range at ELC. I think this is quite babyish and now she is two I think she would probably prefer something a bit more pink and grown up but at the time I brought it, it was more than fine!
The trampoline has 4 metal legs and a metal padded handle bar at the front which forms the structure of the trampoline. It then has the elasticated netting which is attached to the metal frame at various points and a padded cover to prevent any accidents on the metal frame. There is very little metal actually showing therefore forming a very soft landing should your little one fall. it is fairly small in size about 1m x 1m so is fairly easy to store in a nook or cranny. The metal legs are had rubber soles to them which grips the floor but these come loose very easily and we have actually lost 2 of ours making the trapoline uneven and unsteady.
The trampoline from what I can gather after the christmas day arguments was very very difficult to put together. Unfortunately the elastic actually isnt very elasticated and therefore makes it very hard to stretch in order to put it all together. It actually took about 2 hours to put together on christmas day in which time my little one got very impatient. I recommend putting this together before giving it as a present.
I am not entirely sure why they make the elasticated netting so tight and 'un'elasticated. It is almost not elasticated at all and there are no springs to make the trampline bouncier. Whilst I understand this is for children (age 1-3) my daughter hardly bounces on it at all and therefore became quickly bored of it and it has been sitting in the garden ever since. As far as I can tell (obviously I have not tried it out myself) the elastic doesn't have much stretch and it is actually more like bounching on an extremely tight netting making very hard work for the bouncer to actually get any sort of height over about 2cm. I was very disappointed with this and actually thought it made a poor tramploline. My daughter finds bouncing on the bed much more exciting and energy worthy.
As you can probably tell from the review this is one ELC product that we as a family did not enjoy. We didnt get much fun out of it and my daughter at 2 has more than outgrown it. We certainly didn't get our moneys worth out of it which is a shame as it was a present but it was just far too boring for my active daughter. I am not asking for my daughter to be catapolted up to the sky (although sometimes that would be nice) but she can't even bounce on this and it is supposed to be a trampoline. Great price but worth paying a bit more for a trampoline that actually does what it is meant to.
Have you eveer read a book that you cannot stop thinking about? That crops up in your mind at peculiar times? I love reading and I read a lot of books but its not often that a book has this impact on me. The last book i read that made me feel so emotional and involved was kaitlyn (see my review) and this novel was the first in a long time.
Written by Cecelia Ahern the no1 author of P.s i love you this book is her newest edition to her collection of inspiring 'fairy tale' novels. Each of her novels has it's own piece of magic and this new book is no exception, in fact there is something extra magical about this book.
I don't like to write reviews that give away the whole book as I feel you would get more out of reading this than reading my review but to give you a basic outline this book is about a young girl who has everything she has ever wanted. When her father dies her life is turned upside down and things take a drastic turn for the worse. This young girl finds a friend in a diary she has borrowed form the travellling library which turns out to be something she never thought it would be. Telling her things she never thought possible. When she learns things about her own life from this book she finds out that there is more to the recent events that have taken place in her life than she first thought.
This book is an enchanting novel which really keeps you guessing. There are so many twists and turns you simply have to keep reading. The relationships between characters are what make this book so inspiring. Each relationship is equally challenging and again inspiring but credit to Cecelia who really helps you to feel as the characters in this book are feeling.
The fictional novel which is set in a rural village in Ireland has a gothical and historical feel to it. Many scenes are set in a run down ancient castle that has many tales written within its walls which all adds to the magic of the book.
You really must read this book as i am sure you will find it truly enchanting. It is widely avaliable as most of Cecelia's books are and is avaliable in both hardback and now paperback. The hardback version retails at around £7.99 and the paper back £4.99. It has 336 pages.
Even though i have read this book it is just sitting on my bookshelf calling me to read it again which i am sure i will do after everyone who i have recommended it to has read it.
I have never been on an all inclusive holiday before. I have only ever been self catered and so wasn't entirely sure what to expect from this holiday. My husband had actually previously visited this resort when it first opened and it came highly recommended by him and his family. We went here for a week just recently and I wanted to share my experience with you and it was a very enjoyable one.
Location and background
Holiday Village is owned and run by first choice and is set in the small town or Sarigerme, Dalaman. Flying into Dalaman airport you will take a short 20 minute drive into the resort of Sarigerme which is host to a small amount of shops, bars and restaurants and its own beach. Personally I would say the village of sarigerme left a lot to be desired and a whole trip to the 'village' took around 40 minutes and this was visiting every shop in the parade. The people of Sarigerme however were very friendly and welcoming and unlike in other countries tradesmen did not bother you for their business they were just pleased to see you in their shops. The Village is about a 30 minute walk from the hotel but a short 5 minute cab trip which cost 10 Turkish liras (loosely exchanged about £4.00). Apart from that there wasn't much more to do unless you went much further out.
On first inspection the hotel looked fantastic. More of a hotel it is a complex with apartment buildings on it, Lots of apartment buildings.
The complex has 18 swimming pools all lifeguarded) both large and small including slide pools and indoor pool and 1 adult pool. There are thousands upon thousands of sun beds all around them and we never had any problem at all getting a sun bed around any pool. There are sun beds both in shaded and non shaded areas which is fantastic for the children. There are 3 children's paddling pools which are a lot shallower than the other pools. This was great for my daughter who is only 20 months and we were able to sit on the side and sun bathe whilst she was only 2 foot away in very shallow water, having the time of her life.
Located within walking distance from anywhere there were bars where you could get all sorts of drinks. The only beer they supplied was efes, a local larger and all inclusive drinks included spirits, all soft drinks including coca cola and fruit juices and cocktails which changed daily. I was very impressed with the range of drinks they had as I expected to only be able to get very basic drinks such as a vodka and coke but was very pleased when I was able to have a cocktail or a brandy and coke. All coke was branded coca cola and sprite etc and bottles of water were supplied in their thousands in fridges where you could just take as many as you need.
These bars turned into snack bars in the day where from 10.30 until 4.20 you were able to grab something light to eat without having to visit the restaurant.
The complex is actually home to two hotels. They intertwine into one and work as one but they are called the palace side and the tropical side. For each side there is a main pool, a kids club, a restaurant, a host of shops and an evening entertainment stage. Regardless of what side you stayed on you were able to visit any part of the complex and eat in either of the restaurants. The point of having two sides of the hotel is unclear to me as everyone mingled I can only presume it is for organisation purposes for the hotel staff.
The rooms of the hotel were very basic and in need of some renewals in parts. The furniture looked old and dated and it wasn't as homely as some hotels I have visited. For the standard of the facilities the rooms do let it down somewhat but for the time spent in the rooms they served their purpose and for that we were grateful. All standard rooms sleep at least 4 and come with a bath and shower, a balcony, a mini fridge for you own use, a television, a hairdryer and most importantly air conditioning. Upgraded rooms come with a kids den or a Jacuzzi bath.
The hotel complex has its own beach which is accessible only through the hotel. It is not the best beach I have been to for white sand and blue waters but it was so peaceful there and within walking distance from our room. There are sun beds and parasols out on the beach for you to use we took advantage of these peaceful times when our daughter was in the crèche.
On site entertainment.
I have never been to a holiday camp which is so well organised. There was so much entertainment going on that there was nobody left bored. Every night there was an array of shows in the ampi theatres and in the bars there was other entertainment including bingo and quizzes. Some of the shows we saw on our week there included Cinderella, abba the tribute, rock and rumble amongst others. These were all really well presented and although the entertainers were not the best singers they were fantastic entertainment and my daughter certainly enjoyed every minute of it. There were always spaces in the theatres to sit and drinks and food were available to take into them.
During the day around the pool there was loads going on. There were daily quizzes, competitions for kids, water polo, water aerobics and loads loads more. The entertainment team was so friendly and, all comical there were people round the pool laughing all day! It felt like one big family.
Kids club was available for children of all ages. They went in age groups and unfortunately I cannot comment on the kids clubs for the older children as my child went to the twinkle stars which was aimed at children 0-36 months. This was actually a crèche which had to be booked in advance. When we got there we went and booked her in for a few sessions and luckily we got her booked in but sessions go quickly as they only allow 3 children per supervisor. The prices for this were reasonable as we paid £7 for a two hour session. My daughter went every day and the facilities inside the crèche were amazing. My daughter got given lots of goodies for being part of the crèche including a t shirt and hat, a drinks bottle, some puzzles and every day she came home with something she had made. The staff in the crèche were so friendly and she loved them. I really felt comfortable leaving her with them especially when she was so happy to be going there.
There is an onsite entertainment room which had a bowling alley and internet cafe in it. The bowling alley was pricy considering it was such a small one as we paid 20 Turkish liras for 10 frames which for two of us took about 20 minutes.
The whole complex and its entertainment was very geared up towards young children and families. All shows were child friendly and the hustle and bustle of the bars at night would not suit a couple looking for a quiet holiday. There are lots of children running around and playing games which for a young family is lovely but does not suit everyone.
On the beach water sports were available such as paragliding and banana boats. These looked fun and fairly reasonable but I thought I would give it a miss as I am not a great fan of the sea.
Other on site facilities
The health Spa - here you can have a Turkish bath and massage. Prices ranged from 50 Turkish liras to 500 Turkish liras. We considered visiting the spa on our anniversary which was celebrated on holiday but when we went to check out the prices we were hounded by the man who ran the spa. He was Turkish gentleman who wouldn't take no for an answer. We simply asked him if he could wait until we could get a time when daisy was in the crèche and he couldn't seem to understand why we didn't was our massages NOW. We spent the rest of the holiday avoiding the spa and this man.
Children's park - For times when they are bored on the water they had a park with the normal swings and slides etc which were all really well kept. Daisy loved this as it made a change from the everyday swimming and there were shaded areas for her to sit out of the sun.
Wedding Gazebo - Whilst we were there, there was a wedding happening. They had their hen party there so everyone knew she was getting married and went to cheer her on as she walked up to the wedding gazebo. I'm not sure this would have been my preference of wedding ceremony but the wedding looked beautiful. Unfortunately I cannot comment on price but this facility is avaliable.
Sports and recreation areas - these included 5 a side pitches, basketball courts, climbing poles and more which I am sure I have forgotten to mention. None of the above we had chance to use so again I am afraid I can't comment much on them but they were available.
Free wi fi in the reception areas of the hotel - bonus!!
I have never met people so dedicated to their jobs. The whole thing was such a large operation with thousands of staff who were all equally friendly and helpful. The staff came in two groups.
First Choice Staff - Staff who ran things like the entertainment, all young English and English Speaking staff. We got to know the young girls who ran the crèche who as I said before were very dedicated to their jobs and friendly. Every member of first choice staff that we passed greeted us and I guess they get told to do this as I don't think I came across anyone who didn't say hello to us or make a fuss of daisy. They were so helpful and polite and there was always someone on hand to help with any troubles and booking things like excursions. There was someone to meet and greet us on every part of our journey to the complex and on the way back.
The entertainment staff put a lot of hard work and effort into their work and came up with some great shows. During the day there were quizzes going on all day hosted by these people and it certainly broke up the day of sun bathing.
Hotel staff - Staff who ran things like the restaurant and the reception, housekeeping and chefs. All local Turkish people who spoke English the best they knew how to. They were so hard working and dedicated it made me feel sorry for them when I was sitting there having a nice time. We seriously didn't want for anything on the holiday and if there was anything we ever needed they were so happy to help. On one occasion my daughter wanted a banana which on this day wasn't on the menu. We only had to mention the banana and suddenly she had 10 bananas to last her all week to take back to the hotel.
The bar staff were overcome with people wanting drinks. They worked quickly and efficiently and I didn't ever wait more than 5 minutes for a drink. The chefs worked in sweltering heats.
The people I was most impressed with was the maintenance staff. There were hundreds of people working to keep the place tidy. Always someone collecting the glasses and cups and an empty glass never sat there for more than 2 minutes. There was always someone cutting the grass or pruning the hedges, cleaning the sun beds or washing the floors. There was an attendant to every toilet and every toilet was absolutely immaculate, even those around the pools. There was always trivial things like toilet paper which seems to go missing in every public toilet I enter and I was so impressed with their attitude which was certainly a happy one. Happy to be there and happy to help, happy to be cleaning up someone else's mess!
Every day we had new towels and every day our room was cleaned from bottom to top. They even did things like fold up our clothes and put our shoes neatly in a row. They made our daughters bed and put all her cuddly toys in a row at the end of her cot and put our tooth brushes back in their holders. They really were thorough and it was really nice to come back to a tidy apartment when you had left it in a mess. We started tidying up ourselves as we learnt what perfectionists they were as we felt bad that they felt they needed to tidy our things away. It was nice though.
The food I was not all that impressed with. It was an all inclusive holiday which meant that the restaurants were buffet style. There was a lot of choice and although most days they did some of the same things they did do specials every day. 5 meals a day was available
Breakfast - a range of fruits, yoghurts and cereals, cooked breakfast (only including Turkish style sausages, scrambled eggs and omelettes, boiled eggs, pan cakes, tomatoes with mozzarella cheese), a range of croissants and pastries, breads and cheeses. When I say a range of I mean an extensive range. The fruit selection was wonderful and there was so much of it. The breads and cheeses were so so fancy it left me wanting something simple.
Snack bar menu (Available at the pool bars) - Chips, Burgers, Hot Dogs, pizza, pasta, salad
Lunch - Hot food and cold salads, varied daily, chips every day, fresh cooked meats and soups, breads and desserts.
Dinner - Huge Selection of dishes including fishes, meats, potatoes, salads, rice, omelettes, fruit, desserts.
Midnight snack - breads and cheeses, fruits, chips, nuggets, various bits and pieces.
I know I can hear you saying why were you not impressed with this? But I think it is because may be it is a personally preference thing and I am fussy. Everything was with something and nothing was plain, you couldn't just have a piece of chicken it came with some weird sauce, they served weird things like calves liver salad and things that just aren't me. At breakfast I was disappointed that I could not just have a bit of bacon and a friend egg and because of this I ended up eating pancakes for breakfast, chips for lunch and chips for dinner.
Having said all that there was so much work that went into the food and the preparation of it must have been massive. There was so much fruit and salad all freshly prepared and desserts came in their thousands! I was pleased to get home to English food though.
Just think this would be a good time to mention that allergies are catered for such as nut and gluten as there are signs up in the restaurant that explains this. If you require assistance speak to the chef - that's what the sign says anyway!
As part of the all inclusive deal you got a visit to each of the a la carte restaurants. We only managed to visit the Turkish restaurant as we only had a week there but this was a lovely meal. In a lovely setting. We did have to book this early in the week though as seats got booked up pretty quickly.
The value for money
We actually got a late deal on this holiday and paid a mere £640 for two adults and an infant (all inclusive) this was hugely cheap and as far as we could tell people had paid much more than this and we just got lucky! At this price I just cannot see how the company could make any money. The amount of staff and the service we received were worth much more than this. And we probably ate and drank this amount alone, that's without the flights. In this respect if you can get a good deal you are extremely lucky as this is an absolute bargain!! I would have definitely paid more like £1300 for the holiday we had and would expect to pay this in the future.
I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a family holiday. If you are looking for something for the kids this is the place to go. They will love it. As far as the food goes, you will find something you like, it is impossible not to. With 18 swimming pools you would be mad not to take your cossie. We didn't spend a penny apart from on the fake tiffany ring I brought and the £30 it cost for the visas to get in the country at the Turkish airport.
Value for money was superb. We had a wonderful family holiday which we more than enjoyed. We will definitely be returning in the future!!
I borught the shapeboss in one of my many ebay craft buying frenzys. This particular time I was having a Fiskars buying session and i ahvd never seen one of these before seeing it on Ebay.
I had never even tried dry embossing before and i dont really know why now i have discovered it.
The Fiskars shapeboss is a fun easy and dare i say it mess free way to emboss your crafting projects.
This steardy work desk is small and compact but at about 50cm x 50 cm will still fit all of your crafting papers on it. It comes with pegs to hold your papers down so there will be no mistakes which happen to easily when embossing and the paper moves.
It comes with a few stencils to work from with an alphabet and various borders and shapes but these are very basic and when you go online or into the shopes there are so many avaliabke so you can dry emboss pretty much and shape of design you like.
This is not a mechanical or battery operated device, purely man power and works by placing your paper or card between two stencils and rubbing over it giving you an embossed effect. The embossing tool is provided and is basically just a metal pen .
All the stencils come with handy makred out centremeter squares so you can line up your paper correctly. The top stencil is also clear so you can see exactly where you are embossing.
I have used various other crafting stencils not made by fiskars on this device and although they cannot be pegged down into place like the fiskars ones which are specially deisgned can theyu still work as well if you have the patience to hold them in place. The metal ones work very well on here.
I also use the shapeboss when I am doing crafting on the go because it is a great work bench which is highly portable.
I have since dscovered that the shapeboss is quite widely avaliable when you know what you are looking for and they sell it online evrywhere including amazon. They also sell it in hobbycraft. It retails at about £9.99 - £14.99 and this includes the blue work station the embossing tool and some stencils. As previously mentioed there are many stencils avaliable and the packs designed specifically to fit on this are about £9.99 each but you get a few in them. the alphabet sets are well worth it as you can sopell out all your quotes in scrapbooking projects.
I would say this is a worthy investment for any crafter. I am going to be selling all my ink embossing sets as I will not be doing any more ink embossing after buying this.
The little tikes cozy coupe. Surely one of the most well known and well loved children's toys of the 90's. I didn't even know these things were still avaliable until I had my own daughter and realised that they are still as well loved as ever.
I was desperate to get one of these for my daughter for her first birthday. I had one myself when I was a child and can honestly say I don't know anyone who didn't. We had hours upon hours of playing with this car and I am sure I am not wrong when i say we had it until a healthy age and found different ways to use it as we grew up.
I begged my husband to let me get daisy one is august when she turned one but hubby insisted it wasn't a good idea as she wouldn't be interested in it and wouldn't be able to use it. I really wanted to get her the 30th anniversary edition as i loved the eyes on the front of it and he just looked so friendly.
I simply had to wait though because hubby put his foot down and i would have to get it for Christmas which is exactly what I done.
When i saw it on amazon for a knock down price of £25 I just had to have it. It was a few months before Christmas so storing it was a bit of a pain as it come packed in a huge box that one presumed it was pre built inside of but it was a must purchase at that price.
These usually retail at about £49.99 but they are so widely avaliable that there tends to always be an offer on them somewhere. I have seen them in many stores including asda and Argos.
There are a few different versions of this car avaliable which like most things I am sure is just a money spinner. There is of course a pink version and a police car version but I opted for the classic orange and yellow version which quite frankly I am afraid cannot be replaced!
Basically this toy is a different version of a ride on. It is about a meter high and 2/3 meter wide. Plently of space for your little ones. The car opens at one side which at first i didn't understand but as far as I can tell this is a safety feature so your little ones can't get in and fall out the other side. It includes many car like features such as a steering wheel and an operating hooter which your child can make huge amounts of noise with. There is also a rear glove compartment which my daughter likes to place her 'bot bot' in while she wheels around.
When i had this car as a child it was powered purely by my own leg strength as when you sit in it your legs dangle throuh To the floor in order to be able to push the car along. A new feature they have added is a plate that fixes into the bottom meaning your little ones legs cannot get caught whilst learning to drive. When my daughter gets a bit bigger I will take this out and let her do the work herself but for now I am quite impressed with this new feature as I find it easy to push her around.
I think a good add on to this car would be a harness. There is no safety harness which eliminates the chance of me taking her out in the street in it in case she falls out. If there was one i would happily push her along the road to the shops.
When my daughter opened the car on Christmas morning she was so excited. She couldn't wait to get in it and we thought she would be able to straight away but it had to be put together which proved to be a hard job. It took about 2 hours on Christmas morning for this to be constructed and as far as I could tell it was quite compicated and fiddly. A hammer was needed also.
All the time my daughter watched her car take shape she was so eagar to get in it. She even sat in the chair section of the car before it was put togther and pretended to drive. Since then she has hardly been out of it. She takes all her toys in there and I can honestly say she has had a huge amount of use out of it already. It does take up a fair amount of spade but it is easily moved as oviously it is on wheels.
The car is designed for children 1 and up and I would say this is a perfect age. They are just starting to be interested in things at this age and their very own car is sure to make hem feel grown up and independant.
The car itself seems quite sterdy and has a fair amount of weight on it so it don't fall over easily. It can be pulled over though as my daughter has already shown us as she pulled it on top of herself in an attempt to get in it which by the way she can do all by herself. The car obviously doesn't weigh enough to cause much damage though as my daugter didn't even cry.
I like to watch her pretend to drive around. She turns the wheel like she has seen daddy do and takes herself wherever she so wishes. Unfortunately she don't get very far without mummys help but I don't think it will be too long until she is tall enough to do it herself. I would really recommend this car to anyone who is thinking of getting one. I can't wait for the summer when she will get lots of use out of it in the garden. There really is only one reason why this toy made it to it's 30th anniversary and that is because it is simply marvelous!
I joined tombola bingo over two years ago now when it was then known as sun bingo and powered by tombola. On these days I played a lot and seemed to win just as much. At the end of each month I would say I broke about even and for this I was grateful.
Since sun bingo and tombola parted company I have played on both sites and although I do like sun bingo I am a far bigger fan of tombola. I think this is mainly due to the fact that there are far more people on this site which generally means bigger jackpots.
In a typical month I would say I deposit about 60 and so far I have won nothing back- that's right absolutely ziltch! So why do I keep playing you ask? Because I figure I gotta win sometime right? No probay not! You see the thing thats got me hooked is the huge jackpots and the friendly community. If you choose to chat whilst you play there is a good chance you will make some amazing friends.
Luckily for me they have a facility where you can limit the amount you spend per week. You choose the amount of course but if you try to
deposit more than this it stops you. I like the idea of this because I know I will not raise my limit in fear of spending too much.
There are many different games you can play on tombola. Bingo 90 is the most popular and this is you traditional bingo game. There is also bingo 50 where numbers only go up to 50 along with various others whih unfortunately I have not had the chance to play yet. The nce thing about this site is they also five you a free game. The game changed evey few weeks it you get one free go daily and there is a chance to win up to £500.
Bingo 90 which is the most popular game hosts A game every five minutes. You can buy however many tickets you wish and they are 20p each or a pound a strip of 6. You can either dab the cards yourself of put it on automatic. Fortunately you cannot miss a call like you can in real bingo as the system knows when you have won and I know one day this will work to my advantage. Normally depending on what day it is you can win about 40 a line 80 for 2 lines and about 120-150 for a full house. Every half an hour a link is played where all bingo 90 rooms are linked up and there is a chance to win a bigger amount of money. In the evening this is normally about £1000 cor a full house and sometimes they even guarentee this much.
On special ocassions like Christmas and haloween there are special games running where you can win large sums of money at certain times. These get very busy so normally it is a healthy sum.
There is also always a jackpot running which means if you call ip wihin a certain amount of numbers you can win a sum of money. Because this money adds up every game and it is hard to win this sometimes gets up to around 20000 and people can walk away with this much.
The site is extremely easy to navigate around it is quick and easy and more importantly secure to transfer money. Your card can be stored on the secure system which lets you transfer money to and from whenever you so wish.
Naturally you have to have a username and password to log into the site but is is simple to join up.
Withdrawing money is simple too as I used the withdrawal system when it was part of sun bingo. You can request a bacs payment up to £500 otherwise they send you a cheque. For this though you must supply Id so they can Verify your account. Payment normally takes about 7-10 working days.
There is always someone to help on tombola and the chat guides are normally in the chat rooms to guide you along the way. They can answer any questions you may have and they sometimes do chat games where you can win points which can be changed into tombola cash to play bingo.
As I said before I have nit yet won on tombola. I think this is because there are so many people playing in all the different rooms they have. I keep playng though because prizes are good and the site is exciting and easy to use.I know my time will come!
Ps minimum deposit is £10 and when you join tombola will match your first deposit up to £25 eg if you deposit £25 on your first go you will have £50 credit to play with! Forgot to mention that earlier!
My daughter is suddenly a little firework. So much energy for a 1 year old. Never wants to sleep, just wants to play. I knew a trampoline would be a big hit as she had played with them at activity centres and also I had one as a child and loved it. The question was where was we going to put it? We only live in a 2 bedroom flat and we are already drowning in her toys. This would definately have to wAit until the summer when it could go in the garden!
So.....when my brother in law roughy this for my daughter for Christmas to say I was a little flummoxed as to where to put it would be N understatement. To start with it was built on Christmas day as They just couldn't wait to see her on it and amongst all the toys and wrapping papaer this didn't go down too well with myself.
However all this aside my daughter was hysterical win excitment when it was finally put up. As far as I could tell it was not an easy task puttig it all togther as there were raised voices and I think nerves were frayed. All worth it though to see her little face when she realised just what it was.
Since this day she has used the trampoline every day and for this reason I have found a little corner in my front room for it as she loves it so much! It is small for a trampoline and so I don't mind too much!
The trampoline is about 1 meter by 1 meter diameter and has a handle in which your child van hold onto whilst they. Ounce. It is vibrant summery colours and has pictures of animals around the bottom which is padded for safety.
The actual bouncy bit of the trampoline is sprung with elastic rather than metal springs which makes me think that not too
much weight should be put on this which is probably why it says for up to 3 years old.
I have had a few minor pro lens with the trampoline as I feel there is a design fault on the legs. You are supplied with rubber stoppers to go on the bottom of each of the 4 legs making it secure when bounching as itgrips any sort of floor. Unfortunately after a little bouncing these stoppers move a little bit and cause the trampoline to rock as it makes the legs different lengths. I don't know if I have explained that very well but basically it has caused my daughter some uncertainty about it tipping when she first gets on.
The trampoline is quite low off the floor making it easy for my daughter to get on and off of it on her own. She has recently got a little brave and let go of the handle a few times whilst bouncing and it being so low off the floor makes me feel better about this incase she falls!
I do feel that the trampoline is not very bouncy and whilst this is fine for her now i think in the future she will be bored of this and I dontthink it will last her until she is three as it says on the box.
You cab buy this trampoline in the early learning only and of course mothercare stores that have an elc department. It comes in a compact box with 'easy' to follow instructions. It took about an hour in total to construct. And two big strong men were needed to do so.
It retails at £35 but when my brother in law got to the till for some reason it came up as £25. I dot know if this is because it is a summer toy as he said he had to ask if they had one. There were none on the shop floor and the sales assistant said they were kept out the back. He also had a 20% off voucher making the trampoline £20 which in my eyes is an absolute bargain and I even thought £35 was cheap.
In all we are very happy with this trampoline. She has already had hour of fun on it and I know in the summer this will be a big hit in the garden. I do not worry about her safety on it one tiny bit and I am so grateful that my brother in law decided to get it even thigh I told him not to!
I brought this chair for my daughter for a Christmas present. Some of you may know that I am a big fan of fisher price so this looked promising for my daughter. Especially as it comes in pink.
I got it at an excellent price as I had a wonderful voucher code. They usually retail at about £40 and this seemed like a fair
price for all the features it promised.
On first inspection I was shocked at how small the chair was. From the pictures it looked bigger and to be honest I can't see my one year old being able to fit in it for a huge amount of time. It also don't seem that strong. The plastic is thinner than expected and I can't see it being able to
hold a great deal of weight. Thankfully my daughter is only small.
The chair which is pink but also comes in blu. Has a emily face on it which looks very friendly for children. To the right of it there is a table which includes lots of features like a story books and box of crayons. These are the things that talk to your child as he interacts with the chair. As he turns the pages the chair tells the story or as he tones the crayons they sing and tell you the colours. There are various different modes where your child can learn differnt things. Also when you sit on the chair it recognises that there is someonethere and starts interacting. Unfortunately I did think the chair would do more and was quite disapointed at how limited the stories etc are. I really think for the price this isn't worth it and at this I am disappointed as fisher price is usually huge value for money.
I don't feel totally safe with my child on this chair. I don't feel as though it is very stable and it almost seems like it could give way at any minute.
It takes 4 aa batteries which so far seem to have lasted well. It is small so quite compact making it easy to store.
It is widely avaliable as it is made by fisher price so can be brought in many high street and Internet stores. Prices vary as said before but I would rally recommend not paying anything over about £25 for it when it is on offer as I rally don't think it worth any more.
Having said all that my daughter does actually really enjoy using the chair and the songs are very catchy. I think in time she will learn things from it but only a limited amount. She sits on it often adn watches telly and she treats it like a friend. A good purchase but glad I only paid the amount I did.
This was brought for my daughter a year ago on her first Christmas. It wasn't something we had asked for or even seen before but it was brought by my mum so I trusted her judgement.
I have always been a fan of fisher price and would choose them o er any other brand for my daughter. They are a reliable brand who are well known and very resonably priced.
The amazing animals zoo retails at around £45 which sounds quite. Lot of money for a childs toy but these days this isn't actually all that much.
The amazing animals spin around zoo is a musical toy for children 6 months plus. It is a plastic base with added trees and zoo like things with a spinning stage in the middle whichth animals stand on making it seem as though they are spinning around. There are various buttons which can be pressed making animal noises and singing zoo themed songs. The buttons alsomake the zoo start spinning and in time your child will discover the button thenselvs and drive you mad.
With the zoo you get 3 animals. A monkey an elephant and a giraffe. They are brightly coloured And have various different textured and noises to them to help your child recognise them. There are also various other Nimals attached to the zoo.
The zoo is very easy to assemble and only takes a few minutes when new to add various bits and pieces to complete your toy. It take 4 aa batterys which are easy to replace and last absolutely ages. I have had this toy a year and have replaced them only once.
My daughter loves this toy and I am also very impressed with t. The only problem is the songs are very catchy and you end up singing them all day. I am really pleased with it because it has encouraged my daughter tomlearn her animal sounds. The vibrant colours mean she is always attested to this toy first and she has learnt a lot from it.
It it widely avaliable and although my mum purchased it online at amazon I have seen it is many stores. There are also other toys in the range which I haven't purchased myself but they match the zoo. There is an animal train and variuos different animals to purchase.
My daughter is now 18 months and she still loves this zoo. I think this is something she will play with for some time to come and I would certainly recommend it to anyone.
I have been blessed....Why you say? Because my sister has just started working for this fantastic company and I LOVE IT!! I have never been happier with a make up range in just under a month. It is safe to say I am yet to have any serious make up errors using this range of make up.
I have chosen to do my review on the starter set because that's basically what I have. When my sister started working there she got a job lot of make up of which she passed down to me to try and then buy.
At first I was very sceptical. I have never even heard of a powder foundation let along tried one. How can this cover all my blemishes I asked myself? I had to trust my sister being the up market make up artist that she is and I gave it a go. At first it was a total nightmare. My sister has taught me how to apply it and had lent me all her brushes etc so I could do it all properly but I have never looked worse. Admittedly I was just getting over a bout of food poisoning so I guess my make up head wasn't quite there but I decided to give the brand a miss and gave up straight away.
Fortunately my sister persisted and she brought me loads and loads of the make up including eye shadows and brushes. I must admit I was like a kiddie in a sweet shop as I am a complete make up aholic and have a fetish for expensive make up such as Mac and benefit. I had never heard of this brand until my sister started working there but have since learnt a lot about the brand.
Bare Minerals is the product of the company Bare Escentuals which you may or may not have heard of before. They are a US company who have recently spread their wings into the big wide UK and it seems it has been a hit.
Their entire range of make up is made from pure minerals and contains nothing which could harm your skin including talc and oil. It is designed to glide on your skin as easily as a cream foundation and with the right tools can look beautiful on your skin.
My sister has more recently taught me how to use my make up properly and I have learnt to swirl, tap, buff technique. For anyone who has been to a Bare Esencuals counter you will know what this is but for those of you who haven't this is how they tell you to apply your make up.
Swirl your brush in a little powder which you have put into the lid, tap it on the side of the lid to get rid of any loose powder which will eliminate any lines and streaks when applying it to your face. And finally buff. This is where you brush the powder all over your face for the coverage you desire.
This is the same technique for all the bare Essencuals powdered make up with the exception of the warmth as if you add too much of this to your face you will end up looking like you have been tangoed, With this there is a slightly different technique where you have to draw a b and an e on your face 9bare essencuals - easy to remember) This puts the 'warmth;' in the right places on your face. And trust me it really works, you can then bronze it up a bit with your warm radiance making you look glowing.
You really do get an exceptional coverage with this make up and it feels like silk on your skin, I love putting it on in the morning because it feels so nice and it even tastes nice if you accidently get it in your mouth. Unfortunately I do end up spilling some of it sometimes where you have put a little in the lid to do 'the process' it ends up going over the side and you get a little waste.
One thing I will mention as well as it is a huge bug bear of mine is that when the products are new they have a seal under the lid which covers the holes in which the powder comes out of. For some reason they have made it an impossible task to peel these back. This is very frustrating and I have even taken to hacking away at it with the scissors because I get so frustrated with it.
The brush in which I got with my set which is the Full flawless face brush is so lovely. They are so soft on the skin and blend and clean really easily, this have a nice grip and really make putting your make up on effortless.
There is such a huge range of eye shadows, much the same as Mac and I really think that this company has not had enough credit over the few years it has been available in the UK. My sister working for them was the first time I had heard of them and I am disappointed about this because I feel I have missed out for oh so many years. The have liners and shadow liners and all the same things as any other higher rated make up company has to offer.
Although the products are quite expensive, I must say I can't see me running out of it quickly at all. You only have to use a few specs a day and I really can't see it even running out in my life time. The foundations are about £22 and then I also have the warm radiance (a must) about £16, the warmth, about £16 and the mineral veil about £22, not forgetting the blush at about £16.00 and about 10 eye shadows for all your outfits at about £12.20 a pot. I can hear you groan at these prices and I know it sounds so expensive but it really is a worthy investment and you can buy all the essencuals in a pack which retails at about £60. This would be a perfect Christmas present don't you think.
I also have a lip gloss which is the best lip gloss I have ever had, it is so yummy and feels lovely, not sticky at all and they have such a good range of shades. It goes on with a fluffy applicator which is really soft on your lips and makes your lips feel lovely. It lasts for ages and so many people have commented on how mice it looks. In fact so many people have commented on how nice my whole face looks.
Bare essencuals is available in most good Debenhams stores on the concession stand and they have just opened their flagship store in London. It is also available on QVC and you can get some fantastic offers on there.
If you go into one of their concessions and see one of their lovely ladies they will give you a lovely make over. They are very polite and friendly and I am not just saying that because my sister is one of them!
Overall I have been more impressed with Bare essencuals and bare minerals than any other make up brand I have ever used. I am a big fan of Mac but have gone off of them a bit now and have moved on from them. In my time I have also used a lot of Clinique and Estee lauder but still I am more impressed by this brand. I really hope that the name goes up in the world a bit and they become better known because I think it is well deserved in this case.
I really recommend you go out and try to find you're nearest bare essencuals concession. You only have to try it and I know you will love it.
I have never really been into monsters Inc. After the Toy Story's i really felt that there would not be another Disney film quite like it and somehow the Disney magic died with it. All other Disney films somehow got left behind and forgotten and everything and everyone turned their attention to Toy Story.
I had previously seen monster Inc and had even brought it on dvd in the hope it would be another Toy Story but was sadly disappointed. It therefore sat gathering dust on the shelf for some years before I sold my VHS version at the local boot sale at a giveaway price.
I have recently visited Disney World in Florida and visited the monsters Inc scare floor which was actually really worth a visit. My daughter got a mention in their show and it really made us love Mr. Mike Rosalsky or however you spell it.
When we got home from Florida Monsters Inc was forgotten about as we tried in vein to get our daughter in to Toy Story, trying to get her to love the Disney magic but she just weren't getting it.
last week on channel five sometime Monsters Inc was on and my husband decided to take it on our Bt vision box for my daughter. She has since watched it (all the way through) roughly about 100 times...... In a week. She is just fixated!! She cries for it to go on and she cries when it goes off. She is only one!
I have always said that children's programmes are very cleverly written. most are made by someone very clever who knows exactly how to capture a child's attention for more than 2 minutes and monsters Inc is no exception. The bright colours and exciting sounds and music just seem to capture her in the Monsters Inc world. Disney have definitely done it again!
Monsters inc which is a Disney Pixar animation film was brought out in 2001 it features big names such as John Goodman and Billy Crystal who are the voices of Sully and Mike.
The film is based upon a monster world which generates its energy on human children's screams. Each night they enter the human world and scare our children half to death in order to collect screams for their power. Unfortunately there is a recent scream shortage and desperate times call for desperate measures which is where things start to go wrong. Children are deemed deadly in the Monster world and when a child in intercepted into the Monster world all hell breaks lose. Sulley who is number ones scarer has his reputation put on the line but instead of being scared of the child he falls in love with her. He makes it his duty to get her back to her home and there are a lot of drams along the way.
There is a very comical side to this film which makes it an excellent watch for both adults and children alike. I have laughed and laughed at it many times and whilst the film and its pretty colours captures the attention of the children the humour catches the attention of the adults so far my husband and I have not tired from this film...its only been a week though.
What I love about this film is the way it is written. Many children are scared of the dark in case a monster comes out of the cupboard (closet in this case) this film shows how actually monsters are not always as scary as they seem. I think this is very comforting to children and I really feel that this film could have an impact on how children feel about monsters and they myths they many or may not hear about monsters! This film shows how actually monsters can be scared of children too and in fact there is nothing to worry about.
I love the way the film ends and how they turn scaring children into trying to make them laugh. This makes it a very soft film with a true Disney ending!!
There is no end of dramas of course and just as you think they have solved the problem there is always another catastrophe awaiting around the corner. I am trying not to say a lot about the film because if you haven't seen it then you should definitely try to track it down.
Running time of the film is 92 minutes. It seems this is a perfect length for a children's film as my daughter is kept captured by this for the whole 92 minutes. She never gets bored. Written and directed by Pete Docter this film should defiantly be given more credit.
The film is both heart warming and funny and a real family film much like the two toy story films who seem to have taken all the credit for Pixars success. It seems not even the Dinsey stores feel Monsters inc is worthy as they don't sell much merchandise on the film which my daughter is very disappointed about.
The film is available on Disney Dvd and VHS and can be brought in any good shop including Tesco. It is currently part of the Disney buy one get one free offer so we have purchased our daughter a copy so we can finally delete it from out Bt vision box.
I really think you should watch this film with an open mind, put Toy story to the back of your mind and appreciate the creativity in the story line. There is something new you find every time you watch it and you will eventually learn to love it as much as you love Toy Story.