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      11.07.2012 15:24

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      Have been played with a lot over the years so good value when you consider the 'cost per play'

      We bought this set for our son about 5 years for Christmas because he loved the TV show and it was half price. I can't remember if this made if £20, £30 or £40 though. However much it was, it seemed like pretty good value at the time. And to be fair I have never regretted buying this set! It has been played with loads by both of our sons and all of their friends. Boys and girls alike, fans of the shows & kids who have never seen the show have all enjoyed playing with this set.

      It is pretty sturdily built. In the five years we have had this set the only problems we have had were scramblers eyes being snapped off and the roof of Travis coming apart. Considering that these toys have been crashed in to each other, taken to the beach, used in the garden, thrown across rooms and generally subjected to everything boisterous pre schoolers can think of, I think they have survived pretty well!

      We have added to this collection with other individually purchased characters and they have been equally loved. They can be quite expensive to buy seperately (up to £10 each) but keep your eyes open and they can often be purchased on special offer.

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    • Zingzillas 4 in a Box Jigsaw / Puzzle / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      11.07.2012 15:09

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      OK for fans of zingzillas not so much for fans of puzzles

      My son received this for his third birthday. He was pretty pleased with as he likes the Zingzillas and LOVES jigsaws at the moment. I have no idea of the cost of this jigsaw. The jigsaws are kind of funky because they are shaped like the characters instead of being the ordinary square or rectangular shapes of most jigsaw. My son was able to complete the jigsaws by himself so they are not too difficult. However they are a bit flimsy and the pieces don't hold together very well. This is a bit frustrating for a three year old without a lot of patience!

      Personally I wouldn't buy these again but if you could find them cheaply enough they would make a reasonable stocking filler type gift for a zingzillas fan. They are definitely more for little zingzilla fans rather than little jigsaw fans, it isn't challenging enough for avid puzzlers.

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    • Shock Absorber Sports Bra B102 / Clothing / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      10.07.2012 23:08

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      A great sports bra for even the big busted woman

      I have always work shock absorber bras for sports since I discovered them about 5 years ago. For big busted women they are an absolute must for any medium to high impact sports (such as running, tennis, the gym, rugby, aerobics, etc.) These bras are well designed and live up to their promise to minimise bounce. I find mine very comfortable to wear and I feel much more confident when exercising. They must be well made as mine last for a considerable amount of time - if you were exercising regularly (three to five times per week) I would expect one bra to last at least a year.

      They are not particularly cheap - they usually retail at between £20 - £30. I usually buy mine in Debenhams and to save money you could wait until they do one of their 20% off everything weekends. But wear it a few times a week for a year & they're actually pretty good value. Especially for those women too self conscious to exercise because of their bust size.

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      10.07.2012 20:26

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      You do get more quality buying real Uggs instead of 'similar to' boots

      I bought these in black from Amazon for the bargain price of £37.50. I have never seen genuine Ugg boots that cheaply before or since. They seem to range from around to £60 - £150. These were not my favourite style but I bought them because of the price.

      The inside of the boots has a furry lining that is lusciously warm in cold weather! They are also very comfy and have a fairly decent sole with some support. There is an obvious difference between these and the sort of imitations you buy at shops like Primark. I wouldn't say that I would want to go hiking in them but they are pretty good for day to wear (shopping, looking after kids etc). Even though they are very warm they are not much use in the rain which can limit how much you wear them (i.e. you need cold, dry days/nights).

      One good point about these boots is that you can wear them 2 ways. First of all you can wear them folded down as in the picture above, however I didn't like this look on me, so I pulled them up and wore them like regular knee high boots.

      In terms of the brand, you either love or hate Uggs usually. I was never that keen on them but for the price I had to try them. And despite knowing better I do love a designer label when I can afford one!

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      09.07.2012 22:40
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      Try it if you are feeling brave!

      Before I start I should make it clear that I read most but not all of this book. I also did not try the diet. I'm afraid that after reading most of it I decided that I just couldn't stick it out. I am going to give a brief summary of the diet but I will not pass on the details word for word as I'm pretty sure that would be an infringement of copyright.

      The diet is divided into 4 different phases called:
      Attack
      Cruise
      Consolidation
      Stabilisation.

      In the first stage you are limited to eating pure proteins and nothing else for a few days (thing like lean meat & fish) in order to kick start your weight loss. This stage sounded so tough but as it's only for a few days I'm sure it's doable. Following this stage is the cruise phase. Some more foods (some vegetables, bran etc) are introduced and you alternate pure protein days and slightly more varied days until you hit your goal weight. Then follows the consolidation phase where you are allowed more flexibility but are still under an amount of control. The idea behind this phase is to prevent falling off the wagon and regaining all your hard lost weight immediately. After this phase you reach stabilisation which seems pretty flexible. Basically you can eat and drink what you like 6 days a week as long as you have one pure protein day each one week.

      According to reports it is a very effective diet but I just couldn't face it. It seemed so depressing to me.
      If you have will power and determination then go for it. If you need to eat the same meals as your family and still enjoy going out then maybe try weight watchers or slimming world.

      As for the actual book - it's well written and easy to read. The author certainly sounds like he knows what he is talking about.

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    • Lush Sparkle Toothy Tabs / Oral Care / 4 Readings / 4 Ratings
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      09.07.2012 17:28

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      Handy for vegans and those wanting more natural products.

      I got these in a gift set at Christmas and they certainly make my teeth feel shiny and clean. They are simple to use: you nibble one between your front teeth and then brush as usual. I think the fact that it is slightly abrasive (from the crushed pieces) helps to make teeth feel really clean. One concern I have with them is that they do not contain flouride which according to dentists is important. I don't know if it is important or not but for me it means that I only use the toothy tabs once a day and I use regular toothpaste once a day. This though, is just personal choice.

      They are pretty handy for travelling as the box is so small. They cost around £2.50 for a box of 40 (20 days worth if you use them twice a day. On the plus side they are natural and also vegan which is good if you are trying to use less chemicals. The bos is also made of cardboard which is easily recyled unlike most toothpaste tubes. I found the taste of these fairly subtle and quite pleasant.

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    • Lush Gl¸gg Shower Gel / Bath & Shower / 2 Readings / 2 Ratings
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      09.07.2012 17:15

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      Smells like Christmas but that is it.

      I bought this in a gift box in the Janaury sales and I was slightyl underwhelmed by it. The smell is nice and it does make you feel Christmassy but you could probably hang a cinnamon stick in your bathroom to get the same effect.

      There is nothing wrong with this product (unless you don't like cinnamon of course!) but it doesn't do anything special. It got me clean in the same way as any old bar of soap or bottle of shower gel but for quite a lot of money (think it was around £4 for a small bottle at full price).

      If you are really keen on Christmas and budget is no option then I would recommend buying it and you will certainly enjoy it. If bah humbug is your favourite phrase and you're working to a tight budget then avoid it; even in the Janaury sales as it might be half price but you can get sick of Christmas scents when you're half way to Spring.

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    • Lush Pow Wow Lip Scrub / Lip Care / 1 Reading / 0 Ratings
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      09.07.2012 17:03

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      Nice enough but don't rush out especially for it.

      I bought this scrub in January as my lips were dry from the cold weather. In general I like Lush products an I certainly liked this product the first few times I used it. However I found that after a few weeks that it seemed to dry out. It is basically crusty and dry seeming on the top and very hard to remove from the pot. I even tried storing it upside down so that the oils could come back to the top and that didn't work either.

      I didn't notice any sort of a smell to it and I think you could make something very similar from a bit of sugar and some oil (such as olive oil), or just rubbing you lips gently with an old toothbrush followed by a bit of lip balm. It has a sort of sweet taste which is nice enough if you get some in your mouth. It's 'special' ingredient is popping candy which is kind of funky and you can feel it popping on your lips/tongue but again, you could just buy some popping candy. It also made my lips feel kind of greasy so I used it before going to bed rather than just before going out etc.

      It's a nice enough scrub but nothing special and I had to throw a lot of it out because it went dry and crusty.

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    • LEGO Lights Dynamo Torch / Lego / 4 Readings / 3 Ratings
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      09.07.2012 13:04
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      Would recommend these to anyone , esp those afraid of the dark

      My son has this lego torch (along with a lego police officer torch which requires batteries) and he has used it everyday for the last year and 2 months since he received it as a present. He loves it because it is powered by it's wind up arm instead of batteries so I let him take to bed each night without fear of it being left on all night. A few turns of the arm seems to give plenty of power for his needs. As it is in his bed with him he always has light at his fingertips if he wakes up in the night (he is afraid of the dark) which gives him more confidence as he is in control of the light/dark himeself.

      It must be built pretty well as it has been dropped and thrown several times (mostly by his younger borther) and is still in one piece and still working perfectly. As he had another, battery powered one, my son gave the battery powered one to his brother. This means that the two of them can make up games and play happily with just the torches (this has made them a good travel toy for us as they are a toy, teddy and night light all in one.

      One point to note: they are very hard and quite sharp - if one kid throws it at the other, it HURTS! This has only happened once and hopefully won't happen again.

      Re the comments below:
      How bright: I have no idea how to value torch brightness and we no longer have the box to see how many candles it is. Lights up the room enough for him to see but you probably wouldn't want to write an essay by the light.
      Price: It varies as with most products. Usually around £10, sometimes in 2 for £15 offers, sometimes as much as £15.
      How long does the light last: I have not tested it thoroughly enough to say that x number of arm twists powers it for x amount of time. Son probably winds it up for a minute at bedtime and it lasts until after he falls asleep (which takes 2 mins to 2 hours).
      Size: approx 8-10 inches tall.

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        08.07.2012 22:59

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        A really nice blusher that is well worth the money

        I don't wear a huge amount of make up but I find blusher to be an important part of my kit now to prevent me from looking dead! This blusher adds a perfect bit of colour that can look really natural if you only use a small amount or can look more high key if you use a lot and want that sort of a look. I do find that for me it wears off quite quickly and I would need to reapply it during the day and again if I'm going out in the evening. I don't mind this but it could be annoying if you like to srt of 'set' your face in the morning and leave it for the day. I don't use a primer though so maybe if you use a good primer it wouldn't wear off so quick.

        I find as well that it doesn't irritate my skin at all (even though I don't always take it off at night - oops).

        The packaing is pretty nice, not cheap looking even though it's only a few pounds for a pot. You do need to buy a better brush than it comes with for decent application. I find the brush it comes with is too small & the bristles too stiff.

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        08.07.2012 22:45

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        It's ok but not amazing

        This cream works fine as a tinted moisturiser and I have been using No7 branded tinted moisturisser for a few years now. However I don't think this is any better than the regular one. The coverage is basically the same, as well as removal and what it does for your skin. Which for me, is not a lot. I have to put on my normal moisturiser first, before I put this and I still have dry skin patches. I also find that this cream really clings to my flaky bits of skin and accentuates them.

        Coverage is fine, I like a subtle make up look most of the time and I will even use this for a night out but it wouldn't provide enough coverage for some. Like msot tinted moisturisers it simply helps what is there but doesn't hide a mutitude of sins in the same way that foundation does. I use it to add a small amount of colour to my pale face, tone down the appearance of spots and redness and give a slightly more ven skin tone. All in all it is an ok product but next time I will ust buy the regular No7 tinted moisturiser and not bother with the BB cream aspect - it didn't do anything extra for me.

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        08.07.2012 22:30

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        I would recommend it as a nice facial product that helps you achieve nicer skin but don't expect too

        This scrub is nice to use and I think it works at removing dry skin and stuff but I can't say that I've noticed a tremendous difference in my skin. My skin is quite dull & I was hoping this would help. My skin always feels and looks clean & fresh but it isn't a miracle in a bottle. It doesn't irritate my skin at all but then my skin isn't particularly sensitive or anything.

        As with all soap & Glory products the packaging is lovely & I do feel a certain amount of pleasure in using it simply because it looks nice in my bathroom! There is nothing wrong with it and it does make my skin look and feel better but it isn't amazing. It is reasonably good value and when I bought it it was on three for two in boots. It feels gentle when I use it and does remove flaky skin but I'm not so sure it helps with my blocked pores or dull skin.

        I would recommend it as a nice facial product that helps you achieve nicer skin but don't expect too much.

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        08.07.2012 11:42

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        A good option if price is important

        I bought this because it was on special offer! As far as I can tell it is often on offer, making a good value scent. I have found the scent to be 'pleasant', I can't think of another way to describe it. It is long lasting and unobtrusive. It is unlikely in my opinion to become anyones 'signature scent' but if you are on a budget (as I am at the moment) then I feel that it is a good option as the smell is nice but not overpowering and generally available at a good price.

        I have heard a few people say that it is a 'young' scent, not sure what that means but for the price it is probably a good option as a gift for a teenage girl who wants something more grown up than the likes of impulse body sprays. The only down side for some people might be that it is Burberry which does still carry some 'Chav' connections.... Personally I like it but it is unlikely to become the worlds favourite perfume.

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      • Mazda 5 2.0 Sport / Car / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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        08.07.2012 11:09

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        A great car for a medium sized family who want extra seats sometimes

        We have had this car for 3 years (2006 car) and I must say that I have been very pleased with it. We wanted a car that had 7 seats but which wasn't huge, as we only have 2 children but wanted the flexibility of being able to carry their friends in the car or to have the space when family are visiting. When we only need the usual 5 seats we put the back two seats down and have a huge boot space.

        It should be noted that it is not a permanent 7 seater. If you need 6/7 seats on a regular bass then the boot space will not be big enough for you in my opinion. When the back two seats are in use the boot is only about 10 inches deep (enough for a small buggy or a few bags). Also getting into the back seats is not for the old or infirm! You need to climb through the middle seats - fine for kids but not ideal for adults! Also the central seat in the middle row of seats is very small. It is fine for a child or small adult but it is not big enough for a regular booster seat (we use our inflatable bubblebum booster in this seat). You can however keep this small seat underneath one of the others (it just flips under, very easy) and this gives you more space when travelling as a family of four.

        Therefore size wise it is ideal if you only want a 7 seater some of the time e.g. if you have step children who visit at weekends, share school runs with other parents or regularly give lifts to others without needing to transport a lot of things at the same time.

        The best feature of this car is the sliding rear doors. These are brilliant for getting kids in and out of the car, especially when someone else has parked far too close to you in a car park! This has to be the feature I lovee best about this car. On top of that they aren't overly common which makes it easier to find in car parks!

        One downside for me (might only be our car) is that the parking sensor is far too sensitive which means it isn't as useful as it could be. Overall though I love this car.

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      • Tesco BL08 Value Liquidiser / Blender / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        06.07.2012 23:28
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        A basic blender for a budget price.

        I bought this blender from Tesco Direct because I wanted a blender to make my own home made frappuchinos (the frozen coffees that you can buy in places like starbucks). Most blenders that will blend ice are really expensive and this was the cheapest one. It works prett effectively and blends the ice in my drinks satisfactorily. For the price I assume that it won't last as long as some but it is good for me. I'm only using it for drinks so can't comment on how good it is for making soups and stuff but you can use it with warm liquids as well as cold.

        The best thing is how easy it it to clean - you just part fill it with warm soapy water and whizz it round for a few seconds. After that it just needs a rinse in warm soapy water and a further rinse in clean water. Whizzing it round with the warm soapy water dislodges all the bits and gunk that can collect under the blades and make blenders hard to clean.

        Looks fine sitting on my counter top - not exactly stylish but not ugly either.

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