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      14.07.2012 23:36
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      A solid spoon that provides a little reassurance when needed

      If you have read my reviews before you know I have 3 children and am a very busy mum. On a trip to Mothercare recently I found these on sale and decided that I would grab some as you can never have too many spoons.
      Tommee Tippee is a huge brand name in baby products from bottle to sterilisers, feeding equipment etc the list carries on. Having been a huge fan of their Closer to Nature Range I usually opt for a Tommee Tippee brand above others.

      These spoons have a heat sensitive rubber that changes colour depending on the temperature of the food that is placed on it. It turns from a deep red through all the shades to yellow to give you an indication of whether it's too hot or not. Yellow meaning it's far too hot.

      Now while this is a good indicator in theory I actually find the sensor to be extremely sensitive. Something that I consider to be fine actually turns the spoon a dark yellow or light orange colour, both of these indicating it's getting too hot for my little one.However when I test the food I find the temperature to be fine and my little man has no problems eating the food whatsoever. The other thing is the heat sensitive rubber takes a while to return back to it's usual colour so if the product was too warm and goes canary yellow(far too hot) I found you have to run the spoon under cold water to return it back to red to retest the food. If your at home that's not so much of a problem but if your out and about you don't always have cold water handy.

      The actual rubber is flexible but extremely hard wearing, my youngest is nearly 8 months and has 4 teeth, there is no marks to the rubber and even though he chomps on everything and anything this spoon has stood the abuse. The actual bowl part of the spoon is deep to enough to get a good mouthful of food on, while ensuring your not overloading it and the handle is comfortable to use and manoeuvre.
      Don't get me wrong this is a good spoon but I can't help feeling that while this has a certain degree of reassurance to it, I can't help feeling that sometimes common sense should prevail. If you use a microwave (not recommended but I am guilty of doing this) stir the food thoroughly to disperse hot spots and check it yourself.
      All in all the spoon itself is excellent, the design,rubber,bowl depth are perfect and this adds the extra element of reassurance that we all need occasionally.

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        12.07.2012 12:40
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        A excellent stimulating rattle for a very reasonable price

        As a mum of 3 children I have bought 100's of toys and about 3 years ago I purchased my first set of Lamaze hand finders. These lovely rattles have been on the market for several years now and are still as popular as ever, It is easy though to see why.

        As parents we want to stimulate our children from a young age and these provide stimulation from a very young age. They are recommended for 3 months onwards but I have found from personal experience that some toys are suitable for slightly younger than that. The bands of these are made from a black and white striped material. Bold contrasting patterns are the recommended visual stimulant for young babies and research shows that babies can see this from as young as 6 weeks old. The band fastens with a velcro fastening and placed onto the bands are various different insects, bugs, animals which have a textured fabric and rattle when moved.

        Mine are actually the ladybird and dragonfly, the dragonfly has shiny wings that crinkle as well as the rattle inside and both of my youngest children have adored this particular one. The ladybird with her contrasting red and black however was played with just as much but seemed to be a more convenient shape for my daughter to try and chew on.

        When I first purchased these I paid £6.99 for them and the price has stayed pretty much on a par ever since with Amazon still selling them at £5.99 3 years later.

        My daughter was about 6 weeks when I tried these on her and every time she moved her arms and made the rattling noise she stopped moving, listening to the noise instead, of course the noise had stopped and so her arms and legs would go again just for her to stop again to listen. This was the ongoing cycle for about 3 weeks until she discovered she could raise her hands and there they were, then the battle of trying to fit the ladybird into her mouth began. To be honest while these were a great source of entertainment for my children,I got just as much entertainment out of them from watching my children interact with them. The rattles lasted until my children were about 15lb in weight. Obviously children's shape and size differ greatly and because my daughter was long and lean in her case the rattles fitted to about 7 months, however my son was a chunky baby and he only got to wear them until about 5 months. They did continue to play with them off their wrists though and my 2 year old daughter now puts them on her dolls when she is playing babies.

        If I were to have another baby I would definitely be purchasing these again and for the amount of use your child gets out of them they are excellent value for money toys.

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      • Mothercare Potty / Baby Care / 37 Readings / 34 Ratings
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        06.07.2012 20:25
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        A fantastic back to basic potty that does exactly what it states on the tin.

        Potty training is not easy and to be perfectly honest it isn't fun. I have potty trained 2 children and am in the process of doing it with the 3rd. I Went to Mothercare on a stock up trip and decided to buy it to keep in about a year ago. You can now choose from a vast variety of potty's but for me the plain old basic ones work every time.
        This is a solid, smooth, substantial potty. It has a lovely high back for added support for your little ones back, the bowl is sufficiantly deep enough to allow for a huge wee(if your lucky) and it also has the splash guard for little boys at the front. At the grand total of £4.99 and on special offer at the time when I bought it(3 for 2 offer) I got 3 for ten pounds. One for the bedroom, one for the toilet and one for the living room.
        My little girl has no problems using it and will sit on it for quite some time without it leaving red marks anywhere. My nephew uses it and we never have any splashes and it is so easy to clean. No fiddly or hidden parts.
        I know you can buy all singing potties now but for me personally a big clap and congratulations works just as well as a toilet that has a pretend handles that makes flushing noises.
        I would highly recommend this product to anyone and everyone with children. No nonsense and no frills but gets the job done.

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      • Silver Cross 3D / Pushchair & Pram / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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        04.07.2012 20:35
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        A solid work house that will stand the test of time for your children!!!

        I have 3 lovely children and when expecting my 2nd after a 9 year age gap it was time to re-enter into the terrifying world of Pushchair buying. Having a look on the internet for ideas I have to admit, I was overwhelmed at the variety and complexity of these contraptions. So instead of battling my way through 1000's of products, I decided to drag my husband into the one stop shop for expectant mums, Mothercare.

        Walking into Mothercare I didn't have a clue as to what I wanted. One with four wheels would do surely??
        They say that you know your supposed to have something as soon as you see it, and in this case it was certainly true. The Silver Cross was amongst all the other brands but for me it stood out. Having had an initial demonstration from a helpful member of staff, I decided to buy it. I was 32 weeks pregnant at the time and just knew it was the buggy for me. I can tell you right now this, for me personally has been an absolute diamond over the time.

        I bought the full travel system including a free car seat(separate review) for the grand total of £339.00 three years ago and the price has stayed pretty consistent even up to now. The design of the pushchair is exactly the same, it is just the material pattern that changes. Mine was a deep charcoal grey with orange piping and was understated and quite elegant looking. The travel system comes with a carry cot inner, the main stroller pushchair and the carseat. As standard it includes rain cover, cosy toes, changing bag, head support and shopping basket.It is a veritable feast of accessories.

        The main body of this pushchair is well thought out, it has a 4 position seat which means that it goes from completely flat to near upright by means of pulling out a flap handle on the back and is covered in a thick fabric which, for me personally the best point about is, it's completely washable. I have indeed removed this many times, stuck it in the washing machine on a 30 degree wash and then air dried. The fabric never faded, shrunk or warped and it meant that even when it got filthy, it came up as good as new time after time. The handles are also adjustable to 2 levels by the click of a button. This came in very handy for me and my husband. I am 5'11 and he's 6'3 and the height of the extended handle was perfect for us, however grandma is only 5'4 but on the lower setting had no problems pushing.
        The wheels are something that often gets overlooked when buying a pushchair but they are one of the most important things. Some wheels are inflatable leading to punctures, some are plastic and are a personal hatred of mine but these wheels are a solid rubber(think a flexible scooter wheels) are substantial,have swivel or fixed settings at the front and provide a smooth ride for both you and the little one. They lasted me 3 years of being out every day for a few hours and were still as good as new when I finished using it. The brakes are also solid and reliable. Unlike some pushchairs whose breaks are fiddly these have a substantial outer for you to push down with your feet and once locked they make a clicking sound so you never make the mistake of thinking they are on when their not.
        The pushchair actually folds down to be quite compact. You do this by lifting the handles by a pull mechanism and folding backwards. You then have to lift the handle that is on the back to fold all the way down. Now don't get me wrong it is very easy to fold down but you need 2 hands. This is not possible to do while holding a small baby(or a large one) in your arms. Another small downside isthe base unit is heavy. This is meant to stand the test of time and does so with no hesitation but in being so means the end result is a heavy pushchair.When your pushing it you don't feel it at all but try and lug it folded up the stairs and you are going to feel it. For storage though this does stand up on it's own and makes it convenient to store in a small cupboard(i stored mine under the stairs)
        The size of the main body though means that your 2 year old is still comfortable in it rather than looking like a squashed up pumpkin and with the bar at the front being able to come undone at one side getting your baby or toddler in is a doddle.

        The accessories that come with this are fabulous. The head hugger is not so much a head hugger but a head insert. This wonderful invention has a padded body that lays in the pushchair, making the whole inside a little smaller, more padded and keeping your baby at the perfect angle for the 5 point harness. My little girl was just over 6lb when she was born and with the help of the insert fit into the harness perfectly. The harness actually feeds through the slots in the insert so you cant go wrong.
        It also comes with a cosy toes. Putting this on is very easy indeed. Velcro flexi strips attach at the back, the harness feeds through the slots(of which their is 2 different heights) and Hey Presto it's done. A fleecy inside, shower-proof outside keep our little one's warm and dry. I loved this and even when it was warm I would detach the outer cosy toes leaving the seat lined and warm. This is also washable but after about 12 months it did start to get a little bobbling inside. This was easily removed with one of those sticky rollers though.

        For the first few weeks after birth I actually used the carry cot insert. This is fantastic and even if you don't use it on the pram you can use it elsewhere. It is like a moses basket but made from fabric and padding with a plastic insert inside the fabric to keep it's shape. The fabric inside is really soft, think a silky fleece and this actually goes onto the pram giving your baby a comfortable ride. Putting it on is easy and it means you know that your baby is in the optimal sleeping position recommended by health professionals. I have to admit I only used this on the pram for a couple of weeks, not due to anything being wrong with it but to do with the fact I preferred the car seat attachment.
        However I did use the carry cot insert for weeks at my house and at friend's houses. It has a harness in as well ensuring that your baby is safe and secure. When your using this on the main pushchair you place the outer cover on which is shower proof and gives your pram a completed look. However ,you can also use the cover on the main frame by itself which is what I tended to do. My Biggest disappointment with the carry cot is that you can't fold down the unit with the carrycot placed in it. You have to take out the carry cot insert and then fold down, so if there's no room on the bus you are going to have wait for the next one.
        The car seat attachment is FANTASTIC. It takes 1 minute to assemble and because the car seat has a cover and hood it's practically weatherproof. To put the car seat on you just have to lie the seat flat, open the flaps on the arm of pushchair and pull the black tabs upwards. Place the car seat in so that the car sit slots over the bumper and and recline the handle of the seat all the down until it clicks. I wanted to make sure this was fully secure and so I asked my husband to try lift the car seat out of the hooks. He lifted the car seat and guess what, the pram lifted too. Sturdy, secure and elevated I could see my baby perfectly and loved every moment my little one was in it.
        I mentioned earlier that it comes with a rain cover and also a matching changing bag. Both of which are excellent. The rain cover slips on easily and fully protects the pushchair and child with no leaky points. The changing bag is big enough for me to have nappies, bottle, juice, purse, keys,mobile, change of clothes etc in and still have a little room left. The strap is adjustable and fits over the pushchair handles perfectly.

        This pushchair does have a couple of small disadvantages like the weight or not being able to be folded one handed but this Silvercross was my knight in shining armour. From 7 inches of snow through to impromptu shopping trips with far too much shopping done it stood the test of time. It was easy to manoeuvre, it was as solid as a rock and more importantly my children were comfortable and content in it. What more can you possibly ask from a pushchair. It has now been handed down to a friend who is using it and it has reached the 3 year mark. I decided I was going to get a new one but am seriously thinking about asking her for it back.

        With Silver Cross you know your in good hands and this pushchair is no exception.

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        02.07.2012 00:25
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        A product which checks all boxes for all the wrong reasons.

        Baby wipes in my opinion are an essential must have for any mum.Whether we are using them for bottoms,hands,faces or cleaning a surface they always come in handy. I have tried all types of wipes from lots of brands and Huggies still fail to impress me.
        Huggies as a brand have been going for over 30 years and in that time you would have expected them to be huge contenders in the market. If these wipes are what they set their standard by then avoid the range in general.

        The packaging of these wipes is distinctive, they all have a picture or two of a lovely baby on the front and come in quite bold colours, think green,orange,blue etc. The wipes generally come in a pack of 64 and retail at about £2.69 but you can always find them on offer somewhere or you could use a widely available money off coupon(these spring up everywhere).

        The packet of wipes feels substantial and quite heavy,giving you the impression of quality. I have found if something feels substantial I feel better about paying a premium price for it.
        The wipes open with the standard sticky tab opening at the top which gives you a space to pull the wipes out from. When you open these, the first thing that hits you is the very very pungent,over perfumed smell emanating from the packet. Now don't get me wrong, I love my babies to smell fresh and clean but these wipes overwhelm your senses. I personally have found all Huggies scented wipes to be too strongly scented and when used on a babies skin it seems to linger for hours.

        If you can get past the assault on your nose, you then have to get the wipes out of the packet. This sounds stupid but when your juggling a wriggly baby with a full nappy and trying to get a wipe,you expect it to be easy. These are not easy, in fact you need 2 hands just for the wipes. They are very thick but unflexible and have outlines of teddies on them.They seem to stick to each other like glue and when you manage to get one out,9 times out of 10 it is accompanied by another 7. If your lucky to actually get hold of one,these wipes tear as soon as they look at your finger tip and you end up having to go through the whole fighting process again.

        The actual feel of the wipes is surprisingly coarse, At first I though the imprinted outline was giving them a slightly rough feel but after using on my face as a trial, these wipes seem to have a grain to the material making them feel quite unpleasant. The other downside is the further you get down the packet, the wetter the wipes become. Don't get me wrong you need wipes to be moist but if they are too wet it makes your job even harder. By halfway through my Huggies packet I could wring these wipes out and there was a lot of excess fluid. So much so, I found I needed to pat dry my daughters skin after using them.

        All in all unless you have no other option but these I would avoid them at all costs. I have never been so exasperated with a wipe as I have been with these.

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      • Huggies / Baby Care / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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        30.06.2012 23:52
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        I wouldn't recommend this brand to other people but lots of people do like them

        I have 3 children, a 11 year old, 2 year old and a 6 month old. As you can imagine I have tried all the brands over time. Huggies is the only brand I have personally found disappoint me time after time.

        Huggies is supposed to be a leading brand in the world of Nappies and they have been going now for over 30 years. They sell a range of nappies and baby wipes and disposable changing/bed mats. Unfortunately I have to dispute, in my personal experience their supposed expertise.

        With my eldest I first tried their Newborn nappies in hospital, I had bought 4 packets and as a new mum I was confident that they would do the job. Within 4 hours of him being born, I had managed to go through 3 changes of clothes. The supposed leak proof nappies were far from anything proof. After plugging on with them to use up the remaining nappies I vowed to never use them again.

        Forward on 9 years and expecting my 2nd child I was presented with a Bounty Pack. If your pregnant you get 5 of these packs throughout the months of your pregnancy upto your child being 6 months old and I received vouchers galore, for lots of different products including Huggies. I had also signed up for several baby clubs and these also presented me with more vouchers, once again including Huggies Money off coupons. After acquiring more than 30, yes I repeat 30 money off coupons I decided to take the risk and get some. I decided to opt for the Newborn starter kit for which I had a voucher to get free, on top of that I also purchased 3 packs of their baby wipes.

        The Starter kit had a full size newborn nappies pack, A full size wipes and a cotton hat. After having my little girl and bringing her home I gave the nappies a go. The nappies seem to be good quality but they are not very flexible, the tabs are not stretchy enough for my liking and once again they leaked. While Menconium(Your babies first stool) is unpleasant, its even more unpleasant when it has leaked yet again from a Huggies newborn nappy. The actual Nappy padding seems to be quite generous and feels quite soft on the newborn nappies but it just doesn't do the job you need it to.

        Deciding it might just be the newborn range that didn't suit my needs I decided to give their Superdry Range a go. The packaging is blue and to be honest visually it does stand out. My then 6 month old daughter was at the stage where she wasn't crawling but was wriggling, rolling and generally getting around the floor to wherever she wanted to go. The Huggies nappies were once again quite substantial. The ultra absorbent core was indeed ultra absorbent but only if your little one doesn't move much. I found that as soon as she had done a wee the padding seemed to sag straight away. leaving the impression that the nappy had been on for hours not minutes. The Adhesive tabs were just not stretchy enough to accommodate her wriggling movements and during the day I was once again treated to wet clothes.

        The wipes have also proven to be, once again in my opinion a complete waste of money. The wipes come in a pack of 64 in 3 or 4 different smells, Aloe Vera, Sensitive etc. They have small Teddy Bear outlines on them and they are quite thick. The design of them however is flawed. Trying to get one out of the packet is terrible, they either come out in bunches or not at all. They also have a tendency to rip when your trying to get them out. You need two hands to get them out and when juggling a baby you need it to be easy not exasperating. The smell of the scented ones is also quite pungent. They are not delicately scented,they are heavily perfumed and I just don't feel that the smell of wipes need to linger on your babies skin for hours after using them.

        Now that my daughter is in the process of toilet training I have used the Pull up pants. For me these are the exception to the rule. They are not ultra absorbent but they do take an accidental wee and the sides are elasticated. The problem I have with these is they are quite hard for my daughter to manage to get up and down on her own but they do the job that I require them to do.

        After my disappointment with the brand with my daughter I didn't attempt them again with my youngest. For me it's a case of twice bitten , third time shy. A lot of people do like these Nappies but for me personally I am of the opinion that for a supposed leading brand they have a lot of much needed work to do to catch up with others.

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        • Johnson's Bedtime Lotion / Baby Care / 19 Readings / 16 Ratings
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          A lovely addition to the bath time routine.

          Johnson's are one of those brands that everyone approves off. Be it my grandma, my mum or the other mums at school, Johnson's is the old reliable and this is a chip off the old block.

          If you have read my reviews before you know I have 3 children and the 2 youngest have been treated to bedtime bath and lotion since they were born. The Purple bottle is easily identifiable on the shelves and you can always find it on offer on a 3 for 2 or a BOGOF which helps save the pennies.

          Bedtime bath is designed to help Babies get ready for a full nights sleep due to a patented blend of aromas to help calm your child down. It is , like all Johnson's products, clinically proven to be mild to babies skin and is suitable for sensitive skin as well.

          The cream is a lovely consistency not too thick or runny and when you rub it into either your children's skin or your own, this cream is very easily absorbed and it doesn't leave a residue. It also leaves the most amazing smell on the skin that isn't overwhelming. My daughter at the age of 2 has her bath and gets moisturised, she then proceeds to put some on her hands and rub it in before sniffing them and proclaiming "nice" every time. The smell certainly has lavender in it but because it is mixed with other things it is very subtle(I actually hate lavender normally).

          Now even though I have used this on and off for 2 years, I am not going to say it's a guaranteed full night's sleep just because you use it. What I will say is that when incorporated into a bedtime routine , this does help relax your children ready for bed and, as a added bonus,when I am giving my son his feed before I put him down, the lovely aroma's emanating from him are just an added pleasure.

          Every Mum should try this, the smell, texture, consistency are wonderful and it's great on my skin too!!

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          25.06.2012 00:15
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          A fantastic Product that hits all the right notes.

          If you have read my reviews before you know I am a busy mum with 3 children. I am also a huge Ella's Kitchen fan and after my recent trip to Sainsbury's I stumbled across the triangular Fruity snacks in 3 different flavour packs.

          For those of you just looking to start weaning or for those who don't know, Ella's kitchen was started by a man called Paul Lindley(Ella's dad) who wanted to introduce a healthy weaning plan for Ella using different flavours while making meal times ultimately fun. I have to say that I personally think that the bright pouches are instantly recognisable on the shelves and with their Distinctive flavours are a Godsend in the world of weaning.

          Anyway,now I have a robust 2 year old and a 8 month old who is starting with finger foods. I am always on the lookout for different products for my children to try and while I try and give my children organic produce it can be expensive. Ella's Kitchen is all organic and for me this is an added bonus because the price isn't very much more than regular non organic produce.

          This particular pack was £1.99 in Asda(they stock a lot of Ella's Kitchen compared to other places) and is a bright red Triangular shape which when you open has 5 mini triangles of fruit inside.
          The actual composition is raisans, strawberries, mangoes and cherries. They also do 2 other packs with different fruit in.
          All the fruit is dried but perfect size for little mouths(NOT BABIES) and my daughter absolutely loves the different fruits in the packet. I love them because she will quite happily chomp on these, thinking they are a treat without hesitation.
          They are a great size for me to stick in my bag or even to put in my eldest boy's lunchbox (He's 10 and likes them) and are a perfect size as a snack without having an effect on her appetite. I will be buying these again and again and again.

          If your looking for a dried fruit with a difference, I highly recommend you give these a try. And for £1.99 even if your little one doesn't like them I am betting that you do!!!

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          A fantastic toy with endless possibilities

          I am sure as a child you owned or played with a Fisher Price little people toy. Mine was the Circus Train with the Carriages. What joy I had with that toy.
          As a mum to 3 children I spend a lot of time playing with them, I am also a big believer in role play and this toy lets you do that in bucket loads. While all the technology makes newer toys mesmerizing, I think that you can't beat the good old fashioned classics.
          This Noah's ark was actually bought about 3 years ago and is still going strong, even after hours of play. Purchasing this now on Amazon will set you back the better part of £30.00 but I can guarantee it's worth the money.

          This sturdy Plastic ark is brightly coloured with plenty of little details to it so that, even as an adult I seem to find something new each time. It comes with pairs of animals, Mr and Mrs Noah, Bales of food and a water barrel. The actual ark's design is excellent(in my opinion), the roof has a gateway at the top for you to incorporate into play. The main body has windows which the animals can look out of, on the other side a door/ramp that opens ,the roof lifts off and then the body splits into hinged halves allowing for a variety of uses during play. The inside is very detailed with straw on the floor, grain, wood planks with nails etc. The ark actually has small wheels on the base which makes it excellent for pushing around the floor, even when loaded with all the figures in.

          The figures all have the standard hole in the bottom allowing you to place them on the roof but, If you have other Little People Toys these can be used with them as well. My daughter regularly has the peacock driving the bus or the Giraffe as a mechanic.
          This has been used as a shape sorter, a zoo, a ship with animal pirates - the possibilities are endless and I love the fact that my 11 month old is now playing with it as well. It has helped with animal recognition and my 5 year old loves re-telling the story of Noah.
          This sturdy, durable ark is, in my opinion a must have for imaginative play. And if you have children i guarantee this will get hours of play.

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          • Breville VKJ299 / Kettle / 20 Readings / 19 Ratings
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            A great kettle that does what a kettle should

            I never realised how much I use my kettles until I went through 3 in a year. As a busy mum with 3 kids, endless drop-ins from friends and a tea caddy husband I worked out on average, my kettle gets boiled around 32 times a day. It heats up about 57 litres of water per day. That is a lot of water boiling. After my first kettle gave up the ghost I did a quick dash to one of the stores to get a kettle. This was on offer at half price and so throwing it in my trolley, not looking at particulars I paid and took it home.
            After taking it out of the box I have to say I was quite impressed, the actual kettle feels substantial but isn't too heavy and the handle even though hard is quite smooth, it fits very neatly into your hand and is easy to manage when full of water. It lights up a pretty blue colour when its on the boil and if your like me, I have a silver appliance kitchen anyway so it fits right in. The kettle Is cordless and sits on the base where you flick the switch at the bottom - a clear oval shaped device near the base. Be warned though, I have many a time switched the kettle on by knocking it, having to go back 2 minutes later to turn it back off.
            The good point to knocking it on though is there is no chance it will go unnoticed, the reason why? Because this kettle is not discreet and quiet, nor is it of a medium tone and talking normally. This kettle is shouting from the rooftops over a steaming train. It is so loud. Now while it didn't really bother me at first, I have to say when you cannot conduct a conversation over the racket it makes, it does get a little annoying.
            I have put the noise down to the fast heating element and the fact its working harder to get it done quicker and I found it curiously pleasurable to watch the blue bubbles inside the kettle through the panel on the sides. The kettle also has a lime scale filter which I haven't even noticed to be honest but I live in a soft water area, therefore not a lot of lime scale.
            A full kettle to boil takes about 3 mins while if you just want a cup the cycle takes around 40 secs. Not bad timing for a coffee. The water as to be expected is boiling hot and this kettle does exactly what a kettle should do, Provide hot water and do it quickly.
            The only other to note is that because the kettle is stainless steel, you do need to clean the outer of the kettle regularly to keep it looking like new .
            All in all this is a great kettle, pleasant to look at and it does what it needs to do. Just a shame it couldn't learn to be a little quieter.

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            06.06.2012 23:28
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            Fantastic product that is well worth the money you pay for it!

            I LOVE my nails. Even though I am a busy mum of 3, I always try and make sure to have some colour on my nails, especially with summer being here and the sandals coming out.
            I have tried tons of Nail polish, drying agents,top coats, under coats and let me tell you, these drops are a MUST HAVE, regardless of whether you only wear polish once in a blue flood or everyday.

            For those of you who don't know,Leighton Denny might be the brand name but it is also a real man. He started off in Yorkshire, Bradford to be exact and quickly moved down to London where he ended up with a nail bar in Harrods and one in Harvey Nicholls(Manchester). It has been a whirlwind ever since and he is Famous amongst celebrities, Charity's and us common folk as being a top leader in the world of beauty.

            I discovered these drops when I ordered a nail kit and they came included. I have to say i wasn't holding out much hope because, as I have discovered time and time again, speed drying just doesn't seem to work. The bottle is tiny, maybe about 2.5 cms with a pipette dropper as the lid. The claims are it will be touch dry in 60 seconds, add lustre to your colour and cuticles and stop smudges. Now this is about £9.00 to buy so, for the money you would hope it could live up to it's claims.

            Having duly done a base coat, colour coat and top coat I squeezed the pipette and filled it with liquid, holding my hands upright I dropped 2 drops onto my nail and repeated with all 10. By the time I had done all my nails I waited another 20 secs before, gingerly, touching my nails. I kid you not, they were completely dry. In 60 secs!!! To top it all off my colour seemed to have a sheen to it that just made them stand out so much more. The little excess that had gone past my nail was gently rubbed in and my cuticles were soooo soft.

            I have now been using these for about 2 years and not once has it let me down. Yes the bottle only lasts me about 3 weeks (painting my nails every other day) but the time it has saved me is priceless. It makes my nails so much easier to do and if my kids are running riot , I know in 60 seconds I am good to go.

            I would recommend this to anyone who paints their nails. I can assure you -I don't think you will find better.

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              03.06.2012 23:48
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              Fantastic Carseat that hits all the right notes

              This car seat came with my pushchair as part of the travel system from Mothercare. Normally you buy it separately but I was lucky at the time and it came free. This retails for about £115.00 on it's own and is fully compatible with the Silver cross Travel System. Mine is Charcoal with an orange trim and and before I get into the details, I can tell you I absolutely love it.

              This is what is classed as a level 0 which means it's suitable from birth to 10kg. The car seat design itself comes in a variety of colours and different trims. The actual seat feels quite heavy and weighs about 8lbs so when you add an 8lb baby in there it isn't the lightest one on the market. Having said that though you're not going to be carrying it for miles anyway.

              It comes as standard with a newborn baby insert, adjustable hood and a cover. It also has removable pads for the straps and the best bit is it is FULLY washable.
              The actual padded newborn insert is one of my favourite things about this to be honest. It isn't just a head hugger like a lot of car seats have - this is like an insert that is molded and padded, so that it elevates your little one and keeps them snug and very secure. So much so that on the way home from hospital after my 2nd youngest, her head wasn't resting against her body like you get with newborns in car seats and the straps fit perfectly around her very little body(she was 6lb 5oz~). This was used with both my children until at least 3 months of age but with my little girl she was nearly 5 months old before I discontinued with it.

              The Straps are fully adjustable and the car seat has different levels for you to put the straps through ensuring a perfect fit. Complete with removable pads for when they get older, it ensures they are comfy and that they don't dig into delicate shoulders or necks. The cover is fantastic when they are little and makes the car seat cosy and warm, so when it's raining, no more wet blankets but I do have a problem in the fact that, as soon as they get past tiny stage and their legs get near the bottom it doesn't seem to fit, even though there is a couple of inches left. It is easy to put on and it stay's on even with kicking legs underneath. The hood is fully moveable and acts as a good shade from the sun in the car or from rain when you're outside.

              The handle has 3 positions one of which is for carrying, one for the car and one to lock onto the pram and this is moved by pressing both catches at the sides and turning. You cannot do this one-handed so, if you have a toddler to keep hold of , it can prove a little tricky. The actual carrying handle has indentations for where your fingers go and they are hard not padded. I found these perfect for my hands but my husband complained about the spacing of them saying they just didn't sit right(he has huge hands though!!!).

              The actual fastening in of the car seat took me about 30 mins the first time i tried but after a couple of goes i managed it in about 25 seconds. It was just getting the hang of it and because i was so fussy i had my husband try and move it. It wasn't budging and for me that was just a little extra reassurance.

              Having had a sicky baby - I was relieved to find you can wash the car seat fully and it comes back sparkling every-time. I think I must have washed mine at least 20 times and it hasn't faded or shrunk.
              I have to say that this car seat has stood the test of time with 2 babies and thousands of car journeys. It has been loved and appreciated and now I am expecting baby 3, while the pram is no longer usable the car seat is still like new. What a buy!!! I would highly recommend this car seat even if you're not getting the pram. Perfect for teeny tiny babies up to strapping big ones(well about 11 moths with mine). You won't be disappointed and with Silver Cross you know you're in good hands!!!

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            • Vax 6131 / Vacuum Cleaner / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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              03.06.2012 10:48
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              Fantastic vacumn for the price- second to none for a bagged vac

              I remember my mum having one of these in the 80's and i was a little dissapointed when mum bought me one a few months ago. I had been using a dyson and it had given up the ghost. As a busy mum with 3 children my carpets do get mucky. My mum thought this would be perfect as it's a 3 in one.

              This huge monstrosity(well it was in my mind) has actually turned out to be the best vacumn cleaner i have EVER owned!! It is a a bagged vacumn but the bags are huge! They take at least 4 weeks before needing changing and the suck-age from the 1300 watt motor is consistent, powerful and very impressive. Meanwhile it is actually very quiet and with its extra long flexi hose and steel pipe it takes a lot of battering.
              The changing of it into a washer is surprisingly easy, just take out the inner filter and dust bag and replace it with the washing filter. All you do then is add the- feeding tube on which takes about 2 mins. I have used all sorts of shampoo and non shampoo and my carpet comes up really really clean. Don't get me wrong cleaning your carpet is hard work but the results are definitely worth it. The water holds about 4 litres so you need about 3 tanks for a living room but refilling the water is easy. To say that it is quite a substantial vac , it is reasonably light and stores in my airing cupboard with ease. Please note though that when filled with clean and dirty water it isn't going to be light. For the price i think it is the most reliable, sound hoover i have ever owned and it's performance is second to none. It comes with a host of attachments which just make it easier than i thought possible to clean just about anything. These don't attatch onto the hoover in any way which is a little annoying to be honest but i just keep them in my son's old P.E bag with the hoover. The Power cable is extremely long and it goes all the way up my stairs with ease. This hoover is a classic that has stood the test of time and in my opinion that states more than i could ever say.

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                A lovely addition to an existing range

                To start with let me tell you, I am a massive fan of Bare escentuals or Bare minerals. I have been since i discovered it about 7 years ago. For those who don't know Bare escentuals or what its all about, I will give you a very quick summary.
                Bare escentuals has been around since 1976 and bare minerals is a by product of that company. They make all their range with natural ingredients that come from pure minerals and you can use their products even with problem skin such as acne,dry,oily or sensitive skin. None of their products contain oils, fragarences or dyes and because of the minerals they use the products contain a natural occurring spf factor. They even say that it lets your skin "breathe" and doesn't clog your pores. It is so good you can even sleep in it. They have a unique 3 step application process, Swirl, Tap and buff. Basically you swirl your brush with the product, tap off the excess and buff your way to perfection. This make-up covers all skin flaws,pock marks, etc etc. Basically a mini miracle in a pot.

                The Set -
                I was needless to say like a child with a Chocolate bar when I received this gift set a couple of months ago. Packaged in the most adorable ,re-usable vanity box I undid the pretty pink ribbon and gazed upon the contents with delight. Inside were 7 product which consisted of the following

                1- Creme de le Creme and Magnifique Eye colours- Both of these are 0.57 grams
                2- Black Coffee Big and Bright Eyeliner
                3-Hydrating Mineral Veil - 1.48 grams
                4- Avent Garden Blush - 0.85 grams
                5- Courage Lip Gloss - 4ml
                6- Flawless Application Brush(made with goat hair)

                Both eye colours work really well together and can be(as with all BM eye colour) applied wet or dry. The Creme de le Creme is a creamy mocha tone that is really versatile while Maginfique is a Smokey plum colour. These two really do compliment each other and if you apply the Magnifique wet it is quite stunning. During the day a quick sweep of the Creme de la Creme is lovely and understated. When I am going out after work, I just highlight with the plum for a completely different look. Of course these can be paired with the the eye liner.
                The eye liner is one of Bare Minerals Speciality Eyeliners that Claims to enhance the white of your eyes. Now don't get me wrong I'm not saying I was disbelieving but I was a little skeptical. The eye liner is a Dark Brown-Black and when applied I found the consistency of it quite creamy. I had to say i was very pleased with the results as it did indeed seem, to make my eyes brighter. Unfortunately I have found that this doesn't stand the course of a whole day, maybe only 5 or 6 hours before needing to be re-applied. Now while this isn't a problem I have been used to wearing Bare minerals Powder eyeliner wet, which has the staying power of a horse. In my trial of this eyeliner I also found it just wasn't dramatic enough for me to wear out at night..
                All in all the above eye products work well together for a lovely day-time office look. Or a going for drinks after work look.
                Now on to the Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil - Now this is a unique concept , it isn't a foundation or a bronzer but a sheer weightless powder that you can wear either on it's own or over your Make up. It is supposed to give you an air-brushed look, smooth out lines and wrinkles and make you look a million dollars. Well it is in theory. In reality i found it slightly different. This product IS amazing. No doubts about that but in my personal opinion, it is really good on it's own. Lovely for the summer it is better than foundation and it perfect for warm days as it has a cooling effect. It smooths out my complexion and leaves me looking fresh.
                You are supposed to be able to wear this over make up and it locks in the make-up underneath but every single time i have used this over my foundation, I have turned a very slight orange colour. Now while that's fine if i was an oompalumpa, I have found it very annoying. I now reserve this for my fresh-faced summer look and avoid it like the plague when I have foundation on.
                The Blush is a beautiful pink colour and while it looks very pink in the pot once applied it really does give you a lovely glow. Very natural looking and can be built up for a more obvious look. The best thing about the Blush is you can use it on your lips, cheeks and eyes and it can be applied wet as well.
                My Major complaint with the set was the very disappointing lip gloss. It looks lovely in the tube until you actually get it onto your lips, upon when it seems to, become a very unpleasant shade of reddish orange. This gloopy, thick and very sticky lip gloss(highly unusual for Bare Minerals) was very disappointing. Even when I tried to mix it with another shade I just found the consistency of it was like applying wallpaper paste to my lips.
                All in all this set is a very welcome addition to my Bare minerals Collection. However i would also point out that you would still need some of your regular products to go with it. A very lovely gift with(mostly) delightful products. With a couple of very small tweeks it would have been Perfect.

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              • DC Court Vulc / Sports Shoes / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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                Stylish and multipurpose, comfortable and do everything you need them to. Go get a pair!!!

                I am not an avid skateboarder nor am i a stunt bike enthusiast but my son is!! I Just happen to like DC shoes with my slouched jeans and a top. However i felt compelled to write a review for what i think are a great Pair of shoes.
                These are designed like most DC shoes are as a predominately Skater shoe but the ever-growing popularity of these shoes means everyone is wearing them. Stylish and contemporary, i bought mine from Sports Direct and paid £39.99 for them. When they arrived, i was pleased to say that they looked so much better than the picture. I had opted for the Black Battleship ones.
                They are a very Thick feeling, heavy duty Black suede. As the usual style of DC's they have the Letters stitched over the outer back of the shoe and these particular ones have mini NC symbols inside the letter. I love this design and even though they are "mens" , i personally loved them. The problem was so did my son!!!
                Slipping these on really does feel great, almost a little springy and they also seem to be reinforced under the ankle bone. The laces are easy to have slouched out a little (my preferred style) or if you want them done up you can do. The sole is substantial with a bright red colour and it is supposed to be great for traction with a "sticky" effect which means no-slipping. I only managed to get a couple of days wear out of this particular shoe as my son soon stole them.
                However he has now got three pairs of them in different styles(grey and white(armor) and black and red) and i can give you some info on the whole skateboarding feel. These apparently are an extension of the massively popular Court Graffik DC which my son previously had and the biggest difference, is in the Vulcanised sole and a more indestructible heavy duty upper material. Basically Vulcanised means that you get more sole flexibility and feel so when on your bike or skateboard it makes for an unparalleled ride.
                My son firmly Stands by this and he skates everyday for hours. He says that he can"feel" the board under him and the shoes actually add to his experience. On top of that the sole is a pill pattern trademark and offers superb traction. From my personal point of view i have never fallen over these but once again my son says that with the"sticky" sole he has superb traction, they last forever and are not affected by his deck tape. They take a lot of stick and to be honest seem just about indestructible.
                These shoes hit all the right notes, regardless of whether you are a hardened skater like my son or if you just want a comfy shoe to go with your jeans. I would Highly recommend these and for the price i think it is money well spent. With a great range of styles your going to be spoiled for choice.

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