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      06.02.2014 14:17
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      A great product

      We have used this Anthisan bite and sting cream for a number of years now and I tend to keep it in the car and the car goes virtually everywhere with us!!

      What is it?
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      It's a cream with an active ingredient called MEPYRAMINE MALEATE which is basically an anthistamine. The other ingredients are ceto-stearyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol 600 monostearate, castor oil, methyl hydroxybenzoate, foin coupe (fragrance), silicon antifoam and purified water. This is the 20g tube and looks exactly as the box shows above. It's for use with any types of insect bites such as mosquitos and insect stings such as bee's and wasps, it is also good to use for nettle stings and rashes.

      It does say on the packet DO NOT USE for eczema, cuts/grazes, sun burn or large areas of skin.

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      Just take a small amount and rub onto the bite or sting and within a few minutes the itching begins to wear off. It is slightly oily so becareful of clothing but I've not really found a problem. It does say to re-apply up to three times a day and I would say if it's a bad bite it's worth it even if you don't feel you need to it's better to keep the anthisan working on the sting than let it get aggrivated again and then apply more cream.

      It says not suitable for children under 2 and also that you need to be aged 16 to purchase it.

      I think the most we've used it for is mosquito bites, and nettle stings that my kids get! The sooner you get it on the better, the more you rub and itch a sting the worse it becomes so to have this to hand in the car makes it much quicker to work, rather than getting home getting it out of the cupboard and then putting it on. We ALWAYS take this on holiday as there is always some kind of drama!

      Cost
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      It's around £3 to £3.50 (Feb 2014) and is available at online chemists and also in most phamacists and supermarkets. It's not a bad price to pay for the relief of a horrible nasty bite from little nasty insects!

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      A great product to have in the cupboard (and car) for those emergencies you don't expect!

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      06.02.2014 00:23
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      Another great set from Sylvanian

      This is another fabulous set from Sylvanian.

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      It consists of a little cot with two opening drawers, a baby mobile which clips onto the side and the little mobil bits are detachable too, A slide, a toy ball, toy doll, toy duck, book and magazine and also the two little twin babies - tinker and bouncer tailbury come in this set too.

      It's very sweet as the little babies can play on the slide and with the toys and then when they're tired they settle down into the cot with the little mobile!

      The little cot comes with a mattress and little blanket for tucking in and also the little toy duck is a pull along so the sylvanian babies can hold it and pull it along. Also the mobile bits that hang down are detachable and can double up as rattles - we discovered this its not suggested anywhere!

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      This one doesn't seem to be available anywhere at the moment (Jan 2014) but my daughter only had it about a year or so ago so I'm suprised it's not around. I think it's about £10 to £12 because it includes the twins as well and characters are always a little bit extra.

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        06.02.2014 00:13
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        A good set from Sylvanian although not as inspiring as some

        This is the Sylvanian garden patio set, there isn't much to it really! However it is definitely a great addition to the Sylvanian families.

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        The garden patio set feels quite flimsy although it isn't totally! that's hard to explain, I think it's the scroll patterns mean it's not a solid pastic structure so it's light and there's less to it but it isn't flimsy although it wouldn't stand too much.

        The set is green the table has a clear table top, the table top on ours has popped out but it just sits on top so it's not a problem. There are four matching chairs to go with it.

        The great thing about this set is that it is versatile, so it's great in the garden but it's also great as a table and chair set in a house, we have so many families that the more tables and chairs we have the better!!! The families sit on the chairs well, it's all been designed well so as always the Sylvanians fit perfectly on their furniture.

        Cost
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        This set costs around £8 to £12 (Jan 2014) depending on where you buy it from, it's not a set that's seen in many shops so probably Amazon is a best bet to find it.

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        05.02.2014 00:39
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        A great meal out if a little pricey

        We had a voucher for Christmas for Cafe Rouge having just used it at the weekend I thought best to review it whilst fresh in the mind.

        I hadn't been to a Cafe Rouge before. It's a national chain of restaurants selling french cuisine, they are open all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. I can only review the dinner as that's what we had, also I guess it depends on where you are dining in the country as each one has their own managers so for your info this is the Leamington Cafe Rouge.

        Booking
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        You can ring and book or you can book online however this didn't work for us as we only decided on that day. It looks like this service is best used well in advance. On ringing the restaurant we were able to book a table easily for 8pm.

        The Restuarant
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        It's a french restaurant so as you would expect it's very french inside with a real french feel about it. The leamington restaurant is quite small and so is quite squashed inside, we felt quite close to the table next to us. However the atmosphere was nice with little candles on the table and it was warm (much to my delight!)

        The menu
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        There is a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The offers looked good so at present they are doing a valentines 3 course meal (set menu with small choice) for £18.95 which is a great deal. The main menu has plenty of choice.

        Breads and Olives; There is a variety from Olives, garlic batons to humous, ranging in price from £2.95 for olives to £7.95 for petit bouchee.

        starters; there is a choice of olives, garlic batons, humous, soup, crepes and plenty more, they range from the cheapest at £4.95 to the most expensive sharing starter at £12.95.

        mains; A large variety of choice including muscles, croquettes, chicken, beef bourginone to Sea bass, there is also a grill menu with plenty of meat choices and salad. The mains range in price from £9.95 for goats cheese salad, a chicken dish is £12 to £13 and the most expensive is a 7oz steak fillet at £18.95.

        deserts; A lovely range of deserts including creme brulee, chocolate fondant, tarte tatin to crepes. The cheapest is £5.55 for the tarte au citroen and the most expensive being £6.95 for a selection of cheeses.

        My hubby is wheat and egg intolerant so although it's not an allergy he does try to avoid it if possible, we asked for the alergens menu and I have the say the girl who brought it was extremely helpful, she wanted to make sure that we understood that there could be traces in some dishes which was very kind. The allergy info sheet was a little complicated to work out as it wasn't always the same title on the same dish. There also wasn't a great deal without wheat but we did find a few, there is a chicken dish, obviously the salad and the steaks. It was useful to have the sheet however it would have been nice if the actual menu had the gluten free symbol to make it easier to see at a glance and then use the sheet to check further information.

        The food
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        So onto the best bit the food. I had the Poulet Breton £13.95, it's chicken in a leek, mushroom and white wine sauce with creamy mashed potato. I have to say it was absolutely delicious, I haven't taste a sauce as nice as that, they brought a spoon with it and it was useful as I certainly finished off all the sauce!!!
        Hubby had the Demi Poulet which is half chicken with fries. He was a little disappointed although it tasted lovely, but it was a little dry as there was no sauce, veg or salad!
        For desert we had a creme brulee which as to be expected was absolutely beautiful - yes it does have egg and yes hubby did eat it!! it's not too bad just a little from now and then is ok.

        The restaurant
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        This is where I divert to the Leamington restaurant as each one will be different, when we arrived we were seated but weren't given a menu and after a little while hubby went to ask (they'd forgotten to bring it!), they were extremely busy it was a Saturday evening. We ordered the meal and it was probably a good 10 to 15 minutes before the olives came out and then a bit more of a wait until the main meal came. By then it was getting a little quieter and service was a lot better.
        One of the staff was very miserable, she was amicable but wasn't smiley. The rest of the staff were however polite and smiley no matter how much they must have been tired and run off their feet.

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        We had a lovely experience but I think personally and as money is tight we probably won't be dining there in the near future, the menu we felt was very expensive but then it was extremely tasty and would be well worth it for a special night out. I would go if there were an offer on. The meal for 2 drinks (glass of white wine spritzer & beer), 1 olives, 2 mains, and 1 pudding was approx £43.00.

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          04.02.2014 22:06
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          A great buy from Sylvanian yet again

          My daughter collects Sylvanian as some of you will know!

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          She had this set a while ago for her Birthday or Christmas. It consists of; 4 bagette boxes, 1 large bagette, 1 sandwich, 1 croissant, 1 burger bun, 1 bagel, 1 pair of tongs, 1 bread basket, 2 clear bowls, 3 small pre-made sandwiches, 3 cheese and lettuce fillings and 3 burger and lettuce fillings.

          This is a sandwich making set and what I love most is the fact you can make up the sandwich, bagette, bagel, burger bun or croissant with the filling of your choice (though I'm not sure I'd want burger and lettuce in a croissant! but you never know!). The bagette, large sandwich, bagel, burger bun and croissant all have a slot in so that you can add the fillings in. The fillings you can see are in the clear bowl in the picture above and the already made sandwiches are in the bagette box in the picture above. The bagel, burger bun and croissant are in the bread bowl in the picture above. The picture above does not seem to show the bagette or large sandwich, the bagette is longer and so you can fit two fillings in.

          The bagette boxes are only made from paper so beware they don't last long, I have glued ours together to help a little but still they get a bit squashed.

          NOTE* - it does not come with the little table! maybe this is an older version but the newer one which we have and is still the one in the shops does not come with the little table.

          The set is extremely well made and as always has great playability. Our sylvanian do like their sandwiches and they love to mix and match and make their own versions of sandwiches!

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          This sells for around £7 to £8 depending on where you buy from, it's available in most toy stores. I think because of the versitility it's great value for money as always from Sylvanian.

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          • Furby Party Rockers / Electronic Toy / 25 Readings / 25 Ratings
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            04.02.2014 00:18
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            A great little furby

            This is a long story! Our daughter whose 14 and has autism loves her furbys, she has two already and would love more! when she saw the new furby boom she wanted one for Christmas, so we looked into it and decided we would get it as her main present, however we were extremely disappointed - I will review the actual furby boom when I can add toys to the product suggestions!

            So Christmas day was a massive dissapointment when the furby boom didn't work, the short reason is because it wasn't compatible with her phone even though the app had successfully downloaded months before - beware the furby boom only works with a few devices! So I wrote to Hasbro to complain and was pleasantly surprised that they replied they were sorry and would send a gift. That gift turned out to be a furby rocker.

            Furby Rocker
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            A furby rocker is a little companion to later versions of the larger furbies. The furby rocker is quite small in size but I think it's quite cute, it fits in the palm of a hand and is really light weight. Ours is the yellow version, it has light up eyes and is furry to touch, it doesn't have sensors all over it like the larger furbies but then it's cheaper so that's not surprising. It's a much nicer size to take out and about with you - however....

            IT IS NOISY!!!!

            It is quite noisy and doesn't have an off button, you can send it to sleep though by lying it on it's back the only time this is a problem is in the car as we discovered on the journey when we had both the furby boom and the furby rocker communicating with each other and chattering like mad, even when the furby boom was made to be quiet the more the furby rocker is jiggled about the wilder it gets - it drove us insane all the way from Coventry to Bristol - solution - wrap the furbies individually in something soft like a jacket or cushion and put them on the floor of the car, that way they seem to quieten down and be quiet!

            They take 3 aaa batteries so that is the other option - take them out!

            Each colour furby rocker has it's own personality so you need to check that out before buying. Our particular furby is yellow with pink around the eyes and a yellow beaky thing with blue squigly antenna.

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            The furby rocker works with the original app and through this app it can be fed, sing and dance, it will dance to music. They chat to the later versions of furbies too and will totally interact with each other, my daughter loved this part and we all found it quite amusing. She also at this point discovered that the furby boom (the larger one she had for christmas that didn't work with the furby boom app) actually works with the old furby app so it can be fed. The app's do bring the furby rocker alive, it would be a bit boring without the app.

            You can also pull it's tail to iritate it and make it do things like chat or flash it's eyes! which flash like mad, the eyes are not lcd, they are holographic but they do light up.

            Cost
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            At the moment (January 2014) they are selling for around £20 which is quite a bit bigger than the large ones. they are available from most toy shops and online at amazon or ebay. There are 4 original colours light blue, dark blue, purple and pink then there are the 2013 versions yellow and teal (turquoise type colour).

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            I think they are quite good value for money and are very entertaining to all our visitors who find them funny or VERY annoying and they smile politely whilst our daughter tries to show all the different things it can do!

            We love our furby family - in short doses!

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              20.01.2014 00:38
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              A great buy and great for kids parties

              I just bought these for my daughters birthday party. If you have never tried these you must! I think almost everyone must have though as they've been around for years, I can remember them from my parties and I think that must be why they're so popular and still going - you can remember the taste and texture from childhood.

              What are they
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              They are wafer biscuits with cream filling in layers, then cut into a good size finger. It's quite easy I guess they make a huge huge slab of this stuff and then just cut it into all the slices and side into the wrapper. They are pink obviously!! ha ha! hence 'Pink' Panther! I think boys love them just as much as girls - I've noticed they sneak them in quickly so as no one notices!

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              You will have to try one to know for yourself but they are distinct! once you've had one though it is hard to stop. They are quite sweet and I would say not really got a massive flavour just creamy. There are so many ways to eat these; Just bite it like a normal wafer biscuit it's crunchy or bite a chunk and then let it melt in your mouth till it's disappeared or bite the layers of wafer off! or a bit of everything!!
              They are free from artificial flavours and colourings and contain; Cream Filling (Vegetable Oil, Sugar, Natural Flavouring),Wafer (Wheat Flour, Rapeseed Oil, Colour: Beetroot Red; Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin; Salt. Raising Agent; Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate)

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              The packaging could be a little better, it's just a plastic wrapper, sometimes if they've been thrown around a lot then one or two can be broken but generally most of them are ok.

              Cost
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              I reckon these are a real bargain for parties, they don't say how many on a packet it's 200g's, I think there are probably around 16 to 20 finger wafers in each pack. They're around 68p in Tesco at this moment (Jan 2014) but they have been as low as 50p in Asda before.

              I think for parties these are must, they are good value for money and kids (and adults) love them.

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                15.01.2014 00:11
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                Great for the kids to get them washing their hands

                My 14 yr old daughter has autism so washing hands isn't top priority! She's what we'd call high functioning I guess so she goes to main stream school but gets a lot of help.

                I've tried various ways to encourage handwashing - notes in the bathroom, posters with gremlins so she can see the germs on hands! it works short term but it's soon forgotten.

                So we were at my sisters over Christmas and my daughter came running downstairs to say 'have you smelled the soap upstairs?!' I hadn't! so I went up to see and they had an chocolate and orange smelling handwash - personally not my thing but she thought it was wonderful.

                So out I went to the shops in search of different smelling soaps. I found this Carex Cola smelling handwash, it really does smell of cola bottles! My daughter thought it was great and I found her keep doing it so that her hands smelled of cola bottles sweets. They do a strawberry laces one too which my daughter also really likes and it really does smell of strawberry lace sweets.

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                It comes in an easy to squeeze bottle, so you just push the top down with one hand and the other hand underneath to catch the soap - although for some reason in our house it's not always got onto the hand because it's in the sink! however it does usually work it's just they make a mess of it.

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                The price is great, compared to some of the other brands and smells I thought it was quite reasonable from Asda it's about £1.30 to £1.80.

                My views
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                Personally I'm not keen on the smell! but for kids they love it, I suppose it's a bit like when new smells come into fashion the old one's seem really old fashioned and perhaps the smells we love will become old fashioned too! taken over by these trendy smells. We now have two handwash bottles one for our daughters and one for us!

                Overall - I'm giving it 4 stars because it's about getting the kids to wash their hands, if it was my honest opinion and I didn't have children it would be 2 or 3 stars but then I think it is geared around children so it works in that sense.

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                • Ferrero Rocher / Chocolate / 16 Readings / 16 Ratings
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                  14.01.2014 23:52
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                  A great and delicious chocolate for special ocassions.

                  I just glanced across and looked at the box of Ferrero Roche that's been sitting there since Christmas (I've been saving it!) having munched my way through thorntons and a few others I thought, umm I fancy a Ferrero Roche tonight - then a thought struck me - I haven't reviewed these yet what a perfect opportunity.

                  Being young at heart I had thought these had been around forever but I have just discovered they were first made in 1982 by an Italian company!! Roche apparently comes from the French and means 'rock'.

                  I was given the box with Ferrero collection in. I've always been a fan of the original Ferrero Roche so was looking forward to trying the other types too. There is the Ferrero Rondnoir and the Raffaello.

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                  I have to mention this because in the first place it has just taken me 5 minutes to get into the box - that's far too long for a yummy box of chocolates! it's that sticky tape that goes around the edge of the plastic box, I peeled the first bit and it broke after 2cm by which time the 'end' has gone so I have to scratch a bit off to start again - off I go and again after 2cm it broke, grr! so this time carefully and very slowly I start to peel back the tape - it broke at about 5cm, I tried to pull the box appart desperate to get in but no it wasn't going to budge so yet again I scatched a bit back and peeled it really really slowly and got a bit further and round a corner (the box is rectangular by the way!), by now I'm feeling a little impatient and my mouth is watering at the contents inside but I can't get to them! After a few more attempts and remembering to keep the speed just right I finally manage to get all the tape off and yes you have to get it all off to be able to open the box! Finally I'm in!!

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                  I always think Ferrero Roche's presentation is wonderful, the individual wrappings are lovely and then to see them all laid out makes them look really really special. This particular box has 3 Rondnoir's, 9 Ferrero Roche originals and 3 Raffaello's!

                  Ferrero Roche
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                  Lets start with the originals which have been around the longest. They are wrapped individually which I always like because there's an experience just in unwrapping them awaiting the taste. The gold wrappers make them look rich and inviting, the chocolate is wrapped in gold and then sits inside a little casing. Inside are round chocolates, the consist of a round wafer with soft ozzy chocolate and a nut inside, on the outside of the wafer is solid chocolate with little nuggets of nuts.

                  There are in my opinion a few ways to eat these and I usually try each one out every time so I have to have at least three! There's the pop the whole chocolate in at once option - and yes it's really possible just about! It usually means I end up with a mouthful of chocolate and nuts all going round at once and feeling a bit greedy! The second option which I favour the most is to bite very carefully the outer chocolate off all round so that it leaves the wafer shell, then bite off half the wafer shell and some of the soft chocolate and finally eat the last bit of the soft chocolate with the nut! Finally the third option is to just bite a chunk off and enjoy, they usually break in half so then you pop the second half in and munch away.

                  Ferrero Rondnoir
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                  This is a dark chocolate version, it's a strange wrapping as it feels like part of it is missing as it's not a cylinder shape it's got a flat bottom. The chocolate is individually wrapped in dark brown wrapping and sits nicely inside it's little paper case. Inside is a sort of bobbly texture dark chocolate which coats a round but not perfectly cylindrical wafer, inside the wafer is soft creamy dark filling with a hazlenut. I like this chocolate a lot as it's not too nutty this one, it's not so easy to find various ways to eat though as it's a bit more crumbly!

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                  These are an interesting addition as they are quite different to the others. I'm least keen on these even though i do like coconut. They're just a bit too sweet I think. These are individually wrapped with a see through cellophane and sit in the little cases like the others do. Inside the same layers of wafer as the other chocolates however this time it's coated in a very fine icing type stuff with coconut stuck to it, inside the chocolate is a creamy white centre with an almond. Again this one is quite hard to eat, it's quite squidgy and breaks easily, I find that the coconut falls off as well so it makes quite a mess! They are still tasty but not my favourite.

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                  I tend to find I can't go too mad with Ferrero Roche of any kind, they are quite sweet and filling but a fantastic lovely treat, it means the box lasts longer as there's never that many in a box so one or two every now and again with a hot drink to wash it down is lovely.

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                  There are so many variety of prices for different amounts, in general I think it's fair to say that for the very small gift boxes they're about £3.00 for 8 from Asda (Jan 2014) up to around £20 or £30 for the huge huge boxes. The box I have reviewed here a version of 32 chocolates is £8 from Ocado (Jan 2014) I couldn't find the 15 size that I have and it was a gift so I don't know the actual cost! I think they are expensive but they're worth it for the special gift and everyone know's they're expensive so you're saying something when you buy a box of Ferrero Rocher.

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                  Contains nuts!! all of the chocolates contain nuts so if you're allergic avoid alltogether.

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                  06.01.2014 20:32
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                  Another great set from Sylvanian

                  My daughter has just recieved this for Christmas, it's a delightful doughnut shop.

                  It includes over 30 peices; The actual stall with two trays which sit inside the shelves, a table, scales, 2 tongs, tong tray, 2 cups, 2 doughnut boxes, 12 doughnuts of 6 varieties, 2 teddy cupcakes, 2 breadsticks, 2 serving platters with cup holder, 2 matts and a tea pot.

                  This set is lovely, the doughnuts look like strawberry and custard, toffee and custard, chocolate, chocolate dipped, plain and strawberry. When it's set up with all the doughnuts on the stand as shown in the picture above it's great. My only small criticism is that for larger hands it's hard to get all the doughnuts on the shelf (that's because I like joining in!!) however for dainty little hands for which it is designed for it's fine!!

                  The little families can come along to the shop and buy their doughnuts to take home to eat. As always Sylvanian have made this sturdy, it doesn't fall over easily, the only thing is the tongs look a little flimsy and I've had another pair of tongs from another set break on me, but handled with care they should last well.

                  This can be bought at present (Jan 2014) - £9.99 from the Sylvanian shop plus £1.99 postage, I have seen it a little cheaper at times in the sale and can be bought from Debenhams, John lewis, Argos and Tesco.

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                    Another great purchase from Sylvanian

                    As you may know by now by the amount of Sylvanian I review - my daughter loves collecting Sylvanian, she's 11 (only just) now and still loves it. We set the whole lot up this Christmas all together and made a street with all her shops and two houses, she's had a great time, it will be a shame to pack it all away - its all out in the conservatory by the way! We even had our own little Christmas tree in the village square (imaginery village square for those of you wondering!) all the Sylvanian families gathered around and sung carols!!!!

                    Anyway to the washing machine set! it's an old fashioned washing machine for a start so my daughter hadn't really got much clue about the top loading tub idea but it was easy enough to work out! It's very cute you can put the sylvanian clothes in and pretend to wash (it's not a good idea to mix sylvanian and real water!). This set also has a little ironing board and iron, a clothes airer, wash basket soap and squirty bottle. It also comes with little clothes to wash.

                    As with all sylvanian it's well made and well thought out, the iron can be held by the Sylvanian characters - men included!! The Sylvanian clothes can be put on the airer to dry!

                    There isn't much more to say about this set as it's not a huge set. It cost £5.99 at present (Jan 2014) on toys direct site, usually it's around £7 to £10 depending on what offers are on and where it's from. On the Sylvanian site itself it's £7.99 and £1.99 postage and packing. Just an aside I hadn't been on the sylvanian website until today it's actually really reasonable and there's loads of choice on there and postage and packing is only £1.99 for purchases of £16.

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                    A great day out at the beach for Sylvanian

                    Sylvanian Beach set another Christmas gift to add to the growing set.

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                    I have to say this is one of my favourite so far, it is so so cute, it has over 30 pieces and includes a wind break which is material so moves into whatever shape you like just as you would on the beach! It has a fantastic little deck chair perfect for Grandpa Sylvanian to snooze in!!

                    Then all the little bits; a picnic blanket, sandwich box with actual sandwiches in, apple, banna's, oranges, plates, cups, knives, forks, flask with removable lid, two ice creams. It also has all you need for building sandcastles, space buckets and what I like best is the actual sandcastle which fits inside the bucket and can be tipped out to make it look like it's actually come out of the bucket - fantastic - well done Sylvanian. Then to top it off there's a rubber ring for swimming which fit the children sylvanian and postcards and newspaper.

                    So our little Sylvanian family are heading off to the beach for a picnic and a swim in the sea - whilst granpa reads the paper in the deck chair of course!

                    Everything as always is well made and great quality. We put our set on yellow paper next to blue paper and it looks fantastic it looks like it's really on the sand, the colours of the items in this set I also love too.

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                    I've seen it for around £8.50 from John Lewis and also other stores up to around £10 but it's well worth it.

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                    This is a fantastic little set and a great addition to any sylvanian family - everyone loves a trip to the beach.

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                    29.12.2013 00:09
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                    A great buy from Sylvanian yet again

                    This is the Sylvanian sweet shop, my daughters sylvanian is growing rapidly! with a shoe shop and now a sweet shop and a donut shop I'm yet to review. This means my daughter has a little row of market stalls for her sylvanian to visit and they love it.

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                    It is a little cart on wheels but wow it can store so much, there are teddy lollies, ordinary lollies and mega large lollies stored in the little trays which attach to the side of the cart. Along the sides are little boxes of cookies and goodies which can be bought. On the top are two boxes of delicious chocolates to buy for that special sylvanian gift. On the other side of the cart in a little removable tray are round biscuits and square biscuits. Then in the little drawer there are red sweets and blue sweets and little star sweets. The red and blue ones actually look like proper little wrapped sweets. The lolly pops can be held by the sylvanian characters which is quite cute.

                    It takes a bit of setting up as there are lots and lots of little tiny peices and must be kept away from little people and the hoover of course!!

                    This is a well made and very cute little set and adds loads of extra fun to the Sylvanian experience. For the amount of sweets you get it's good value.

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                    We bought it a couple of years ago for around £10 but I've seen it for as little as £7 recently online.

                    Another great addition to Sylvanian families.

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                      28.12.2013 00:56
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                      Brilliant idea makes cutting small branches easy

                      Aldi Ratchet Garden Cutters are great. I bought these because we have quite a few bushes and tree's in our garden and I struggle to cut them.

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                      approx £7 to £9

                      How to use
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                      They are about three times the size of securteers, they have easy to hold handles and you put the branch between the cutters and then squeeze once, and then a bit more and then a bit more and finally it snaps off. I managed to get through branches approx 2cm diameter at the most. They have been so well used as I've used them to cut down branches into smaller/shorter peices for my chimenea. The ratchet part means it keeps slicing through without too much effort. I used to cut small branches with usual secuteers but get annoyed because it was too tough, now it's brilliant and I can do loads. You do need to use both hands to do this and after long use your arms will hurt though - believe me!!

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                      These are well designed and not too heavy to hold, they are easy to store as they have a clip which keeps them shut.

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                      There isn't much more can be said about these ratchet cutters as they're great, non electrical easy to use cutters. Well worth the money I feel.

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                        20.12.2013 23:32
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                        A great fridge freezer

                        We have just bought a new fridge freezer, our old one hadn't broken but was a little small for a growing family!!

                        We really fancied one with frost free and hubby wanted the water dispenser (note this is not one that hooks up to water supply - you fill the large tub inside with water manually!).

                        It arrived last week by two nice delivery men who reminded me of the chuckle brothers! they were funny - to me a bit - ooo ooo to you a bit bob!! etc! It only just squeezed into it's 60wide slot even though it said it would fit 60wide it was really tight. It also sticks out a bit from the units as it's longer than them but we've got used to that.

                        Bearing in mind we've had a rather smaller fridge freezer (55 wide in a 60 wide slot!) I opened it and thought wow!

                        Fridge
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                        The space is amazing, however I feel there's lack of options for shelves in other words they are where they are and that's it, one shelf can move up by about 5cm (wow!). So things like the large tall juice cartons don't stand up on any of the shelves. However one of the shelves has a pull out drawer type thing and that's nice. The whole fridge goes back a long way so there's plenty of space especially at this time of year for all that party food. In the door compartment there's plenty of space for storing large 4pints milk cartons (I've got three along the bottom and 1 tall juice carton), there's a cheese type tray at the top and a little one to the side of the water storage. There is also a very large fruit and veg tray at the bottom too and it's all well made and doesn't feel flimsy.

                        water dispenser - the water dispenser is easy to use and the kids love the gimic of it at the moment!! and so does the hubby!! it also has a lock slider so that you can lock it so that you don't push it by mistake - and what did I do just to check it out - yes push it and it spilt all over the floor Lol!

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                        This was a little disappointing on size, we thought it was going to be a lot bigger than our old one but because of the extra thick sides and the frost free apparently they take a bit more space out of the freezer. So it's only a tiny bit bigger than our old one. It does however freeze really quickly and the drawers feel really smooth to pull out and again not flimsy. It came with 3 drawers and there's also a glass shelf between two of the drawers so we choose to take out the bottom drawer and not have it giving us a little more space for pizza's etc.

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                        It has nice touch sensitive controls on the outside which can be easily adjusted to change the temeprature of the fridge or freezer, it also has a quick freeze setting and also a holiday setting for when you're away.

                        The door has a buzzer if you leave the door open but to be honest it's so quiet it's hardly worth it, if I had walked away from it into the lounge there is no way we'd hear it so it's only helpful if you're in the kitchen!

                        There is a powerful bright light inside which is handy.

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                        I think it looks a really nice fridge freezer it's well built and sturdy. It has a nice silver finish to it and the doors are easy to open which incidentally it comes with extra brackets so you can change the doors to open the other way round if you need. It's also fairly quiet.

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                        This is selling for around £560 to £600 depending on where you get if from and if you shop around you may find a bargain.

                        Overall I'm really pleased and I guess really I want a bigger fridge for all the fresh food we've lost out a bit on freezer space but still happy with my nice new fridge. Obviously it hasn't been on long enough to know about the frost free bit or how good that is. I have marked down the features because I think a few more slots so that I could vary the height of the shelves in the fridge would have been useful and not hard to have added!

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