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After buying the first iPad last year I found it was an amazing device and it made my life so much easier!
Instead of dragging out the laptop whenever I went online I could simply pick up the iPad and I was good to go.
Even though they are quite pricey I ended up buying the new iPad 2 to replace my original iPad. However it did take me a while to come around to it.
I had convinced myself I didn't need to upgrade because the differences in models were not that important to me. For example the size had changed with the new iPad becoming much more sleek and appealing, there was also a camera now built in which would be great for Skype.
Until I went into an Apple store and saw how different it actually is! It's like holding a different tablet. It feels and looks much more stylish and practical. The old iPad users know that it was surprisingly chunky! The iPad can be bought in a number of different memory sizes and can be bought with wi fi only or with 3G. Which means if you buy 3G you can also buy a data package from a phone company and use the data to surf the Internet anywhere. However I didn't go with 3G because I don't plan on bringing a piece of equipment this expensive out too often. I mainly use it at home or in the car for videos/apps which mostly don't need an Internet connection.
The software is the same as with all Apple devices. It's easy to navigate and you can download apps from the app store to enhance your iPad. Apps range from games like scrabble to study aids like quizzes on Spanish! There really is everything. I even have an app that turns into a rice timer, very handy when making sushi. The battery can last for a day with constant use so I usually just charge mine at night.
My daughter who is 3 also adores this thing. It's so easy even she can use it in the car doing jigsaws or just using it to watch toy story or Dora!
For anyone who can afford it because they are very expensive I would definitely get this device. Especially if you are looking for a laptop just to surf the Internet and send emails because this iPad would be ideal for the job.
Ugg boots are not something I ever thought I would be wearing due to its hefty price tag but luckily my sister bought me a pair when she was on holidays in America. I was delighted because I have seen the same boots for over 100 euro on sale here and that is a bit too much in my opinion for a casual boot!
The boots that she got me are black in colour and have a lovely soft sheep skin interior. The outside material is suede which can easily scuff. I use cream to prevent them from getting too scuffed and worn looking. I have been wearing them for two winters now and they have kept up really well and I can see them lasting me another few years.
They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn and I feel like I am wearing my slippers when I have these on. I find myself wearing them around the house in replace of slippers too because they are just so easy to wear!
I have found that they are not very waterproof though which is very annoying in our climate as I only wear these boots around the winter because they are far too warm for the summer and as it rains almost everyday during the winter it can be a shame. I have read that as an extra you can get spray which makes the boots waterproof which I think should come as standard given the extortionate price of these boots.
They are available in a wide range of colours and they can also be bought with a knit exterior which look great! Everyone seems to be wearing these and believe me there is a reason for this madness. They are so comfy but its a big disappointment that they are so expensive.
Recommended to anyone who loves comfortable shoes and has a big wallet!
As we have wooden and tiled floors throughout the house I make my daughter wear her slippers almost all the time. She grows so fast and I end up having to buy her new slippers every two months.
These Pegga Pig slippers caught my eye a few weeks ago because my daughter is a big fan of Pegga Pig and adores anything with Pegga on the front! She already had Pegga Pig pyjamas so I thought this would be a cute addition!
They cost me just 8 euro in Marks and Spencers which was great value considering she will only get a few weeks wear out of them. They are pink in colour and very soft to touch. They have a picture of Pegga Pig on the front of the slippers too which my daughter loves to show off when she can. The soles are made of rubber which I prefer because I find she can slip and fall if there is fabric on the soles. There is a velcro strap that fastens the slippers which my daughters opens and closes constantly and can be a tad annoying after a while.
I cant see these as being suitable for boys because they are in pink! My daughter tends to run around outside with her slippers on and surprisingly the inside stays dry even when she has sprinted through the grass. I have also thrown these in the wash and they came out perfectly clean and dried within a matter of hours on the clothes line.
All in all I have been very pleased with these slippers. My daughter loves the Peppa Pig theme and seems to be happy with the comfort of the slippers. It looks as though I have gotten my moneys worth and more. I would recommend these for any Pegga Pig fans.
This has been a permanent fixture in the cupboard under our sink and its a must if you have black leather shoes! It helps hide scuffs by daily wear and also leaves your shoes glistening. It only costs about 2 euro and the tins lasts for ages.
The polish comes in a small tin that is easy to open and is a handy size to store also. I think the tin we have now has lasted up almost 6 months now! We would use it every week because I wear black leather shoes to work so constantly need to top them up.
They also come in handy with my daughters black shoes as they are able to extend the life of her shoes by keeping them looking clean and well looked after. I remember when my brother who is in the army would use tin after tin of this polish to keep his boots clean. I gained a few tips to getting the most out of this polish.
First I get a lump of cotton wool and wet it slightly so that it is damp but not dripping, then I rub it into the tin of polish and apply in a circular motion to my shoes. After I buff with a brush for a final finish. Somehow it is meant to go on better and I find when I have the time I do it with this method. Otherwise I just use a cloth to apply the polish and use a brush to buff it to remove excess polish and make the shoe shine.
I would highly recommend this polish as it does last for ages and it gives a great shine but remember it is strictly for black leather shoes!
This came in very handy for us yesterday during a power cut that I thought I would do a review! I bought this wind up lantern about two years ago for 35 euro. I originally bought it for when we were going on a camping holiday but I have found it to be great around the house too.
The lantern itself is made out of hard gray plastic and feels very sturdy. It is a wind up lamp so there is a lever that you twist around and this causes it to light up. It does take a lot of work though as one minute of winding equals fifteen minutes of light so if you want to use this for a few hours it will take energy! Good news is that if you dont want to bother winding it up it can also run on batteries or be charged through the mains.
The light that emits from the lamp is very bright as it contains LED lights which shine around the whole lamp so you get a 360 degree coverage. When the charge is running low the LED lights do tend to flicker which can be a bit annoying.
We have used this on camping trips, power cuts and it is also excellent when searching for things in the attic. Recently I have been using it when letting me puppy outside at night to go to the toilet and its great as I can see the majority of the garden.
It is a great light and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I wouldnt say this is a once off item just for camping as I have gotten a lot of use from this lamp in other ways too! Its also environmentally friendly and would be ideal for all the eco conscious out there.
I got these headphones with my iPhone 4 a few months ago. To buy these separately will cost you a hefty 29 euro from the Apple store. These seems a bit much just for headphones and I wouldnt buy these myself only they came with the iPhone because I dont think there is anything that sets these apart from the competition.
They are of higher standard than the ordinary Apple earphones because they come with a remote and mic attached so you can answer a call while you listen to your iPod and you can also change the volume and switch songs.
They are white in colour and the ear buds have a grey rim around the ear piece. They dont sit in my ears too well and have a tendency to fall out whenever I bend down but this is all down to ear shapes!
The remote is a small rectangle shape on the cord itself and it is about an inch long. It has a + button and a - button which turn up and down the volume. You can click the remote itself to change songs but I find it confusing. Sometimes it pauses songs and other times it plays the next song so can be a bit fiddly.
After a few uses the cord started to turn blue from sitting in my jeans packets and they now have a blue tint which makes them look really used. Also the sound quality began to deterioratete quite rapidly as there is a crackling sound heard on the left ear piece which can be a complete distraction when listening to music and really ruins it for me.
I still use these speakers but I keep the volume low to avoid the awful crackle. However I think I will be replacing them in the near future due to frustration. They didnt last long at all as I have only used them a dozen times. To think there are actually people buying these for 29 euro is a real shame because they certainly arent worth it.
I would recommend you spend your money on a better brand of earphones because these will not last and they are uncomfortable to wear too.
I bought a pair of these Crocs for myself after I got into the habit of borrowing my mothers around the house. They are just so comfy! I prefer these to slippers during the summer because they are really lightweight and they allow your feet to breath too.
I got mine for 18 euro in a local shoe shop but you can also buy them online. They are being sold on Amazon at the moment for just 20 pounds so they arent too bad on price. They are available in a wide range of sizes and colours. For kids there are cute designs too and my daughter has a pair of cheap ones from Primark that she is mad about!
However I decided to go with the real thing and get the real brand. I got mine in black as I wasnt picky about the colours because I just wanted to wear them about the house. They are made out of light foam and there are little holes throughout the shoe so it feels like you arent wearing them because they feel so light!
They resemble clogs in that they slip onto your foot and are held in by a tie at the back. I have never found them to be uncomfortable and find them great while cutting the grass and even doing housework. They are better than slippers in that you can walk on wet grass without getting socks soaked!
As mine are in black they dont get dirty easily and if they get a bit muddy I just stick them under a hot tap and it comes right off. I have been using them for almost a year now and they show little sign of wear and tear. However they dont see the light of day much during the winter because they are too chilly. I like to consider them my summer slipper!
I love to wear slippers around the house so I found these fantastic. I think I would be a bit embarrassed to wear these going anywhere though. I would highly recommend these to anyone who loves wearing comfy slippers!
I had been wanting to get this camcorder for quite a while now but it always seemed so expensive when I saw it in Soundstore for 180 euro and so I waited until two months ago when I got it for just 100 euro on ebay. The Flip is a digital camcorder that is designed to be very portable. Its about the size of a mobile phone so it can easily be brought out and about without fumbling around with equipment or awkward camera cases.
It has 2GB of internal memory which equals 60 minutes of recording time which is perfect for short clips of the kids. Many people use this for Youtube as its easier to bring with you and use it spur of the moment than a full size camera. The camera runs on batteries so you dont need to worry about charging it up after each use.
It has a 2 inch screen where you can view the videos you record and you can also delete videos from here. There is software included with the camera so when you plug it into the computer you can easily edit and transfer your videos. It actually has a flip out USB stick that plugs directly into your computer so there is never any fear of losing memory cards. Also its impossible to find a computer nowadays that doesnt have a USB port so its very functional.
The resolution is quite good although there was definitely a bit of fizz when I recorded in low light but its still excellent value for money. I have dropped it a few times and it hasnt caused any problems so its a great build.
I would highly recommend this because its a great way to capture moments without having to haul out the big guns!
I was dying to get a Mac Book for ages but I was very reluctant with the price as they are one of the most expensive laptops out there. I eventually decided to treat myself last Christmas after saving for sometime. It cost me 1600 euro in total. What I liked is that when I ordered it online I could customise it to the specs that I wanted. So depending on what you need this laptop for you can get more memory or even add software packages for things such as video editing.
As I ordered mine online and had a few specific requests regarding software and memory it took about three weeks to arrive from the Apple store which was a painful wait! It was definitely worth it in the end though because I ended up with a fantastic laptop that will last me years on end.
The Mac Book itself is very sleek as it is made out of aluminum and the keyboard has black keys that light up in the dark. This was great for me because most of my time online is spent at night and having the keys lit make it a lot easier for a novice typer like me. You can get these in different sizes but the screen I chose was 13". I know many people may find this a bit on the small side but as I had had a 17" HP laptop previous to this I wanted something that was neat and portable and the 13" suited my needs perfectly. I would recommend you look at the different sizes in a shop before buying just to be sure that you are 100% happy. On the back of the laptop screen is the infamous Apple logo that lights up when the computer is on. Very cool! The dimensions are as follows: Height: 0.95 inch (2.41 cm), Width: 12.78 inches (32.5 cm), Depth: 8.94 inches (22.7 cm), Weight: 4.5 pounds (2.04 kg).
This is Mac computer so it doesnt have Windows. Instead it came with the Apple operating system which is all down to personal preference but I do find it a lot easier to navigate. I found with my PC that the thing crashed constantly and I was so fed up of having to update things whenever I turned it on but with the Mac Book I rarely have to update anything and I was told that Apple computers dont tend to get virus's as much as PC's do. I think this is because the majority of people have PC's so those nasty people who makes a virus tend to target the majority rather than the minority of Apple users. There were some compatibility issues I had because software that I had been using I was not able to use on the Mac Book because it was specifically for PC's. This is a problem for a lot of software. So be careful if you want this laptop for high end programs that cost a lot because it probably wouldnt be worth forking out hundreds for new software because you cant use the software you already have.
The battery life is excellent and it lasts for approximately 10 hours. I have never had an occasion where this has died when out! There is a HDMI slot that I have used with my HD camcorder without problems and there is also two USB ports and a card reader amongst the connections. I can also connect my phone to this through its Bluetooth function which comes as standard.
I am really pleased with this purchase and I think it was well worth the money. I know it will last me years so it's a good investment in my opinion! I would highly recommend this to anyone wanting that extra bit of power and style.
I have had this skipping rope since last Christmas after my friend bought me a starter fitness set from Argos which included this skipping rope. It can be bought in Argos for just 2.99 euro which is excellent value.
The rope itself is actually really long and as I am just 5 foot I have problems with the amount of excess rope while skipping. The handles are made out of soft foam which are comfortable to hold while in use but get grubby quickly and are prone to a lot of wear and tear. They are gray in colour though so its not too obvious.
It brought back so many memories skipping with this and I really feel like a kid again when I use it. Its also great exercise and I struggle to find anything else that can make me so out of breath so fast. It really is enjoyable and its easy to use while watching TV or even for a minute in the morning.
It does exactly what you need it to and I dont see any point in spending anymore for a rope you just jump over! I found this skipping rope to be of good quality and I would recommend it to any avid exerciser. Although its not the best for a person of my height I would prefer this than using a childs skipping rope! If you are serious about skipping though I would invest in something a bit more heavy weight.
I have owned the iPod shuffle since it first came out because it was bought for me as a gift. To be honest I dont think I would have bothered to buy it myself as I already owned an iPod Nano. This specific model holds 2GB which is mediocre considering the size of iPhones and iPods now. It is really the cheapest way to avail of an iPod because it is the cheapest available and they can be bought now for just 50 euro.
There have been a lot of changes in the design over the years but one thing always remains the same, this device is tiny and very portable.
Although it is cheap and functions perfectly is does have a lot of downsides. The main one for me is that there is no interface to connect with. You cant scroll through your music by album or artist and pick what you want. The mp3 player only has the control buttons on the exterior that play, pause, fast forward and rewind the music aswell as controlling the sound volume. This is a disappointment especially when you have used an iPhone or another iPod device you will know that being able to pick what songs you want to listen to is key to iPod satisfaction. With the shuffle, if you want a specific song you may have to skip through hundreds of songs to find it. The 2GB can hold almost 500 songs so you can imagine the frustration.
It is a nice design in that it is really small and they have included a clip onto the back of it so its great when out walking. The surface is made of aluminium and you can chose from a range of funky cool colours too.
Sometimes I find my Nano can be a bit awkward to keep in my pocket when walking so I prefer to take the shuffle because I can just clip it onto my coat. Although I only put the music I want for walking onto the shuffle instead of having to trawl through songs so I only keep about 30 songs on it at any one time. This works best for me because I dont worry about it getting lost or dirty because its so cheap!
The dimensions are as follows: Height: 29.0 mm (1.14 inches), Width: 31.6 mm (1.24 inches) so it really is almost the size of your thumb. It weighs only 12.5 grams.
It comes with Apple earphones and also a USB charger so you wont need to buy anything extra. The sound quality is superb and the battery life lasts for a long time and I rarely charge it. According to Apple though the battery life is 15 hours. You do need iTunes to put music onto it so it is essential that you have access to a computer.
Its a nice cheap iPod but I wouldnt recommend it to music lovers because its simply not big enough and not being able to pick exact songs is a big let down. It would be good for kids or for the technology illiterate!
As a person that loves kitchen gadgets I must say this is one of the most used appliance of everything I own. It is made by Kenwood who are a good manufacturer and their products are never over the top with their price range. This ice cream maker cost me just 35 euro about two years ago and it hasnt caused any problems since we bought it.
The design is quite simple and it is plain white in colour. It has a 1.1 litre capacity which is more than enough ice cream! It is easy to clean and quite small so it can be easily stored away when not in use. You can always freeze your ice cream for use later too.
I like this machine because it can also make frozen yogurt and with a two year old that is obsessed with yogurt I like making her my own organic home made recipes and they go down a treat.
You need to freeze the bowl for 24 hours before making ice cream so it is never a spur of the moment decision to use this and does take planning. There is a recipe book included with the appliance that shows a lot of different varieties of ice cream and I have followed this with every use and the ice cream always comes out tasting lovely. It is certainly not HB but it does taste good and its lovely after you have made it yourself.
Its quite easy to use as you make the ice cream mixture and pour it into the container and wait for it to freeze. When it reaches a thick consistency you can take it out of the bowl and place it in a tub in the freezer to make it more solid as it can be quite runny otherwise.
I would recommend this ice cream maker to anyone and I think its great for parents to make ice cream and yogurt for little ones with ingredients you want them to eat and without all the nasty additives!
Before I become another iPhone sheep I had owned the Nokia 5800 which had given me almost a year of bitter sweet entertainment. It cost me 200 euro at the time I bought it.
The phone has been known to be the Nokia's version of the iPhone but I wouldnt say this is true at all. The only resemblance this has to an iPhone is that it is touch screen and plays music! I had been attracted to this phone originally because I loved the touch screen and the novelty of having a stylus to navigate through my texts was just too appealing to me!
The phone is quite thick and it does feel chunky in your hand or pocket. The touch screen is good and doesnt delay in its response. I have quite small hands and found it perfect to text on although friends found it awkward. You can rotate the phone screen to landscape if you find it hard and this is also good when viewing videos and photos.
The stylus is too easy to lose as it has a slot at the top of the phone but it cant slide out easily if dropped. I lost mine after two months. Its not possible to pick these up either I was told by a Nokia repair centre that they are not sold separately.
This phone is also an mp3 player and has memory of 8GB so it can store a lot of music. The sound quality is quite good also. There are earphones included which I used often and found them great. It wasnt as good as an iPod but I found it handy when at work. I also loved that it had wireless capabilities so I could connect in coffee shops but the navigation was a bit hard to work out while online.
The camera on this is just 3MP which compared to what other phones have to offer is quite small. There is also the capabilities to record videos and play the radio. The battery life is really excellent as I usually only needed to charge it every three days. It did take about 4 hours to charge fully though.
All in all it was a good phone to use. The texting was convenient and the phone is easy to navigate. I would recommend this but I would recommend you test it first because friends of mine have said they find it hard to use as they have larger fingers!
I recently started going to Yoga classes and was on the lookout for an inexpensive mat that I could use at home. I had been settling for carpet in my living room but wanted to be able to exercise in my room too and as there is a wooden floor I needed something to cushion me from the hardness of the floor.
I choose this exercise mat because it was the cheapest available in Argos at just 8.75 euro I thought it would be perfect for what I was looking for. There was no way I was going to spend 30 euro on a fancy mat!
The exercise mat is light blue in colour and to be honest it is not that nice to look at. The surface is made out of PVC material so its not the nicest thing to be rolling around on while sweaty! It is very thin too so I felt the hard wooden floor with every movement I made. Usually I felt as though there was no mat beneath me!
The dimensions are as follows: Size L120, W64, D2cm. This is a good size mat and is easy to use for yoga as I did. Although I would be short at 5 foot so I'm not sure how tall people would cope! It can be rolled up but there is no carrier bag so I had to tie mine with an elastic band. Luckily I never really had reason to take it anywhere so this didnt bother me too much.
I only used it a few times before I gave up on it. It seems like good value at first for an exercise mat but in the end its not worth even spending less than a tenner on it because its like exercising on kitchen towel. It is however easy to clean if you happen to spill anything on it.
I wouldnt recommend this mat because it is of poor quality and will not bring any comfort during exercise.
I have been getting my daughters shoes in Clarks since she began to walk and having gone through their shoes as a child myself I know that they are of excellent quality and I wouldnt allow my daughter in anything else.
Although whenever I buy her a pair of shoes there they can be a bit pricey and I usually end up spending 50 euro for a pair of shoes every three months. And shes only two! So when the sales assistant showed me this Shumagic as an extra one visit I thought I might as well give it a go because my daughters shoes do tend to look grubby after just one weeks wear.
The Shumagic cost me an extra 4 euro which I didnt realise until I got home. It seemed a bit extortionate on hindsight but I thought I'd test it out anyway. So I excitedly waited for my daughter to ruin her expensive kicks to test my magic.
The shumagic comes in a handy tube with a sponge applicator at the end. It works as a type of filler for your shoes. It fills in the marks made by scuffs and the aim of this stuff it to restore your shoes back to their brand new look. Although the sales assistant said to use it at the first sign of damage as using it too late wouldnt make a difference as the shoes would be too bad.
It is really easy to apply and its quite fun dabbing it all over the shoe! You just make sure you gets into the obvious places around the toe and heel and wait for it to dry. I must say that it did make a big difference to the shoes and they looked almost new again. It didnt remove the scuffs and marks but definitely aided in hiding them.
I would highly recommend using this as it does work to restore shoes back to their original purchase condition and its worth it considering the cost of the shoes themselves. Im sure you could use this for other shoes also. I have only ever used it on leather.