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      06.06.2014 10:24
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      Marymoose can believe it's not butter, but it still tastes good!

      We tend to get a lower fat spread than "I Can''t Believe it''s Not Butter". We tend to go for whatever is on special offer. Often this is "I Can''t Believe it''s Not Butter Light", but our local Tesco seems to have stopped selling this. There didn't really seem to be anything on special offer the other day and in a large container. Therefore we picked up the normal one the other day (and we did the same a couple of months ago too) - it''s not a huge problem having more fat as we don''t get through a lot of it, and it''s mainly for my boyfriend''s sandwiches for days when he takes them to work. Thought I''d write a review having just had some yummy crumpets dripping in this spread. It spreads on easily like any margarine, and tastes just the right amount of salty for me. It is described as having a "great buttery taste". I wouldn''t say it really tastes of butter (although perhaps moreso than some of these spreads), but that isn''t a problem as I like margarine too. I only tend to use butter for baking (which I do a lot of lately). That said though this works fine for cooking too (in fact used some when frying our mushrooms last night), and I would use it in cakes if I had no butter. It is suitable for vegetarians, and I have just found out that it can be frozen - I have never frozen spread before. Nutritionally 2 teaspoons (I often put teaspoons of butter on my toast! Lol!) has 55 calories in it, which is quite a lot (and makes my crumpets an even less healthy breakfast choice). This does have 60 percent less saturated fat than butter, but still it is pretty high, and as said I personally prefer a lower fat version. However, that''s not the fault of the product. We got this essentially as it''s a 500ml container (it''s pretty distinctive in it''s dark blue and yellow packaging) so will last for quite a while, rather than getting two smaller ones. It currently costs 1.65 at Tesco.

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      05.06.2014 11:45
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      Marymoose gives her boyfriend some baby tips!

      I bought "Baby Tips for Dads" (by Simon Brett) as a little stocking filler present for my boyfriend last Christmas. Now that there''s officially less than a week to go until our baby''s due date I thought I''d have a little flick through it. The book is a little hardback square, mostly light blue in colour. There is a cartoon picture of a man on the front holding a screaming baby saying "Help". There are 96 pages in the book. In general there is a small amount of text on the left hand page, and a cartoon picture on the right hand side. The illustrations are by Alex Hallatt. The book is split into sections - introduction, how to play the perfect partner, Daddy dos and don''ts, baby proverbs for new dads, and glossary of useful terms for new dads (constipation being one). To give a few examples of the sort of things included - don''t say "I don''t think you''ve got very much fatter". One of the proverbs is "Two''s company, then you have a baby." It doesn''t sound great when written down like that, but there are some nice little bits in it. This isn''t really laugh out loud side-splitting comedy (mildly amusing at best), but the book might give a few chuckles - the cartoons are good (although quite an emphasis on baby sick!) as well. The claim on the back of the book that this is "guaranteed to get you through the tears, tantrums and mountains of smelly nappies smiling" is a bit of an exaggeration. It might bring a dad-to-be or new dad a couple of smiles though. It currently costs 3.74 new on Amazon (rrp is 4.99) which is alright for a little gift like this (perhaps one to consider as a Father''s Day present from the bump or new baby), but you might well be able to pick up something similar more cheaply elsewhere. It does actually have a "to" and "from" inside which you could fill in - I didn''t actually notice this - perhaps I might give this to someone else as a present in the future when we''re done with it! 4 out of 5 stars from me.

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        04.06.2014 20:35
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        Marymoose doesn't like this as much as other S & G shower gels!

        I absolutely love Soap and Glory, and was pretty excited when my boyfriend got me one of those massive gift packs from Boots for Christmas (I had dropped hints about loving Soap and Glory). He actually bought two packs (one for my birthday) so I am drowning in the products a bit, which is great with the good ones, but really one would''ve been enough. I have been using Soap and Glory shower gel for ages now, generally liking "Clean on Me" the most but also dabbling in "Clean, Girls" and "Foam Call". However, in the gift pack was one I hadn''t come across before, which is this "Sugar Crush Body Wash". This comes in the usual pretty Soap and Glory packaging (which looks great in the shower), this one being mostly pink (like the colour of the gel) and yellow. There is a push nozzle dispenser making it easy to get out of the bottle. I tend to put a few squirts onto my poofy shower thingy-to, then rub into my body. The first thing you notice about this is its very distinctive lime scent to it, which is pretty strong and unusual. I do like citrus flavours, and I do like this to an extent. However, for me it is nowhere near as nice as the usual Soap and Glory shower gel which I use. It does lather well and leaves me feeling clean. But generally I am a little bit disappointed due to the smell. However, this is purely my personal opinion, and am aware that many people will absolutely love this! It costs 6.50 for 500ml of shower gel which is standard for Soap and Glory - it should be available in the 3 for 2 deals which are frequently available. A bottle lasts a long time, which is good when you consider the price, but not so great since it''s not my favourite and I have two to get through before I can justify going out to buy myself some of my standard "Clean on Me" shower gel. 3 out of 5 stars from me.

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          04.06.2014 11:08
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          Marymoose's everyday value tissues!

          I always have a couple of boxes of tissues on the go, one next to my bed, and one in the living room. I currently seem to be using the Tesco Everyday Value Tissues - I was previously using Asda's own (which I think I've reviewed previously), but we seem to have gone back to shopping in Tesco at the moment.

          The packaging is different to dooyoo''s picture, with the newer Everyday Value branding rather than Extra Value. It is simple packaging with little pictures of purple things on it (such as flowers and butterflies). The tissues are apparently made with FSC certified material from responsible sources. The box is made of card, so can be recycled.

          Each box cotains 225 2 ply facial tissues, and the box does seem fairly big. It lasts for a while when I''m not using them for a cold. They come out of the box easily without breaking, and don''t fall to pieces like some cheap tissues do.

          Being cheap tissues these are not the best to use if you do have a cold, and might leave your nose feeling red and sore with prolonged use. However, they are fine for normal nose blowing (whilst eating hot curries!), mild colds, and for mild hayfever useage. I also use them for wiping my mouth (as a messy eating) and wiping up small spillages.

          A box of these tissues costs just 65 pence, so I would say that is pretty good value. I just bought another box yesterday to put in the cupboard for when these ones are finished.

          4 out of 5 stars from me.

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        • New Look Maternity Tees / Clothing / 17 Readings / 15 Ratings
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          03.06.2014 20:38
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          Marymoose's basic pregnancy wardrobe!

          I haven''t bought a great deal of maternity clothes during my pregnancy (I''m currently 39 weeks and hopefully getting towards the end now!) but have splashed out on a few bits and bobs. My favourite items are my (second hand) Mr Bump T-shirts which I got from eBay, but these New Look T-shirts (well, the black and grey ones anyway) are probably my most worn items. I have been quite lucky as having lost weight in the past I did keep quite a lot of my bigger clothes in anticipation (and hope) of a future pregnancy. However, while bigger T-shirts and tops have been useful (especially when worn under a jumper), actual maternity tops have a better fit, especially if you want to show off your bump. They are also a bit longer than normal tops, so you don't have to worry about flashing any flesh! I bought this pack of three tops in Gateshead (our New Look doesn''t do maternity wear - it can be bought online though). There are three tops - one black, one grey and one white, and the pack cost 14.99 - this is more than 3 standard t-shirts in New Look would cost, but for maternity wear they are pretty good value. I started wearing these at about 24 weeks when my bump was getting noticeable, and they fit well with a small bump. As the bump gets bigger they seem to stretch to accommodate it (although without stretching the material, so they should be fine for a future pregnancy if I have one). They are kind of ruffled at the side. I find that maternity clothes are great as you can buy your normal size (in my case a 12, although probably could''ve got away with a 10) rather than feeling like you''ve put on loads of weight. The black and grey tops have been worn loads and wash really well. I either wear them on their own, or with a hoodie over them. The white I don''t wear so much as it''s a bit see-through and you can see the bump band of my New Look maternity jeans if I''m wearing them, and my bra. But I probably would wear it more if it was hotter. I have been really pleased with these tops. Although pregnancy doesn''t last long, I''ve definitely got my money''s worth out of them - I will probably also wear them for a few weeks/months after the baby is born (obviously I won''t be wearing my Mr Bump t-shirts then though!). 4 out of 5 stars from me.

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            03.06.2014 10:10
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            Marymoose's everyday value orange juice!

            I make a conscious effort each day to try and get my 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. I would say that most days I am successful, but some days I''m not - I hope this is made up for by days where I have 7 or 8 - although they recommend more than 7 now anyway so it''s hard to keep up. Although most of your 5 a day should be got from vegetables if possible, I like to start the day by getting one from having a glass of orange juice. It is important to note that only one of your five a day can be got from fruit juice, so there is no point drinking loads of it - of course if you did you''d get quite fat from all that sugar. I tend to pick up litre carton of Tesco Everyday value orange juice (packaging is different from dooyoo''s picture which is the old version - this has an orange on it). A 250ml serving contains 120 calories, and 26g sugar (29 percent of rda). I tend to have a 200ml serving, thus making the carton last for 5 days. My boyfriend isn''t very impressed when I pick this up, but I quite like it - the juice is smooth and reasonably tasty. It has no bitter aftertaste or anything like that. At 65 pence for a carton I can''t see the point in paying more when its sole purpose is a quick breakfast drink for me which helps me get my daily fruit intake. It also has quite a long shelf life (about 6 months) and doesn''t need to be kept in the fridge until it''s opened. There are better juices out there, but I''m perfectly happy with this and would give it 4 out of 5 stars!

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            02.06.2014 17:57
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            Marymoose's heartburn is banished!

            I''m currently 39 weeks pregnant and although I have enjoyed most of pregnancy, the heartburn is something I could live without. I have been happily munching through antacid tablets for the majority of the pregnancy as I tend to prefer using them to taking medicines. However, my boyfriend suggested I go to the doctors to get some Gaviscon Advance since he keeps running out of his own supply (he also gets it on prescription) to have in the house as a back up, and I have to say I''m starting to use it more instead of the antacid tablets!

            This comes in a 500ml bottle, which sounds and looks quite big, but it doesn''t really last that long when you''re having 10ml at a time (have to say though I normally just swig it from the bottle rather than measuring it out). I used to think that Gaviscon only came in that aniseed flavour. However, this Gaviscon Advance also comes in a Peppermint flavour which I feel is far more tolerable.

            The thing I HATE about Gaviscon is the awful texture, and initially it was making me gag, but I am getting used to it now. I also don''t like taking it at night (which is when heartburn tends to be worst) due to having already cleaned my teeth.

            Gaviscon Advance contains sodium alginate and potassium hydrogen carbonate. It can be used by children over 12, adults (including pregnant women - yea!) and the elderly, but should only be taken by younger children on doctor''s advice.

            There are full instructions on the label which peels back, so consult these for further information and uses of the medication. All I can say is that it stops my heartburn pretty much instantly. It is of course free if you''re pregnant and get it on prescription - otherwise I think you''re looking at around 8 pounds for a bottle of it - useful to have in anyway (although should be used within 6 months of opening).

            4 out of 5 from me.

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            02.06.2014 16:49
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            Marymoose's everyday lemonade!


            Although I mostly drink squash throughout the day, during pregnancy I''m enjoying a bigger variety of soft drinks in the absence of alcoholic drinks. Therefore we seem to be getting through quite a lot of Tesco''s Diet Lemonade. We always buy diet drinks as don''t see the need for the extra sugar in non-diet drinks (would rather get my calories from food), and I''m not a person who is desperately worried about artificial sweeteners such as aspartame as I'm not convinced that it's actually that bad - it's not like I drink this constantly anyway.

            The lemonade comes in a standard two litre bottle and the packaging is fairly basic. It tastes best out of the fridge but is fine when not chilled - my boyfriend doesn't seem to have a preference. It is nice on its own, but I also like it mixed with either orange (to make orangeade) or lemon squash (tastes a bit like bitter lemon) or orange juice for a bit of diversity. It tastes fairly natural considering it is a diet product, and I think is a lot nicer than the equivalent from Asda and Morrisons. It costs just 60p for a bottle or you can get three for one pound fifty (I have learnt that dooyoo don't let us post pound signs anymore) I think this is a great product and would give it 4 out of 5 stars - we will continue to buy this for a long time I think.

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          • Britvic Diet Pepsi / Soft Drink / 18 Readings / 17 Ratings
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            22.05.2014 11:45
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            Marymoose thinks it's not as nice as Diet Coke!

            Thought I''d have another attempt at trying to post a review, and since I''m drinking a Diet Pepsi, it makes sense to review it.

            I like to have a can of Diet Coke every day, particularly now I'm pregnant and it's one of my few treats (I'm not drinking any other caffeine, so it's fine). However, Diet Coke can be expensive, so we get whatever is on special offer - whether that is Diet Coke, Pepsi Max or Diet Pepsi.

            Cans weren't on offer this week, so we got a couple of 2 litre bottles for 99p each. I keep these in the fridge as it tastes much better cold. I believe it tastes best out of a can, but this is the next best thing.

            I find that Diet Pepsi is quite sweet, and has a slightly sickly after taste. I don't like non-diet drinks as I don't like the feeling they have on my teeth. I do prefer Pepsi Max to this, but since my boyfriend prefers Diet Pepsi, we tend to get this.

            Obviously being a diet drink this isn't going to make you fat like normal Pepsi would. However, it does contain artificial sweeteners, and I know that a lot of people have a problem with the evil Aspartame. I don't! I can't be bothered to list any ingredients. I will be amazed if this review posts full stop!

            In terms of packaging, it's nothing special. The drink itself is cola coloured.

            Anyway, I'll give it 4 out of 5 stars as it's my third favourite cola drink (Diet Coke wins by a long way followed by Pepsi Max, and then this).

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          • Cadburys Egg and Spoon / Other Food / 15 Readings / 3 Ratings
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            02.05.2014 16:14
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            Marymoose's favourite eggs!

            Cadbury's Egg and Spoon were new on the market in 2013, and are a seasonal product only being available around Easter time (which is good as it means I don't get really fat by eating them all year round!) We did get through an awful lot of them this year though.

            They come in cute little purple egg boxes holding 4 eggs and 2 little plastic spoons. Some might say that there should be 4 spoons, but we now have an abundance of purple spoons so it's not a problem.

            There are two different flavours, once with a chocolate mousse filling and one with a white mousse filling. Both are absolutely gorgeous, but at a push I think I prefer the white.

            To eat, bite off the top and then scoop out and eat the filling with the spoon, then eat the rest of the chocolate. They don't last long, but probably a bit longer than a creme egg. They taste creamy and indulgent. Just absolutely amazing really - you must try them if you haven't already. Only bad thing is that each egg contains 197 calories - hopefully one should be enough for you!

            At full price these are 3 pounds for 4 eggs, which is excessive. However, we found them in Tesco for 1.75, and even at 2 pounds I think they are good value as they are just that bit (well, quite a lot) more special than creme eggs.

            These are one of my favourite Cadbury products, but we did eat a lot this year, so I'm glad to have a bit of a break before having more. 5 out of 5 stars from me.

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            • Asda Antacid Tablets / Medicine / 81 Readings / 79 Ratings
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              02.02.2014 20:03
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              They work for me!

              ---Intro---
              My ex husband used to constantly eat Rennies, allegedly for indigestion, but I think a lot of it was for attention. It did however mean that on the occasions which I suffered with heartburn (usually after too much red wine and dinner party food) that there was always something to hand. It also meant that I didn't run out of Rennies until 2 years after he had left the house. But when I finally did I decided to take a chance with Asda's own antacid tablets as they were so much cheaper, at £2 for 80 tablets. Since I haven't really suffered regularly my first box has lasted well over a year. I have recently bought another as despite the lack of red wine heartburn is becoming more frequent in pregnancy and I don't want to risk not having any in when they run out. I should probably say here that it does say to consult doctor before taking these during pregnancy.

              The tablets are for the relief of indigestion, heartburn, dyspepsia, acidity and flatulence (wish I could make my boyfriend take them to stop farting!)


              ---Asda Peppermint Antacid Tablets---
              These come in a card box. Inside there are 4 individual packs of tablets (rolls of tablets?) a bit like a packet of mints. Each pack has 20 tablets in. I have to say that they are quite awkward to open at first which can be annoying when you're desperate for one, but once opened it isn't a problem. I do tend to keep a pack in a bag for when I have overnight trips (traditionally that is when I'm most likely to get heartburn due to alcohol and food consumption) and sometimes I do throw out the tablet on top if it's got contaminated with bag fluff!

              These antacid tablets are round, and are smaller than Rennies. They are meant to be sucked or chewed - I have never tried sucking. Although not unpleasant in taste (the peppermint flavour is quite nice, I just don't really like the texture) I just want to get it down as quickly as possible and normally have a swig of water afterwards. I don't like the way that antacid tablets in general seem to get stuck in my teeth. Since I am usually taking them in the middle of the night, I am aware that the sugar is probably damaging my teeth. I would prefer a tablet which was just meant to be swallowed. If I anticipate heartburn then I will take one and then brush my teeth, but at 3am I am unlikely to go and brush them again.


              ---Dosage---
              Adults, the elderly and children over 12 (not suitable for those under) can take one or two tablets at a time, up to a maximum of 16 tablets in 24 hours. I only ever take one at a time, and have always found that it does the trick - this could just mean that my heartburn is only ever quite mild, but to me it feels quite bad (and I often feel on the verge of throwing up) before taking one of these. I don't think I've ever needed to take more than 3 in a 24 hour period.

              Talking of pregnancy, it does say on the packet to talk to your doctor before taking them. I haven't done this, as I don't see such a small amount as a big risk judging by what I have read and heard about the subject (this is my informed choice after weighing up the pros and cons) - I didn't take any before 12 weeks anyway (I didn't have heartburn then luckily). Besides, it's not like I'm popping the pills constantly - some days I have one or two, other days I have none.

              There are certain people who shouldn't take these tablets (rather than just talking to the doctor first - these are also listed), and these are listed on the packet. Those with allergies to the ingredients, those with kidney problems, thyroid problems, receiving cardiac glycosides for heart problems, on a low phosphates diet, or have Zollinger-Ellison Syndrome.


              ---Ingredients and Side Effects---
              These tablets contain Calcium Carbonate (500mg), sucrose (615mg), maize starch, calcium stearate, peppermint oil and sodium saccharin.

              Side effects can include constipation (I imagine only if you take a lot), wind, or changes in blood chemistry. Also heartburn can occur on stopping the tablets - again I imagine only if taking a lot.


              ---Finally---
              I think these antacids are great. I have only taken them for heartburn, but one tablet always relieves my discomfort (so perhaps my heartburn is relatively mild in the first place). These ones from Asda are a great price too, and for me work just as well as the more expensive branded tablets. They seem to have about a 3 year shelf life, so you should get through them in that time.

              I will continue to use these unless my heartburn gets worse or more frequent, in which case I'll definitely seek a doctor's advice and get something using my free pregnancy prescriptions!

              5 out of 5 stars from me.

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                26.01.2014 18:24
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                Ok, but only if someone else is buying!

                ---Intro---
                I don't have much of a skin-care regime. It simply consists of washing my face with water in the morning when I'm in the shower, and at the end of the evening before bed wiping off my makeup with a facial wipe.

                I'm not brand loyal when it comes to facial wipes, and tend to just get whatever is cheapest as and when I need them. My boyfriend and I were in Primark just before Christmas and since he was buying me some clothes as a present, I threw two packets of these 4 in 1 deep facial cleansing wipes into the basket as we were coming to the checkout since he was paying, and I needed some anyway!


                ---The packaging---
                These wipes come in bright pink plastic packaging, which is I think one of the reasons I was attracted to them by the checkout as I do love that colour! As with most facial wipes there is a resealable plastic bit on top to keep the wipes fresh once you've started using them. This seems to work fairly well with these wipes (some tend to lose their stickiness).


                ---Using the wipes---
                Simply remove a wipe from the packet (one seems to come out fine without wanting to pull out the whole packet) and wipe over face and neck, avoiding contact with eyes. I find that these have a mild fruity smell to them, and it's really quite nice.

                These wipes aren't as moist as some, and that's a bit of a downside. However, they do seem to adequately remove my makeup (even when I'm wearing mascara), although I usually have to turn it over and use the other side of the wipe too. These wipes leave my face feeling reasonably clean and fresh, but I've certainly used better.

                ---More about the wipes---
                The 4 in 1 bit means that they cleanse, tone, moisturise and remove makeup. I'm mostly bothered about makeup removal, and they do this. I haven't noticed my skin to be in any better condition since using these wipes as opposed to others which don't claim to be 4 in 1. In fact I have had a few more spots than usual lately, but that might be due to being pregnant rather than using these wipes.

                The wipes are dermatologically tested, and contain a fair few ingredients, so check the packet before you buy if you have any skin sensitivities.


                ---Finally---
                A twin pack of wipes (25 wipes in a pack) costs just £1. So at 2p a wipe they are better value than a lot on the market. However, they certainly aren't the best wipes I've ever used, and since we don't have a Primark locally, I'm relatively unlikely to be buying them again.

                3 out of 5 stars from me.

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                  A good book from Sam Hayes

                  ---Intro---
                  Having found myself back in a reading mood having had several years where I haven;t read much, I rediscovered my local library. It's perfect since I've become disillusioned with my kindle, preferring 'real' books (easier to go back to refresh myself if I miss bits), and being not currently in work and wanting to fill the time (more constructively than resorting to Jeremy Kyle!) and not spend money which I don't have.

                  Having read 'Until You're Mine' by Samantha Hayes (she calls herself Sam Hayes in previous novels) and loving it (already reviewed), I was eager to read her earlier books. Having just read "Someone Else's Son" also in one sitting, I am confident that I've found a new author who will become one of my favourites!

                  ---The Book---
                  Someone Else's Son was published in 2010. I read the hardback edition which is 439 pages. The paperback can currently be purchased on Amazon for £6.47 and the Kindle version for £4.99. Of course it can also be borrowed for nothing from your local library!

                  ---The Story and the characters---
                  The story begins on 24th April 2009 - a 15 year old boy Max is stabbed to death in the school playground. The opening of the book sets the scene for it being a page-turner!

                  The story takes place on this date and over the following week - with particular focus on the police investigation following the stabbing - what really happened and why? It also takes place in Autumn 2008 (where we learn the most about Max himself), and in 'The Past' where we learn more about the background to the characters and how they've ended up where they are now.

                  Carrie Kent is a TV presenter, who hosts the show "Reality Check". It's very much along the lines of the Jeremy Kyle show (they do make reference to Kyle), but more involved with getting into the lives of these people (in their own homes and such), and also in trying to help the police solve crimes (particularly where people have been stabbed in gang culture related incidents). It's pure car-crash TV, and Carrie Kent is a multi-millionaire and extremely famous as a result. She doesn't have a great deal of sympathy for her guests, but mostly because they live in a completely different world to her. However, it turns out that she is not really any different from them, as her son Max is stabbed to death. I would actually like to point out here though that there is an inaccuracy on the blurb on the inside cover of the book as it says that Carrie receives a phonecall saying that her son has been stabbed - actually she just gets a call to say he's been in an accident. Not a problem with the book...but the person writing the blurb might like to actually read the book!

                  Brody Quinnell is Max's dad. A blind Maths Professor, but living in an awful estate pretty much in squalor. He split up with Carrie when Max was young, and the two don't really have any contact for various reasons. Due to his blindness, Brody has an assistant Fiona who plays a role in the story.

                  Dayna Ray is a 15 year old girl who lives in the sort of dysfunctional family who would appear in a show like "Reality Check". She was also in a relationship with Max, and was with him when he died. The full details of their relationship (and of Dayna's sorry existence) unfold as the story unravels.

                  The story is written in the third person. Despite this, I feel that we are able to get a really good insight into the main characters, and the style of writing works really well. The character of Carrie Kent is not particularly likeable, and she didn't get much sympathy from me, even though she lost her son - she was never really there for him anyway. Similarly (but in different ways), Brody wasn't a fantastic parent to Max.

                  Max is a strange character, having been a misfit for all of his life and bullied throughout his school life. He seems to live in a confusing world where mother is rich beyond belief, while father lives in very different circumstances (although possibly through choice). Mother is white, dad is black (which seems significant). He has gone from the extreme of attending a top class expensive boarding school, to a REALLY bad state school in London. He doesn't seem to really have a 'home' as such - and seems to spend most of his life chain-smoking and drinking (as does Dayna). I couldn't help but feel sorry for him, although Dayna was the character with whom I felt most sympathy - she really doesn't have much going for her. One cannot help but feel angry at the bullies who torment her (and Max), and at society in general. In fact the whole book made me feel so lucky for myself growing up in a nice area where I didn't have to worry about being stabbed at school.


                  ---More thoughts---
                  Admittedly, the story is perhaps not very believable, and there are things which just don't really add up if you think about them too much. It doesn't really make sense that Max ended up in the situation which he did, when there were so many opportunities available to him. I would perhaps also have liked to know more about why the relationship between Carrie and Brody ended up as it did - some bits just don't seem to add up. There were also some parts of the book which didn't seem to add that much to the story - such as references to the relationship between Dennis (police) and Carrie, and Brody and Fiona. There are actually quite a lot of characters in this book, some which also don't really seem to add much to the story, or seem to be only partially developed.

                  Hayes is a British author, and the book set in London, which I find makes it easier to relate to. However, it also made it feel a bit more depressing thinking that there are schools like the one in this book close to home. It seems that there is little hope for some of the youth of today.

                  Like many good books, Someone Else's Son does have a twist towards the end - although I don't tend to try and predict what is going to happen in books (or films), I had thought I could see exactly where this one was going, and as usual I was wrong. Mind you, I'm sure that more perceptive readers would pick up on it. Although I was happy with the actual ending of the book, some might feel that it was just a bit too unbelievable.


                  ---Finally---
                  Although I did read it in one sitting, and it did have me gripped, I do feel that there were some areas that it fell down on, so for this reason am knocking off a star. This book wasn't as good as "Until You're Mine", but that was absolutely amazing.

                  I can't wait to read the other three books by Sam Hayes which I've not yet read - especially since this seems to be the one which has received the lowest ratings online. Despite my niggles with the book, I would still highly recommend reading it (especially if you've dabbled in Jeremy Kyle!)

                  4 out of 5 stars from me.

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                    Loved these, but can't justify the expense just for some fish oil.

                    ---Intro---
                    What better way to announce the forthcoming pitter patter of baby mooseling's feet than with a review about pregnancy multivitamins. These vitamins were actually taken in my first pregnancy which sadly ended in miscarriage. The reasons I am not taking them in this pregnancy (we're now at nearly 14 weeks so looking good) is nothing to do with the product - it's due to not being able to find them!

                    Anyone with a remote interest in babymaking and pregnancy will know that you're meant to take Folic Acid for 3 months prior to getting pregnant, and for at least the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (some say to keep on taking, some say to not bother). It is also recommended to take Vitamin D.

                    Although I do tend to eat a balanced and healthy diet (particularly now pregnant - I feel very guilty if I don't get my 5 a day), I tend to take a multivitamin anyway (and have actually found in the years which I have done this I have suffered with VERY little illness or colds), and usually have taken fish oil supplements too.

                    During pregnancy it's more important than ever that you're getting all of your vitamins (particularly so if your diet isn't good for whatever reason), and better to take a multivitamin specifically for pregnancy. This is mainly because normal multivitamins contain Vitamin A, and too much of that during pregnancy can cause birth defects.

                    I was particularly drawn to these Centrum Pregnancy Care Plus Omega3 Tablets due to the Omega3 capsules (normal ones seem to say not suitable during pregnancy). I bought 3 packs (of 30 tablets and 30 capsules) for £10 in Tesco which was a good deal (although I did notice that they were on the verge of expiring - perhaps a sign that they were going to stop stocking them?) However, I have not seen them on sale in any shops since - more about this later!


                    ---Packaging and the tablets---
                    These come in an attractive looking mainly pink card box, but it's quite brightly coloured. Inside the tablets and capsules are in blister packs. There are instructions on the box - I don't think there's any further information inside the box, but I no longer have the packaging.

                    The tablets are pink in colour and pretty big (but pregnancy multivitamins always seem to be this size), as are the yellowish coloured see-through capsules.


                    ---What's in them---
                    The tablets contains 20 key nutrients, which includes Vitamin D (100% of rda) and Calcium (16% of rda), to quote from the Centrum website "which will provide maternal stores to support the growth and development of your baby's bones." They also contain the recommended amount (200% of rda) of Folic Acid (400μg) for the healthy development of the spinal cord (on a side note, in our scan my boyfriend said that our baby's spine makes it look like a mackerel). However, some people might need higher doses on the advice of professionals.

                    The capsules (to quote) "contain DHA which contributes to the normal brain and eye development of your unborn baby and breastfed infant."

                    A full list of can be found on the packet and on the website - /www.centrum.ie/products/ centrum-pregnancy-care-plus-omega-3

                    These multivitamins are suitable for both pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding.


                    ---Taking the tablets---
                    I tend to take multivitamins and any other tablets (not that I'm taking any others at present) at bedtime, but it does say on the packet to take them with a glass of water and preferably with food (which wouldn't be bedtime!) I have never had any problems not taking them with food.

                    These tablets might be a bit big for some people, but since they don't taste particularly nasty then it shouldn't be too much of a problem.


                    ---Finally---
                    I was so pleased when I came across these pregnancy multivitamins, as I think it's fantastic having a fish oil supplement which is safe for pregnancy, as I haven't found any others.

                    However, these are really not easy to come by. I did actually order some from Amazon when I found them at a reasonable price, but they never sent them, and eventually it turned out that they were out of stock so I got my money back.

                    You can find them online, but really they are absolutely extortionate - Chemist Direct sell packs of 30 tablets (plus 30 capsules) for £13.79. For a month's supply this is ridiculous! I have found one pack on eBay for £9.99, or three packs for £18.50 (including postage), but still I feel this is far too expensive.

                    I'm afraid that I've had to use another pregnancy multivitamin in this pregnancy where sadly I don't get the additional fish oil capsule and I don't want to risk taking a normal fish oil capsule when I don't know about their safety (maybe I'll have some fish for lunch today instead!) as really I'm not prepared to pay more than £4 for a month's tablets. In fact I've now moved onto Asda's own which is MUCH cheaper!

                    3 out of 5 from me - I love the product, but price and availability make it unviable for me.

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                    • Cadbury's Milk Tray / Chocolate / 95 Readings / 93 Ratings
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                      Mostly amazing - but a few which stop it being the perfect selection box!

                      ---Intro---
                      My boyfriend and I were recently given a 400g box of Milk Tray from some friends, and I have been lucky enough to get to eat the majority of them (for once - normally my boyfriend eats all the nice things before I get a chance!) I was really happy with this as Cadbury's chocolate is my absolute favourite, so obviously I like Milk Tray! As the name suggests, all of the chocolates are milk chocolate, which is an advantage for those who aren't a fan of dark chocolates popping up in selection boxes.


                      ---The packaging---
                      The box is primarily the traditional Milk Tray purple colour, but this one also has some deep pink on it too, which makes it quite girly. There are pictures of the chocolates (with a brief description) on the inside of the box (I tend to refer to this as 'The Map!")

                      Inside my box there are (well, there were), two trays, each containing 19 chocolates, so a total of 38. They do come in a variety of sizes of boxes - I got a bigger one for Valentine's Day this year. As a child a friend used to give me (and a couple of other girls) a smallish box (must've been 200g) of Milk Tray every Valentine's Day. This is the chocolate selection associated with love (and most people will remember the Milk Tray man) and has been around since 1915!


                      ---Eating them---
                      The box contains 10 different types of chocolate which I will describe briefly.

                      Caramel Softy - a lovely gooey caramel filled chocolate - very nice

                      Hazelnut Swirl - chocolate containing a hazelnut. I find this very similar to a Cadbury Whole Nut bar, and it's one of my favourites.

                      Fudge Duet - This is basically like a small piece of a Cadbury Fudge bar. It's nice, but not one of the highlights of the box in my opinion,

                      Exotic Delight - This is Turkish delight covered in chocolate. I am never quite sure about this one as I'm not a fan of Turkish Delight. However, it is edible, and there are only 2 of these in the box (whereas there are 4 of all the other ones).

                      Orange Truffle - Described as "Milk Chocolate Truffle with an intense orange twist". It's certainly quite orangey. But it's not one of my favourites (and I can take it or leave it really whereas most of them I can't resist), and I tend to let my boyfriend have these.

                      Perfect Praline - Described as "Hazelnut praline encased in a milk chocolate gem". This is a very nice chocolate.

                      Caramel Chew - This is a very chewy toffee (rather than caramel) covered in chocolate. It's very nice (and it's probably the sweet which takes the longest to eat) - but be careful with your teeth!

                      Nutty Heart - Like the caramel softy, except it also has a hazelnut in it. One of my favourites!

                      Strawberry Sundae - I don't like strawberry flavoured sweets, so have given these ones to my boyfriend without even tasting one. He seemed to like them, but I didn't fancy them at all - I wish these weren't included in the box.

                      Surprise Parcel - I don't recall these from previous boxes of Milk Tray, so perhaps they're new. They are a white chocolate truffle wrapped in milk chocolate, and look like a birthday present. I think this might be my absolute favourite as it's just so sweet and tasty - I like to eat it by sucking it until it's all disappeared!

                      I find in general that the chocolates just melt in my mouth, and leave such a lovely aftertaste. I try to savour them...but can quite easily eat them quickly too!


                      ---Ingredients etc---
                      On the back of the box it lists all of the ingredients (which I won't list). It does say inside the packet which of the chocolate contain nuts and soya. However I imagine that if you have a severe nut allergy then you'll want to avoid completely .

                      In terms of how bad they are for you...100g contains 495 calories. There are 400g in the box. Therefore my calculations suggest that each individual chocolate has around 52 calories in it. That isn't too bad if you limit yourself to two or three as I have been managing (amazingly well) to do with this box. However, it would be very easy to eat lots and lots of these!


                      ---Finally---
                      I LOVE everything Cadbury's - it's my absolute favourite chocolate. As a result I love Milk Tray. However, I do feel the box is let down a bit by including the strawberry ones, Turkish delight (even though it's renamed Exotic Delight it's still the same), and I would prefer the orange one to not be there and have more nutty and caramel chocolates! To be honest I think that if push came to shove I'd probably rather have a box of Cadbury Heroes, but I think I'd rather have these over Roses.

                      Obviously chocolate vary a lot in price depending on where you get them and what special offers there are (often depending on the time of year). In Tesco for example a 200g box is currently £3.50. However, a 400g box (like mine) is currently also £3.50 as it's half the usual price. That represents good value for money I think, and I think I might buy myself a box for us to have at Christmas!

                      4 out of 5 from me (would be 5 if they got rid of strawberry, orange and exotic and replaced them with the others!)

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