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I love these, I have just bought 2 boxes as part of a present, I hope I don't eat them and have to go out and buy them again! I sometimes buy them just for myself, if they are on sale or sometimes even at full price. I don't think they are really cheap, but compared to a big bar of chocolate you get about the same.
This time of year the sales are funny, and you often buy chocolates then see them the next day at half price, like I have just done with milk tray in Tesco.
I paid £2.50 for a box of 130 g mint matchmakers they are now ( as of 10 to 17 dec 2013 ) buy one get one free, so I may go and get some more and eat these....
Most boxes are 151 g some are 130 g. Store in a cool place.
They contain 500 cal per 100 g or 300 per 4 sticks which seems crazy, but that's what it says on the box and also Tesco website.
Plain Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring), Skimmed Milk Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Whey Powder, Vegetable Fat, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring), Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Flavourings, Citric Acid, Antioxidant (E320).
They are a very good party type snack or for after a dinner to hand around. I am not that sociable though and tend to eat them all by myself or by them as a gift.
I find them very very addictive, and eat a few at once. I love the crunchy minty flavour you get which is good to wash down with tea. I didn't realise there were so many calories in them though, which is a bit worrying.
Not as sickly as After Eights but just as tasty and addictive. Can eat a lot of these.
This Tesco value 7L is available for £12.50 at the moment from Tesco, which is what I paid for it. I have been scammed a few times and had to claim money back because of fraud.
I live in a block of flats where all the post boxes are grouped together and post is often left out or falls on the floor. The rubbish is all put in bags in a bin hut behind the flats where anyone can go in and take your rubbish ( bills letters etc )
I used to be very casual and not worry at all online or offline about security. I started blanking out details on letters and bills etc before throwing them, then thought this would be better as I don't get many paper bills now, it won't take long.
It says it can shred up to 5 pieces of A4 at once. Plugs into mains.
This a small desktop home office type paper shredder by Tesco. It holds 7 litres as the name 7L suggests. This is best suited though to shredding documents one at a time and emptying the bin. It has a shred / auto and reverse button on the top. This shredder is not powerful enough to pull several pieces through at a time or unjam them if they get stuck.
So you need to be good at fixing things/ playing around with photo copiers / printers etc or just use it very carefully and slowly. At only £12.50 you can't expect a really powerful motor that shreds whole books ! I did have a novelty paper shredder once that ran on batteries, that really was useless and just didn't work. This does work, you just have to go easy on it.
It was more reliable that my printer , but that isn't saying much, also it was quieter and faster. It makes sure all your documents are secured for £12.50, what more do you want !
This is a review for the laptop carry bag Tech air 1202. I liked this bag from the moment I saw it, it is multi functional, it holds a laptop or a notebook 15 to 15.6 inches and it has many pockets for mobiles , chargers etc.
It is available from Ebay for £16.99 which is where I bought it. Tech Air may also have their stock in local shops or chains , so it is worth looking out for.
Despite somebody saying in a review that it weighed 52 kg ! and was heavier than it looked, I can tell you it is a nylon bag that weighs almost nothing.
There are two compartments opened with big chunky zips to make it easy to access, and it is easy to access I find. They can be loaded from the top as the bag sits on the floor. The insides are a nice powder blue which contrasts with the darker exterior.
The laptop goes into the main zipped compartment easily and is well protected by the padding. It doesn't look like it is just designed to be a laptop only bag to me, although it is, so this could help with security.
The best part about this bag, apart from the price and colour are the pockets, one extra zip up pocket and two others plus one for pens, USB flash sticks,memory cards etc. There is a holdall strap that comes with it or you can use the carry handles. There is also a guarantee for life.
The main zipped compartment is padded to protect the laptop. My laptop fits perfectly in this and as log as you don't throw it around it should be protected.
This is a bag that I am happy to be seen with and can also act as a briefcase / lunchbag to carry extra food in ! Although you need to be careful what you put in there as it is designed to keep the laptop safe. At £17 this is a good buy in my opinion.
I bought this Samsung SCP A10 case as my Samsung digital camera fitted into it and there was no case with it. Now that camera has broken, I use this case for my Samsung Galaxy mini mobile, which fits neatly in.
The case itself is very hard wearing and smart looking. It is made of black nylon and measures 180 x 96 x 65 cm. There is a zip which opens the case in half and the phone/camera goes in, there is also a strap you can carry it with.
I put my mobile in this case when I take it in the car, as I put it in the door compartment and don't want it getting damaged sliding around.
This has the Samsung logo on it so people will know that you have a phone/camera in the case rather than glasses or a drink or something, so it is best not to put it down in any social situations, as this could attract opportunist thieves. They would also take it if the camera was not in a case of course !
Anyway this is very compact and hard wearing and also splash proof, so it offers a lot of all round protection for your camera / mobile. There are hundreds of mobile cases you can choose from, so many it is too confusing for simpletons like me. With cameras it is a lot more simple and the range tends to be more basic, with just a few simple cases like this one, which can also be used to store other devices / things.
I use ear plugs every night and also during the day. I also use noiseless headphones as I have very noisy neighbours. I try different ear plugs from time to time as I hope there is some everlasting perfect ear plug that I haven't found yet!
These silicone plugs are the latest I bought at a cost of just under £3 from Ebay for 7 pairs. The plugs I normally use are the yellow foam ones, I have also tried the blue wax ones and others that go from ear to ear.
It says that these can be used when swimming, I haven't tried that but have worn them in the bath, they stay in.
There is a knack to getting these to fit into your ear, by squashing them and pushing them in so they expand in your ear. If you can do that, and you don't have massive or tiny ears then they will reduce the sound. I prefer foam ear plugs, as they tend to be less slippery and stay in better, but some people cannot use them so you have to try them and see if they suit you.
There is a shelf life for all these ear plugs if you want the optimum quality and performance from them. Wax ones do not seem to work at all for me, foam ones are very good on the first days use , after that they go down hill very quickly. These ones are not as effective as the foam plugs which are easily the best, but they can be used a few days , although they feel sticky or dirty and still give good noise protection.
I have a big front room in this flat I am in currently, and it has acres of brown carpet. I had the carpet cleaned by a local company as there was a large coffee stain, and it mostly went, but there are still light patches in places.
I needed to have a rug to make the carpet look more soft and comfortable when I moved in, not just to cover up the patches. I like to sit on the floor to read and just while I'm spreading out papers and stuff, my carpet is quite thin, so a mat or rug is essential really. I do put the sofa cushions on the floor, but don't always feel like pulling them about.
This rug is used mainly to protect the carpet, as the carpet is light brown and when I walk the whole length of the room with a full cup of tea it only takes one drop of tea to stain the carpet. Then it seems to get worse, so a rug or mat is needed to cover this 'danger area'.
This Grey IKEA Gisley rug has a very modern looking daisy flower swirly pattern. It is 133 cm wide and 195 cm long which covers a large area at the end of my front room. This rug is thick enough to make a difference to walking on and sitting on that you feel more comfortable, it is soft and at only £20 good value as it covers a wide area.
It has lasted over 2 years and is easy to clean, as it is grey, so stains or marks can be dabbed with a cloth. I use some washing powder on a cloth, although this sometimes leaves a light area which is why I bought the rug in the first place.
Overall very good value, soft, big and comfortable and will match most colour schemes.
I have always bought both these Tesco Crunchy Oat Cereal packs, ( Tropical and the one with coconut and raisins in ) mainly for breakfast cereal topping and or as a snack.
I was surprised when I read the reviews that people use this just as a cereal on it's own, so I had another look at the packet and the levels of nutrition etc. It does has a fair amount of sugar and fat but also has protein and fibre in good levels. These levels are similar to other cereals that you would eat as stand alone cereals, like Alpen.
I use this Tesco crunchy oat Cereal as a topping for other cereals like Alpen, oat type cereals or cornflakes and add fresh fruit as well. It seems there is a lot more sugar than I though in the 'healthy cereals' and this one is very tasty and has similar levels of fat and sugar.
I tend to just grab a handful of these oats and sprinkle them on my cereal. I also get some if I need a snack as they give you a good boost of energy if you haven't eaten. This oat Cereal can get clumpy and stick together in big clumps , while the rest is just grains, so you have to even it out by breaking up the big bits.
You get a big heavy 1 kg bag for £2, and if you use it with other cereals it should last a few weeks at least. I have never had it on it's own as I thought it was to 'sugary'. It does fill you up though as a snack or with other cerals.
These are 'sweetened toasted Oat clusters'
Oat Flakes (54%),Cane Sugar ,Sweetened Banana Pieces (8%) ,Coconut (5%) ,Vegetable Oil ,Sweetened Pineapple Pieces (4%) ,Sultanas (3.5%) ,Glucose Syrup ,Sweetened Papaya Pieces (1%) ,Sunflower Seeds (0.6%) ,Honey ,Colour (Plain Caramel) ,Sweetened Banana Pieces contains: Banana ,Coconut Oil ,Sugar ,Natural Flavour (Banana) ,Coconut contains: Coconut ,Antioxidant (Sulphur Dioxide) ,Sweetened Pineapple Pieces contains: Sugar ,Pineapple ,Antioxidant (Citric Acid, Sulphur Dioxide) ,Sweetened Papaya Pieces contains: Sugar ,Papaya ,Antioxidant (Sulphur Dioxide)
According to Tesco's Website the nutritional amounts per 100g are -
Energy 450 k
Mono Unsaturates 5.4g
trace of sodium
I had to buy an HDMI cable for my freeview box to connect to my Sony tv as it is HD freeview. I would use it with my laptop for watching films on my tv in HD but My Aspire laptop has no HDMI output , annoying.
I apologise for any boring jargon in advance, but this is a digital lead for HD.
My tv has at least 2 HDMI outputs though as I have just moved the lead from the side to the back of the television to HDMI 1. This gives a much better picture than with a scart lead.
I use the VGA lead to connect the laptop to the tv which works well as I have the laptop and tv both at 1080 60 hz, but am not sure it is as good as an HDMI cable.
What I like about this and other HDMI leads as opposed to SCART or adaptors for HDMI or SCART is that this is easy to connect and take in and out. With the SCART socket I find it fiddly to put in behind the telly in the dark, and it damages the pins each time you don't connect it properly.
This HDMI just goes in like a USB, no problem.
This lead is available from Amazon at £9 plus postage. You can pay more and get a lead in a high street shop but they are all more or less the same as far as I can tell. It is of good quality, and gives me a decent HD picture from my freeview box.
Hair gel is not something that I thought I would buy for myself or need, but I have. I got bored with my hair ( probably a mid-life crisis ) and over the last couple of years have had different hair cuts long and short and have bought two or three types of hair gel.
This Vo5 gel is a styling gel and it says it is firm hold. I tend to have longish hair, at least not short back and sides so according to what I have read I need a light or medium strength gel so the hair can still move, make sense ? This is all new too me, so I just bought some and tried it.
One I don't think used properly, another one recently was extra strong and was on sale, that is okay and my hair still moves so it seems the strength is maybe not that relevant.
The reason I chose this was that it was on sale ,and it's blue and it said firm holding gel and it appealed to me. This comes in a standard see through plastic 200 ml tube with a screw top. It normally costs about £3 depending where you buy it.
It is blue in colour and has bubbles in it, the tube it comes in is see through.
It contains something called 'Aqauscreen' which gives the firm long lasting hold.
This VO5 styling gel does work, you need short hair or apply a large amount onto wet hair then style it. Other gels I have used hold my hair longer and do not have a messy feeling in my hands or hair.
This is an okay product, but I think it has been brought to the market to cash in on hair gel rather than because it is a great product. I have used another Alberto hair gel, that was less sticky and held my hair for the whole day, that was ultra strong styling gel, again blue and on sale.
I think you have to find the right gel for your hair, I seem to need a very strong gel, this one was not quite strong enough , also the VO5 formula had something extra which gave it a chemical , sticky feel that there other gels have not got.
I will keep trying new gels that are on sale, so I can find a few more that I might like, and also read up a bit more about them. This one is okay and will hold your hair in place, but it may not feel as good as other gels.
I bought this Tesco fan heater for £10 about 18 months ago as I only have storage heaters in my flat, and they go cold in the evening.
I needed some heat in other parts of the flat, so I have the fan heater on an extension lead and just use it when the heater has gone cold or it gets suddenly cold, as you have to set the storage heater the day before.
Most of the fan heaters are around the £28 to £40 range, so this is a good value one, and it does work. It looks similar to some of the other ones that are more expensive. It also has special functions like auto shut off and thermostat control that some people have obviously not found found yet !
Tesco may not be selling this exact model anymore so if you want a similar priced one that looks the same there is an offer on at Lidl this November for £10.
2 KW OUTPUT
Height 25 cm
width 22 cm
depth 12 cm
2 control switches for hot and cold plus temperature control
I use this in the evening as my flat is very warm first thing in the morning. It is only needed in the coldest months of winter and when the storage heaters have been set too low from the day before.
The cold fan doesn't work in the same way that an air conditioner does, in that it produces cold air. This just uses the motor and fan to move the air, but as the motor gets got it is not that effective.
The heater is more effective and at 2 kw can heat up a double bedroom in 10 minutes easily.
It has a
temperature control setting that you can use as well as the switch on top so you can maintain the temperature in the room if you wish.
A good safety feature is the auto shut off if the fan over heats or even if it falls over. This is very practical and useful as I have a lot of leads around and go in and out of the room, also if you have children it would be a good idea to have it auto shut off.
Overall I think this is good value, I have bought a few additional heaters over the years, most have broken, so at £10 this is ideal for spare rooms that don't have radiators working or if you have unreliable heating.
I will try anything to get a good nights sleep. Most nights I wear ear plugs and an eye mask as I have noisy neighbours and there are bright security lights and street lights outside.
I also take herbal remedy's on occasion such as these Sainsburys herbal sleep remedy. I have stopped drinking coffee at the moment and stop drinking tea earlier in the evening than I did before.
This Sainsburys herbal sleep remedy costs £3.20 for a box of 60 and contains Valerian, hops and Passion flower. Some people may not be able to take Valerian due to medical conditions so herbal remedy's should be checked with your doctor, especially if you have any medical problem.
I was always told warm milk would help, so I have also heated up milk in the microwave, but that just makes me wake up again if I do fall asleep as I can't drink too much before I sleep or i need to go to the loo !
You need to take two of these tablets an hour before bed. Even if you are lacking in sleep you should stick to just two as they are actually quite powerful. It's a bit like having a big meal or falling asleep after a few beers, how good the sleep is I'm not sure, as I didn't feel too good the next day, like a hangover.
I think that the combination of herbs did not agree with me, I am allergic to a lot of things so that doesn't surprise me. They taste bitter and not very pleasant, and smell a bit, so taking them on a regular basis will not enhance your love life probably ! If you are severely lacking in sleep and you have checked with your doctor that these will not cause you a problem, they are worth a go.
The obvious alternative to these is Kalms, which I have also tried. I thought these worked as well if not better, I tried these as I thought they sounded more natural.
I started off reviewing my laptop and headphones, now all I can think of is Skips ! I take bags of these with Twiglets, Cheese puffs and Monster Munch or Battenburg cake to birthday party's as the food I am asked to bring. They get eaten by the children, me and thrown on the floor normally.
I also buy them for myself, as I like snack while I watch films, and I watch a lot of films.
You can buy 12 packs for £3.10 or 2 multipacks for £5 in Sainsburys or 6 for £1.7 or 2 multipacks for £3.
They only have 82 calories per pack, which doesn't sound to bad to me.
I normally buy a bag of 6 at a time if it's cheaper. They are good quality crisps and a bit different to other crisps in the same way Frazzles are, which are another one I like.
When it comes to eating them, if it it at a family function then they tent to go in a bowl, and a few packets will get emptied in and then they start to get eaten almost straight away.
If I am on my own, I open a pack, and finish them with a few minutes. This is good evidence of how tasty they are. They melt in your mouth If you leave them in there long enough, and are even tastier. I am in the habit of putting two or three Skips in at a time, and crunching them.
The have a prawn cocktail flavour, I think that is the official flavour. They remind me of Walkers Quavers in the way they melt straight away, but I prefer Skips. They have a better taste and texture, not that I am an expert !
I used too drink these on a regular basis when I worked at a District hospital and was walking around all day, and was tired and bored. I drank coffee and then started drinking Monster energy drinks which became a habit at break times.
The first thing too mention if you have never had one is that these cans are massive, at 500 ml they are much bigger than a standard 330 ml can of coke. They also have more caffeine and other things like Taurine in, the caffeine works at at 160 mg for a whole can.
I managed to buy them at 2 for £1 each at the time when they were £1.39, a few years ago. They have gone up about 30 or 40 p since then and I stopped buying them when there were no more offers in Tesco.
The Monster That I used to get, and sometimes still do buy, is the green and black can as I like the taste. They have a lot of other newer ones that have more exotic tastes, like Ripper, Export and Khaos but the green one is a good taste.
The first time I drank a whole can of Monster Energy at break time I was dizzy and my head was spinning while I walked around, then my eyes were aching, so this stuff is not a light drink.
There are lots of reports at the moment about deaths due to drinking energy drinks high in caffeine, it may result in new legislation or stricter controls on the levels or an age limit.
I really loved the taste and the high you get;but felt I was becoming addicted and spending a lot of money, buying 1 or 2 cans every day.
Energy per can for 100 ml 48 Kcal (x 5 for a full can )
Sparkling water, sugar, glucose syrup, acid (citric acid), flavourings, caffeine (0.03%), taurine (0.4%), acidity regulator (sodium citrate), color (E163), ginseng root extract (0.08%), L-carnitine L-tartrate (0.04%), preservatives (sobrinezuur, benzoic acid, vitamins (B2, B3, B6, B12), sodium chloride, D-glucuronolactone, inositol, guarana extract (0.002%), sweetener (sucralose), maltodextrin.
Tesco value scones are good value, they are 49 p now for a pack of 10 and have gone up since the last reviews were done it seems.
I love scones and alternate between making my own, and buying the 3 different levels of Tesco scone. There is a pack of 6 scones for £1 from Tesco which are more or less the same as these value ones but a bit less crumbly and a bit softer.
These are the value scones from Tesco not the 6 for £1 ones. These ones are best heated under the grill with hot butter, or served with lots of jam and cream.
As they are so cheap I tend to get through them quite quickly, but they last for several days at least after opening. As the plastic top rips apart completely when you open it, I put the whole thing in a plastic carrier bag or a food bag.
I always put margarine on them, as I don't have butter at the moment, but I admit butter tastes better. They are a bit dry and crumbly on there own, but with marg and jam and cream they are a great snack. I tend to eat them like biscuits, and have them while I watch tv.
I think these are good value and they would suit any use except maybe a formal dinner where you would need to get someone to make them for you.
I bought this analogue radio for a present but kept it as I realised I could use it. This costs £4 from Tesco and is a small portable AAA battery analogue radio.
It is ideal for kitchens and bathrooms where I don't have a radio and can't always be bothered putting my earphones and mobile on which is how I get portable music. The stereo is quite a way from the kitchen and bathroom as my flat is very spacious.
This small pocket radio is 14.5 cm by 7.8 cm by 4 cm deep which is small enough to go in a coat pocket.
There is a headphone socket on the top and next to that is the AM/FM switch. The volume and tuning controls are on the side.
There is a sturdy telescopic Ariel that pulls out of the top.
This is good to put in the car as well so you can take it with you outdoors and to other peoples houses so you can wander off and put your own music on.
The controls are on the top of the radio, and it has fm and am but no mw which means you don't get a lot of local stations.
This is more for fun and something different to break the day up than a reliable signal for your favourite radio station, unless you live or are staying right next to a transmitter.
The sound comes through one speaker and is a bit tinny but acceptable.
Analogue is going to stop being broadcast over the next couple of years, once enough people are listening to DAB and it reaches 90 % of the country.
The main problem is that hardly anyone has a digital radio in their car, and they will all stop working in a few years.
Portable DAB's and car DAB's are still far too expensive when you consider we have to use them to hear any proper stations after about 2015.