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      27.10.2009 08:12
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      I'd rather use the good old wheelie bin!

      When I had my daughter about 7 weeks ago in hospital I had a voucher to get £20.00 off the angel-care nappy wrapper from Argos which would mean that Instead of paying £24.99 I would only be paying £4.99. So with me always liking a bargain I went and got one as with having three children under the age of three and them still being in nappies, something like this can be a godsend!! I had never really bothered with one up until now so i thought I would see what all the fuss was about.

      The item
      Well the nappy wrapper stands about a meter tall and has a rounded body and base. It is white in colour and has a flip up lid at the top and half way down it opens on a hinge so you have easier access of getting the bag out once full. On the front it has the logo 'Angel care' written.
      The way in which it works it quite simple but I have to admit it took me a while to get used to. Basically inside there is a large blue polythene bag and you push the nappy through the top where there is one of them pulley systems so once the nappy is pushed through, a plastic shelf comes up to stop odours escaping from inside.

      Once the bag is full it is quite easy to tell as obviously you won't be able to get more nappies inside. So you then to empty the bin open the lid that is half way down the wrapper and this gives you access to the whole bag. All the bags are attached to each other and the new bags are stored at the very top of the wrapper. Just below the pulley system there is a cutter to separate the old bag from the new ones. So once the old bag has been removed, you simply pull down a new bag. It does sound a lot more complicated than it actually is and once you get used to it, it does become easier.

      I got a free cassette of bags with the actual product when I brought it, and with having three small children I would say that it lasted about three weeks. But then again it all depends on how many children you have and how many nappies you go through each day, to how long each cassette lasts.

      When I enquired as to how much it would cost to buy the refill's that is when I said goodbye to the wrapper. For three cassettes it would have cost me around £10.99, six £17.99 and for 12 £33.99. Thinking about it in the long run spending all that money just to dispose of nappies seemed a real rip off to me so since then I have stopped using it. My wheelie bin is only at the end of my pathway and I would rather have the exercise of putting nappies in there a few times during the day, which costs nothing at all then spend out that sort of money to have them sat in a plastic tub at the side of the room.

      In the description it does say that it is odour free but in my opinion it is far from that. When it was only so far full full walking past the bin I couldn't help but catch a whift and it didn't smell like a bed of roses. I know that all opinions of this item will differ and it will be different for people who say live in flats etc who cannot get to their bins like other people, in which I would say that this product might be beneficial to them.

      My overall final verdict is that this product is yet another money making scam that has swept over the market of parenting. The company that make these wrappers may claim that it is a hygienic and clean way of disposing of nappies but whatever happened to a good old fashioned nappy sack and a quick trip to the bin???

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        21.10.2009 11:54
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        You can't beat it!!

        After just coming out of hospital and still recovering from a major stomach operation i have decided to take a healthier approach to my life, and looking back at the amount of fizzy drinks i used to consume i am disgusted with myself.
        Whilst in hospital and being nil by mouth for a few days and only allowed 'sips' of water i was over the moon when my doctor declared that i could finally start drinking properly again. Although instead of sending my partner down to the coffee shop to grab me a can of coke, i just really fancied some Ribena which did seem strange considering that i hadn't touched the stuff for years.
        My partner came back with the little cartons that you can get, and my first sips were heaven, it felt so refreshing and needless to say that the carton didn't last that long.

        That was three weeks ago and since then i havent touched a drop of any fizzy drink and have been addicted to Ribena, not just the Blackcurrant flavour but also the strawberry and apple!
        Now Ribena has been around for many many years now and is a popular favourite in any household. Claiming to be high in vitimin c and have powerful antioxidants, this is really a great healthy refreshing drink to have.

        I prefer buying the bottles that you have to dilute because you can control the ratio of juice and water to your liking, as to be honest i find the cartons sometimes to be slightly too strong and too have a sickley taste to them.
        I like my ribena ice cold, but i have heard of some people having hot ribena which is supposed to help with colds etc, so i will have to try that method if needed in the future.

        I think the only downside to my beloved ribena is the cost!! The cheapest i have found is around £2.00 per bottle but that was on offer and normally it was around £2.92 per bottle, which does seem alot compared to other juice drinks but i suppose you are getting a good quality drink. I did try a supermarket's own brand once, but it didn't taste half as good as the proper thing.

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        • Tesco / Highstreet Shopping / 19 Readings / 19 Ratings
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          21.10.2009 10:43
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          A great all round store

          A few months ago myself,my partner and our children moved house and it seemed that tesco became our nearest supermarket where we would start to do our weekly shopping.
          Now in the past I haven't really been a great fan of the store and to be honest had only ever stepped foot inside a tesco a couple of times before. What with being so used to doing my weekly shop at Morrisons i guess i just got used shopping there.
          Doing my first big shop at our local store i was pleasantly suprised at the experience. Our local store isn't the biggest of shops i've seen, but having to play bearer to a relativity biggish town the shop serves it's purpose well and they have a wide variety of different products available.

          I was impressed how the store was initally set out as everything seemed easy to find, which helped me alot, as when you have three small young children in tow distracting your mind, even if you know the store off the back of your hand it can be quite a daunting experience at the best of times.
          Each aisle is plenty wide enough, allowing enough space for a few trolleys to get down, without having the horrid 'trolley bashing wars'.
          Being a family of five i am constantly on the look out for offers and basic products as i like to try and stretch my money the best i can. What i like also about tesco is that it seems for most products they have three different stages i.e- A basic range, a everyday range, and then what i like to call a 'posh range'. What gets me is how you can pay something stupid like 9p for a tin of basic beans and then something like 90p for a tin just because it has a brand name on, when in fact in most cases you can't tell the difference anyway.

          My local store has a fishmongers, bakery, photo developing service, toilets, cigerette kisok, amongst a few other handy services.
          The checkouts are great too, and each one has plenty of room for your trolleys, as i find some supermarkets try and cram as many checkouts as they can, leaving no room at all, which does annoy me!
          The staff seem friendly and will offer to pack your bags which does come in handy for me, when i have the children with me.

          So from a few months ago, with me not really being famillar enough to shop here, to now it's becoming a second home, i find shopping at tesco a great experience all around. Being one of the biggest supermarkets around they certainly do live upto their name and give the general public what they want- low prices, great quality and excellent service.

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            10.01.2009 19:27
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            A brilliant book to read, very gripping and powerful

            My mother-in law kindly sent me this book up to read just before christmas, at first i was a little weary as from the cover it did look a little boring, but you know what they say-never judge a book by it's cover( sorry had to be done). Anyway i love to read anything that crosses my path weather it be a magazine or a novel. So one afternoon after putting the girls down for a nap i went upstairs and started on this book that had been sat staring at me for the last two days to read it.

            After reading the back cover i learned that it was a true story, based in the east end back in the 1950's and hence the title it is based around midwifery and was written by Jennifer Worth who i have found out since finishing the book that she has write a few other true stories.

            In the first chapter we read how the author first became a midwife and how she was transferred to work in the east end of London in the 1950's. She arrived with her things and she tells us of how nervous she was to be working here compared to her old placement outside of London. She had never been to London and from her first glances she didn't particularly want to be there. She found where she was to be staying at the Nonnatus house which was a large religious house where many nuns stayed to pray and worship although surprisingly the nuns where are fully trained midwifes as well.

            The story moves on and we get to read all about how midwifes worked back in the 50's.The author gives us a great insight into how things where done back then and as each chapter went on i found myself becoming more and more engrossed to the point where i couldn't put the book down. She describes in detail of how living conditions where like and what the people of London back then had to go through just to survive each day.

            I was more shocked to read how the average family had between 8-10 children in a family but then again back then i suppose contraception wasn't really a big thing and having big families was all the rage. She focus's particularly on one family which did interest me and that was of a man who had met a women in Spain when he fought in the Spanish war. He had brought her back over to England when she was about 12 years old and they married, since being together they have had 24 children and she was only 42 years of age, at first the midwife had thought that her supervisor must of wrote the number wrong, but no she and her husband had her 24 children.

            The women couldn't speak a word of English although she could understand her husband and other people, and she had taught her children to speak Spanish even though they where clear at English. They lived in a tiny house but it was always kept clean and tidy. The mother used to cook each day for her family, and the midwife described of how whenever she used to step into the house she could soon feel a sense of love and respect that each and every one of the children gave to each other. She regularly visited the house and not once did she see any of the children bicker or fight.

            Towards the end of the book, the author concentrates on the gripping birth that the Spanish women Conchita has. She unexpectedly goes into labor early after having a nasty fall outside on some ice. For the last three chapters we follow what happens and how once the baby was born and needing urgent medical help, Conchita refused to go, will the baby survive on just her mothers love or will it be a tragic ending??

            ~What i thought~

            I truly and honestly thought that this was a great insight into how midwifes worked back in the 50's. The story was so gripping and powerful. The author made me laugh and she also made me cry. She didn't hold back any details regarding how life was like back then and i got such a clear picture in my head from the way she described everything.

            I was totally fasinated with the book and with things like how they cared for babies and pregnant women, one instance was how straight after a baby is born the midwife would hold him/her upside by the legs for a few seconds to check that there was no mucus stuck in the lungs, and how that mothers had to be on bed rest for two weeks after she had given birth. I mean these days midwifes would never dream of holding a baby upside down for fear of being sued! But it never did the babies back then any harm so why have we stopped doing it today?

            This book really did open my eyes about what midwifes had to go through back then, and also families who had to live in slums. After reading this book i count my self lucky that i have a nice house and food on the table.

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            • Credit Cards in general / Discussion / 35 Readings / 30 Ratings
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              10.01.2009 12:51
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              I personally will never have one

              I personally haven't had a credit card or for that matter don't ever really want to have one. So some of you might think that I'm being a little skeptical about writing a review on Credit cards when i have yet to have one myself. But i wanted to share my opinions and experiences that close family and friends have suffered with the effects of the dreaded plastic.

              We all know what credit cards are and what they are used for, so i won't bore you with that. There is many mixed opinions about credit cards, some people think that they are bad, some think that they are good. Different people have had many different experiences with them so it's hard to judge them fairly.

              I personally think that they are a bad thing to have and that they cause way to many problems. I hear many stories of people getting into thousands of pounds worth of debt by having a credit card as they don't think about the long tern effects and having been given a spending limit, will just spend willy nilly until they have nothing left. But then the reality will strike a few months down the line when they realize that they cannot afford to pay back each monthly installment or worse of the interest that banks so cruelly add on.

              There are however the majority of people who use use the cards to the best advantage and not be stupid in spending. I know many people who simply have the cards for emergencies, not to go on shopping spree's every day. They work for a living and can afford in the long run, to pay back what they have borrowed.

              My mum and dad have never had credit cards and i think the reason why i will never have one stems down to them never having one. Growing up money was tight, but mum and dad where proud that whatever they brought or had was down to the fact that they had worked and had paid for everything them selves- no loans, credit cards etc, just the wages they brought in each week. They never lived in fear of being in debt or owing money to the bank which i think was a great way of teaching us children the value of money. Ok so we never had fancy clothing or the newest games, but as we grew older we saw where mum and dad came from in a respect of what we had was from our own earnings.

              I would hate to be in a situation where i had the thought of owing credit card bills to banks and loan companies. I know that thousands of people are in that boat and i know this might sound harsh but why have a credit card in the first place if you knew you where never going to be able to afford to pay it back. Yes in certain circumstances people might have lost jobs etc, in which i totally sympathize with, but we all know that there are people out there who have taken credit cards knowing the risks and knowing that in the long run they could never afford to pay it back.

              Are the banks to blame or are the people who have them to blame?? A credit card might sound tempting if the bank makes it seem so, low interest rates, free money transfers, high spending limits etc?? Sounds tempting to me and believe me in the past i have been close to getting one, but my head tells me no, i would go go without than have debts hanging over the top of my head.

              Near enough everything that me and my partner own in our house has been brought by us, by our hard earned money and although it's not a lot we are proud that it is ours. The clothing on our children's backs may not be designer but at least we paid for them. I may have stopped working a few years back when our first daughter was born, but i still had savings and still do my bit to contribute towards the living costs of the house. I may only bring in a fraction of what my partner does, but it works and we are both happy with the situation.

              I know friends and family that have got into serious debt with cards and even know someone who was close to suicide because he was in so much debt. I personally couldn't handle that myself having all the stress and worry.

              This is just my opinion on credit cards and some of you may have different opinions to what i have said, but i am hoping that what i have written does shine some light on to the matter that credit cards aren't all what they seem.

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              • Nick Jr. / TV Channel / 22 Readings / 21 Ratings
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                10.01.2009 11:24
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                A great spin off channel to the main Nickelodeon station

                A few months ago i wrote a review on how my two daughters loved the Television channel Cbeebies, but times change and they have now developed a liking for Nick jnr because two of their favorite programmes are broadcast on here- Dora the explorer and Peppa pig. I of course limit the amount of TV they watch in a day, but whenever they have their TV it now always seems to be Nick Jnr that they want to watch.

                For those of you who are not familiar with the Television, it is a spin off channel from the main channel Nickelodeon which has been running since the 90's and has had many famous programme's like the 'Rugrats' ' Sabrina the teenage witch' and so on. Nick jnr was brought out a few years ago and is aimed for more younger children roughly between the ages of one to six. It has both educational and fun programmes being aired with it's most popular shows being, Peppa Pig, Dora the explorer, and Go Diego Go.

                Most of the programmes like other channels are normally repeats, but from time to time they do have new shows that come on and new episodes of older shows. They don't have any presenters that present the show, but occasionally have some characters that will introduce the next show coming up.

                My daughters love 'Dora the explorer' and i don't have a problem with them watching the show because they have leaned so much from it, a few weeks ago before christmas she came out with the numbers one to three in Spanish! It took me a while to register what she had said, but after was slightly proud that my two year had started speaking bits of Spanish, as thats what Dora the explorer teaches in the programme.

                The channel can be found on sky, free view, virgin media, and all other major broadcasters so it is widely available. There shows run quite late into the night as well and start very early in the mornings. They also have a website dedicated to the channel where children can do different activities regarding different shows, print out pictures and games to do etc.

                It has certainly become popular in our household, and i remember watching the main Nickelodeon channel when i was a teenager to.

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                  10.01.2009 09:54
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                  A lot better than advent one

                  After having used the Advent sterilizer for my first daughter and finding that it kept breaking down and not sterilizing properly, for my second daughter i decided to buy the Tommy Tippee electronic Sterilizer, as after much research into different ones i liked the look of this and was eager to try out it different functions.

                  Tommy Tippee is a widely known brand which makes and supply's all kinds of different baby products ranging from bottles, soothers, bibs, feeding equipment etc. I had only ever used their soothers before and had always stuck to using advent products, but i was willing to try out the brand and to see how they matched up to other brands.

                  I purchased the sterilizer for about £25.00 on offer from my local supermarket, but it does retail at normally around £40.00 so i got a good deal. It comes in a silver shiny box with a big picture of the item on front and then instructions on how to use the item on the back.

                  The sterilizer itself is a oval shape and stands when fixed together about 40-45 cm tall, but is very slim built. It was quite easy to put together, with you just having to fix the base where the water goes and then fix on the tray at the top for the teats etc. After reading the instructions i found that to use the sterilizer at first you must put 80ml of tap water into the base. Load in the bottles and simply switch on.

                  It has a digital display at the front which tells you the progress of the the cycle as it goes along. H is for heating, S is for sterilizing and C is for cooling. After the cycle is finished the bottles will stay sterilized for upto 3 hours without the lid being taken off, the digital display will then count down the hours and then tell you when the bottles are no longer sterile.

                  It was very easy to use and the whole cycle process took 5 minutes,although i did find that the sterilizer was extremely hot to touch for up to half an hour after the process had finished there fore so where the bottles. It also says that it can take upto 6 Tommy tippee bottles but i found that this wasn't the case and i could only fit about four of the wide neck ones in.

                  The tray at the top designed for the teats,lids and any other little bits was very handy and became a sterile place to sort the bottles out. The lid at the top is lockable by simply knocking the switch from one side to another to ensure that the lid stayed shut during the cycle.

                  It was very easy to clean out and i did this once a day. I found it to be a lot easier than the advent sterilizer and a lot quicker as well.

                  Also with the item came a free product pack that was worth £18.45 which consisted of three bottles, a training beaker, and a bottle brush, which came in handy and saved me a little bit of money. The only thing that i could fault on was how short the lead is, which means that if you only have a few plug sockets in your kitchen etc, it can be a little tricky plugging in it. Other than that though i was very pleased with the quality of this product and have it all cleaned out and on stand-by for when my next baby makes a appearance.

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                    10.01.2009 09:04
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                    I don't know what i would have done without it.

                    After moving into our new house about 10 months ago now which we rent privately the first thing the landlord promised was that he would sort the fire out in the living room. It is one of them coal burner ones with a door,but unfortunately one of the sides had collapsed therefore it was unsafe to use. As we moved in during a cold spell and it wasn't quite spring yet we had to come up with a safe way to heat the living room as we have two young children who would be using the living room quite often.

                    My partners dad gave us one of these DeLonghi fan heaters where you simply plug in, choose your settings and away you go. At first i was very impressed with the heat that the heater that kicking out, as for such a small product i wouldn't of expected it.

                    The heater is a 3kw output and you can either have the fan set to cool or either hot. It is a very compact little heater and is very small. It has three different heat settings- cool, medium and warm and then it has 6 different settings to control the temperature with one being the lowest and 6 being the highest. If you have the heater on number 6 it will constantly kick out hot air, but if you have it on either 4 or 5 it has a overheat protection system where if it gets to hot it will stop working, and then when it feels like it's gone to a lower temperature again will kick in blowing hot air again.

                    It has a thermostat to control the temperature as well and since we have been using it, have found it to be very safe and ideal. It warms up out rather large living room in no time at all and the heat circulates around for ages. I have yet to use it as a cooling fan so i cannot comment on how well it cools.

                    Unlike some other fan heaters i have used in the past i have found that it doesn't make a loud noise, just a simple low whirling noise which is hardly noticeable. Plus it doesn't dry up the air as much, which i also found with other heaters.

                    After using the heater for many months we decided to purchase a new heater a few weeks back as the old one was getting to old! And with the landlord showing no sign of the new fire, we have found that it's the cheapest and easiest way to heat the living room for now. Most of the heating in out house comes from the rayburn, which some days is not needed, and then if it gets a little chilly instead of lighting the rayburn we will use the fan heater for a while just to add some warmth to the house.

                    Both me and my partner agree that the heater does a great job and is excellent value for money, the new heater that we brought a few weeks ago cost £20.00 from Amazon, and about £25.00 in Argos which is still pretty cheap. Its practical, safe and we didn't see any rapid changes to our energy bills neither.

                    The only downfall really is that is only has a short cable attached, so you need to have a plug socket close by. But i suppose that they make the leads short for safety reasons.

                    I would defiantly recommend this product as a short term solution to heating rooms, although i must point out that they are not safe to use in bathrooms.

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                      10.01.2009 07:58
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                      I'd rather pay a little bit extra and dine in style thank you

                      Up until about two years ago i had never really heard of J.D Wetherspoons, i knew that it was a chain pub that had many pubs across the country but had never really stepped foot inside one before. I live in quite a relatively town that seems to have more pubs and charity shops than anything else!

                      About three years ago the local quick save in town closed it's doors for the last time which really wasn't a big shame as we have many other supermarkets doted around town to take it's place. Rumors spread all over the town about what was to take it's place some said a McDonald's, others a popular high street store shop (yeh right), others said a fancy nightclub. After months of speculation it was finally revealed that it would become a JD Wetherspoons, people who had never ventured any further than the next town didn't have a clue was that was, but the more younger generation where up in arms.

                      Anyway building work began and the building which used to be a old hippodrome and was used a a cinema way back many years ago, started to be restored back to it's old routes. Work took about 6-8 months and caused a lot of hassle in town with huge lorries causing havoc and traffic jams trying to get in to the center of town. From the outside it did look very nice and appealing and local people thought that it would become a real asset to the town and that it was somewhere fresh and new to eat or have a drink.

                      There was a lot of build up to it's opening and households within town and surrounding areas had leaflets drop through their door with a bunch of different offers on food, drinks and a invitation to the opening day. Studying the leaflet i could help but notice how low the prices where on both food and drink, something stupid like £3.99 for a burger and a drink.

                      I didn't go to the opening as quite frankly pubs weren't my scene at the time, i had just started settling down as a family and being heavily pregnant it wasn't my cup of tea. A lot of my friends went and said how great it was- cheap booze and cheap food- Great i thought just what we need for the town cheap drink to furl yet more violence and trouble in the town as if we didn't have enough of that as it is.

                      A few months later my mum suggested that we go and try out the food, so we went on a weekday lunch time, hoping that it would be quiet. Which it was apart from a few old gentlemen propping up the bar with pints in their hand and a few other people dining. On entering the building i couldn't quite believe how much the place had changed- the last time i had stepped in, there where aisles upon aisles of baked beans and frozen pizza's.

                      The place looked great and had a real old pub and cinema feel to it, the ceilings looked huge and old memorabilia of the old cinema huge on the walls- nostalgic pictures of the cinema from when it was open hung proudly on the walls. Stepping inside it felt a very warm and cosy atmosphere. There were masses of different tables and chairs to choose from and even big comfy sofas to relax on.

                      We found a seat, got in some drinks and started to browse the menu, everything seemed so plain and traditional, steaks, pies, lasagne's, curries etc, and where only half the price of what you would pay from the huge pub up the road. We choose our meals and sat waiting for them to arrive. After about 10-15 minutes they turned up and yes did look nice and appetizing to eat. I tucked into my chicken curry,rice, chips and nan bread but soon the taste made me stop. Well i say taste it was more like a bland texture in my mouth. There was no taste at all and the same with the rice which was over cooked and dry. My mum said the same thing her steak was rubbery and very tough, but we made the best of what we could.I mean we where stupid for expecting a five star meal for £4.99.

                      Soon after local papers where writing up reports of the food and it seemed like we weren't the only ones who disproved with the quality of the food. Reports suggested that most of it was frozen and then bunged into a microwave or had been already prepared before it came into the kitchens. When they clearly state on the menus and on various posters around the place that it is freshly home cooked.

                      Over the months the pub started getting a reputation for being the center of trouble amongst clubbers and pub drinkers. With their ridiculously low priced drinks, it seems that this was the place to go to get drunk, before heading to the local nightclub. Neighbors complained of the noise levels and fights that seemed to happen around the club and other pub landlords where complaining of the pub taking away custom. Because they couldn't afford to lower their prices of what wetherspoons had got them at.

                      Now i don't want to seem like a party popper or anything, but i really do think that since the pub was first opened that it has brought more bad then good into the town. If you happen to drive past on any night of the week you will find the place over flowing with drunks looking to cause a bit of trouble and what is the reason- all down to their low priced drink. I even read in the news this week that they where starting to sell pints for 99p!! which to me is a recipe for disaster. Yes they can afford to do and they know it will bring in more custom, but do they realize they long tern effects it will have on people and the communities in which they have pubs??

                      People will take advantage on the cheap deals and drinks twice as much, which will mean more trouble on the streets, a step up in policing will be needed to control that, more casualties will end up in hospital with drink related problems etc.

                      Yes some people will think it's a great idea, considering the economical state that we have today, cheap food and booze, but it think that wetherspoons really do need to step up their act and think of others before thinking of ways on how to line their back pockets.

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                        Well worth the money,

                        Sudocrem is probably one of the best antiseptic creams ever to come on to the market. It has been on our shelfs for over 70 years now and is a popular household name.
                        Sudocrem is mainly known as a barrier cream that helps to prevent nappy rash in babies and young children, but over the years has become known for being extremely effective in other types of skin rashes, cuts,grazes etc.

                        My two daughters as young babies and rarely today still suffer from nappy rash, i think it must be one of the most hated things by parents as to look at it seems horrid that this rash is hurting our children. When my first daughter was very young i wasn't to familiar with sudocrem and to be honest looking at it on the shelfs in the supermarket would think that for the price it seemed very expensive for the tiny little pot, so instead would buy a cheaper cream. Sometimes it would work and other times it wouldn't.

                        Sorting through the nursery one day i came across a small tester bottle which had been given free in a baby pack i had received, so i tryed using it on my daughters mild nappy rash.

                        The cream seemed very thick and had a very over-powering nice smell, i applied the cream to the affected area and was surprised on how well it went on and stayed on without leaving any mess. A few hours later i changed my daughter and was really impressed with how the cream had worked, it hadn't cleared up all the rash straight away, but i could see the difference it had done.

                        After further research i learned that it was a barrier cream that stopped stools and urine coming into contact with the skin, which is the main cause of nappy rash. Then it also works to soothe and stop irritation of baby skins and to help cool the rash and gently clear it up.

                        Needless to say from then on sudocrem became my friend and i never used anything else, i went out and brought a 400g pot which ok seemed a lot of money at the time at about £7-8.00 but the pot lasted me for ages, as for each change only a little bit is needed.

                        Since then my daughters rarely suffer with the dreaded nappy rash and i use a little bit of sudocrem every now and again just to help prevent it from coming back.

                        I also use the cream for any cuts,grazes or mild rashes that the family might have from time to time. I find that it works as a great antiseptic and helps to ease the pain and cools the area that is being treated.

                        This is a definite must have for all new mums and dads, and i would recommend it. It seems expensive to buy, but the pots do last a very long time and i think that it's a small price to pay, for a happy baby!

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                        • Father of the Bride 2 (DVD) / DVD / 15 Readings / 15 Ratings
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                          A very old yet classic watchable film

                          This is the brilliant follow up film to father of the bride where we see George banks daughter Annie get married, but not with out a few hitches may i add. Four years after the first film was released we saw the release of this movie simply entitled 'father of the bride part 2', which unlike some follow up films that seem to be a flop this one proved to be even more of a hit with it's wacky and lovable storyline.

                          ~The plot~

                          George banks ( Steve Martin) in still recovering from the shock of his beloved daughter getting married when a few months later she drops another bombshell- Thats she pregnant. George being George again goes into panic mode and totally flips out that he is not ready to become granddad material and that he is to young. So he goes on another one of his mad out goings where he dies his hair, buys a sports car etc to try and prove to himself that he is still in fact young at heart.

                          But reality is that in 6 months time he will become a granddad whether he likes it or not. In true American style another bomb hits when Nina his wife finds out that she is expecting a baby which then nearly sends him of the edge. In time he comes to terms with the whole situation and starts caring for his wife and daughter who have started to get rather heavily pregnant.

                          We see them go through up's and downs, false alarms, fall outs, make up's and everything else that comes with a classical Rom-Com. George even hires his old pal Franck who organized his daughters wedding a few months back to hold a baby shower for them both.

                          Will everything go to plan with the birth and will George become conscious for the births overdosing in sleeping tablets?

                          ~What i thought~

                          I thought that the film was great, i was expecting it like many other follow on films to be boring and of no relation to the first film, but i was proved wrong. It follows on from the end of the first film. The mix of both the comedy and baby story line makes a great combination and it really works well together. Most of the comedy comes from George and Franck like we saw in the first film and i think them two together are hilarious.

                          Like i mentioned in my first review of the first film both of the films are the kind that i could watch over and over again and never get bored. I love these sort of story lines where you just never know what the ending will turn out to be.

                          A great film for a night in under your duvet with a nice box of chocolates.

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                          • Sibling Rivalry! / Parenting Issue / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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                            We should all know the meaning of respect

                            Growing up with four sisters and one brother sibling rivalry never really occurred in our household. From a very young age i was taught and so was the rest of my brothers and sisters to respect and share what we had with one another.
                            We had our up's and downs what family doesn't and sometimes we used to have fall outs between us but that was rare. Whenever it was someones birthday yes i think we all used to get a little jealous in our heads that one of our sisters/brothers was getting all the attention that day and a stack of presents, but we never showed it and spent the day together as a family. Our mum used to get each of us who it wasn't our birthday a tiny little present which was normally a bar of chocolate, a book or something similar which we where very grateful for.

                            My oldest sister is 27 and my youngest is 10 so there is a 17 year age gap between us all from top to bottom. I am the third eldest and my brother is in between me and my older sister. We used to take out three younger sisters under our wings when mum and dad where at work or busy and play with them, learn with them etc and make them feel part of the family.

                            We all used to be grateful for everything that we received because we all knew that money was tight , i didn't mind having my older sisters hand me downs at all, by the time i was 12-13 she had become old enough to work and had left school so was able to buy her own clothing, which i loved sneaking into her room and seeing what i could borrow because we where more or less the same size.

                            Our mum and dad used to treat us all the same and their was no favoritism, although because my brother was the only brother my dad used to do more things with him so he didn't feel left out, it was only simple things like mowing the lawn or taking him to my dads garage which he was self employed and used to repair cars, on Saturdays or after school my brother used to go and help him out. We sisters didn't mind at all and used to spend that time helping mum out in the kitchen baking or gardening.

                            Being a mum myself now of two girls who are aged just on year apart i am very keen on promoting on bond between them to have the ability of share and learn together. I don't want them to grow up being jealous of one another so i treat them equally. They both have 'me' time with mummy and daddy and they do near enough everything together. Of course i want them to have their own independence in life but at the moment they are slightly to young for that.

                            I encourage them to share with one another, love each other and to care for each other. I was brought up in that respect and i want my children to do the same, other's may have different views on my opinion and we are all entitled to our own opinion, but i want whats best for everyone and most of all a happy,simple, life.

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                            • amazon.co.uk / Online Shop / 15 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                              08.01.2009 15:50
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                              One of the best online buying sites going

                              Well in all honesty I'm a bit of a Amazon newbie to be honest. I first discovered the site around 6 months ago but only started buying from there about 3 months ago. Obviously i had heard of the site long before but i had never really bothered with and had always stuck with eBay.
                              Setting up my account was easy enough-a few simple steps including my email address, creating a pass-word and adding a delivery address was all that was really required, and then i was ready to go.
                              In all fairness i really wish that i had come across the site sooner as it really did help with my christmas shopping this year (or should i say last year now).
                              I managed to get a lot of books, Cd's dvd's, and children's toy's for a lot less than i would be paying in the shops and overall i saved quite a bit of money.

                              I have learnt though, that not everything is cheaper from here and it's best to stick to buying direct from Amazon for most things as some of the traders who sell on the site, price their goods pretty high and can catch you out with high delivery prices as well.

                              Delivery from Amazon direct though was brilliant and i often took advantage of their 'super saver delivery package' where if you spend over £5.00 delivery is free, although it does take a little longer than first class- they say 4-5 working days longer, but i found that the goods i ordered usually arrived within 2-3 days.

                              I think that more and more people are using amazon to sell their products rather than eBay because there fees are a lot cheaper and you do get more for you money. Although i do think that the usage of both Amazon and eBay are pretty equal and that more and more people are switching to Amazon because products are cheaper on the site.

                              I don't tend to use eBay that often any more because i think that sellers are asking way to much for items so more recently i have stuck to Amazon. I think the overall service is great and although i have only been buying from there for a few months not once have i had any problems. The site is easy to use and access to your account is easy. They have a recommendation page where they pick out products that they think might be beneficial to you, based on what you have already brought or things that are in your wish list.

                              I think the only downside is that the prices of things brought directly from Amazon seem to go up and down all the time for instance one minute a Cd could be priced at £13.99 one day and the next it could have rose to £15.99 but then the next day it falls again, so you have to keep an eye for when the lowest price has come up.
                              Other than that i really love the site and in their sale have managed to grab some great bargains.

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                              • McVitie's Golden Syrup Cake / Snacks / 19 Readings / 19 Ratings
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                                07.01.2009 15:49
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                                How do you like yours??

                                Ok so one of my weakness's when it comes to cakes/biscuits has to be 'Mcvities golden syrup cake'. I could eat the cake all day long but o don't in knowing that it has a very high fat and sugar content so i eat it in moderation.
                                This wonderful tasting cake has been around for years and is very popular within households all across the UK, so what makes it so special? Maybe it's the unique taste, the softness, or the rich taste of syrup? I'm not sure but i do know that it's a favorite in our house.

                                Ok so i've got comfy and have just cut a slice of the cake and made a nice cup of tea and i'm going to tell you all about it.....

                                It is packaged in a dark green wrapper and on the front it boasts the very famous 'Lyle's syrup logo' which is what the cake is mostly made from. It also has the Mcvities logo in the top corner. On opening the packet you are faced with a dark golden brown looking, loaf shaped cake that is about 2 inches tall,3 inches wide and around 10 inches long encased in a white sugar paper tray.
                                Cutting my first slice i notice how soft and easy the cake is to cut through, also the strong smell of syrup wafts up making me even more eager to eat it. The first bite makes me want even more, being a syrup based product you would think that it would be very rich in taste, but it's not and the combination of the sponge cake and syrup makes the cake very moist and you can even taste a slight hint of caramel in there.

                                Many people prefer to eat warm with cream/custard, but others prefer to eat it plain (like me) There is plenty of taste to satisfy me without adding cream or custard, but if you do it does make a pleasant dessert idea.

                                I don't like cakes that are hard or dry to taste, so this cake hits the spot for me. The texture is very thick and the cake doesn't crumble which i guess is down to the syrup inside making it stick together.

                                Being a cake the only downside is that is does have quite a high amount of sugar and fat inside, so it's best to limit your portions and have as a treat. The cake comes in 290g portion and is normally sold in a two pack with a Jamaica cake which is the same sort of product and made by the same manufacturer. For both cakes it cost me £1.15p which is about 57p per cake which is quite good value.

                                All in all theres nothing better than sitting down in the afternoons with a cup of tea and a slice of cake!

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                                • Father of the Bride (DVD) / DVD / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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                                  I'm sad enough to admit that i love this film.

                                  Being the soppy romantic that i am, films like this one defiantly hits the top as being one of my all time favorites. The film has been around for years and still today is one that i could watch over and over again. With Steve Martin being one of the main characters in the story you know that the film will never fail to deliver.

                                  The plot is based in America, and is about the 'banks' family, the dad-George Banks the mum-Nina Banks, Annie-the daughter and the younger son Matty.
                                  The dad runs his own trainer factory and at the moment loves life.
                                  Annie has been away for most of the year studying and is due back when he gets home from work. Things are going great and they have a family meal together until she announces that she has met a man whilst traveling and that they are going to get married. George is overwhelmed to say the least and thinks that his daughter is to young and then lots of different thoughts go through his head that the man isn't right for her.

                                  Annie gets upset that her dad does not approve, but brings him to meet the family the same night. Nina falls for him straight away but George isn't so sure. They tell her parents of how they met and plans for the wedding.

                                  A few days later they meet a wedding planner to get the ball rolling, but when the planner rings George to tell him the total cost of the wedding he has a nervous breakdown and ends up in Prison for getting out of control in the supermarket. His wife comes to rescue him under the orders that he starts to accept that the wedding is going ahead.

                                  The wedding plans all come together and they decide to have the wedding at George and Nina's house. A few weeks before the wedding and disaster strikes, Annie calls of the wedding because because her husband to be makes accusations that when George and Nina visited his parents house George had gone upstairs to root through his parents belongings, which Annie didn't believe and thought that her husband to be was lying, until she confronted her dad which then said it was true.

                                  Will the wedding go ahead, if so will it go to plan or will it just be a typical American movie where something is bound to go wrong?

                                  I love this film and could sit and watch it time and time again. The story line is brilliant and as well as being a romantic film it has a hint of comedy making it unmissable to watch. I think that Steve Martin as ever did a great job of being the father of the bride and showed probably just what most other fathers experience when there daughters are to be married.

                                  I think my favorite character of them all has to be the wedding planner himself- Franck, he is just so funny and everything that comes out of his mouth has me in stitches, i think it's because of his accent and his personality overall. Him and George don't always see eye to eye which makes a great bit of acting.

                                  Some scenes where funny and yet some made a tear come to my eye, Ok so the film isn't for everyones liking, but if your like me and want a feel good film to snuggle up and watch then this is for you.

                                  It doesn't drag on neither and each scene is filled with laughter or tears so it doesn't get boring half way through like some Rom-Com films.

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