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      17.10.2009 16:31
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      definitely recommended, give them a try

      I bought theses yogurts from asda as I have just joined weight watchers and they were on special offer at £1.00 per pack of 4, each one contains 120g, they are normally around £1.40.


      ***The Packaging***

      There are 4 square plastic pots with a glossy paper lid. The pots are all stuck together in a square and have to be snapped apart. This can be done with ease and so far I have not had any injuries caused by sharp edges, but they have the potential to be quite sharp so look out. There is an outer sleeve made of a fairly pliable cardboard. The sleeve does serve a purpose though, it has almost all of the nutritional information on it. as well as the bar code.


      ***The Product***

      There are 4 different flavours, they are; Strawberry Tart, Raspberry Tart, Lemon Cheesecake and Toffee Apple. In my opinion each flavour is captured and tastes just like the real thing. Each pot has a weight watchers points value of 1 point. (that's the same as 1 rich tea, who can eat just 1 though!).
      *Strawberry Tart - this one is very thick and creamy, it is a lovely creamy pink colour, it has a good amount of strawberry pieces and pieces of flan, the flan pieces are obviously soft. The taste is of rich creamy strawberry, the yogurt is smooth and is very nice.
      *Raspberry Tart - this one is very similar to the strawberry one, but tastes of raspberries and is darker in colour.
      *Lemon Cheesecake - This one is very lemony and will draw your cheeks in. It is also smooth, creamy and a very pale lemon colour, it has tiny pieces of lemon and soft biscuit through it. Although this one is nice it was not my favourite.
      *Toffee Apple - It is again very thick and creamy. The yogurt is smooth and toffee flavoured with small chunks of juicy stewed apples. Very nice.


      ***The Facts***

      Each pot contains 120g
      Toffee Apple values are
      62kcals
      9.9g sugars
      0.3g fat
      0.1g saturates
      0.3g fibre


      ***Overall***

      I'm not much of a lover of yogurts, but from looking at the picture on the sleeve it looked thick and creamy, this combined with the fact that each pot has a maximum of 62 calories and the delicious flavours, I just could not resist giving them a try and I'm glad I did. They are all very tasty, they are full of flavour and texture, not like a lot of bland yogurts out there. I have found each one to be reasonably filling and an adequate stop gap snack to get me through to lunch time or a delicious dessert. I will definitely buy these again,in fact have went back yesterday for another 2 packs before they go back up to full price. They have around a 3 week shelf life on them.

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        01.10.2009 23:18
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        delicious, give them a try

        I first heard about these biscuits on Dooyoo, and they sounded lovely, so when I went shopping today I sought them out. I bought them from Asda, they were at the end of the biscuit aisle along with some other new biscuits. They cost £1.37 for a 150g pack.


        ***Packaging***

        The pack is a thin cellophane wrapper with a thin, shaped plastic tray to minimise the chances of the biscuits being squashed. Everything about the packet screams "ordinary", except the photograph of the biscuit. this makes it look like so much more than an ordinary biscuit.


        ***The Product***

        When I opened the pack, I must say I was quite surprised at the size. They were reasonably smaller that I expected. There were 10 in the packet. Each biscuit (the actual shortcake base) is 1 inch by 1 and a half inches, on top of that is the very soft caramel. To top it off is a very thick layer of creamy milk chocolate which overhangs the edge of the shortcake. The shortcake is buttery and is quite crisp to bite into, then just melts away so easily in your mouth. The caramel is sweet and smooth, sometimes caramel can be a bit gritty like the sugar has not been dissolved properly, but this is not the case here. The chocolate is creamy and is perhaps a bit thick at the edges, but this does not spoil the overall taste though. Overall the biscuit is very nice and although quite small, it just means I can have a cheeky second.


        ***The Facts***

        Each biscuit contains
        78 kcals
        7.6g sugar
        4.1g fat
        2.4g saturates
        Trace of salt

        All in all a very nice change to have with my tea, I will buy these again and recommend giving them a try.

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        • Asda Mushrooms / Sweets / 96 Readings / 92 Ratings
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          26.09.2009 17:56
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          We will be buying them again

          I remember these sweets from my childhood, I have not had them for a good few years and thought that my daughter picking them out was the perfect excuse to buy them again when we where shopping together in Asda.

          They are Asda's own brand, they cost 37p for a 75g bag which contains around 20 sweets. They also seem to be on a constant offer of 3 packs for one pound, you can mix and match these with other similar bags of sweets, eg, white mice or flying saucers (another blast from the past).

          The packaging is a a thick plastic pack that is crimped sealed at each end. When trying to open the pack, I tried to pinch open the bag, like I would with a bag of crisps, but it proved to be difficult, if I tried harder the sweets would probably have ended up all over the floor, so I found it easier to open the bag by cutting a corner off with scissors.

          The sweets are pink and white shaped mushrooms and quite squishy to touch. The smell is quite overpowering the second the bag is opened and the raspberry smell makes them more appealing. The sweets are nice, juicy and tasty, soft and chewy but not gooey. I think that they are quite sweet though and too many would be sickly.

          Each 100g contains:
          347 kcals
          75g sugar
          0.2g fat
          0.05g salt

          These sweets contain no artificial colours or flavours.

          Overall I think these are a nice treat to share and worth the 37p. Give them a try.

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            19.07.2009 11:42
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            "A whole new experience" (That's their tagline)

            I bought these in Asda a few days ago as they where on a special offer. 50p for a 150g bag, An offer I just could not refuse as they normally cost around 3 times that.


            ***The Packaging***

            The pack is is thicker than normal foil bag that is crimp sealed at either end to keep them super fresh. The picture on the bag does make them look appealing. The pack is a quality bag, therefor, you'd expect the product to be good quality too. I think the crisps look like mini poppadoms.


            ***The Product***

            On opening the bag you get a nice, strong, but not overpowering smell of spices. The bag is over half filled with these oval, bubbly crisps. The crisps look quite greasy and covered in flavouring, you can visibly see salt and paprika on them. They are very crunchy, more so than normal crisps as they are slightly thicker. The initial taste I got was a zesty lime and coconut and then an overpowering spicy kick afterwards. I think that the after taste is a bit too spicy for me as a crisp.


            ***The Facts***

            This pack contains 150g. They are suitable for vegetarians.
            Each 25g contains
            126 kcals
            1.3g protein
            14g carbohydrate
            6.5g fat
            1.6g saturates
            0.2g salt


            ***My Opinion***

            I think that as far as crisps go they certainly are unique, the extra crunch and overpowering taste is a bit much, The don't particularly taste like sweet chilli either. I won't buy these again. Don't be fooled by the fact that they are Pringles, as they are a totally different to the original tubed ones.

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              07.07.2009 20:50
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              Very nice

              I popped into my local Tesco Express after work today, for something quick and easy for tea tonight. After choosing something I found myself hovering around the small cake selection in this tiny store. I fancied a cake, but had nothing specific in mind so I spotted something that looked appealing, however, out of the corner of my eye I saw these cake slices. I opted for these because they were by far the healthier choice. A box of 6 cake slices cost me £1.02.


              ***The packaging***

              Is a white cardboard box with the words light choices scrawled across a good portion of it. This really works at drawing us in as it is very clearly written, and also makes us think that they are better for us (than most of the cakes on show). The box also has a picture of a plate full of these delicious looking cake slices. Inside the box, is a clear, thin plastic tray that is sectioned into six and each cake slice sits perfectly inside each section, the tray is also about 1cm taller than the cake slices this makes it a bit tricky to take out the cake without getting all sticky from trying to maneuver the cake, so as to lift it out. The tray containing the cake slices is also wrapped in a clear plastic film to seal in the freshness.


              ***The Product***

              Each cake slice is approximately 1 inch tall, 1 inch wide and 2 inches long. The box describes the cake as "Moist carrot and Orange cake slices topped with yogurt icing". I think that is very accurate . The only difference between the photo on the box and the actual cake is that the the yogurt icing on the cake was perhaps a little too runny, or not properly set when the slices were cut, as the icing had cracks all over it. It makes it look a bit less appealing but it does not take anything away from the taste.


              ***The Tasting***

              I find a lot of carrot cakes to be too dry, but this one is perfectly moist, so much so that the bottom of the cake is quite visibly sticky. The sponge is soft and springy. The yogurt icing is a thin layer, it is very sweet though so a thin layer is ample. You can clearly taste the orange and carrot, mostly orange though. The cake is textured with coconut and orange zest.
              Overall these are very nice cake slices, one is nice, two is perfect, any more and it would become too sickly I think. I tried to have one, but I had to have a second and then felt happy with that.


              ***The Facts***

              The good thing about the Tesco Light Choices range is that the points value shown on each pack, does coincide with the Weight Watchers Points system. Each slice is one and a half points. These slices contain milk, wheat, gluten and egg.

              Each slice contains:
              95kcals
              13.3g sugar
              0.7g fat
              0.4g saturates
              0.1g salt

              I recommend trying these if you are looking for a little something for your sweet tooth, the fact that it is lower in calories is an added bonus.

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                03.07.2009 21:30
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                There's no nickers in it !!

                There is an odd reason for my buying this cake, so here it is. With all this hot weather, we had been discussing fan's at work and I said I was looking for one and someone had said that Morrison's were selling the tall ones for under £15. I don't normally go to Morrison's as Asda is closer to me but there is one in Town, so off I went. After trawling every inch of the store they were sold out of the fans, but I had noticed these cakes in the freezer at the end of the aisle with £1 off making it £1.99. I thought this cold cake will help keep me cool, seeing as i could not get the fan!! (That is TOTALLY the best excuse for buying this gorgeous looking cake).


                ***The Packaging***

                It is a square, thicker than average cardboard box. The box opens from the side, it has a small tab and slit (like a cereal box) so the box can be kept closed after opening. Inside the box, the cake is on a circular cardboard plate. The picture on the box is what drew me closer as you can see in the picture above, it just looks amazing. The fact that it also has Snickers in it, is even better.


                ***The Product***

                Considering that the cake just stands around an inch tall, it has many layers. Let me start at the bottom. It is described on the box as being an almond biscuit base, but to me it was a cross between biscuit and sponge. It definitely was not crisp, but it was a bit stiffer than sponge. The next layer is nougat cream, then another layer of almond biscuit/sponge. Next, a layer of that smooth snickers caramel. A very generous sprinkling of crunchy peanuts, and finally, topped with a good layer of creamy milk chocolate.
                The box suggests that this cake serves 6-8 and can be cut frozen. It takes 10 minutes to defrost one slice but 30 minutes for the whole cake.


                ***The Taste***

                It is a very sweet dessert and so I recommend cutting it into the 8 slices, which I did. I think that all the layers compliment each other, the biscuit/sponge is much less sweet and so they blend well together. You also get a good mix of all the textures, this also differs if eating at room temperature or from the fridge. If eating at room temperature it get's a bit gooey, so I preferred it from the fridge.


                ***Serving suggestions***

                The box suggests serving with fruit, berries or ice-cream, I quite fancied trying it with pouring cream, but I'm glad I didn't have any, it would probably have been too sickly.


                ***The Facts***

                This cake is gluten-free so is suitable for coeliacs, it is free from artificial colourings and preservatives.

                Each 1/8 slice contains:
                257 kcals
                14.2g sugars
                15.9g fat
                4.8g saturates.

                I recommend this treat if you are a big fan of snickers and all things sweet, it is very nice. It is a nice change to all those regimented sponge cakes out there. The Almondy brand also does other cakes, one very similar to this one but with dime bar on it, or rasberry or lemon cheesecakes.

                for more info visit www.almondy.co.uk

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                • Wife Swap (Channel 4) / TV Programme / 88 Readings / 87 Ratings
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                  28.06.2009 22:40
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                  It makes me appriciate my own family

                  This is a reality show that is currently being shown on Channel 4 on Sunday evenings at 8pm for one hour. It is also repeated on E4 at various times during the week.

                  Wife swap is one of those programmes where you could say it's predictable, in the sense that you have 2 families that will swap wives for 2 weeks. The families are usually the complete opposite to each other. One family may be materialistic and the other live off the land, away out in the sticks. The unpredictable part is watching how they try to change the other family, some are happily changed but most are shot down in flames.

                  The program was first aired in the UK on channel 4 in 2003 and the following year a US version has been shown in America.

                  Each wife writes a manual of the running of their family. The new wife will have a look around their temporary home before they are introduced to the family. During this time they will try to guess what the family is like and how it will go for the two weeks. During week 1 the wife will have to adhere to the rules in the manual as much as it may upset them. On the first day of the second week, each wife will sit down their new family and set out the new rules for the week ahead. Most of the time the families reject change to the point that they get involved is some very heated discussions. After the 2 weeks have been completed the 2 wives are reunited with the partners, and the 4 of them sit down to discuss the previous fortnight and advise on what changes will be kept etc. These discussions have become very heated in the past, but I have yet to see any physical fighting. The couples then go back to their own homes and get on with it. The last 5 minutes of the show are where the families tell us, about 2 months later, how the swap has changed their lives.

                  This weeks show was about a funloving and very close family with 2 children that spends most of their time together. The other family is a couple with four children, who attend private school. Their parents have to work very hard to be able to just afford this, which is causing them to grow apart. They all have gotten on relatively well and have made some positive changes to their families.

                  I enjoy watching this program, you just never know what's going to happen, or how extreme opposites they will be. I like to see how easy it is to make some small changes to their families, but they always seem to protest without actually trying, but once they try they may actually keep the new change. It can be very entertaining, especially if you enjoy people watching.

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                    27.06.2009 23:30
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                    something different for my breakfast

                    I bought a box of this cereal 2 or 3 weeks ago from Asda, they had them on a special offer price of a pound a box (375g). I remember enjoying these years ago but have not bought them for a while as I would normally buy the shops own brand cereals (much cheaper).


                    ***The Packaging***

                    It's not a particularly big box at 375g which is apparently 12 servings. I prefer to buy this sized box because it can stand upright in my cereal cupboard instead of laying on it's side and risking spilling out of the box. The packaging is the recognisable yellow cardboard box with a very appealing bowl of the cereal on there too. The box is easy to open and even has instuctions on the top! The flakes are also inside a plastic bag, which is heat sealed at either end to seal in the freshness. The bag is also easy to open, just pinch and separate, although sometimes it tears and this will cause flakes to go everywhere when pouring out.


                    ***The Product***

                    The Cereal is made by Kellogg's so you know that you are getting a quality product. The description from the box tells you exactly what you are getting. "Golden flakes of corn with brown sugar, peanuts and honey". The flakes are crunchy with plenty of nuts stuck to them. they are sweet but not overly so. They box says 1 serving is 30g, now I have never weighed them out, I just keep pouring them into the bowl until I think they won't overflow once the milk is in. I reckon though that i am having about the 30g. This is filling enough to keep me going to lunch time.

                    Each 30g serving with 125ml of skimmed milk contains:
                    178 kcals
                    17g sugar
                    3.5g fat
                    1.5g saturates
                    0.5g salt


                    ***Summary***

                    These are very nice to have, I don't think I could eat them everyday though as I like a bit of variety and they are sweet, not sickeningly sweet, but just a bit more than I prefer (not as bad a sugar puffs though). I don't think anyone could eat too much of these as they are quite filling. They are good quality for a pound a box (for 12 breakfasts). I would recommend these if you prefer sweet cereals. What I like most about them is getting to the bottom of the packet and getting all the loose bits of nut that have fallen off the flakes.

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                    • Boots Opticians / Health Product / 119 Readings / 117 Ratings
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                      06.06.2009 22:38
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                      They've got it half right

                      I have been wearing glasses for about 15 years now and was originally a customer with Specsavers but about 4 years ago I changed to Boots because I felt that anytime I went in there, I was being rushed out of Specsavers, as they were just too busy.

                      I am writing about my experience of my local Boots Optician in High Street, Falkirk.

                      When the card came in from Specsavers for my regular eye test, I decided to find out from friends and family what they thought about other opticians and that's what made me choose Boots. I rang them up to make an appointment and was given a time for the following week. My first impression was good, they woman on the phone was professional, and polite. When I first went into the shop I was greeted and shown to the waiting area. I was taken into a side room for the eye test and this was where Boots excelled in my opinion. The eye test was much more thorough than I was used to. The optician is very friendly and takes the time to explain what she is doing and why. Once the test is over the optician introduced my to a different member of staff that would help me pick out new frames and answer any questions I have about them. I ordered my glasses and paid a deposit for them and that was me done. I received a phone call about 3 or 4 working days later to say my glasses were in the shop to collect. I went in that afternoon and was sat down to check the fit of the new glasses and have any adjustments made to them. That was four years ago and I still receive the same care and attention every time since then.

                      This is not a particulary big shop but they have a good selection of adults glasses to suit everyone's budget. The shop is well staffed with people that really know their products. They have 2 opticians that seem to be very busy and you would have to wait about a week for an appointment.

                      I also now take my 7 year old daughter here for her eye tests. For a child the eye tests may be carried out every six months at first to ensure they have the correct prescription. I think they are fantastic with kids. They all speak directly to my daughter instead of speaking through me which makes her feel important and that her views count. When it came to choosing frames it was a bit more difficult. They do not have a great selection of frames for kids and of course there is also the size issue. They probably only had about 30 frames for kids and that covered babies, teenagers and everyone in between, for boys and girls. They had no character frames just plain metal or plastic frames in a variation of colours. These also ranged in price from Free with NHS voucher to £54.

                      I recently had to take my daughter back as she has lost her glasses. My daughter was having real trouble finding frames she liked and eventually the woman quietly suggested we try a different optician with a bigger selection so we did and managed to choose a pair in less than 5 minutes. I know this type of thing is not good for business but I loved her honesty and I am very grateful to her. My daughter is very happy with her selection.


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                      This is a great optician that I would definitely recommend for a thorough eye test. The customer services is faultless. The only thing that lets them down is the poor selection of frames available to kids, and for that reason I am taking away 2 stars, at least until they get in a bigger and better selection.

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                      • Cadbury Clusters / Chocolate / 127 Readings / 125 Ratings
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                        Ii wonder if I can count the raisins as part of my 5 a day???

                        I guess you could call this an impulse buy, I had been all around Asda and was in the queue to pay, and there they were, on the end of the till point, looking all tasty and chocolatey, this square shiny red pack with NEW Cadbury Clusters written on it. This one is the individual pack at 37g and cost 49p. There is also a share bag available. I picked up a bag and had a closer look.


                        *** The Packaging ***

                        The bag is a foil pack about 4 inches square and crimp sealed at either end. The pack is red with the usual Purple banner, which I would automatically associate with Cadbury. At the top right corner of the pack it has a smallish purple banner with NEW written in yellow to make it stand out. There are a few raisins pictured and a few clusters too.


                        *** The Clusters ***

                        The clusters are quite small, bite sized pieces which are nobbley shaped all over except the bottom is flat. They are described on the pack as "Clusters of crunchy flakes & juicy raisins tumbled in scrumptious Cadbury milk chocolate", and this is exactly what you get in the bag.

                        Each 37g bag contains
                        175 kcals
                        23g sugars
                        8.2g fat
                        5.1g staurates
                        0.2g salt


                        *** My Opinion ***

                        On opening the bag I was slightly disappointed to find just a few clusters, there were actually 9 pieces, a few much smaller pieces, like they were halved. I put one in my mouth and crunched through it, It tasted nice, the raisins were very juicy and tasty and they compliment the crunchiness of the flakes and the sweet milk chocolate. It tasted quite like a picnic but without the nuts. I enjoyed all of the pieces and was then surprised at how filling they actually were. I will buy these again and I would recommend them, they are a nice treat, but don't be fooled into thinking that there's not a lot in it, There is ample eating in this pack.

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                        • General / Discussion / 117 Readings / 110 Ratings
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                          Some more random information about me

                          1. What is your middle name?
                          I don't have one.

                          2. Fire or Central Heating?
                          Central Heating, I don't use the fire as my daughter is always dancing around and spinning out of control.

                          3. What are you listening to right now?
                          Up by The Saturdays on The Box (sky channel)

                          4. Clubbing or Romantic Meal?
                          I'm too old for clubbing, so it would have to be the Romantic meal

                          5. What was the last thing you ate?
                          Chicken, new potatoes and some fresh veg. Wow, that actually sounds quite healthy, well it is for me.

                          6. Last person you hugged?
                          My daughter

                          7. How is the weather right now?
                          It's miserable, totally pouring with rain, and i could not get parked outside my house so I had to park away down the street and walk back with no jacket on. It was nicer this morning when I left for work. This is typical Scottish weather

                          8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
                          My Mum

                          9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
                          Eyes and Teeth

                          10. Favourite type of Food?
                          Chinese

                          11. Do you want children?
                          I have a 7 year old daughter and she is the bee's knee's.

                          12. Hair colour?
                          Dark Brown, and the few grey's have disappeared!!

                          13. Do you wear contacts?
                          Yes

                          14. Favourite holiday?
                          Zante, but it was a long time ago

                          15. Favourite Season?
                          Summer

                          16. Have you ever cried over a love lost?
                          Yes

                          17. Last Movie you watched?
                          confessions of a shopaholic

                          18. What books are you reading?
                          Dear Fatty by Dawn French, well I started it a while ago and it's kinda just sitting there now as a coaster. I will get around to finishing it, eventually.

                          19. Piercing?
                          just my ears

                          20. Favourite Movie?
                          Dodgeball always makes me laugh, but generally any comedy will do.

                          21. Favourite Sports Team?
                          Me and my mates at the pub, I'm pretty sure drinking IS a sport now!!

                          22. What were you doing before filling this out?
                          Bebo Surfing

                          23. Favourite animal?
                          My dog, Sasha (cross Collie)

                          24. Favourite drink?
                          Diet Coke

                          25. Favourite flower?
                          Orchid

                          26. Have you ever loved someone?
                          Yes.

                          27. Who would you like to see right now?
                          Johnny Depp, He's gorgeous.

                          28. What colour are your bedroom walls?
                          Cream, with 1 Deep Red

                          29. Have you ever fired a gun?
                          A date gun, if that counts!! I'd never go near a real one, what a random question.

                          30. Do you like to travel by plane?
                          I don't mind, I used to live in London and would fly up (1 hour) to Edinburgh rather than by train(5 hours) or bus (9 hours, total torture)

                          31. Right-handed or Left-handed?
                          Left

                          32. If you could go to any place right now where would you go?
                          A beautiful, quite, sunny island

                          33. Are you missing someone?
                          yes

                          34. Do you have tattoo?
                          No, I'm too scared of the pain.

                          35. Do you still watch cartoons on Saturday mornings?
                          If it was up to me, NO, but my daughter seem to take control of the remote whenever possible.


                          36. Are you hiding something from someone right now?
                          Yes

                          37. Are you 18?
                          double it then take away the first number I thought of (5).... 31

                          38. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?
                          A photo of my daughter holding up the new tartan for her new kilt.

                          39. Are you afraid of the dark?
                          No

                          40. Favourite Hangout?
                          In front of the TV

                          41. Three things you can't live without?
                          Family, Mobile and Chocolate

                          42. Favourite songs?
                          Golden Brown - The Stranglers, Rhythm is a Dancer - Snap, Better - Tom Baxter

                          43. What are you afraid of?
                          Spiders, in fact any creepy crawlies and things that fly around my head, like moths or birds

                          44. Are you a giver or a taker?
                          Giver

                          46. What is your dad's middle name?
                          He doesn't have one either

                          47. What do you sleep in?
                          My Bed!!

                          48. Stuck on a deserted island, and can only bring one thing?
                          Mobile, to call for help, if I get bored being on my own

                          49. Favourite TV commercial?
                          the 118 24 7 yellow pages one. or the cadbury eyebrow one. Credit where credit is due, They ARE entertaining.

                          50. First thing you'll save in a fire?
                          My family


                          51. What is your favourite colour?
                          Red

                          52. What are the things you always bring with you?
                          Phone, purse, keys, blistex and daughters medicine

                          53. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
                          Police woman, hairdresser then an accountant!!!

                          54. What do you do when the alarm turns on?
                          Switch it off and just stay there contemplating for at least 10 minutes.

                          55. What colour is your bed sheet?
                          Cream

                          56. Who do you want to meet?
                          Mr Right

                          57. What do you think about before you go to bed?
                          How busy a day I've got tomorrow

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                          • Mars Revels / Chocolate / 86 Readings / 85 Ratings
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                            04.05.2009 19:52
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                            A chocolate treat from Mars but with less calories than a Mars Bar

                            For anyone that reads my reviews regularly you probably know by now that I am somewhat of a chocoholic, so here goes yet another Chocolate review.

                            I am reviewing the smallest size bag of Revels (35g). Revels are made by Mars. They are also available in larger packs and are all widely available from supermarkets, confectioners and many more.

                            I bought these from my local Tesco Express, they were on an offer of buy 2 for 70p (normally about 50p each), so I did. A bag for me and a bag for my daughter. Each bag had 18 pieces in it. From noting what was in both bags I think that there is no set way to make up the 18, so it really is just your luck what variations you get. There are 6 chocolates available. They are: Coffee Cream, Orange Cream, Toffee, Raisin, Malteser and Chocolate. The chocolate ones are like minstrels but without the hard sugar shell. The coffee Cream is one of those sweets you either love it or hate it, I love it! It's a smallish round ball with a coffee flavoured fondant centre which is a light pale brown colour and is coated in chocolate. It's the same size and shape as the Orange cream, the only difference is that the fondant centre is slightly more orange in colour. The Toffee one is covered in chocolate and is a slightly different in shape, it it a little more oblong. Raisin is a little smaller unless you get 2 stuck together, they are also covered in chocolate, they tend to be the strangest shapes in the bag. Malteser is the largest round ball. Then you have the Chocolate one. This one is shaped like a disk and is just the delicious chocolate you get from Mars.

                            There are pictures on the back of the bag showing what each one is like so you should be able to differentiate between them all. I think the pictures are a bit deceiving though as it clearly shows you that they are all different in size and shape, but they are not. In my experience the coffee and orange both look exactly the same from the outside, and unfortunately for me I like the coffee but not the orange.

                            Nutritional Information (35g)

                            168 kcals
                            1.8g protein
                            23.6g carbohydrate
                            7.4g fat

                            ***My Opinion***
                            168 calories for a chocolate treat is not so bad, The fact that it feels like your having more because of all the different flavours. I like all the flavours but am not as keen on the Orange ones. I think that they are quite filling, because the fondant fillings in particular are very sweet and sickly if you end up getting too many of these in your bag. These would not be my first choice of sweet, but I will buy them again, it's good to have this as a choice when you don't know what sweet you want.

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                            • Quaker Sugar Puffs / Breakfast / 93 Readings / 93 Ratings
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                              24.04.2009 21:35
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                              quite nice, but sweet

                              I noticed these on special offer at my local Asda a few days ago for £1.00 for a 450g box (normal price £1.78). I would not normally buy this cereal as I am fortunate enough that my daughter prefers Weetabix or Rice Krispies (without sugar) and even at that I normally buy Asda own brand because of the prices. But I thought this was a good offer and decided to buy them.

                              ***The packaging***

                              The Box is cardboard and is recyclable, inside the box is a thin plastic bag that is completely sealed to keep in the freshness. This one is a promotional box so it differs from the normal box but only slightly, the main colours are the same. The box is mainly a bright blue with a bright yellow honeycomb which is the background for the large red lettering of Sugar Puffs and in smaller red letters it says With Honey Goodness. There is a picture of the honey monster who is splashing plenty of milk over a bowl of the cereal.

                              ***A bit of history about Sugar Puffs***

                              Well sugar puff were invented in 1954, well actually puffed wheat was already in existence since the 30's but in 1954 someone decided they would be much yummier if they added a coating of honey and thus they were born. Sugar puffs were produced by Quaker but in 2006 Sugar Puffs were acquired by Big Bear and have now called the Company Honey Monster Foods. The reason I know this is that I had noticed when I was looking at the box for details to write about them, I noticed that it did not have Quaker on the top corner or in fact anywhere else on the box, so I look up the website (details were on the box) at www.honeymonster.co.uk.

                              ***The Product***

                              There is not much to say really, they are small puffs of wheat coated in honey and brown sugar. They are crunchy at first but they will soften when you add the milk. This box contains 15 servings

                              Each 30g serving contains
                              114 kcals
                              1.6g protein
                              10.6g of sugars
                              0.5g of fat
                              0.1g saturated fat
                              1.1g fibre
                              Trace of salt

                              ***My Opinion***

                              Well, I have not had these for a long while, so when I had a bowl for breakfast yesterday, it took me back to my childhood as it was a favourite back then, but I guess you just outgrow some things. I am glad to say they tasted mostly as I remembered. I prefer to let them soak up the milk first so they are more chewy than crunchy. The only thing I am not so keen on is that they are a lot sweeter than I remember. I am glad I bought them, and I would buy them again if they are on a good offer, they make a nice change and are quite nice as a snack later on. I would recommend these but not all the time unless you have a really sweet tooth.

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                              • Galaxy Cookie Crumble / Chocolate / 102 Readings / 101 Ratings
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                                Quite disappointing.

                                Well, I stumbled across this chocolate bar by complete accident. I was at my local Tesco Express looking for a quick and cheap chocolate fix. I saw a bright yellow card saying 2 for 80p, Wow, that's quite impressive as most chocolate bars now cost over 50p each so, I read all the details, any of the regular sized bars of galaxy including ripple bars. Oh, now I was spoiled for choice. I went for a Galaxy Caramel and a regular Galaxy. I noticed that the wrapper on the regular one was darker and thought I'd picked up dark chocolate instead of milk, but no, It said Cookie Crumble in small writing below the large print of Galaxy. I was intrigued and decided to give it a go, regardless of the fact that I'd never heard of it.

                                ***The packaging ***
                                It is a plastic foil wrapper pinch sealed at each end to keep in freshness. The design of the wrapper is unmistakeably for a bar of Galaxy chocolate, with their trademark cream and brown swirling colours and their Name right across the centre of it. You'd have to have a second glance to know it was more than just their regular chocolate bar. With a second look you may notice a small picture of 2 crumbly cookies to the top right corner of the wrapper which blends in with the colouring of the wrapper, you may also notice in fine and smallish print it is called a Cookie Crumble.

                                ***The Chocolate***
                                This 45g bar has 246kcals. The bar has 6 equal sized rectangular pieces each one the width of the pack. The underside of the bar is were you can see the dark pieces of cookie. The Galaxy brand has gone for a new shape which is difficult to describe but it's kind of like a diagonal curve, which is supposed to make the chocolate melt in your mouth quicker. I put 1 rectangle into my mouth and it's melting then the cookie becomes very scratchy on the roof of my mouth, once the chocolate is mostly melted I crunch the rest.

                                ***My Opinion***
                                I have never heard of this bar before, plus, the wrapper does not stand out from the others, it's almost as if it's a secret. I was interested at the thought of this chocolate as it's quite different to anything else I've seen. You can't go wrong with Galaxy chocolate, or can you. I reckon the cookie pieces are a bit too rough for such a recognisably smooth chocolate. I would have enjoyed it more if they had been a lot less scratchy, it could easily rip your mouth to shreds. It had a nice taste, the biscuit has a nice buttery taste and it did compliment the chocolate. I would recommend giving it a try but beware. I may buy it again if I'm looking for something different, but I won't be rushing out to buy it.

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                                  17.04.2009 23:45
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                                  another great title from this huge collection

                                  This book is aimed at girls from 6 years to about 10 years. This is book number 51 in the Rainbow Magic series and is part of The Dance Fairies mini series.

                                  This story starts with 2 young girls who are great friend and are going to a disco. The girls are familiar with the fairies from previous stories. Their friend Jade the disco fairy has had her magical ribbon stolen by one of Jack Frosts Goblins. When the girls turn up at the school disco, everyone there is dancing very badly except for one strange looking guy over in the corner of the school hall. The girls go over to investigate and discover he is the goblin dressed up. The girls must help Jade get back her magical ribbon from the goblin, without anyone else at the disco finding out. The girls and Jade tickle the goblin until he lets go of the ribbon and they return it to Jade and save the disco.

                                  This is a great story and has helped my 7 year old daughter along her way of being a fluent and confident young reader. The story is very interesting and it keeps her gripped at all times. The story is broken down into 6 chapters. There are lots of pictures throughout the book to break up the text. This book has 73 pages. The last few pages in the book, list the other Rainbow Magic titles available (around 70 so far). These books are widely available from many retailers, we got this one from Asda for 3.99

                                  I would recommend this book to any young reader, to help them become more confident reading on their own or to others. The book is laid out in a way that is not intimidating to an early reader. I find that just the look of some books can put off my daughter from reading them on her own, but not this one. Another great thing about this book is that it is part of a huge series, but if you have not read previous stories, it won't matter as each book has substance in it's own right.



                                  This book is currently available on Amazon.co.uk for around 3 pounds.

                                  This book is written by Daisy Meadows.
                                  Published in 2007 by Orchard Books
                                  ISBN: 9781846164910
                                  More information is available from www.rainbowmagic.co.uk

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