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    • Whyte And Mackay - Special / Spirits / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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      30.10.2012 10:40
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      Nice warming winters night tipple!

      Before I start my review I would like to point out that Whyte and Mackay is a Whisky and not a VODKA!! as printed under "Product Type" moan of the day over!

      I do enjoy a little tipple now and again, with whiskey being one of my favourite drinks in the winter, can't touch it in the summer it has to to Vodka then. I suppose with the cold wintery nights it is nice to sit down and have a warming drink to sip.

      I've tried many different whiskies and this is the one I prefer by far, I don't drink my drinks neat, so maybe this is lost on me. I always have soda water or sometimes the odd splash of Coke.

      Whyte and Mackay is a Scottish whiskey that was first founded in Glasgow around 1844 by James Whyte and Charles Mackay. The whiskey is made up from 6 different grain whiskies where they are mixed with malted barley, yeast and pure spring water. Most distillers only give their whiskies one maturation which means the process of becoming mature. At Whyte and Mackay they do a double maturation, hence the word "Special" and the 2 lions on the front of the bottle. By doing the double this helps the whisky to develope a very deep mellow smoothness.

      I do notice that when I have this to drink that it is very smooth on the palate even with my mixers added compared to other whiskies I have tried. It is very dark in colour being of a deep golden shade. I am also partial to a tipple in my coffee, which is wonderful to have if you have been out and have just got back home from a nasty wet and cold day ( only after a certain time of course!!!)

      If you have money to spare you can purchase this whiskey in a beautiful Royal Doulton Ceramic decanter designed as a Falcon, Tawny Owl, Kestrel or Buzzard. These are very expensive as they only hold 20cl and cost (get ready for it!!) £74.95. If you are interested in these here is the website;

      http://www.thewhiskyexchange.com

      You can purchase this whiskey from all good supermarkets and at the moment on the lead up to Christmas this is being sold on special offer at only £16.00 per litre bottle (usually around £20+ ), where a 70cl bottle is selling for £12.00 instead of £16.00.

      So it may be worth stocking up for Christmas while the offers are about, I know I will be!!

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    • Carte Noire Instant / Coffee / 23 Readings / 23 Ratings
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      30.10.2012 08:37
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      If you like a good tasting coffee then try this!!!

      Yes I know yet another review on Coffee and this Carte Noire as well being a very popular brand. Just wanted to put my view on it as well!!

      Ever since I was expecting my youngest son ( being over 22 years ago, where has the time gone!!) I haven't been able to drink tea at all. Maybe on the very odd occasion a herbal tea or green tea, but nothing that had to have milk added. So coffee has been my only hot drink for many years as I'm not a hot chocolate drinker either.

      I'm very fussy when it comes to coffee, as I would rather not have a cup than drink any old brand. My real favourite coffee is of course the real stuff,where the beans have has just been ground and put through a filter to give a real coffee taste, but time does not always allow this ( unless you have an Aerobie Aeropress see my review!). Sometimes though I just want a quick instant coffee when I'm on the go and this is the one for me.

      Coming in a square glass black jar it certainly looks good before you have even opened it, as soon as you have broken the seal on the top the smell of the strong coffee comes wafting out. Putting 2 teaspoons into a reasonable size mug, I usually add a small amount of skimmed milk then pour on my hot water.

      The smell from this mug is enough to wake up anyone no matter how tired your feeling and when it comes to the taste, there is no other comparision to the other jars of coffee that are about as far as I'm concerned. This coffee has a really distinct taste, now I think you have to like the taste of a rich strong coffee to enjoy this one. It has a very strong bite to it ( almost nutty) and leaves a strong taste of coffee in your mouth for some time after, a bit like if you have a Starbucks or Costa coffee that is expresso.

      I understand that this coffee is made from the Arabica bean which gives it it's lovely rich velvety taste, I do think that if you gave this coffee to a friend they would think that you had gone through all the motions of making it through some sort of machine as it tastes that good. Now anything that tastes good isn't normally cheap, but I find this to be a very good price compared to a lot of the others brands on the shelfs. I usually buy mine in the refill packs ( nothing to do with being Eco friendly although I do try!!) as it works out a lot cheaper. I only popped one into my basket yesterday in Tesco's and it seems that at the moment you can get a refill of Carte Noire for £3.00 for 150g, where a jar of 100g will set you back £3.58. Also these refills are great as you just tear it along the top and it pops open with a resealable top.

      So if you like good tasting strong coffee then this is the one I would recommend!!

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      28.10.2012 21:04
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      Good long lasting toning trainers!!

      I had been wanting a pair of toning trainers for ages, So when at Christmas I received a pair of Reebok Easytone Reenew V57032 trainers I was over the moon. They came in blue and white, mostly covered in a white mesh type of material, with blue and silver flashes thrown in here and there. The slightly raised heel was noticeable, with Reebok a logo on the back.

      As you slide your foot into the trainer you will notice that it glides over the soft velvety sole and sits on the slightly higher heel at the back of the trainers. Being well padded around the ankle with a lot of support, you can then tie your white laces up.

      When you stand up for the first time you get a feeling of slightly rocking back and forth, as these trainers are meant to tone and get your leg muscles working straight away. It is a bit strange at first as they seem quite heavy underfoot and you feel like your walking weird, but it is funny how quick you get used to this sensation and before you know it, you have forgotten that you are wearing these type of trainers.

      I wear mine everytime I can, when I'm not working or going out somewhere, don't ask me if they have toned my legs as I really don't know ( got great pins so wouldn't notice lol!!!) but seriously they are so comfortable to wear I don't think I could wear any other type of trainer now.

      I have had these for over 10 months now and they still look like new with no signs of any part of the trainers wearing away, they have lost their brilliant white glow that you get with new trainers, but still look like they are new. I am a size 7 and they fit lovely and seem to be true to their size.

      I can't say what these trainers cost as they were a present, but on looking on line they retail for around £34.00 normally £75.00, so I would say that I think that they are really worth the money they cost as they are so comfortable. If I can wear them all day and forget that I have them on my feet then they must be good!!

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        28.10.2012 20:00
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        Would recommend to anyone with damaged hair!!!

        If anyone read my last review they would know that my hair got particulary bad with the heat from the straighteners I was using. As my daughter does her weekly shop online and accidently ordered 2 of these Dove Intensive Creme Repair's, is how I become the owner of one of them. I wouldn't usually look at these in a shop if I'm honest, as I would think that they are overpriced and not much good.

        Well eager to try anything, I thought I would give this a go, all packaged in a smart box. This hair repair comes in a plastic white bottle, with a large pump head. This comes with a lockable top that you can twist to stop this from being pumped out accidently.

        First you must wet your hair and towel dry or as I have done wash your hair and towel dry, then pump a couple of squirts of the thick white creme into your hand and rub into your hair ( I must say that I have a fringe, so I did blow dry that first before putting the creme onto the rest of my hair, can't be sitting around with no fringe!!) then comb into your style and leave overnight.

        Now it does say that you can wash your hair or just style in your normal way in the morning, so I decided to just run the straighteners ( LOW HEAT!!) over my hair and it felt wonderful and looked great. Lovely and soft and silky!!!

        I would say that this is a great hair repair and from what the product says I well believe every word. According to the makers Dove;

        MICRO MOISTURE SERUMTM nourishes and seals each hair strand.

        Dove with FIBRE ACTIVESTM deeply penetrates damaged hair throughout the night to actively replenish vital proteins and restore strength

        Helps to replenish 1 month's protein loss in 1 night

        So for the price of £4.99 this is something I will be replacing when it runs out, I only use it about twice a month so the 120ml bottle should last me ages as I only use a couple of squirts in one session. This bottle does last for 12 months once opened, so no fear of it going off within a couple of months.

        So if you have damaged hair and think it is beyond repair, then give this a go as it is excellent and worth every penny!

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        26.10.2012 19:41
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        Used properly and these straighteners are great as good, if not better that GHD's!!

        Now as I've been a big, big fan of GHD's for many years, so it would take me a lot of persuading to change me to use something else. Well with my second pair starting to take a bit longer to heat up I decided to have a look about and as money was a bit tight, as it was just after Christmas, I was hoping to get something good in the sales.

        After much research on the internet I kept coming up with the same brand and name over and over again, it was the Babyliss 2098BU Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners. The reviews were great with people saying that they had replaced their GHDs with these and that they are so much better, well I had to give it a go. With a lot of looking about I decided to buy my pair from Debenhams as the retail price was around the £80-90 mark and Debenhams were selling them for £39.99, so I ordered some.

        After waiting a couple days they turned up with the courier, so eagerly waiting to unwrap I rushed into the bedroom to have a look. They looked great in a lovely very pale lilac colour, with a heatproof mat to rest the hot straighteners on after using then, as well as being able to wrap them up in this mat with a velcro strap when travelling. As for travelling this box also included a really lovely bag to put the straighteners in as well, which looked liked a clutch bag that you could use on a girly night out.

        These straighteners have very smooth plates, which I am told are " 25% longer true titanium plates and ionic technology for an ultra smooth finish" which I can well believe. With a very long swivel lead of 3 metres, they also have a 3 heat settings; 180C/ 200C/230C so depending on your hair condition you can choose what heat setting you want. Taking just 15 seconds to reach the temperature you require, so fast as well as hot. I did read that they do have a slight buzzing noise that you can hear when you use these on your hair, which is true but to be honest it is so slight that you forget that it is there.

        There is also a safety cut off after 72 minutes ( which seems quite a long time to me before they turn off!!), also coming with a 5 year guarantee they seem the perfect straighteners to own. So I gave them a go and hey they seemed great making my hair lovely and straight very quickly. So away went the GHD's into a draw forever or did they!!

        I was so impressed with these straighteners that I even bought my daughter a pair for her birthday in June, I did catch my ear once and it left a really nasty blister so I only ever used these on the lower setting after that and things seemed great.

        After my daughter had used her's for a couple of months she decided to get her hair cut and a couple of weeks later she complained to me that her hair was still looking very split and wasn't happy with her haircut. I too had my haircut again and had started to use these on the high heat again, and noticed the same split look to my hair as well. We both colour our hair and I believe that we were using the higher setting, when in fact with our hair condition should have been using the lower heat.

        I did actually go back to using my old GHD's as I was convinced that the Babyliss ones were ruining my hair, but to be honest they were, but it was my own fault for using the too higher setting on coloured hair.

        Now I'm back to using them on the lower setting and my hair is much better after putting a very intensive overnight creme on as well.

        So would I recommend these Babyliss Straighteners, I would have to say yes, but only use the right settings for your hairs condition otherwise you will end up with a lot of split ends. These also have a 5 year guarantee as well.

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        26.10.2012 09:39
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        A great light daytime perfume for less that a fiver!!

        I thought I would right a review about an old favourite of mine from many years ago. I can't believe that this perfume was first launched nearly 20 years ago, when I first started to use it! Ahhhh the memories of times with my children!!!!

        Made by Revlon, this perfume when first launched onto the market was very popular indeed, I don't know if it was because the bottle seemed very trendy at the time or the scent was more modern and lighter than the usual scents that were about. As Estee Lauder, Channel No5 and Doir were not only very expensive but had a very heavy smell to them, where this was a light daytime smell perfect for the school runs first thing in the morning. At the school gate there must have been an almighty waft of Charlie Red to anyone passing as all my friends wore it as well!!

        Coming in a frosted glass bottle that was more of a soft triangular shape, with the word "Charlie" signed onto the front of the bottle in red writing with "Red" written underneath. The lid consisted of a circular silver top that covered a spray top. This bottle comes packaged in a large red box usually being 100ml. You can also get a matching body spray as well, which is handy for a quick spray and top up at work to keep in your handbag.

        The fragrance for this perfume consists of a blend of violet, rose, apricot and lilly of the valley, accompanied by fruity notes of fresh citrus and plum. For staying power I would say that it lasts a lot longer than some of the other much more expensive perfumes that I have used in the past.

        About 5 years ago my youngest son had been out around town as most 17 year olds do and came walking in through the front door, heading straight to me with a large smile on his face he said " Here Mum got you a little present today!" when I opened the bag sitting inside was a bottle of Charlie Red, well I hadn't seen this in years and to be honest had completely forgotten that it even existed. My son said that he had seen it in a shop and it had reminded him of when he was small when I used to wear it all the time. What a lovely gesture I thought, I've still got the empty bottle now!!!

        So why not have a Blast from the Past and get a bottle of this Charlie Red, I can't believe that it only costs £4.99 for 100ml, of course it can't be put on the top shelf with the likes of Lady Million, Daisy( Marc Jacobs), Youth Dew ect.... but it is worth having a bottle just for having a quick spray when you are just lazing around or in my case to bring back much loved memories!!!!!

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          25.10.2012 10:55
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          Not for me!

          I did want to write a review on some hair straightners that I own, but they wasn't on the list. So I will have to wait until Dooyoo put them on. So I thought I would write about this dry shampoo that I have used in the past.

          I am a big fan of the regular Batiste Dry Shampoo and have been using it for some years now. I have been really happy with it and it always came in handy on a day I was going to work on an early shift and didn't have time to wash and dry my hair, doing a very good job as if I had. So when I saw this XXL Volume on the shelf's I decided to grab one as it was a buy one get one free, so getting my usual Batiste I also took one of these to the checkout.

          Coming in a tall spray can, with pinks circles emblazing it, with the usual pull off plastic white top revealing a spray top. So next time I needed some of this shampoo I grabbed the XXL just to see how much volume you did actually get. Giving it a good shake I then sprayed this onto my hair.

          Coming out in it's fast quick spray it left my hair with a light coating of white powder, but with a very pleasant scent. I left it for a few minutes and then brushed it out of my hair. It did give my hair a lot more volume and made it look a lot thicker than it did before I sprayed it, BUT my hair had a very strange feel to it which I didn't like at all. Too the eye it looked great clean and fresh, but I can't quite explain the texture of my hair it just felt coarse, although I left it on and went to work I was aware that my hair felt weird and I felt uncomfortable with it. Needless to say I haven't used it since.

          So it did do the job of making my hair LOOK clean and having more volume than usual, but for me I can't walk about knowing that my hair has a strange feel to it, not that anybody would be touching my hair!!

          I personally would not use this again, so I'll have to give this can to my daughter and see what her reaction to it is. Usually selling for around the £2.99 mark, but as I mentioned earlier I got this in a B.O.G.O.F so a much better deal, now I wish I had grabbed 2 of my usual ones!!

          3 Stars as it did clean and volumise my hair!!

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        • ELC 36 Chubby Crayons / Art / Craft / 26 Readings / 26 Ratings
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          24.10.2012 19:33
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          Great for the winter days indoors, doing some drawing or scribbling !!!

          Although the review does state 36 crayons, the ones that I purchased from Early Learning Centre contained only 20. As these are the only ones for sale I take it that they have cut back. These crayons come in 10 colours with 2 of each colour. This is handy as you can split the pack and share it with someone else, as in my case my daughter.

          These crayons are roughly around 2 inches tall, but are quite chunky. Perfect for those tiny chubbie fingers, I really couldn't imagine my grandson being able to break these is half. Coming with no paper wrapped around them they are really quite plain. They come in a variety of colours with some being really bright and others in the usual black, brown, green ect...

          At first I was worried about him putting the crayons into his mouth, but so far the nearest it has got to a mouth is mine, when he tries to put it on my lips like a lipstick. They draw onto the paper really easy without having to press to hard, I always put the piece of paper onto a plastic oblong white tray that he does sometimes seem to draw more on than the paper. This soon wipes over with a wet wipe and is clean again.

          These are in the ELC Bits and Basics section and are aimed at 2 years upwards, but I think as long as the child is being watched a much younger age (18 months) can use these with no problems. These crayons are really really sturdy and we have had them put into pots and thrown about, a Little Tykes car has driven over them and I have trodden on one on more than one occassion (ouch!) and still they stay intact all in one piece.

          I did buy these a few weeks ago when Early Learning Centre was doing 20% of their toys, so when I was ordering some Christmas pressies I ordered these as well. Being priced at £2.00 I received them for £1.60, I think that the full price is excellent for these crayons, as we have had a lot of fun sitting down and scribbling away. I'm now looking to purchasing their chunky chalks ready for next spring, so that he can go and draw on the patio then I can hose it over later!!

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            23.10.2012 19:48
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            Something else for the play bucket!!

            As The Early Learning Centre is one of my favourite shops, I tend to browse through their website at least a couple of times a week. Well after one session of browsing I discovered that they were selling these "Happyland Queens Diamond Jubilee" sets. Not really into the royal family ( although I really did enjoy the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations on the telly!!) I would normally have just flicked past this toy, but it was selling for half price at £2.50 a set, so I ordered 2 one for each grandson.

            I have been looking for some figures for sometime to go with the some other Happyland figures that we have collected over the last few months. This Diamond Jubilee set comes with the Queen ( of course!!) all dressed up with a crown on her head, pearls around her neck and a large sash over her shoulder. The dog is as we all know is a Corgi in a sitting postion, with a very large celebration cake sitting on a blue tablecloth on a table. The Queen is approx 2 inches high, with the cake slightly smaller and the dog is the smallest of the three.

            Made from a firm qood quality plastic these little figures are really lovely and my youngest grandson loves playing with these completely unaware of what they actually are yet. So hopefully he should learn more from these as he gets older. These are very colourful and fit in nicely with the other Happyland figures.

            I'm sure the Queen will be introduced to quite a few different characters over the next few months, as she has already sat upside down in a fire engine, while the cake and Corgi have been on a tractor with some cows!!!

            A really lovely little set to remind children as they get older about the Diamond Jubilee and the history behind the Queen and how many years she has reigned for!!!

            This toy is recommended from the age of 18 months upwards.

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              22.10.2012 13:12
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              A really great travel cot!!!

              As many of you may now realise, that I have two grandsons. One who is just over 2 and a half and the youngest one being nearly 18 months. As the eldest grandson lives in the Midlands I don't get to see him as often as I would like, but when he does come he always has his own travel cot with him as it is one that he is used to sleeping in whenever he goes away ( which is quite a lot!!). So I decided to purchase one to have at our house, as I look after my youngest grandson a couple of times a week and it seemed silly to keep packing it up into the boot and then unpacking it.

              I hunted about on the internet and found this Red Kite travel cot in Asda, I decided on the black one and ordered one for collection from their local store. This took about 4 days and it was ready for collection, so on getting it home I decided to have a go at putting it up and down. Well this was so easy and quick, I was amazed as I expected it to be a bit fiddly.

              When you first take it out of the box you will see a long squarish looking object. There are three velcro straps that hold it all together. On undoing the straps you will be met with what will be the base of the cot. Unwrap this base and put to one side, next is the cot it's self. Well all you have to do grasp the middle of each side (one at a time) and pull up where it will click into place, done on all four sides and the cot is ready to use, put the base in and pull each velcro piece through the slit on the bottle of the cot and this will stick to the velcro underneath and this stops the base from being moved by the baby as it gets older.

              Now I do believe that you can buy a mattress for this travel cot, but I have never bothered as my grandson mainly uses it for daytime naps, but having said that he has also had many overnight stops and found it quite comfortable. There is a slight padding to the base and I have never had any trouble with him dropping of to sleep.

              Apart from the top, sides and base being in a strong black material, the rest of the cot is made from a strong white mesh. I always know when he is going to drop of to sleep as he loves to scratch the sides of the mesh before he dozes right off!.

              This cot also comes with a travel bag which is very easy to fit the cot into, when you have finished using the cot, lift the base out and put flat on the floor. Then in the middle of the bottom of the cot there is a black soft handle that says "PULL" on doing this just a little, then lift each side of the cot bar up and it will collapse folding into a square with all the sides touching, place onto the base and wrap round with the velcro straps sticking and holding the cot into place!! HEY PRESTO and its done!!

              As I said earlier I look after my grandson on a weekly basis so this cot is used regulary and I do tend to put the cot down and store it under my bed as although I have room for it to stay up I personally would rather fold it away. I has also used this as a playpen for when my grandson was much younger and not walking like he is now. It still looks like brand new and I have to say that I am very impressed with this and shall be looking at other things in this particular brand. I paid £25.00 for this around 16 months ago and have seem that in some places it is as much as £40.00, so it pays to shop about.

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              20.10.2012 12:21
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              Cheap and smells nice!

              Having to watch the pennies recently, I have gradually dwindled down to having no perfume whatsoever.With perfume being so expensive ( well with what I like anyway!) I have had to make do without any which I really hate. So while out shopping with my Daughter this week we went into a well known chemist and saw that they were doing a special offer on the Calvin Klein IN2U for Her.

              Never having tried this and not having an internet to check reviews on this while I am out ( just to see if it stays on for long and not just fade off after a couple of hours ect..) I decided to spray some on my wrist, left it for a few minutes and took a sniff. Well I was suprised as it had a very pleasant smell to it, not too overpowering with a light citrus, clean, fresh smell.

              This would be perfect for work, although at first I didn't like the bottle as it reminded me of the "Old Spice" aftershave bottle. Since purchasing it I have grown to like it more. The bottle is clear on the bottom of the bottle with a curved V at the front, until you come up about an inch then it is covered in white plastic with CK cut out so you can see the perfume in the bottle, which then narrows to a small neck with a pull off top. When this is pulled off the spray top is then exposed.

              I have worn it for work for the last few days and have been asked what I was wearing so that was nice. I do find it hard to notice any perfume on myself, so when someone else notices it this must mean that it is staying on well.

              As for describing this scent, again I'm useless, but I have checked it out on line and have found out that it consists of;

              " Fresh floral with a woody oriental base, with fresh pink grapefruit and bergamot with a note of red currant leaves.Notes of sugar orchid and white cactus are in the heart.The base notes are: amber, red cedar and vanilla"

              So that is what the citrus smell was "pink grapefruit" the more I wear this the more I like it, it is quite different to what I would usually go for as I quite like a much heavier scent like "Youth Dew, Lady Millions ect.." but this is perfect for daytime use.

              I purchased my 50ml bottle for £10.50 with my Daughters discount, but for everyone else it would have cost £14.00, which I think is very good indeed. This was an half price offer of the week, but having shopped about online I have seen that a particular website ( its a Cheap one!!) is selling this in a 100ml bottle for £21.45 which is very good and as soon as this bottle has disappeared will be purchasing another from this site!

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            • Boofle Pot of Dreams / Novelty Toy / 29 Readings / 27 Ratings
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              A lovely unsual gift for someone who has everything!!

              I just had to write a review about these wonderful money pots. So far to date I have purchased 2 of these as birthday presents, which went down very well indeed.

              These pots of dreams are made by the "Carte Blanche" range who also do Tatty Teddy, Tatty Puppy and of course Boofle, who is the latest to come from this group. Now you may be asking what is a Boofle is well this is how it all began;

              "Grandad's woolly cardy had seen better days, It was still soft and cosy, but a little bit frayed. There was holes in the elbows, and just one button remained, but, from this Nanny was sure something else could be made ... So she started to sew on that cold winter's night, and Boofle was born, much to the children's delight. Boofle was all that a snugglesome pup should be, Lovable and cuddly and a best friend to you and me"

              And Boofle was created, a big hit with small children right through to the older generation ( although saying that I have overhead Older Ladies say " I could knit that with a ball of wool for half the price!!)

              There are many Boofle items to purchase, but I think this is my favourite as it is so pretty. Coming in the form of a ceramic pot which only has a slot for the money to go in. Which means that to get your money out you will have to (dare I say it!) SMASH it into a million pieces.

              Now I know that this sounds crazy, but it will encourage you to keep saving and not keep dipping into it at the slightest chance, so that is a good side to it. Also if you fill it with £2 coins you can end up with just over £1000 saved so again another good point, but it is just too nice to smash!! I think I would try and do the old knife trick through the slot and get my money out that way.

              The bottom of the pot is painted in a deep red colour with gold dots spotted about, then above these there are little gold stitches around the pot. At this point it changes colour to a creamy/white colour and as you look up the pot you will see Boofle sprawled out laying over piles of assorted coins. These coins are sprinkled with gold glitter, the pot then narrrows slightly and returns to the deep red colour matching the bottom of the pot. Above Boofle are the words "Boofles pot of pennies", this pot is approx. 6 inches high.

              A piece of brown string is around the neck of the pot with a brown paper label attached that tells you about the pot. Usually these Boofles are available in "Clintons", but I have noticed that a lot of other smaller shops now seem to have them now, so they are not just for sale in Clintons.

              This pot retails for around £9.99, but can be found slightly cheaper if shopped about for.

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                Love this car and now it comes in so many different forms, its great!!

                When my 1st Grandson was first born I promised myself that I would be buying a Little Tyke Coupe Car for our garden ( much to hubbies horror, as the grass was just recovering from having our 5 children creating havoc on his beloved grass all those years ago!!). So I was really excited when I saw that there was now a Police Car version, my children had so much fun with their one, I had to purchase it there and then. Luckily for me Tesco where doing their double up clubcard points, so I changed up my £30 vouchers to get £60 in return.

                When I got home I was a bit surprised that the car looked so much smaller than I remembered it. Maybe being that this one was black and white, not the red and yellow that I remembered. Still being very easy to put together, just needing a scewdriver and hammer for a couple of bits. Next the stickers go on ( Police, 911 and the dashboard stickers).

                Well all I had to do now was wait for my grandson to get old enough to use it, time flew by and we were ready to put him into the car. Now this is so good as it comes with a removable floor, so for the first few months we kept the floor in as he could easily fall through to to ground. Next open the half size swing door and once grandson was inside we shut the door and slide the red lock across so that he couldn't fall out by pushing the door open while we were pushing him about.

                With a little red button on the steering wheel that he could push to make a beep beep noise and a blue plastic key in the ignition, we were ready to go on our trip around the garden. He loved it and insisted that we pushed him over and over again. Behind the driver there is a small moulded shape that could hold a ted or better still his bottle of squash.

                As he got older he could drive the car himself with the floor removed, but still insisted that we pushed!
                Now my other Grandson is old enough to use the car, which he really loves and it is the first thing he crawls to when I have him every week. His favourite game is getting in the car closing the door, then getting out the car and closing the door, I'm not lying when I say that he must do this at least 50 times non stop!!

                With the floor firmly back in place, I now at the moment take him into the garden so that I can pick some apples which I give to him so he can put them on the floor, then I push him back to the kitchen where he hands them up to me.

                I would just like to point out that you do have to be very careful when you use this car with little ones, as it can be dangerous if not used properly. My grandson was playing in another one of these cars somewhere else when the person pushing him around had taken the floor out and managed to catch his feet under the car and while they pushed him he recieved very bad carpet burns on the tops of his feet ( Which I was not happy about!!!). Just commonsense is needed really!.

                When I purchased this car it was around the £50 mark and I don't think it has changed much in price since, if you shop around. This Police car is very sturdy and robust and I can see many years of it in use ( poor Hubby!)

                I'm now waiting to see if in the future I have a Grandaughter, then I shall be going straight out to purchase a "Pink Princess" one!!!

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                  24.09.2012 16:59
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                  A great toy for really little ones as well as bigger ones!!

                  I wish I could have got a picture for this toy just to show how ugly the Giant is, but in a loveable way. I was browsing my favourite web page, when I was looking at The Puppet Company Finger Puppets. This day they were selling some of them a lot cheaper than usual and the one that caught my eye was "The Giant"

                  Usually £4.99 it was being sold for £1.80 including delivery, which is really good for one of these puppets. So I ordered one thinking that if it is was no good not a lot had been wasted. Well it turned up within a few days and I couldn't wait to open the package.

                  Well it was a bit of a shocker as he was bigger than I was expecting measuring 26cm in height, he came with a blue top and black trousers that are all attached together, so they cannot be removed. Round his middle he has a brown belt with a large sack pouch attached, again all sewn in so it cannot be removed, which makes this a good toy for safety reasons as nothing can get put in the mouth by the child. Completed with high brown boots on.

                  He has a large face with a huge grin exposing two teeth one on the top and one on the bottom, his eyes are made from brown/black shinyplastic beads, which again are really attached firmly. The rest of his features have been drawn on with him having a stubbly beard. his nose and ears stick out for children to grab and he has the biggest mob of soft hair. He is well stuffed and squiggy to squeeze.

                  His arms are outstretched, when you turn him over you will see several pockets, one on the middle of his back ( this makes his chest move), one on the back of either arm( so you can do clap handies, well thats what I do!!) and two on the tops of his legs ( this gives him a walking/kicking movement) when you put your fingers in the appropriate pockets.

                  Well when I showed my family the giant their first reaction was ....well I can't use their exact works on this review, but it went in a more polite way something like I would "Scare the ....out of him" or "What the hell this that!!

                  I was then a bit worried about showing it to my grandson the next time I saw him, but he really loved it and it is one of his favourite toys that he gets out of his toy box when I look after him every week. I purchased this back in May so it has proven to be a good buy. We have great fun as I hide behind a wall and let the giant jump out at him clapping his hands, my grandson falls about laughing.

                  I have to say that for a toy that has been used quite a bit it still looks as good as when I purchased him. I know they say that it is for age 3 and over but my grandson has loved this since he was 11 months old. It is a very safe toy as far as I can see.

                  So I have grown to love this toy as well, maybe not the prettiest in the world, but I wouldn't get rid of him for anything!

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                    24.09.2012 12:20
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                    Really fun baby reins!

                    Now as my youngest grandson was fast approaching 15 months old, he is only just getting to grips with the idea of standing and trying to walk on his own. Which to be honest is a bit of a blessing in disguise as he is hard enough to keep up with when he is crawling ( must be the old age creeping in!!). So I decided to start looking around for some reins for him, now my daughter had already been and bought him a pair of the Lindam traditional type reins, but I was looking for something different.

                    I'm not a great fan of these backpack things that I've seen some toddlers walking around with, which look like they could topple backwards at the slightest touch as they are so big on their little backs. Then I spotted this Batman Safetly Harness, they looked really cute and fun too. The reviews where very good and the price was pretty decent to at only £4.43 ( I see that they are now £4.40) with free delivery.
                    So I ordered a pair.

                    These turned up pretty quick, as I was a bit unsure about the company as I like to buy direct from Amazon and not use the marketplace, but babyworld was very good.

                    Anyway a couple of days later they turned up, these reins don't come in any fancy packaging just a clear plastic bag, which I suppose is very eco friendly thinking back now. If I'm really honest with you I will say that I was a bit dissappointed in what I saw, as they just looked so small and I thought they are never going to fit him.

                    When adjusting the straps and main rein they then seemed more child friendly. This rein consists of two straps that go over the shoulders which swivel to stop tangling up and connect to a strap that comes across the front of the chest area which clips together, this item is described online as "Patented design is fully supported by your child's torso, not the sensitive lower stomach area" and "Sliding torso strap keeps harness in the correct position". Well I have used lots of reins over the years, but have never been aware of any that went on the lower stomach area!!!

                    The rein material itself feels very strong and comes in black, it is also machine washable (which is good for when the ice creams drips down their face onto the reins!) they are also adjustable which is handy as every baby is a different size. They go from 14" to 25.5" and the rein strap is 32", which I've read is quite long and good if you happen to be tall, which I am.

                    Now on the back there is a small grey pouch that has a zip so is perfect for a spare dummy maybe. With black Batman wings, the material is very soft, almost like a brushed cotton. The rein strap is attached to a "D" ring inbetween the wings.

                    I tried these on my grandson and he loved them, it actually helped him to walk on his own better as he knew that I was there beside him without holding his hands and he was safe.

                    We now use these on a regular basis and get quite a few comments on how cute he looks with them on (I'm now looking for a batman suit for him to wear!!)

                    I would recommend these if you are looking for something different then these are really worth trying, they also do a Ladybird version for little girls to wear.

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