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Our daughter was absolutely Peppa mad and had also been asking for a night light so in the run up to her birthday we decided this would be perfect for her.
We bought it from Argos for just under £20 although I have since seen it on offer for £15. Peppa came in a plastic bag within a box with an open front so you could see her. It requires 3xAAA batteries which are not included.
The heart shaped light on Peppas tummy pops out of her dress and on the back is where the batteries can be inserted, a small screwdriver is needed for this so no worries about children removing them, it is also where the off/on switch is located, there is also a "try me" option which only plays part of "twinkle twinkle" and only has a small light show.
The lullaby is basically "twinkle twinkle" music with peppa singing over it, quite loudly, once she finishes the song she does an extremely loud pig oink noise! This isn't the relaxing lullaby I expected from the product description and certainly didn't relax my daughter, it set her off in a fit of giggles every time! Cute but not great at 2am!
The "light show" is incredibly disappointing, the picture in the advert for it is very misleading, it shows the light show as a rainbow projecting onto the ceiling, in reality there are 3 bulbs inside the heart shaped light, one yellow, one red and one blue which all fade off and on independently, more of a disco than a pretty soothing rainbow!
The heart fits into the dress snugly and is held in place by elastic which is sewn into the dress...although a bit too snug, to switch on the lights and lullaby you press the heart but with it being so snug it switches itself on and off constantly, we actually had to keep the heart out of the dress so it played the lullaby right to the end.
All in all this in't a very good product and I wouldn't recommend it, my daughter was incredibly disappointed by it and uses it mainly as a cuddly toy than a night light now, she expected a rainbow light from the pictures on the box and unfortunately she didn't get that.
I purchased the Tommee Tippee magic mat from home bargains about 2 years ago, I had previously tried the bowls with suction cups on the bottom but my daughter had worked out how to release them so when I noticed the magic mat on offer for £2 I figured it was worth a shot.
The mat is made from rubber and comes in a few different colours, pink, purple, blue and green, we opted for the pink one. In the centre on the mat is a suction cup with a tab to release bowls, plates or cups once you have finished using them...it is best to make sure this tab is facing away from baby or they will easily be able to pull it themselves.
My daughter had a wooden high chair so I was a bit unsure as to whether it would stick or not, I found the suction bowls stuck well to plastic surfaces but would not take to her wooden tray, so I was pleasantly surprised when it stuck perfectly, you have to slightly wet the back of the mat before putting it into place, same applies for the suction cup before applying the bowl, plate or cup...although do not wet too much or it will just slip and slide around the high chair tray!
The mat rolls up to next to nothing so is perfect for taking out and about, I actually went back to buy another one to keep in the nappy bag for when we ate out or visited family.
The packaging claims you can use it with any bowl/plate or cup with a flat bottom although I have not tested this theory, we have only ever used the tommee tippee bowls and plates so cannot say whether this is true or not.
All in all I was so pleased we got this mat, for us it really was magic, my daughter never once managed to pick up her bowl and decorate the floor with the contents, nor did she manage to remove the mat...and believe me she tried!
We were given this night light as a gift by my partners nan (I believe she got it from a charity shop for a few pounds) although it can be purchased from various retailers from around £15 onwards.
The light itself is made of strong plastic that is predominately blue in colour and features pictures of all the winnie the pooh characters, the front part has a gentle light and at the top is a projector that has a cycle of images going round that are projected onto the ceiling. It attaches to a cot via two plastic straps located on the back of the night light, they have several holes so they can fit various size cot frames.
It uses batteries, 4 x AA, so no wires to worry about..these do tend to run out pretty quickly though and it does affect the lullaby, it quite frankly sounds awful as soon as they start to run low!
The night light features an off/on switch on the back, when set to "on" it picks up on any movement and the lullaby and light show starts which can only be stopped by switching it off completely.
The images projected onto the ceiling were extremely faint no matter how dark the room was and the music was incredibly loud and there is no volume control, every time my daughter shuffled about in her cot it set the night light off and woke her up. Unfortunately I had to remove it from her cot which upset her greatly but we both really needed some uninterrupted sleep! We managed about a month with it on the cot!
All in all this was definitely not a night light for us, I would have been VERY disappointed had I paid full price for this. If you have a baby that shuffles a lot in their sleep I would not recommend this, every movement sets it off!
My father in law got this drum for my little girls second Christmas, she was 18 months at the time, it cost him £9.99 from argos and is for 18 months and over.
The drum was in a plastic bag within a cardboard box that had pictures of the drum on it and instructions for use.
It requires 3 x AA batteries which are NOT included. It has 3 modes of play, one being a drum beat when you hit it, the second being a musical tune when you hit it and the third being a tune being played which you can still play your own tune over.
The drum itself is approximately 20cm high and 15cm depth which is plenty big enough for an 18 month baby, it has a switch on the front for switching the drum off and for the volume control, low or high. The high setting is quite loud!
The front of the drum also has 3 large colourful buttons, a music note shaped button which you press for musical notes when hitting the drum, a drum shaped button for drum beats when hitting the drum and a swirly circle button which you press for a tune to be played.
The drum contains flashing lights which respond to the drums beat, much to my little girls delight, I think this actually entertained her more than the noise she could make!
It has a built in carry handle which is the perfect size for little hands but also sits very sturdily on its own, it is made of strong plastic and is very robust, my little girl has thrown it across the room several times and it is still going strong, she is now three and does still get this out of her toy box now and again, more to use as a step than a drum nowadays! I have tried to get her to pass it on to younger family members but with no luck as she loves it so much!
All in all this is a great toy, it has provided hours of fun for my daughter over the past 2 years and with no signs of wear or tear will no doubt go on to give another little family member lots of fun and smiles in the near future...if I can get her to give it up!
When i fell pregnant 4 years ago one of the first things I decided was that I would be making our daughters meals rather than the jars of baby food, much cheaper! Due to our small kitchen we didn't want a large food processor cluttering up the worktops or cupboards so we decided to buy a hand blender, we went for the Tesco HB06 as it was the cheapest one we could find at the time, £4.99 when we purchased it however I have seen it on offer for £4 since then.
The blender comes in a long slim box and is within a plastic bag inside the box. The blender is in two parts, the top half with the electrics and motor inside and with the cord and plug attached, the bottom half with the blade which detaches for easy cleaning. Only the bottom half with the blade should ever be submerged into water. The blade is shielded by the outer plastic casing.
Assembly is very straightforward, you just put both pieces together and twist into place. Same goes for taking apart for cleaning, twist and they come apart.
To use the blender is simple, attach both pieces of the blender together then plug in, the cord on the plug is just under a meter so you aren't too restricted with it, submerge blade into food, there is a mark on the blender to show the maximum depth you can submerge it to, press the on switch and away you go!
The instructions advice you to submerge the blade into the food before pressing the on button to prevent splashes but I have found this is only necessary for things like soup, if you are blending more solid food like vegetables, as I was to begin with for my little girl, there aren't really any splashes to worry about.
It is a fabulous product for blending soups, however for the more solid food it took a bit more work as food seemed to get stuck in the blades now and again but it wasn't a major issue as it took seconds to clear the blockage and carry on. Since my daughter is way past the puréed foods stage my blender doesn't get used quite so often but I do still use it regularly for soups, sauces and even things like angel delight when I am being really lazy!
All in all this is a great blender and I would recommend it time and time again, I have had it just over 3 and a half years and have never had any problems with it, for just under £5 that has gotta be a huge bargain buy!
We purchased this fan heater last winter, we were spending an absolute fortune using the heating so decided to give a portable heater a try, we wanted something small and compact as we have two children so very little space, but also something safe and practical with the little ones around.
After browsing the internet we decided to try the tesco value fan heater, it cost us £10 at the time although i have seen it in sales over the past year (£7 in our local tesco at one point!) so you may get it even cheaper if you are lucky! It came in a tesco value box and was within a plastic bag inside the box, made of white plastic with a grey grill on the front it isn't the prettiest but it is small enough to stash away in a cupboard when not in use so we wasn't to fussed about that.
The heater has two dials on the top, one for hot or cold and one for temperature setting, we tried it once for the summer as a regular fan but it wasn't great for that, it just blew out warm air and would probably have been more efficient to waft a piece of paper infront of my face! The heat setting however has been great for us, we have a relatively large living room and on full heat setting it can heat this room within about 20 minutes, we don't need to leave it on for long periods as we have very thick curtains and draft excluders below all doors so the heat is trapped in BUT if you do need to keep it on for long periods it has a safety feature that stops the heater over heating and it will cut out if it gets too hot so no need to worry about it. Another safety feature it has is if it falls over/ gets knocked over it will also cut out too which is a great feature for us with two kids running around!
It is very light weight and very compact (25cm tall, 12cm depth, 22cm wide) so it is extremely portable and great for use all around the home. It is a little noisy but that's to be expected and you do forget about it within seconds.
We have encountered one downside to this heater (apart from the inability to blow cold air) we have a very shaggy rug in our living room, we tried putting the heater on it but it wouldn't switch on (we discovered a small button on the buttom that must be pressed in for the heater to work) so it does need to be placed on a flat surface at all times.
Overall this is a great heater, cheap, compact, light weight, portable and easy to use.
I really wanted to write this review after reading previous reviews, I love this potato salad and pick it above all others every time!
I was a regular buyer of the asda home brand potato salad but they changed the recipe a while back and it was no longer to my taste, out of curiosity I picked up a tub of the smart price to try, I was very pleasantly surprised and have never bought another brand since!
The potato salad comes in 250g tubs and is priced at 35p, it also has a proper lid now so can be resealed after opening.
The potato is diced and has so far never been mushy or crunchy, it's always been perfectly cooked, the dressing is a mayonnaise based dressing with very finely diced onion and chives, although it isn't an over powering onion taste. The dressing is thick and creamy and not watery and vinegary like other brands can be.
I strongly recommend trying this potato salad, at 35p it's worth a shot right?
I have a very busy household with me, my partner, our daughter and my step son so I am constantly cleaning, well it feels that way anyway! I used to buy the home brand sponge scourers which were around 50p but when I discovered these cheaper smart price ones i decided to give them a go and at 14p it isn't a big waste of money if they don't do the job!
They come in a transparent plastic packet and can normally be found right at the bottom of the shelves so you do have to be looking for them to find them. They consist of the yellow sponge part and the green scourer part on the top. These smart price scourers are a little slimmer than more expensive brands but considering I throw scourers away after about a week anyway that isn't a problem.
They are perfect for washing pots and wiping down sides but I have found if I need to really scrub anything with them the green scourer part wears away leaving whatever I am cleaning green!! Quite annoying for something supposedly designed for that purpose! Luckily it doesn't stain things green, it's just green fibres that can be wiped away with the yellow sponge part.
Other than that these really are a must for the cleaning cupboard, 14p for 5 sponge scourers is just too good to say no to!
My daughter asked for a dolls house last Christmas, as we had already got her presents my parents offered to get it her, it retails at £44.99 in Argos although my dad managed to get in the half price sale right before Christmas so he paid £22 for it!! Bargain! Sometimes letting men wait until the last minute to buy presents does pay off!
Come Christmas morning and my daughter opens this all other presents are flung to one side... I promised to set it up after Christmas dinner after peeking inside and seeing there were quite a lot of screws and fixings inside the box and figured it would be a timely process.
Straight after dinner she asks for the dolls house so off i go to set it up, upon getting everything out of the box disaster strikes....we have too many of some pieces and not enough of others and its Christmas day, Argos isn't open!!!! needless to say we had a distraught 2 year old for a couple of hours until we managed to get her engrossed in all her other new toys!!
Thank god for shops being open boxing day, my dad exchanged it no problem and I set about building it again, all the pieces were present this time! Despite there being lots of pieces of wood, screws and hinges it is surprisingly easy to assemble, it took me about 30 minutes to complete it.
The finished very very pink house comprises of 3 floors, living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and loft space. It comes with all the furniture you would need (all made of wood) including a bed, sofa, TV, fridge, toilet, bath, sinks, tables, lamps and 2 people (one male and one female) it also has a set of stickers to decorate as you please plus fabric duvet, pillows and sofa cover. The front of the house on ours is one big door that opens fully to allow your child to play on the two lower floors of the house although in the Argos catalogue it states it is two doors, I'm unsure as to whether this is the luck of the draw or if we got yet another faulty model but it looks fine and works just the same. The roof piece comes off to allow play in the loft area. The two chimneys are just sat on the top of the house so fall off on a regular basis, especially when removing or replacing the roof piece but they go back on easy enough so its not a huge issue. Finished measurements are H50, W25.5, D57.5cm so it's not massive like it looks in the picture, but it is a good size, ours fits neatly into a corner next to my daughters toy box.
So far with this dolls house we have had two problems, firstly the front of the house has come off twice, the screws are incredibly small so I don't know if it's because they aren't long enough or if its due to it being opened and closed constantly but both times it has gone back on easy enough. Secondly the play fridge door came off, unfortunately the hinges on this snapped (they are only little pieces of wood, not actual metal hinges) so it cannot be fixed unless you are good with woodwork which I'm not! I had to glue it back on so now the fridge door doesn't open, luckily my daughter doesn't mind!
It is almost a year on from her getting this for Christmas and she still plays with it just as much, if not more, as the day she got it, for £22 this was an absolute bargain and definitely my daughters favourite toy! I would say it is worth the £44 full price, we have paid more for things that are forgotten about within a month! It's a classic toy that can stay in the family for years if it is looked after, unlike some of the plastic toys that break within a few days!
I have wanted a tripod for a while now, I'm not a dedicated photographer but i am very into taking pictures of my kids and family, i love to capture all get togethers, after all you never know how long you have left with loved ones so i like to have memories in picture form wherever possible, before buying this tripod there was always somebody left out of the picture, usually me!! Not anymore!!!
I purchased this tripod from amazon and got it at the bargain price of 16 pound! It arrived the day after ordering and came in a small box within the huge amazon box already assembled, great for me as i can get very impatient when having to build things i buy!
Its made of plastic and magnets and is small and very light weight (0.1lb) so can be kept in a bag and carried around with ease, it can be used on a flat surface as a normal tripod or you can stick it to anything metal with the magnetic feet, they are made with neodymium magnets which are very powerful so as to hold any camera or video camera up to a weight of 375g (0.72lb) . Although my camera weighs more than this (about 3lb) and it holds it up just fine! My camera isn't hugely expensive so i don't mind risking it, if your camera is expensive and weighs more than the recommended maximum weight i wouldn't take the chance to be honest. The segmented legs can be bent, twisted and turned however you please in order to capture the perfect picture, all segments rotate full 360 degrees.
I have stuck this tripod to almost every metal surface in my house that it will stick to, just out of curiosity....I am like a kid at christmas with new gadgets and gizmos! It easily sticks to door hinges, fridges, the grills on a fire place (DO NOT DO THIS WITH THE FIRE ON!!!!!), no matter how tiny the sliver of metal is it doesn't seem to have a problem sticking!
If you have twisted the tripod beyond recognition to attach it to a surface it can be a little frustrating to get the camera in a good position for taking a picture, I can be quite OCD so a slightly wonky picture would drive me up the wall, it is possible after a little jiggling around so it's not great if a picture needs taking asap.
Now i just need a big family gathering so i can finally get a great picture without somebody being left out of the picture or having to rearrange the venues furniture to get the camera high enough for a full panaramic shot of everybody (i have been known to stack tables and sit somebody on the top for a good picture!) Now i just need to stick the tripod up there! It really is a little piece of genius!
All in all i am extremely impressed with this tripod, it does the job for me perfectly. Except for the little amount of jiggling i sometimes have to do but that's by the by.
I am currently following a healthy eating plan and so far so good, although my biggest downfall is ketchup!!! I have it with almost anything! So on my last shopping trip i decided to buy this instead of my usual favourite Heinz, at 18p (I think this is the introductory price for the new squeezy bottles) for 590g it wouldn't be such a waste if it ended up in the bin, it was even a squeezy bottle, Heinz charge extortionate amounts if it is in a squeezy bottle! So, anyway my plan was to by the cheapest of the cheap ketchup to wean myself off it thinking it would be so vile i just wouldn't want to eat it.....it's actually not that bad!!
It's not as nice as Heinz, not as sweet and slightly more vinegary...but it is surprisingly nice, in fact in my opinion it is very similar to Daddies ketchup. Oh and it's also as thick as ketchup should be, I've found a lot of cheap ketchup makes are very watery.
Each tablespoon serving contains 21cal, 4g sugar and 0.1g salt so as with most ketchups you should use sparingly.
All in all it is an OK bottle of ketchup, not my first choice but also wouldn't be my last choice.
I very rarely iron clothes, my partner works from home so doesn't wear shirts and I hang clothes straight from the wash so hardly any creases to worry about, I'm probably a little lazy too! But a few months ago we we're guests at my sister in laws wedding and come the day before i realised we no longer had an iron (previous one gave up, maybe boredom from seldom use!) so sent my partner out to sainsburys for one, he returned half an hour later with the Basics iron, I was a little worried about it doing the job as he said it cost him a little under £4, I'm a big bargain fan but didn't want to look a mess at a wedding!!
The iron came in a white and orange basics box so not much packaging to deal with, the iron itself is white plastic with a metal plate, it is 1.3kg so not very heavy. It has two buttons, one for squirting water and one for steam plus the usual dial for adjusting the temperature depending on the fabric you are ironing. It came with a little jug for pouring the water into the iron which holds 160ml. The cord is 1.8m and is just the right length for me but if you have to sit your ironing board away from a socket you may struggle to use this iron along the full length of your board.
Upon switching the iron on a little red light will come on, turn the dial to required setting and wait for the little to go off again, this is when it is at its top heat for that setting. The iron did glide very well over our wedding outfits although it was a bit of a pain for heavy creases, probably due to the iron being such light weight but a bit of persistent steaming and they went after a short while, it probably took me twice as long to iron things as it would have with my previous iron ( Morphy Richards if I remember rightly) it also likes to "leak" a lot of water onto the clothes but for less than £4 you can't really complain!
All in all, taking into account I have ironed once in the past year (bad wife!! lol) this iron did its job for me, took a little longer than expected but we got there, if you iron regularly I would suggest buying a better iron than this one as it will save you a lot of time in the long wrong despite costing more money to begin with.
I purchased my black Converse Hi tops way back in 2001 when i started college, the programme Jackass was massive at the time and i absolutely loved the main star of the show Johnny Knoxville, who was never seen without his hi tops! I got them for £25 and loved them, i practically lived in them through my whole college time.
The sole of the shoe is thick rubber and the main part is canvas, they have the all star logo on the inner ankle part. They are very hard wearing and are machine washable, great for me as i was doing art at college so they regularly got covered in paint, glue and clay! They are not waterproof so if its raining you do get soggy socks!
They are quite stiff when you first wear them but after a few months the canvas became very soft and are now the most comfortable trainers ever, i still wear them to this day 11 years on! They do have a couple of rips and tears, one on both shoes on the outer edge where they bend when i walk and one to both shoes at the back but this is my own doing due to removing them by holding the back of the shoe down with my other foot! The rubber sole has also got a small tear on the outer edge where the shoe bends as i walk. The material is now more of a dark grey than black but at 11 years old these are to be expected! The soles of the shoe only have slight wear to them which is very surprising considering their age!
I am now the proud owner of 4 pairs of converse hi tops, black, pink, white and green all purchased throughout the past 11 years and i intend to purchase many more in the future, these shoes go with everything from skinny jeans through to baggy jeans, skirts and dresses.
I love them so much i even did a project on them at college when given the task of writing an essay and producing art about "Your most treasured possession" ...ah to go back to the days of my favourite thing being a pair of trainers! :D When doing this project i did lots of research into the shoes and found out the Converse Rubber Shoe Company had been in business since 1908! The All Star trainer was introduced in 1917, then in 1921 a basketball player Charles H "chuck" Taylor when to them about his sore feet..he was given a job promoting the shoe and his signature was added to them and is still there now " The Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars"
I am now 27 and will have these shoes for as long as they are wearable, Johnny Knoxville once said "you should wear converse until they literally fall of your feet" and i agree with him, they are far too comfortable to throw away because of minor tears and rips! I am now the proud mother of a little girl who has little mini converse because she wants to be "cool" like mummy! The next generation of converse wearers!
I have always been into alternative clothes, footwear and music so always said if i ever had kids they would follow suit and be in little converse shoes and baggy jeans....however, after having my daughter i decided baby girls should be dressed as baby girls! So for the first 2 years of her life she was in pretty pink dresses and outfits.
I was out shopping one day with her and we went into john lewis to use the baby change room, directly outside the john lewis baby change is the childrens shoe department, all of a sudden my little girl started shouting "mummy mummy can i have them shoes they are like yours!!" I turned around to see a stand with about 10 different colours of converse hi tops for children, all of them were £20 which i couldn't afford at the time so i told her maybe one day and we carried on with our shopping.
She carried on pestering for days after that, she "NEEDED" shoes like mummy (very bossy 2 year old!) so i decided to check sites such as ebay and amazon, i managed to find some on amazon for £10 so i decided to purchase them, they arrived the next day in a little mini converse shoe box and she was absolutely beaming when i opened the box!
I got her the pink hi tops, just like mine, they have the converse star on the inner ankle part just like the grown up versions, sturdy rubber sole which bends easily when she walks and the main canvas part of the shoe, they can be difficult to put on if you don't loosen the laces enough before but if they are loosened enough they go on very easily.
These shoes are machine washable, which is brilliant for a toddler shoe, and i am guessing are very comfortable to wear as she never wants to take them off!! Obviously they aren't a "proper" fitted shoe so if you have children with very wide feet they may be a little uncomfortable for them as they look quite narrow.
All in all these are brill, i always get people asking me where they are from and saying how cute my daughter looks in her little converse and at £10 they were an absolute bargain so definitely shop around if you want some for your children!
My little girl (2 at the time) and stepson (4 at the time) had been pestering for this game for about 4 months in the run up to last christmas due to endless adverts for it on nick jr so me and my partner agreed to get them it as a joint present.
Whilst out shopping for christmas presents we noticed elefun by Hasbro in ELC on offer for £6.99 so we snapped it up, it was in argos for £17.99 at the time so this was a huge saving!
Christmas morning came and the kids unwrapped it, huge beaming smiles from both of them and all other presents were forgotten about! They couldnt wait to play!
All the stuff for the game came in a reasonably small box, the nets and poles came seperate so you had to assemble them, there are instructions on how to do this but it is very simple and the instructions were not necessary for us (4 years of putting toys together and you get used to it!), all butterflies were in a seperate bag which are just pieces of very thin fabric, then you had the elephant body itself which is just a glorified fan!, then the trunk which is just a very long tube of thin plastic. Again easy to assemble.
To play the game you all have a net ready (4 in total), fill the elephant body with the butterflies, attach the trunk and switch on, the fan won't come on until the base (elephant body) is on a flat surface as it has small buttons on the bottom which get pushed in when its on a flat surface. The trunk on our game has never pushed itself into an upright position once the fan comes on and i have always had to help it along, the game lasts for about 3 minutes and then all the butterflies are gone....cue very disappointed children whilst you have to find all the butterflies and fill it up again!
We have had this game 10 months now and the kids have played it about 10 times, they got very bored with it very quickly. If it lasted a bit longer then the 3 minutes im sure they would love it more, its too much of a blink and you'll miss it game, such a shame as they both wanted it so much.
I wouldn't say it is worth the £17.99 that argos are charging for it, if you can get it cheap like we did then it's an ok to game to have in the cupboard, its quick to set up so isn't really any effort to get out for the kids but don't let them get their hopes up about it too much!