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      25.12.2009 16:12
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      Perfect for a special treat.

      Christmas sales are a perfect time to try something new for a fraction of the price, and so when I saw the Sale signs in Tesco last night I went a little shopping mad and loaded up my cart with things that I would never usually give a second glance.
      One of the many things on sale was Ice cream and hidden beside the many tubs of Ben and Jerrys stood a single row of Green and Blacks standing in line like soldiers. I just couldn't refuse, after all they make the most delicious chocolate so their ice cream must be good as well.

      About:

      Green and Blacks is an organic brand, so you can be sure that you are getting high quality ingredients and cream and cocoa beans that have not be genetically modified or pumped with hormones.
      On sale this was 3 euros so it is still quite pricey for a 500 ml pot. It comes in a cardboard container with a lid and a white plastic seal underneath which you peel off to get to the ice cream.
      The container is so dark then when I first peeled off the seal and saw the ice cream I was disappointed as it looked much lighter then what I was expecting, I don't know why I thought the ice cream would be black, probably because of the dark chocolate bars I was envisioning.

      The taste however made up for any disappointment I might have briefly felt. It actually tasted like dark chocolate! Bitter yet sweet, creamy and smooth.
      It was a real pleasure to eat, so many times I cant eat ice cream because I find it tastes more like sugar then anything else, but this was just perfect.
      You only need a few scoops though as this is very heavy and like a dark chocolate bar is best eaten in small servings.

      Conclusion:

      For a luxurious treat this is perfect, it isn't that sweet though so if you are more into Ben and Jerrys chocolate fudge and brownies ice cream you might be disappointed, but if you like the flavor of dark chocolate coupled with silky cream and the smoothness of ice cream then by all means try this as you wont be disappointed.

      Ingredients:

      Water, Organic Cream (21%), Organic Sugar, Organic Dark Chocolate (12%) (Organic Cocoa Mass, Organic Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Organic Vanilla., Minimum Cocoa Solids 60%), Organic Skimmed Milk Powder, Organic Cocoa Powder, Stabilisers (Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Locust Bean Gum).

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        23.12.2009 01:33
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        Not my favorite granola bar.

        I was running through Tesco the other day, with a hungry child and a list of shopping to do, I was in NO mood for tantrums, but sure enough the insistent cries of Im hungry persisted.
        I hurriedly scanned the reduced section and was surprised to see several of these bars sitting there with a 10 cent price on each one, instead of the usual 90 cents. Well needless to say after checking the date I preceded to fill my trolley with at least 20 bars. And the little girl soon had one in her mouth as she happily chewed away.

        About:

        Nature Valley is part of General Mills and produces lots of different types of grain and nut cereals but mainly focuses on the granola bars, and they have an impressive range.
        In the UK only four varieties are available:

        Canadian Maple Syrup
        Roasted Almond
        Oats and Honey
        Apple Crunch

        This particular bar, comes in a boxed set or in a single bar form with two slim bars in the packaging. The bar weighs 42 grams, and looks like a slim flapjack.
        It is however allot harder then a flapjack and much drier.

        When I first tasted it I loved it, it was sweet and you could distinctly taste the maple syrup, the oats were crunchy and it filled me up quite quickly.
        After I finished the first bar and started on my second, I was beginning to feel very thirsty and it started to taste too sweet so I couldn't finish it.
        My daughter however thought it was marvelous and couldn't stop eating them. Since I don't like eating too much of something sweet this might not be a problem with those who have a sweet tooth, however they are rather dry, and I would recommend you have something to drink with these.

        In Tesco in the UK you can buy a six pack for 2.30 pounds, which comes out to about 38 pence each.

        Conclusion:

        Nature Valley granola bars are marketed as trail food, something to bring with you as you are out and about living a healthy lifestyle.
        For a quick snack these were good, but I don't know if I would take them on a trek with me. I think that they are too sweet and sugars are fast burning and do not give you the slow released energy you need on a hike. Yes wholegrain oats are good and have the right energy, but I still found these too sweet, besides the maple syrup they also contain sugar, molasses and honey, overload in my opinion. Also they were very dry and made you thirsty afterward.

        So my final word would be nice as a snack but I wouldn't recommend you taking them as energy food on a hike.

        3 stars

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      • Tesco Value Custard Creams / Snacks / 36 Readings / 35 Ratings
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        21.12.2009 15:05
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        I will continue to buy these.

        Custard creams, have always been one of my favorite biscuits. They are simple the flavor is classic and can be eaten at almost any occasion, coffee, milk, tea anything tastes good with these.

        I have eaten many different types of custard creams, almost every brand seems to have their own, but to be honest I have never really noticed a difference. True I never sat down with four different types and tested them one after the other, but nothing so far has been so earthshakingly different for me to prefer one brand above the other.
        So it was no big step to try Tesco Value creams when they came out and once again I have not been terribly disappointed with their range.

        About:

        A pack of these biscuits weigh 400 grams and cost a mere 30 pence, at Tesco in the UK. The packaging is simple with the usual Tesco Value colors and obviously they didn't break the bank in terms of quality in the materials.
        Once I opened the pack I was disappointed to discover that several of the cookies at the ends were broken and crumbled due to mishandling I guess.

        Once I got to the whole ones I discovered that they were very similar in taste and texture to the other custard creams I had tasted.
        The only difference that I could see was that the biscuit had a tendency to separate from the custard, but this didn't happen that often.

        Conclusion:

        Custard creams, are not a luxurious or high end biscuit, they are an everyday with your tea biscuit and as such I don't think you should have to pay 5 times the price for something that at the end of the day is very similar.
        I will continue to buy these from the Tesco Value range and would recommend them to anyone who wants to get something cheap but still good, for their tea.

        Minus one star, because they tend to be broken at the ends, and the slight tendency to separate more then other brands.

        Nutrition per 100g:

        Energy kCal 496
        Energy kJ 2,078
        Protein 5.6 grams
        Carbohydrate 66.8 grams
        of which sugars 27.9 grams
        Fat 22.9 grams
        of which sat 14.4 grams
        Fibre 2.1 grams
        Sodium 0.2 grams
        Salt Trace

        Ingredients:

        Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Oil and Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Dried Whey, Glucose Syrup, Wheat Starch, Salt, Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Flavourings, Colour (Annatto).

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          20.12.2009 20:12
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          Great for a special treat.

          I usually am put off by the high price on GU products so I have to admit that no matter how divine they looked I would usually give them a pass, however the other day they were on offer for two boxes for 5 euros instead of the 3.50 per box they usually cost here in Ireland so I decided to go for it and see what all the fuss was about.

          About:

          Gu pots of chocolate consist of double chocolate truffle, made with 53% cocoa, and 29% whipping cream. These are high in fat and should not be eaten regularly as part of a healthy diet.
          There are 3 small pots in each box, each weighing 50 grams, the pots are black and about the size of a shot glass and come in a little plastic tray with a slot for each pot. They have a thin piece of foil that peels off to reveal the chocolate delight inside.

          You can either serve this chilled and eat it luxuriously with a spoon, remove the lid and pop it in the microwave for a gorgeous chocolate sauce perfect for ice-cream, or you can use that same hot sauce in your milk for a rich creamy cocoa.

          Taste:

          These taste absolutely divine, they are creamy rich and oh so chocolately!
          The option to eat it hot is surprising good and with vanilla ice cream was to die for. The only downside about these pots is that it tastes quite heavy and you really feel quite full after a pot as the cream and chocolate combination is very filling.
          The high percentage of cocoa, means that there is a nice balance with the sweetness and the natural bitterness of the cocoa bean, so it wasn't too sweet.

          Conclusion:

          These little pots were fantastic, but I felt very high priced. The quality is good, presentation classy and the taste divine, but for 3.50 it is too much. I will buy them when they are on offer again, but don't feel right paying that much unless it is a special occasion.

          4 stars

          Ingredients
          Whipping Cream (29%) (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Vanilla), Milk Chocolate (12%) (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Vanilla), Glucose Syrup, Water, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate).

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          19.12.2009 00:35
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          I think I will pass next time.

          God I love cream pastry, flakey crust with rich cream slathered inside topped off with icing is my secret pleasure.
          I used to love the type they sold in my corner store in Norway, they called it "napoleons kake", and it was absolutely divine! Unfortunately since I moved I have never been able to find anything half as good, but I am always willing to test something new and see if it will bring back memories of years gone by.

          I noticed these cream slices a few months ago while guiltily scanning the desert section while I was supposed to be cutting sugary foods out of my diet.
          I didn't get them at the time, but as a treat a few weeks ago I decided that I deserved something special and cream slices it would be!

          About:

          These cream slices cost 1.89 euros in the ROI, and come in a cardboard packaging with a clear plastic window on top so we can see how utterly gorgeous they look. When you open the box out slips a plastic tray which is designed so that you can bend the packaging down in the middle so that you can gain easy access to the cream slice.

          The cream slice itself is made up of a bottom layer of pastry, whipped cream, a layer of strawberry jam, more pastry and finally topped with a sugar icing and design in chocolate glaze.

          Taste:

          At first I tried to put my cream slice on a plate and use a spoon to eat it, I soon found out though that I would need a knife, as the pastry was very tough and would not be separated without some force. In the end I opted on picking the whole thing up and biting off pieces.
          The pastry was rather too hard for my liking and didn't have the delicate flakey texture puff pastry is known for. And while the cream was fabulous, I wasn't too keen on the icing as I felt it was too thick and almost sickeningly sweet. In the end I just scraped it off my second slice as It felt like eating a spoonful of sugar.
          The jam while a nice touch didn't impress me much and I could have easily done without it.

          Conclusion:

          I think that the tough pastry and thick sugar icing kind of turned me off, and the cream just wasn't able to substitute for those faults, so at almost 1 euro a piece I think I will pass next time.


          Each Slice contains:

          315 calories, 17.6g of sugar, 20.2g of fat, 11.9g of saturates and 0.1g of salt

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            17.12.2009 16:09
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            Is good to have as a backup in your purse.

            I have never seen so many different hand gels in public areas since the swine flu scare came out, and I'm sure that the hygiene companies are raking in the hay with this latest health scare.
            To be honest I never really thought twice about it, I believe that the key to good heath is good nutrition so I eat healthy and exercise and can count on one hand the different times I have been sick this year.
            But before a 5 day trade fair I attended I knew I had to take extra measures as after 200 handshakes a day you are bound to pick up something, so I decided to buy a small purse sized bottle of Carex hand gel.

            About carex hand gel:

            Carex hand gel is ethanol based, which for those of us who don't know what that means its just plain and simple alcohol.
            Im sure we have all at one point in our lives watched a film where the hero bravely bites his tongue as he pours a bottle of whisky over the bullet hole in his leg. This is because alcohol works as a powerful disinfectant and is effective against most bacteria and fungi, and many viruses.

            I got the 50ml bottle in Tesco for around 2 euros but you can get this in Boots in the UK for 1.38 pounds, or at any major grocery store.
            The bottle is plastic, so lightweight, and has a pump action applicator covered with a clear plastic cap.
            When you push the pump down a small amount just enough for one application is released, then you simply rub your hands together and it instantly dries leaving you hands feeling clean without the wetness associated with washing, so you can confidently shake someones hand without the fear of feeling clammy.
            This also lasts a long time and as only a small amount is needed.

            Conclusion:

            As a exceptional measure I like this gel, it is easy to use dries fast and smells fresh and clean. On a long term basis I wouldn't recommend it and would prefer to wash my hands when possible as there are many chemicals in this gel that are not good for your body or skin.

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            • Mars Celebrations / Chocolate / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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              16.12.2009 16:48
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              A sure winner at any party.

              What is it about holidays that makes everyone go out a buy large quantities of sweets? Is it because all of our celebrations have to be centered around our stomachs?
              I guess so and that is why Mars came up with Celebrations!
              The perfect solution for all your celebratory needs, available in several catchy formats this celebration is packed full of some of the worlds best selling chocolates. So that in itself is a good start to any party.

              Personally I bought the large 855 gram tin and so had plenty to share with the family, and also had a tin to use for christmas baking!
              I paid 12.50 euros for the tin at Tesco, but you can find these chocolates at almost any grocery stone across the UK and ROI.

              Inside the box are mini versions of the following chocolates:

              Mars
              Bounty
              Snickers
              Dove / Galaxy
              Dove Caramel / Galaxy Caramel
              Dove Truffle / Galaxy Truffle
              Maltesers Teaser
              Milky Way

              What makes these so special is their small size, sometimes you don't want to eat a whole chocolate bar of one particular type so to have the option to eat several different small ones without feeling full is fantastic!

              Another nice twist is in the packaging. At the center of each wrapped chocolate the foil is slightly split so you can easily pull the wrapper apart at the middle, revealing the chocolate inside. No twiddling fingers unwrapping ends just a nice twist and pull!

              All of these chocolates are almost identical to the original version, except for the maltesers teaser. Instead of having a film of milk chocolate over a crispy malt ball there are several small malt balls covered in a thicker layer of chocolate. I personally prefer the original version to this one.

              Conclusion:

              This is one of my favorite boxed tins of chocolate, much better I think then Quality Street or Roses, and although it is expensive it is nice for a special occasion. It is not something I would buy often but it is always gone quickly at family gatherings!

              5 stars!

              Ingredients
              Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Vegetable Fat, Milk Fat, Peanuts, Lactose, Desiccated Coconut, Demineralised Whey Powder, Hydrogenated Vegetable Fat, Emulsifiers (E442, Soya Lecithin, E471), Barley Malt Extract, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Salt, Humectant (Glycerol), Egg White, Hydrolysed Milk Protein, Wheat Flour, Flavouring, Raising Agents (E500, E501, E341).
              Milk Chocolate (Milk Solids 14%).
              Minimum and Cocoa Solids 25% Minimum.

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                15.12.2009 16:34
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                A nice deodorant but don't buy this if you are looking for an 24 hour antiperspirant.

                Body oder, the big taboo of the 21st century, and something that we are all (or most of us at least) acutely aware of and to some extent equally prone to.
                I usually don't use commercial deodorant, and before anyone gasps in horror and thanks God that internet is void of smells, let me explain.

                I use a deodorant rock called an alum stone, alum Stones work as a deodorant by leaving a fine salty, slightly alkaline film on the skin, preventing the growth of microbes (bacteria). You have to lightly dampen the stone and simply rub it on the skin.

                However one thing that is not prevented is sweating, you will still sweat when using an alum stone (not as much it's true but it still isn't that effective), and in certain circumstances I need an antiperspirant, like when I went to a trade fair this year and had to stand for hours under hot lights, in a suit...
                So I took a trip to Tesco and gave myself a nice headache by trying to read all the labels on the hundreds of different types of deodorant that there was on display.
                In the end I opted for the 24 hour antiperspirant, and of course the sure brand simply because it was in the middle of the different price ranges, lol.
                I paid 1.99 euros for it.

                About:

                This deodorant is part of the Sure range and they have many different formats and smells for both women and men.
                This particular one is a 50ml roll on and is very lightly fragranced with a soapy sort of smell.
                It stands up on its cap which is easily unscrewed to reveal the deodorant ball inside. Now all that you have to do is apply it to your underarms and roll it back and forth.

                Conclusion:

                For me this deodorant worked very well in giving me a nice clean smell, it didn't however eliminate any sweat marks and so I wouldn't recommend it if you wanted something that will keep you from sweating.
                I was wearing a suit shirt which is tight fitting and since it was hot inside it was hard not to sweat, but I wasn't doing excessive walking at the fair so I had hoped it would work.
                Last year at the same fair I had used my alum stone with the same results.
                I will try another brand next time I am looking for something antiperspirant, or maybe a deodorant stick as I have heard that they work better at controlling sweat.

                3 stars for smell and preventing odors, - 2 star for not being a "24 hour" antiperspirant.

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              • Tommee Tippee Bibs / Nursing / 36 Readings / 36 Ratings
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                14.12.2009 15:16
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                A good bib that I stuck with as it was durable and worked fine.

                So today I am writing about Tommee Tippee Comfy Neck Catch All Bibs, another mouthful of a name. I suppose now that my child is growing up and I am one by one discontinuing the use of different products I am starting to write about them now that they have passed through the fire.

                This particular bib I have owned for almost exactly one year and have had no need to change it, it is of course looking a little worse for wear but still works like it did when I bought it.
                I got this bib in Tesco (in the UK) for 3 pounds, I am not sure what the ROI price is but It shouldn't be much more then that.
                It is made of a semi soft plastic and covers the chest and then curves up to create a holder along the bottom to hold any liquid or food that a baby spills.

                I'm going to go through the pros and cons of this bib now as there shouldn't be that much explaining to do about its use and application. As basically I can sum that up in one sentence:
                It is put around a child's neck to catch food when it falls from their mouth or spoon.

                Pros:

                - It can go in the dishwasher
                - It is made of durable plastic so nothing will seep through.
                - It covers enough of the baby's chest so that stains are eliminated.
                - It has four holes in the neck ring so you can adjust the size.
                - It is cheap and lasts a long time.

                Cons

                - The stiff plastic around the neck bothers the baby, until they get used to it.
                - Because of its length unless the baby's chair is very raised the curved section goes under the table, or blocks the baby from sitting close to the table as the round curved part gets in the way (this was only a problem when she was smaller.)

                Conclusion:

                This was a very good bib and as I said I felt no need to buy another, however I did feel that the stiff neck ring was a little uncomfortable for my daughter when she was younger and if I had found a similar bib with a softer ring I would have gone with that instead.
                But other then that this is a good durable bib that will save you many a washing!

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                13.12.2009 16:27
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                If you cant bear the smell then try one of these.

                It wasn't until my daughters second year that I started using this garbage tub, we had just moved into a new house and horror of horrors there was no window in the bathroom!
                Can you believe it? Thats just plain unsanitary right? So needless to say the diaper issue became allot more smelly and I had to do something, enter Tommee Tippee nappy wrapper tub! Phew what a mouthful...

                First off let me say that these tubs are pretty nifty and my dear partner thought it was very awesome to have a sophisticated nappy disposal unit and even had a go at changing the nappy himself! That in itself was a big plus and definably worth the money.

                The bin is white and purple and is comprised of three layers, the bottom container for the nappies the center where you put the nappy into the bag and the lid.
                You have to buy what they call a cassette, to put in the center compartment, it is a round ring with a hole in the center. In the ring is a plastic bag which when you pull it out is like a long hollow tube, you tie a knot once you pull enough out to get a knot in. Now you have a long tube with a closed end, you put this inside the bin and push it down so it is hanging downward toward the bottom of the nappy bin.
                Now when you have a dirty nappy you put it inside the bag push down and twist the ring in a circle (the bin has a little handle for doing this) and the bag twists close and is ready for the next nappy. So you have this bag which essentially works like a sausage roll with each twist holding a nappy, rather then a brautwurst.

                The bag is lightly fragranced so that also helps keep the smells down.
                This bin really works well in terms of keeping the smells down, however I did find that the bin got full rather quickly and it only holds about 15-20 diapers before it needs to be emptied.

                Now when you empty the bin another little contraption comes into play. At the top of the bin is a light purple three cornered raised design. this is only to be used when the bin is full. when you twist this little contraption (like you would untwist a bottle or jar top) a little blade inside the lid is turned cutting the bag. Now once you have done a complete circle you lift the lid and voila! The bag has been neatly sliced and is ready for you to tie the knot. Now when you empty the bin all the diapers are safely ensconced in their plastic prison.

                Conclusion:

                I like this nappy bin it really worked for me, it is however very expensive to buy the refills as each one costs between 8-9 pounds, and will last less then a month. (depending of course on how many nappies your baby uses)
                in terms of keeping the smell out it works really good not 100% of course but a huge improvement on a regular bin. It will not however receive 5 stars from me as I find 9 pounds for a cassette rather expensive.

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                  11.12.2009 21:24
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                  These are good biscuits and should be tried at least once.

                  I first discovered these gorgeous gems, when a friend of mine who works in a health food store gave me a pack. I had never heard of the brand but it looked pretty edible when I opened them and boy oh boy were they good!

                  About:

                  Island Bakery is located on the Scottish Island of Mull and is strictly organic and concerned about the environment and sustainable agriculture (kudos to them!) They have six different biscuits in their range all of which are scrumptiously good (the chocolate limes are worth a try)

                  The Lemon melts come in a cardboard box which holds a neat plastic holder with three compartments, each compartment holds four cookies and the whole thing is plastic wrapped for freshness.
                  The cookies are like shortbread but infused with lemon oil and dipped in white chocolate a winning combination!

                  The flavor of these cookies are really good, the texture is firm yet crumbly and since they are organic you don't have to worry about any chemicals or pesticides getting into your body.
                  Just a little warning though, and that is organic does not equal healthy, by this I mean that these are essentially biscuits, and biscuits have a high percentage of sugar and butter and while organic are still high in cholesterol.
                  So although it may be tempting these are better eaten over a longer period of time rather then giving in and scoffing down the whole pack over tea. (Guilty as charged I'm afraid...)
                  One thing that should keep you from eating the whole pack is the price tag, these biscuits cost a whopping 3.40 pounds, ouch!
                  These are however one of the more expensive cookies in their range and the ones not dipped in chocolate are 2.80.
                  But if you can afford them you can rest assured that you are helping the environment and supporting small enterprises rather then the Nestle conglomerate.

                  Island Bakery products can be bought in health stores across Ireland and the UK or online at http://www.realfooddirect.co.uk

                  Conclusion:

                  In taste and texture these biscuits are a winner but the price is a drawback so four stars from me.


                  Ingredients:

                  Wheat Flour, White Chocolate 25% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Whole Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Vanilla Powder), Sugar, Butter, Palm Fat, Lemon Oil, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Sea Salt.


                  Nutritional values (per 100g)
                  Energy 525kcal(2192kj)
                  Protein 6.2g
                  Carbohydrate 58.7g
                  Fibre 1.1g
                  Sodium 0.2g

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                    10.12.2009 23:55
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                    The best value tissue I have come across so far.

                    Its flu season, and with the recession nipping at our heels things just look a bit more sniffily then they did last year.
                    I have a box of these tissues in front of me as we speak, and to be honest it is just a lifesaver for me that Tesco came out with their value range. I know some people give these a bad rating but to be honest my pocket is more important then worrying if my nose feels slighted that the tissue is only two ply and not coated with lambs wool.

                    About:

                    These tissues are available exclusively at Tesco, (although I might agree to sell you some of my back stock should they run out, for a small handling fee of course...) It comes in the usual value colors and is a simple unembellished box, which holds 150 two ply facial tissues.
                    In the UK it costs 25p for a box (a bargain price) and since most other brands are usually five times that price they are at least worth a second glance, even if they don't have a fancy name.
                    When you take them out of the box the individual tissues are quite flimsy but to be honest I prefer that to a massive tissue that seems to be more like a handkerchief then anything else. It always seems like a waste for me to have such thick and large tissues unless you have something to the equivalent of the amazon coming out your nose.
                    Some have commented on the roughness, but my skin hasn't seemed to suffer and it doesn't make my nose red like toilet paper would, so I have no issues with that.

                    Conclusion:

                    To be honest I have a hard time going on and on about a tissue that basically does what is supposed to without any fan fare and without the exalted price.
                    I cant describe its color or texture any better then its white, and it feels like tissue.
                    I will continue to buy these tissues as I have since they started the line and I will do so until the day my nose stops leaking when I have a cold.

                    Good night, and good health to all those who are feeling under the weather.

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                    • NUK Feeding Bottles / Nursing / 33 Readings / 30 Ratings
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                      If you are wondering which teat to buy wonder no longer!

                      Before we even get started with this review might I just interject a big "I LOVE THESE BOTTLES", ok now that I have gotten that off my chest we can precede with the rest of the review.

                      Bottle weening, the scary time when mothers anxiously hold the plastic teat to a screaming baby who wont have anything but the real thing.
                      Well thankfully Nuk have made it easy on us and while it might not be easy on our wallets it certainly has made weaning a much more comfortable experience.

                      Now I am going to focus on the teats, as that is really the whole selling point for me of NUK, so I wont talk about the different bottles, as after all they are just containers for the liquid.

                      Why are NUK teats better?

                      The NUK shape is based on studies carried out by Dr. A. Müller (Dentistry) and Prof. W. Balters.
                      One of the main concerns about bottle feeding is jaw and teeth malformation, for those who are not familiar with why this is a concern let me explain.
                      When a baby breast feeds they have to suck, now the milk doesn't just flow into the baby s mouth they have to work for it, also the position of the tongue under the women's nipple helps to widen the jaw and allows proper growth and thus room for healthy teeth.
                      Now "normal" bottles (aka the cheep kind) are simply round with a hole, and when you tip them the milk comes out with minimum sucking required.

                      NUK teats come in two types and two sizes, wide neck and standard neck.

                      The sizes are 0-6 months and size 6-18 months. In these two sizes there is the option of getting either of them with a large, medium or small feed hole. There is also the option of buying your NUK teats in silicone or latex.
                      The wide neck is my personal favorite and will not fit a normal baby bottle as it is as the name implies wider.

                      The shape of the NUK teat plays an important role in helping the your baby's development. I will take the liberty of copying some information from the NUK website as they can explain it better then I can, and I feel that it is important information for any parent to know about why these teats are better for their child:

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                      As with the natural method of breastfeeding the flattened sucking part of the teat promotes the widening of the lower jaw, as the tongue is pressed on both sides.

                      The pronounced rounded upper side itself fits almost perfectly to the shape of the palate. The top of the lip is kept completely flat to enable the lips to close as they do when sucking at the breast. The advantages are twofold. Firstly, sucking trains the movement of the lower jaw. Secondly, the swallowing of air is minimised, thus helping to prevent the infant from suffering unpleasant tummy ache.

                      The hole in the teat is deliberately placed way back and not at the tip. This keeps the food in the mouth longer, enabling it to be softened with saliva - an essential requirement for healthy digestion.
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                      Now the NUK bottles also have a second hole, besides the one for the fluid to flow from. This hole is important especially for those with colicky babies, which can have discomfort caused by swallowing air while drinking(this is why it is important to burp babies). The second hole enables trapped air in the teat, caused by the suction of the babies mouth, to escape without being swallowed.
                      Just be careful because if the bottle is very full and you tip it the milk can come out from the second hole very easily.

                      Now as for the price you can buy these in most pharmacies and grocery stores in Ireland. The most common price for a two pack is between 4-6 euros. These teats are very durable and last a long time so I do not think that is too high a price to pay.
                      You can also buy them on this UK website http://www.nukbabyshop.co.uk

                      I have stuck with NUK until just a few months ago when my daughter dropped the bottle altogether, and I would recommend them to anyone who is weaning their cilld or has chosen to bottle feed.

                      Thanks for reading!

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                    • More +
                      07.12.2009 15:29
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                      A great book for story time with your kids.

                      My daughter and I have owned this book for a few months now, and it is one of our favorite bed time stories.
                      The large hardcover book is beautifully illustrated and features as the title implies various baby animals from the African safari.

                      Price:

                      I received this book as a present for my daughter so I did not buy it, on the back of the book it says 10.99 pounds but on amazon.co.uk you can get this book for 4.09 pounds.

                      About:

                      The book is 24 page paperback, but of a thick paper that is easy to turn but wont wrinkle or tear easily.
                      The story starts off with a baby lion going to say hello to his friends. Each page features a different baby animal until the last page shows all of them together.
                      As the little lion cub greets his friends they all reply in their own unique sound for example:

                      I can see a funny face, can you see it too?
                      Its a baby monkey and he's waving at you.
                      Hello, baby monkey!
                      oo,oo,oo!

                      What also makes this book special is that it is a "Soft to Touch" book. Each of the baby animals is textured in a soft fuzzy down so you can stoke and pet the zebra, giraffe etc.
                      the quality is excellent and even after several months of "petting" the book is in perfect condition and will last many more cozy nights cuddled in bed together.

                      The last page is a perfect conclusion to the story and the night, as it shows baby lion cuddled up tight by his mother and going to sleep.
                      This is great because you can get your child to cuddle up tight and pretend he is going to sleep and then quietly get up and turn off the lights, hehe.

                      Conclusion:

                      Everything about this book, is great for kids, the bright illustrations, the large page format, the baby animals and the soft feel to them. Once something has become a favorite, kids tend to want it repeatedly, without getting bored and this is one of those books. It is great fun, acting out the noises that the animals make and is also good for learning about different african animals.
                      Five stars in my opinion, even though 10.99 pounds is a bit much for a book its worth amazons price any day!

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                    • Primark Shimmer Dust Pot / Make Up / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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                      06.12.2009 20:55
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                      Worth buying and highly recommended!

                      I ended up in Primark last weekend, with four kids, one of them my own and a total lack of patience with anything and anybody. I was secretly cursing my other half who had gone off to check some deal (probably electronic related) and had managed to be gone the better part of an hour as I lugged around town feeling more and more like a grouch then anything else.
                      Thankfully though Primark changed my mood...

                      I was looking through the beauty section as it was the one thing all four of the girls shared a common interest in (funny how even a two year old can skillfully apply mascara these days!) and I found myself staring at the glittery shimmery eye shadow section. Now I am very picky about makeup and will stay away from cheep brands, as it just doesn't last, and I had no intention of buying any of their eyeshadows, but the shimmer now....Thats a different story...
                      I was pretty gob smacked when I realized that for 1.50 euros, I could get a decent sized pot of eye shimmer. I figured that I didn't have much to lose and I might as well go ahead and get some, (That and the fact that some of the employees were eyeing me suspiciously as all four girls had a more then casual browse through the makeup).
                      I picked the white one, as it was christmas and frosty eyeshadow is always a must around then ;) There are no names or numbers on the pot so I cant tell you exactly which one it was, but here in ireland there is a limited selection of colors so you should be able to spot it pretty well.

                      About:

                      This product costs 1.50 and weights 7.5 grams/0.264 ounces. The pot is tall and simply says "Shimmer Dust Designed to make you Shimmer" on the otherwise clear packaging.
                      When you unscrew the top there is a slight dip, and then a separate layer where you can shake out the dust via several holes. You can also remove this part and simply have an open pot.

                      Application:

                      The color I bought is "white" but when I put some on my skin I noticed that gold would be a more accurate description, there are thousands of tiny golden sparkles that make it appear more golden in the light. so the end result is a sort of light gold or "glowing" white.
                      The powder comes out really easily through the holes and some does come out when you open the lid, but not enough that it is a problem.
                      I carefully coated a eyeshadow brush with some of the powder and smoothed it over my lids, the color was really nice, subtle and sexy but at the same time it really caught the light.

                      Conclusion:

                      I am very pleased with this purchase and have bought a few more colors to add to my collection, it doesn't last a very long time, but it does give a touch of glam to an otherwise matte eyeshadow. I tend to dust some over my regular eyeshadow, as then when it wears off I still have the eyeshadow underneath.

                      Definably a five star price wise and value, as the pot lasts forever, maybe minus one star because it doesn't last all day.

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