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    • Kinder Bueno / Chocolate / 10 Readings / 10 Ratings
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      29.01.2015 12:22
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      Bulk order please! Delightful chocolate bar

      I have just received my online grocery shop and they had substituted an item for this Kinder bueno. Obviously I had to immediately eat it as it's chocolate and that's the rule! Inside the packet are 2 sticks of chocolate. Each is sectioned off to be 4 pieces. When you snap it you instantly hear a crunch which is the biscuit wafer just underneath the chocolate coating. Inside that is a lovely, gooey centre of hazelnut filling. It's very creamy and delicious.

      It has that delicious "Kinder egg chocolate" flavour which everyone adored when they were growing up. I suppose this is the next stage on as there is no toy inside.

      This bar cost 70p and taste wonderful. The only negative that I can see is that, because it is designed with the 4 sections on each finger, it looks like you can share it! It's that tasty that everyone will be wanting to share it with you.

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      • glassesdirect.co.uk / Internet Site / 5 Readings / 5 Ratings
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        28.01.2015 15:01
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        I can see clearly now and shall shop online with them again

        I saw that there was a discount code being offered on this site so I had a browse. I was able to pick up 2 pairs of glasses for under £60. One pair alone would have been £55 and the other was £75. There was a huge selection to choose from and I also like how the site is easy to navigate.

        (They do provide a home trial service too if you are planning to try a different type of frame and you wanted to see if it would suit your face.)

        I like that you can easily provide your prescription on there but you do need to have had your eyes tested within the last 2 years it says. The site is only suitable for those that don't have a really complex or strong prescription so it is worth checking that they can provide you before you set your heart on a particular style of frame.

        Budget lens are included in the price which are just basic, uncoated lens. Additions to your lens can also be applied for an additional fee so you can have them thinnner, with anti-reflection or scratch resistant for example.

        I found their communication to be superb with them updating me via e-mail about the stage my glasses were at and I could also track the package on their website.

        The glasses arrived in their own quality cases with a cleaning cloth each. The prescription is perfect but the frames do need to be altered to fit me. They do supply videos on their website to show me how to do this though which I was impressed with.

        For my own experience, I cannot fault them.

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        • Illoom Light Up Balloons / Novelty Toy / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          11.01.2015 17:40
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          Ballooning great improvement

          It was my son's 5th birthday and he made me promise to get him some balloons. I found these Illoom balloons in Tesco and decided they looked like a great idea. They came in a pack of 5 for the price of £3.50. (Currently there is an offer for 2 packs for £5 so I bought 2 packs.) (my pack was a mixed pack of plain colours.)

          How do they work?

          There is a tab that protrudes from the balloon which you simply pull out before inflating the balloon. It recommends using a balloon pump to inflate but I didn't have one. They were easy enough to inflate just by mouth (easier than a traditional balloon I found!) This then makes the little LED inside switch on and the balloon starts to glow. I would presume the pump is suggested so that you don't get saliva in the balloon which could damage the light inside.
          The pack also comes with a paper measuring guide so that you don't over inflate them.

          How long do they last?

          The packaging says that they will remain glowing for 15 hours which my daughter kept telling everyone where they enquired about the length of time. We put this to the test and can say that they last well over that. (In fact, some are still going strong at 30 hours.)
          Unfortunately a few of the balloons burst. This was not by themselves though I hasten to add but was the fault of a few adults trying to put them to the test. They are made of a stronger kind of material than a normal balloon so all the rest have remained inflated.

          Will I buy them again?

          Absolutely! I think they are incredibly fun and make a great addition to a party. The children loved them but then so did the adults to be honest. I can't wait for my own birthday as I'd love a few of these too.
          The glow they produced was really quite impressive.

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          08.01.2015 10:59
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          • "sandy beach"
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          Oh I do love to be beside the seaside

          Hunstanton is just an hour away from my home so i visit quite a lot in the summer. (It's on the Norfolk coast for those that do not know.) I love how the beach is sandy with just a few strips of stones in it. This makes it ideal for my children to build their sandcastles whilst I watch. There are a few pools of water by the sea defences where they can investigate some of the small creatures. Pony rides are also there although my children have never wanted to have a go there is that option.

          There is a funfair too but it is quite expensive (like all fairs these days!) so it's not very often they go on anything although we do have a walk through.

          Arcades are plentiful and there are ample machines to have a go on.

          Car parking ~ this is a bit thing for me as obviously I have to drive to it. There are plenty of spaces and not very expensive for an entire day. Last time I went it was roughly £5.

          I love walking through Hunstanton itself too away from the coastal parts as there are some great little shops to have a browse through. You can also walk up away from the main part of town and visit the lighthouse and golf course too.

          Definitely a seaside resort to visit. It's known as "Sunny Hunny" but even on a non-sunny day, I still like to visit.

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          08.01.2015 10:40
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          Fantastic fabric conditioner

          I like to try some of the cheaper products every now and again just to compare the results from the leading brands. I bought the Everyday Value fabric conditioner from Tesco a few years ago now and I've been using it ever since.

          I love that the price is just 90 pence for a 2 litre container. This gives enough for 56 washes according to the packet and I would also say that is accurate.b
          The initial smell is great. It smells really sweet, (which I suppose could be a bad thing. It's enough to make you want to drink it! )

          **Make sure you keep it well out of the way of children as the cap is just a normal screw off cap and easy to remove.**
          It's simple to use as you just pour out 1 cap full into the fabric conditioner part of the washing machine. (You can use 2 caps for extra softness but I find 1 is ample for my needs.)

          I love that my clothes stay smelling good whilst in the drawer and also when I'm wearing them. It's not as strong a scent as some other brands but I think that's a good compromise for the price seeing as some others are at least 3 times the price. This doesn't bother me too much as my clothes are worn often.
          The bottle is recyclable.

          I won't hesitate in buying it again in the future.

          (review also over on ciao under my username)

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          02.08.2014 13:46
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          • "suitable for boys or girls"
          • inexpensive
          • "well made"

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          I absolutely love this and for under £10, it would make an ideal gift.

          I love my children to play with toys that enable them to learn something rather than sitting and watching the television. I also like wooden toys as they tend to be able to withstand more of a 'battering' when it comes to playtime. Father Christmas bought this for my son a few years ago as he had a fascination with Peter Rabbit. He was 3 at the time and was immediately pleased with it.

          It is aimed at 18 months plus and as it is Beatrix Potter, it is suitable for either boys or girls.

          It is made from a light wood and even when all 28 pieces are inside, it isn't at all heavy. The lid slides in and out with ease and all the pieces fit inside without any issues. The box measures 17cm x 9.5cm and is 5cm high. I really like that the corners have a dovetail joint which gives it that quality finish.

          Each piece has a cream background on one side with the individual characters and also blue spots to indicate the numbers like a traditional domino set. The other side is just plain wood. They are quite a small size measuring 7.5cm x 3.7cm with a thickness of 0.5cm. My children have no problems with picking them up and using them and I would imagine that for a younger child it would help with their hand eye co-ordination skills.

          My children happily play with this and it appears it was a great choice from Father Christmas. Well done that man! I would thoroughly recommend it.

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        • Sylvanian Families Canoe / Doll / 80 Readings / 78 Ratings
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          11.01.2014 22:52
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          Quality set for Sylvanian Families fans

          My daughter was bought this as a present for her 4th Birthday and as she is now 6, I think we have had enough use out of it to review it. I say 'we' as, oh yes, I love a bit of play with Sylvanian Families. They are superbly manufactured and really allow my children to create stories around them. It also helps that I encourage them to love Sylvanian Families as I did when I was young.

          This set is simply called 'Canoe'. It comes with one figure, "Martha Mulberry" who is part of the Raccoon family. Her arms and legs move and also her head twists round. She is made from a slightly 'fuzzy' textured material and is very hard-wearing. She has the striped fluffy tail too to complete her character. She also has a little dress which can be taken on and off. Everything has been really well made as even the dress has a proper hem to it and a Velcro fastening.

          It also has the actual canoe, a set of oars, a life jacket and also some picnic items comprising of a glass, bottle, apple and a sandwich. Everything is in scale so this makes some of the items incredible small. There is set of binoculars for example which is the size of a one penny piece. All of these items just come in bags that are torn open so, when my children have finished playing, I make sure all the small items are put away in a sealable container to avoid them being lost. I can really see why the packaging states that it shouldn't be given to children under 36 months due to the small parts.

          This retails for around £10 but often Sylvanian Families sets are on offer so it is worth looking out for those. I personally believe that £10 is an excellent price for such a brand and a toy which will certainly last . When buying Sylvanian Families second-hand, they still make good money so I see these toys as a good investment too. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this set.

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          • Zog - Julia Donaldson / Junior Book / 58 Readings / 58 Ratings
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            07.01.2014 12:56
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            A soon-to-be classic that every child should own.

            My son loves to have a bedtime story and my daughter loves to read so they are a partnership made in heaven.We all sit in their bedroom around a book ~ possibly the only time during the day when there are no arguments and all is calm. Perfect.

            We ended up buying this from the school book fair at a price of £5.99. It is the hardback version and can be found slightly cheaper online but I think that was a good price to pay for a quality book. The 16 pages are made from quite a thick, chunky cardboard so, even though we have had it for some time now, it isn't showing much sign of wear like some of the paperback books we have. It is A5 in size so it doesn't take up much room in their book basket.

            ===Story===

            Julia Donaldson has written a gloriously funny and thought-provoking book about a dragon called Zog. He has to learn different things from dragon school through the years and has to perfect his skills. Although he isn't very good at lots of things, he meets Princess Pearl and a friendship forms. What will happen though when it comes to his test to rescue a princess? Will Sir Gadabout hurt Zog? It all gets a bit concerning at times for us as we quickly turn the pages to find out what happens to Zog as he becomes such a loveable character.

            It is written in a poetic form which makes the story flow as well as teaching my eldest about rhyming words. Very clever as it's teaching without them knowing and there is also repetition in it which both children can recite.

            "Now that you've been shown, you can practise on your own." A life skill at an early age.

            It's not too long but long enough to provide a 15 minute story and conversation before they get into bed.

            ===Illustrations===

            Axel Scheffler illustrates the book with vibrant, colourful dragons and lots of background detail. Absolutely beautiful and I really wouldn't mind lots of the pages as posters for my children as there is so much to look at.

            This is sure to be a classic book one day that every child will remember from their childhood. The Donaldson/Scheffler double-act has yet again triumphed. They were behind 'The Gruffalo' and 'The Gruffalo's child'.

            I strongly recommended this book to anyone with children, no matter what age. My daughter enjoys reading it at age 6 and my 3 year old son enjoys it being read to him. There is also such opportunity with it to teach other things such as colours and new words.

            It was the winner of the Galaxy National Children's Book of the Year in 2010. A fantastic achievement and I can thoroughly see why it won.

            5 stars.

            ISBN : 978-1-407132-33-4

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              05.01.2014 22:34
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              Worth a whirl at seeing if 'raspberry rebel' is your colour

              I bought this on a whim when shopping instore at Tesco. There is a reason why I usually shop online as it prevents me from making impulse purchases. It is said that you shouldn't shop on an empty stomach as that makes you buy more food well I think the same applies for the beauty aisles....

              ==Do not buy hair dye to try and make up for a poor hair cut!==

              It was getting extremely close to my work Christmas party and I hadn't managed to get my hair cut into an actual 'style' so I *stupidly* thought I would try to dye my hair to at least look like I had made an effort.

              The theme was to 'dress to impress' so I opted for a vibrant shade. The packaging showed a pretty model with long, shiny hair with a vivid pink. The shade is number 91 Raspberry rebel. Brilliant! I could be transformed. The packaging shows an example of what the results could be like on different shades of hair. My natural hair colour being dark blonde, it should come out a darker pink.

              ===Price===

              It costs £5.47 per pack but it was on offer within a 2 for £8 range so I went for that. (Not tried out the other colour yet!) On further research, this dye can be found much cheaper online so definitely pays to shop around.


              ===Application===

              I applied Vaseline around my hairline and ears before I started to try and avoid the dye making me come out with a pink 'glow'. This did work well so I would advise doing that! Plenty of it though.

              A tube contains the dye so there is no mixing up various bottles like other hair dyes which is always a bonus.

              The dye was very easy to apply even with the use of the plastic gloves that they provide. They are always far too big for me buy I suppose one size is meant to fit all.

              I would also like to comment that it does dye your scalp a bright shade of pink so I did make an effort to attempt to remove the majority of that from my parting line with a damp cotton wool bud. A little scrub and it does come off, don't start panicking like I did!

              You simply have to rub it onto towel dried hair, wait half an hour and then rinse out until the water runs clear. This can take some time so I strongly advise you put at least an hour aside to complete this activity.

              ===Smell===

              Lots of hair dyes have quite a strong smell to it and some in the past have given me a headache. This dye smells more fruity and does't have that strong chemical smell which I liked. It also didn't leave that lingering scent in my bathroom either.

              ===Effect to my hair===

              I have used many hair dyes in my past and quite enjoyed that they left my hair feeling moisturised, This kit does contain 2 15ml sachets of conditioner yet these had minimal effect on my hair. I found my usual condition helped to make my hair look and feel moisturised.

              ===Colour Results===

              Immediately you could see a change in hair colour and I loved it ..... until it dried! It looked quite patchy and you could see that the dye had taken better in certain places than others. this could have been down to my rushed application.

              Having said that, I did start receiving compliments for the colour and people even commented that they liked how i hadn't just applied it as a flat colour. Now whether that was down to trying to be polite or that it actually did look reasonably ok, who knows.


              I still have pink hair but it is fading now after 5 washes. It is supposed to last between 6-8 washes so it is living up to those claims. I will certainly try it again in the future but doing it when I have more time and another pair of hands to help.


              ===Recommendation===

              I would recommend this as it does create an effect BUT I would strongly advise to get a few boxes of the dye as one tube just wasn't enough even on my short hair. I would also suggest pre-lightening the hair to start off with to get a better result and possibly having a friend to assist to make sure the whole head is covered. I would also suggest shopping around for a better price than I paid.


              *** Like with all hair dyes, follow the instructions and do the strand and allergy tests beforehand***

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                02.01.2014 00:43
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                A disinfectant spray

                "Mummy, I don't feel very well." "Achooo!" ****cough cough cough ***** "Yuk! What is that?!"

                Like many people, I hate being ill and, in a bid to try and deep clean my house, i bought Dettol disinfectant spray. It was an impulse purchase after both of my children had been ill and I was prepared to try anything to avoid it happening again in the future. I know it sounds very silly but it puts me at ease when I'm cleaning and trying to avoid passing the germs around us. This claims to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on surfaces so I thought it was worth a go.

                It kills :

                E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, Staph. aureus, Campylobacter, Streptococcus, Athlete's Foot fungus, MRSA. Also, Rhinovirus, Rotavirus, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Pollovirus type 1, adenovirus type 2, Herpes simplex virus Types 1 & 2, Hepatitis A virus, Influenza Type A H1N1.

                (Hardly any of that means anything to me but using long words when it comes to illnesses often makes things seem bad I guess and make you want to buy this to avoid getting them.)

                The spray can be purchased for £3 from supermarkets which is quite a reasonable price for the 400ml bottle from a prominent brand.

                It comes in a metal container with a plastic lid. The spray nozzle on the top is one of those that you have to press at a slight angle. There is no locking mechanism on this so I do keep it on the top shelf of my cleaning cupboard well away from children.

                I've used it quite a few times but mainly use it on door handles and the house phone. It is suitable for using around toilet areas, under sinks and kitchen bins. I use bleach and an all-purpose cleaner in those areas though so would consider myself become quite obsessive if I then started spraying this around too. You simply spray the surfaces from a distance of 15-20cm. The nozzle has never clogged and a fine mist is produced. It does coat the surface extremely well and seeing as you have to let it air dry, the surfaces remain wet for at least 20 minutes in my home.

                It has quite a potent and 'hospital-like' smell to it which isn't unpleasant but it is certainly noticeable. It lingers around too for a while. The scent is "Spring Waterfall" but to be honest they may as well have called it "A&E Deep Clean".

                ===Summary===

                Mixed feelings then with this I feel. It's hard to actually say whether it has killed all the germs as I don't go around testing for such things! Who does?! my children and myself have still had colds even whilst using this in my home. We haven't had some of the viruses that it claims to kill though either but then we may not have got those even without using this spray.

                I wouldn't purchase it again as I feel that my other cleaning methods suffice.

                3 stars.

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                  30.12.2013 17:38
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                  A feminine scent in a gorgeous bottle

                  I'm a huge car fan and also like collecting unusual items so for a present I was bought this as it combines two of my passions. Diesel for the car part and a distinctive bottle for the unusual part. Like they say, it's the thought that counts and a lot of thought was put into this gift.

                  === Bottle ===

                  I love the shape of the bottle as it doesn't stand up like a traditional bottle of perfume. There are many flat edges to the bottle but the 'base' allows it to stand perfectly well at the angle shown in the picture. It is in the shape of a heart and there is a black, plastic part running through the inside of the bottle. This is meant to represent a dagger. There's a smokey purple tint to the fragrance which is highlighted in the glass.

                  A black lid simply pushes on and off to reveal a silver pump action. One spray is more than enough as it produces a wide mist of the fragrance.

                  === Fragrance ===

                  I've never been good at trying to describe smells ~ I always have an image of Jilly Goolden, the wine 'guru' trying to describe it for some reason.

                  According to basenotes.net

                  Top Notes
                  Star anise, Mandarin

                  Middle Notes
                  Sambac jasmine, Liquorice, Gardenia (See! Jilly Goolden...."I'm getting essence of liquorice!)

                  Base Notes
                  Amber, Vanilla, Woody notes

                  None of that makes any sense to me but it may to one of you. I prefer to describe it as a light and sweet kind of smell. It's unlike anything I've had before. It certainly is a feminine fragrance and just one squirt lasts the entire day. Obviously fragrances are different for everyone but people have complimented me when wearing this. (New Year's resolution ~ wear perfume everyday.)

                  === Price ===

                  Diesel is a well-known designer brand and as such, often attract a hefty price tag. I was surprised to see that a 30ml bottle (like the one I have) costs around £28.99 from Boots.I find this extremely reasonable for a perfume as a little really does go a long way. If you shop around too I would expect you could find it cheaper too.

                  You are also able to purchase this in a 50ml bottle (£38.99) and a 75ml bottle. (£48.99) but for me this size is more than adequate.

                  === Recommendation ===

                  I have no problem in giving this 5 stars and recommending it. Would make a lovely gift for someone or indeed, why not treat yourself? It originally came out in 2011 but it is still in production now so there are no problems finding it.

                  You can also get the same scent in body lotion which I own and love.

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                  06.12.2013 11:57
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                  A fabulous slow cooker that will get you excited about eating again

                  When I moved into my home 5 years ago it quickly became quite clear that I wasn't going to be the next Nigella and be a domestic goddess in the kitchen. For that Christmas my mum asked what I would like for a present so I opted for a slow cooker in the vain hope that i could create some nutritional meals with minimal effort. It can be bought very cheaply brand new for around £40 from Tesco but I'm sure if you research you can get them much cheaper.

                  === The basics ===

                  The slow cooker arrived all packaged up with an instruction booklet which is always handy for the likes of me especially. Mine is a 6.5 litre sized which is more than adequate for my family (family of 4) and often means there is enough left to freeze if I don't intend on being incredibly greedy at that particular meal time.

                  There is the metal base unit with the long plug cable attached to it. ( Don't you just hate those gadgets that never let you put them where you want them to be because the cable doesn't stretch?! ) Mine is brushed aluminium so it was in keeping with the rest of my appliances.

                  The ceramic pot then fits into that but it's not a tight fit. The glass lid then places on top of that. The dial on the front is easy to operate with it either being off, high low or medium in that order so be careful when using it to make sure it's actually on the right setting. There is also a red light that comes on when in use which I like. I don't want to get home and then realise that I hadn't actually switched it on!

                  I like that it is fits in with the rest of my kitchen as I leave it out on the worktop all the time. The front base unit is very easy to clean if things get splashed up onto it so it looks brand new still.

                  === Instruction Booklet ===

                  Inside it gives a little bit of safety advice like not touching the outer enclosure during use of before it has cooled and using oven gloves when removing lid or the ceramic pot. I like that it gives clear instruction of how it works and then a few "do's an do not's for the ceramic pot". There is also a cooking guide and a table to give the equivalent cooking times for the low, medium and high settings.

                  Recipes are also included in the book and I have tried a few out. There are also numerous slow cooking recipes on the internet and a particular favourite site of mine is a Facebook group called Slow Cooker Saddo's as it is 'real' people giving recipes and how they worked out with lots of hints and tips.

                  === Use ===

                  I love to use my slow cooker during the winter as there is nothing better than walking through the door and smelling a hearty meal all ready and waiting to be eaten. I get the meal ready in the morning and then put it on low for the time I am out so a stew, for example, I would leave cooking for about 8-9 hours. This creates an amazing succulent stew and means that i can use a cheaper cut of meat.

                  I have also created lovely snacks and puddings in my slow cooker. Nutella swirls was a particular favourite and took just 2 hours.

                  Jacket potatoes were also made recently and although it cooked them to be lovely and fluffy, I would still use my oven to crisp up the skins next time as obviously the slow cooker doesn't brown things. Possibly a downside for some people. It's all about finding out what works for you.

                  === Eek! Washing up ===

                  I love that it is just one pot to wash up and because it is ceramic it is incredibly easy to clean with just normal washing up liquid. Make sure you allow the pot to cool before washing up and also don't subject it to an extreme change in temperature else you could crack it. Mine has lasted 5 years so far and no signs of wear. It is quite heavy to lift so be careful when moving it around as, when wet, it will make it more prone to be dropped.

                  === Final thoughts ===

                  I absolutely love my slow cooker and it is an item that gets lots of use rather than becoming one of those fad gadgets that gets put to the back of the cupboard. I strongly urge you to get one if you can as it creates a variety of meals and will save you time and money.

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                  • Cadbury Popcorn Bag / Chocolate / 95 Readings / 95 Ratings
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                    A delicious treat

                    I enjoy entering competitions as a hobby and recently there has been one where I have to keep trying to mention popcorn on my Facebook page. Not only has this been helping me go up the rankings for my competition it has possibly made most of my family and friends think that I am obsessed with the stuff!

                    I admit it, I am.

                    My mum showed up with these for me to try. Made by Cadbury's, it is a bag of toffee popcorn with each "generously coated in Cadbury Milk Chocolate". The image of gloriously fluffy popcorn coated in toffee and then smothered in chocolate was instantly pleasing. These feature on a gold bag with the Cadbury purple which gives a luxury feel to the product.It also comes in a resealable bag although that is just pointless for a chocoholic like myself.

                    She picked these up from a petrol service station so no doubt paid a bit more than other places , (naughty Mum!) but from a quick supermarket search shows it can be bought for £1 a bag from Asda and £2 from Tesco. I find this an acceptable price as there is plenty in the packet ~ even enough to share if you really had your arm twisted.

                    I am in love! The popcorn is divine with the chocolate and you really have to have strong will-power to not keep shoveling it in. (Good image I am creating here I feel.) What I'm trying to say, is that Cadbury have created a very tasty product. The toffee on the popcorn isn't too sweet yet the taste lingers in your mouth for sometime afterwards.

                    There is a warning on the packet that it may contain hard pieces but luckily I found no un-popped pieces. This may have put a dampener on my experience if I had.

                    I have now finished off the 130g bag whilst writing this review so only now will I dare look at the nutritional value. The table shows that a 1/4 bag contains 160 calories, 18.5g (21% daily allowance) sugars and 7.6g fat. (11% Guideline daily allowance) Not the healthiest of things in the world but then these are designed to be more of a treat rather than a normality. From reading that, and the notice that it should be enjoyed "as part of a healthy, active lifestyle" I shall get off bum and go and do some sit-ups.

                    Who am I kidding? I'm off to put them on my next shopping list. 5 stars.

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                      10.11.2013 11:30
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                      A contemporary way of displaying photographs.

                      I'm a big fan of taking plenty of photographs and had literally hundreds on my computer. I'm quite a tactile person so parted with some of my hard-earned money and had some of the photographs printed so I had 'actual' prints to look at. These were then put in a draw and not looked at again UNTIL I came across this on eBay.

                      I bought it for a grand total of 99p + £8 postage which is a fantastic price as it usually retails around the £25-£30 price range. It is made by Umbra who make similar quirky and unusual statement pieces for your home.

                      The idea of this photo display is that the photos look like they are on some kind of plant or tree. They are easy to put into place as a simple peg/ crocodile clip style system is used. Mine has a daisy design on them and I like that it is so easy to swap and change the photos. Unlike the picture displayed with this review, mine has a white plastic flower pot at the base and then wires come straight out of that. It holds 15 photographs at the various levels. It really does make an impact in my home as people are urged to pick it up and look at all the photographs that seem to hide under one another as you can just catch glimpses of some of them.



                      The only negative that I have found is that it can become a bit unstable at times and tip over. I did use it to display cards but they were simply too heavy and it kept falling over.

                      I would have no problems in recommending this to others even at the full retail price. All too often we keep photographs that are never to be seen again ~ well display them with pride and in style with this Umbra fotofalls display.

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                        30.10.2013 23:36
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                        Full of issues

                        We have 2 children together and when he decided to up and leave, he thought his responsibility towards them also ceased. I let things go for a number of months until eventually I decided to go down the CSA route as why should my children have to go without whilst I had to strictly budget on just my wage? They had 2 parents so surely a little help from both should be available?

                        The paperwork was really easy to fill in but that is about all that is easy with the process. I have to keep ringing to chase updates about the case and it often takes at least 10 minutes to get through to actually speaking to a human. They then take a further 10 minutes trying to scan read the case as the number you have to call goes to some kind of call centre and not your own individual case worker.

                        I did eventually receive 2 payments from their father after a number of months when it was confirmed he was working for a company. The money came directly from his wages before he even received them. This was his cue then to leave and become 'self-employed'.

                        My case has now been sent to their 'self-employment' team. This brings up another heap of problems and still means that my children receive a grand total of nothing from him. They have to do traces with HMRC and investigate 'things' ~ I have no idea what these things are but every time I call they are still doing their investigations. In all this time, they have spoken to him a few times but the process seems so long-winded that circumstances change and they have to start from scratch again. For example, he moved so any letters they sent were being returned.

                        I have read many articles and comments from other parents about the CSA and in particularly if self-employment is involved. The power just isn't there for the CSA to act quickly and set up payment schedules if a parent decides they don't want to pay anything.

                        All in all, the CSA can only work on information that can be supplied or that they can slowly find out themselves. This leaves the whole system open to abuse by parents that are adamant they just don't want to pay for their own children. Many times I have felt like just closing the case and calling it a day but then this is the only route open to me for my children to ever receive financial support from their father.

                        I receive yearly a copy of the payments he should be making. Handy! It's a bit like Bullseye, "look what you could have won". My folder for CSA is getting full of random pieces of paper with empty promises on them including booklets saying what they can do if the non-resident parent doesn't pay. It mentions taking their driving licence from them and even a prison sentence. My case has been going for a good couple of years now and I still never get an answer to my question of just when will any of these further actions take place?

                        The CSA are firmly stuck here with me between a rock and a hard place. I know alot of people may assume that the parent left with the children are being bitter and money-grabbing and that may be the case for some. However, I now feel like I have to speak out for my children and show them that with family comes responsibility ~ both financially and emotionally. The CSA is supposedly meant to help with this but it just isn't at the moment for me and as such only receives a 1 star rating as it is barely doing anything in my case.

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