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    • General / Discussion / 15 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      All about me

      1. Which do you prefer - shower or bath? And why?

      I prefer showering as I can have a shower straight away, no need to wait for the tub to fill up and the shower cubicle is quicker to clean then the bath is (maybe I'm just too lazy and impatient).

      2. What do you swear you'll never do?

      Cheat on or intentionally hurt my fiance.

      3. What's the most embarrassing thing you ever done?

      Sent an inappropriate drunken text to a good friend, thankfully we're still friends.

      4. What is your favourite quote?

      "Angels fly because they take themselves lightly" I heard it on retreat as a teenager and it stuck with me, even though I still myself/everything far too seriously sometimes.

      5. What was your favourite holiday? And why?

      Tenby, South Wales when I was 11/12. My sisters and I went away for a week with our Nan to a caravan park in Tenby and it was great. The weather was great all week and even with 6 of us in a caravan, for once, there were no arguments between my sisters.

      8. Savoury or sweet?

      Definitely sweet. I have a very sweet tooth and would pick sweet over savoury any day of the week.

      9. Hot or cold?

      Cold, at least when you're cold you can put more clothes on/blankets on it warm up when you're too hot there's not much you can do especially when you've already got a fan on and it's still too hot.

      10. What's your favourite drink?

      No added sugar summer fruits squash.

      11. What's your favourite food?

      Sweet and sour chicken from the chinese chip shop.

      12. Who do you hate the most?

      Inequality.

      13. Do you have a crush on someone? If so, who?

      Nope, I only have eyes for my fiance (sappy as that sounds :P )

      14. What is your favourite colour?

      Blue

      15. What did you do last night?

      Chilled at home with my fiance in front of the tv (read still recovering from friday's night out lol).

      16. What's your favourite thing to do?

      Look after those around me

      17. Favourite movie, TV Programme, Book?

      Favourite TV programme is a toss-up between Criminal Minds, CSI and NCIS, can't pick between them.

      18. Who's your hero?

      I don't have any heroes.

      19. Favourite song of all time?

      Everything I do by Bryan Adams.

      20. Have you ever had a supernatural experience?

      Nope.

      21. Favourite Sounds?

      Natural sounds like bird song and running water (e.g babbling brook).

      22. Favourite Smells?

      Fresh coffee (although I don't like the taste of coffee), home baking, fresh washed clothes.

      23. Favourite places to be?

      At the beach on a warm day

      24. Happiest moments in your life?

      Getting engaged to my lovely fiance and becoming an aunt for the 1st time.

      25. Saddest moments in your life so far?

      Relatives dying.

      26. What is your dream job?

      Not something some people view as a job but housewife/stay at home parent. If money was no object I would love to stay at home and look after the house while my fiance goes out to work and then if we have children in the future to stay home with them.

      27. What would be your idea of a perfect date?

      Erm I've never been on a proper date but something well-thought out rather than the norm of seeing a film or going out for dinner would probably make me melt.

      28. What are your favourite Newspaper/ Magazine?

      I don't read any.

      29. Which celebrity do you like the most?

      None, I don't like the whole celebrity culture.

      30. Do you have any siblings?

      Yes, four younger sisters.

      31. Have you ever been in hospital? If so, why?

      Yes, as a child due to fitting and spent a week in hospital when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

      32. Have you ever broken a bone or had stitches?

      Nope.

      33. Do you believe in Angels/Ghosts/Demons?

      Angels and ghosts yes but not demons.

      34. Are you superstitious?

      Not really, but I do say "hello mr magpie" whenever I see a magpie.

      35. What colour eyes do you have?

      Hazel.

      36. What colour hair do you have?

      Dark brown.

      37. What religion are you?

      Christian, C of E.

      38. If you could change 1 thing about you, what would it be?

      I'm working on my weight so the only other thing I'd change would be my health.

      39. If you could change 1 thing about your personality, what would it be?

      More confident.

      40. What are your biggest fears?

      Being alone, losing everyone close to me.

      41. Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?

      Not going to Uni.

      42. Have you ever been in love?

      Yes.

      43. What's the most important things to you in the world?

      My family, fiance and friends.

      44. What are your most treasured possessions?

      My engagement ring.

      45. What's your job?

      Complaints and Escalation Officer.

      46. What's the nicest thing anyone has ever done for you?

      Looked after me when I'm ill.

      47. What's the worst thing anyone has done to you?

      Cheated on me.

      48. Dream car?

      A black Range Rover :) but realistically an estate car big enough for plenty of kids and dogs.

      49. Favourite celebration?

      Other people's birthdays or christmas, I like spoiling those around me.

      50. Where do you hang out?

      At home, usually in front of the tv.

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    • Hotpoint WMM39 / Washing Machine / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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      08.04.2012 15:18
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      A very good washing machine that is versatile and can handle anything

      I will start this review of the Hotpoint WMM39 washing machine with a specification of the machine.
      This washing machine is a free standing, fully automatic, front loading washing machine with a 1400 rpm spin speed and a 5.5kg load capacity. This washing machine is 85cm in height and 58cm wide and has been awarded an energy efficiency rating of B for its spin drying efficiency, an A for wash efficiency and an A of energy efficiency. The Hotpoint WMM39 is purely a washing machine and does not have a drying facility.

      I have been using the Hotpoint WMM39 washing machine for the last 3 years and must say it has been a great machine. I got the machine second hand from my now ex father in law who had had it from new (circa. 2002) and it is just as reliable as the day I got it. The only work that has needed to be done on the machine is the carbon brushes needed changing earlier this year, which even for a non-mechanically minded person like myself was a relatively easy task to carry out.

      I regularly use all of the different programs on this washing machine from the 26 minute freshen up cycle for lightly soiled garments to the 60 degree cycle for bedding and towels.
      The machine has 11 different wash programs labelled from A to L which range from a 95 degree wash down to 30 degree. Here is a list of the different wash programs for the Hotpoint WMM39;

      A - 30 degrees, 25 minutes, pre-wash program
      B - 95 degrees, 2 hours, for white cotton
      C - 60 degrees, 2 hours and 5 minutes, for cotton
      D - 40 degrees, 1 hour and 30 minutes, for non-fast colours
      E - 30 degrees, 1 hour and 20 minutes, for non-fast colours
      F - 50 degrees, 1 hour and 5 minutes, for synthetics
      G - 40 degrees, 40 minutes, for acrylics
      H - 40 degrees, 1 hour and 15 minutes, wool wash5
      J - 30 degrees, 55 minutes, silk wash
      K - 35 degrees, 26 minutes, fast wash/freshen up
      L - 25 degrees, 45 minutes, hand wash cycle

      There is also a rinse and spin, fast spin and slow spin cycles on this machine. All of these cycles are selected using the dial on the machine.

      In addition, to the above wash programs there are 5 in wash options that can be selected using the buttons on the front of the machine. These are;

      Time Saver - this option can reduce the program time by up to a third, this option is not available on the fast wash, rinse an spin and spin only cycles.

      Extra Rinse - this option adds an extra rinse to a program, this option is not available on the pre-wash, wool, hand wash or spin only cycles.

      Rinse Hold - using this option will hold the clothes in the final rinse water until you are ready to complete the cycle. This option is not available on the pre-wash, hand wash, wool or spin only cycles.

      Reduce creases - this option reduces the wash action and spin speed to reduce creases in clothes, this option is not available on wool or hand wash cycles.

      Mini load - this option is for when your doing a smaller load of laundry. This option not only reduces the washing time but also reduces the water and energy consumption by up to 50%.

      I have had no problems with this washing machine and have found it is equally as good at handling large loads, such as towel washes or bedding, as it is at handling smaller lingerie loads. This machine has handled everything I have thrown at it, from mud-caked football kits to baby clothes. I would be lost without this machine and *touch wood* it will stand me in good stead for years to come.

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      29.12.2011 22:24
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      A great tasting bar which plugs a chocolate craving and is still healthy

      I decided to try Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars after hearing rave reviews about them from other members at the Slimming World group I attend and decided to give them a try.

      In the UK there are two varieties of Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars available, milk chocolate and a dark chocolate and almond bars. Unlike the above picture the UK variety of these bars have 20% of your daily fibre requirement not 35%. The bars come in packs of four 28g bars and contain 111 calories per bar. The bars are available in the main supermarkets and currently retail for £1.98.

      The milk chocolate bars come in a purple box with a picture of the product on the front and all the usual nutritional information on the back and the bars come in a foil wrapper, to keep them fresh, in the same shade purple of the box. The dark chocolate and almond variety come in a box with the same graphics as the milk chocolate variety but the box and wrappers are red rather than purple.

      The bars are made of oats, rice puffs and chocolate. The bars have chocolate drizzled over the top of the bar and there is also a layer of chocolate on the bottom of the bar. The bars are easy to bite into, gooey and chewy, whilst not being too chewy and making your jaw ache while your eating them or too gooey that the bar falls apart. I find the bars taste like a cross between a less crunchy version of rice crispy cakes and a chocolate covered flapjack.

      I have tried both varieties of Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars and personally prefer the milk chocolate variety as I find the dark chocolate variety too rich for me but then I'm not overly keen on dark chocolate as I find it too rich. I also found I could not taste any almond in the dark chocolate variety. I find the bars great for subduing a chocolate craving as they are very chocolaty and not a chemically chocolate like some chocolate flavourings as it is real chocolate that is used on the bars. The bars are also quite filling, I tend to have one mid-morning and it keeps me going to lunch time.

      Kellogg's Fibre Plus Cereal Bars are suitable for vegetarians and the allergy advise on the back of the pack informs you that the bars contain milk, soy, wheat and oats and may contain peanuts and others nuts.

      There is a warning on the back to the packs;

      "New User: Increase your fibre intake gradually and ensure to drink plenty of water. Gastrointestinal discomfort may occur until your body adjusts"

      Whilst I have not experienced any gastrointestinal discomfort or any other untoward symptoms since I started eating these bars I have always drank quite a lot of water through day. When the bars were recommended to me by other members at my Slimming World group the women advised me to only eat one bar a day so this may also be why I have had no unpleasant discomfort or anything.

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    • Ariel Excel Gel / Household Product / 38 Readings / 38 Ratings
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      23.12.2011 20:03
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      A great clean and very fresh clothes after using

      I don't have a particular laundry brand that I tend to stick to and change between brands all the times, picking products up when they are on offer as the branded laundry products can be expensive when buying them at full price.

      There are currently four different Ariel Excel Gel products available, a biological excel gel, a non-biological excel gel with almond milk and honey, an excel gel especially designed for coloured clothes and an excel gel with Febreze for longing lasting freshness on your clothes. All four products are readily available in the supermarket and come in two different size packs. An 18 wash (667ml) pack and a 28 wash (1.04l) pack.

      The product comes in a sturdy white plastic pack with a different coloured flip lid and product stickers depending on which excel gel you buy. The biological gel comes in a pack with green labelling and flip lid, the coloured gel is purple, the non-biological is blue and the Frebreze effect is a greenly blue. The gel is the same colour as the flip lid on the pack. The washing directs, warnings and ingredients are listed on the back of the pack. All the packs come with a white removable dispenser on the top of the pack which you remove and fill with the gel and then put into the drum of your washing machine.

      Ariel is one of the higher prices laundry products on the market and the excel gels currently retail for around £5 for the smaller pack and just over £8 for the larger pack. Although can be found on offer quite regularly.

      I have personally used both the biological and Febreze effect excel gel products and have to agreed with Ariel's claims of great results even at low temperatures. The Ariel Excel gels are the only product I have used that managed to clean mud-caked white football kits with no need to run a second wash.

      This product worked well for me at 60 degrees as well as 40 and 30 degrees. I never needed to rewash anything while using Ariel Excel gel and whites always came out brilliantly white and bright coloured and also dark coloured clothes did not fade at all.

      I didn't think the gel smelt of much but once clothes has been washed they came out smelling very fresh and clean. I can't describe the smell just that it's the traditional smell of Ariel. After drying the clothes still smelt quiet strongly of the gel rather than fading like a lot of laundry products and the freshness stayed with the clothes throughout the day to.

      Would I recommend this product? Although I think it's a bit pricey when not on offer I would wholeheartedly recommend this product. It is the best cleaning gel I have used and has a lovely smell and that me back to childhood.

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      23.12.2011 19:21
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      A lovely floral conditioner which leaves clothes feeling soft and smelling nice all day

      As I've previously said, I'm not what you'd call brand loyal and as no-one in my household has sensitive skin or allergies I have used most laundry products currently on the market and I am currently using Tesco's Pink Diamond concentrated fabric conditioner, from their Ambience collection, 42 wash bottle for my washing.

      Tesco's Ambience Pink Diamond concentrated fabric conditioner comes in a bright pink opaque boxy shaped bottle with a purple screw top cap. The front of the bottle has a pink flower on the bottom right and a white/light pink flower on the top left which contains the name "Tesco Ambience Pink Diamond" in pink writing and the number of washes the product is expected to last for in printed on the front of the bottle on the bottom left hand side. The back of the product has the same two flowers from the front of the bottle but they have been reversed with the pink flower on the top left and the white/light pink on the bottom right. Within the white/light pink flower on the back of the bottle there is the following message "Immerse your senses with the Ambience collection from Tesco Discover a world of gorgeous fragrances & luxurious softness". The usual directions for use, ingredients and warnings are listed on the sides of the bottle. The product is light pink in colour, creamy and very fragrant. I can't quite put my finger on what flower this smells like but it is a floral scent.

      The product comes in two sizes a 21 wash (750ml) and 42 washes (1.47l) which are both currently on offer for £1 for the smaller bottle and £2 for the bigger bottle but are usually £1.60 and £2.30 respectively.

      I'm currently about two thirds of my way through using my first bottle of this product and have no complaints at all. My clothes came out of the washing machine with a lovely floral scent and whilst the scent lessens after drying my clothes still smell floral and fresh. Also the clothes feel soft but not overly and the scent stays on the clothes all day. I would definitely buy this product again and would recommend the product to anyone who likes floral scented products.

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        23.12.2011 18:48
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        Overall a great product that leaves clothes smelling fresh at a good price

        I'm not what you'd call brand loyal and as no-one in my household has sensitive skin or allergies I have used most laundry products currently on the market. I usually have a small "stock" of laundry products in the spare room that I have picked up on offer so I never run out and like looking out for the best deals to keep myself well stocked up. I last purchased Daz washing power when I saw the 50 wash box on offer for, I think, £4.

        Daz washing powder comes in a red box with what looks like the sun on the front with Daz emblazoned across it in a royal blue colour and as you'd expect the back contains the usual washing instructions, warnings and ingredients. The product comes in a few different size boxes, 10 washes, 25 washes and 50 washes and is widely available in the supermarket for between £2 and £10 depending on the size box you buy.

        Daz's powder is white in colour and very fine and soft in texture and has a refreshing clean scent. I use a number of the wash cycles on my washing machine depending on load of washing I'm doing and Daz performed just as well in a 60 degree wash as it did in 40 and 30 degree washes. The product performed really well and the only time I had to run a second wash was when washing mud-caked white football kits but I have had to do that with most laundry products so that is nothing against Daz.

        Using Daz my whites stayed white, my bright coloured clothes stayed brightly coloured and my black/darker coloured clothes stayed their original colour with no fading.

        The scent you can smell from the powder when it's in the box is exactly what my laundry smelt of when I took it out of the washing machine although after drying the clothes the scent was less detectable but the clothes still smelt clean and fresh and were also soft to touch.

        I would recommend Daz as it provides a good clean and leaves clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft and is also reasonably priced, being one of the lower priced branded laundry products on the market

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      • Febreze Mist & Refresh / Homeware / 27 Readings / 25 Ratings
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        20.12.2011 22:59
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        Nice if you like a strong smelling product

        Febreze Mist & Refresh is an aerosol air freshener which combines odour removal with a light fragrance, which comes in a variety of fragrances. It is currently available in Blossom & Breeze, Cotton Fresh, Morning Dew and there has been a limited edition Apple Spice version too. Is commonly available and retails in the main supermarkets at around £2.70 although is often on offer for between £1 and £2.

        I have used Febreze products since they first came out and have enjoyed all of their products until I came across the Mist & Refresh products. I don't whether it was just me or the product but I have used the Blossom & Breeze, Cotton Fresh and Morning Dew varieties of Mist & Refresh and found them all to be over powering and stick in the back of your throat, even when using only the smallest spray of the product. I also didn't like the mist part of the product, even using a small amount the floor and furniture had a film of the mist on them. Making the wooden floors a little slippy.

        I wouldn't recommend this product unless you like really strong fragrances as for me the scents of the products were far too strong for my taste.

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        • General / Discussion / 23 Readings / 20 Ratings
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          18.12.2011 22:07
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          A little about me

          1. What is the wallpaper on your computer screen? Why did you choose it?
          One of the Windows' ones and just because it makes me smile.

          2. Mexican food, Chinese food, Italian food, French food or American food?
          Chinese every time.

          3. Do you have any tattoos and piercings?
          I've got my lower ears pierced and also have my tongue pierced. I've got one tattoo. A small cross on my right shoulder.

          4. Do you have any siblings?
          Yes, 4 younger sisters aged 21, 20, 18 and 17.

          5. Have you ever broken a bone?
          Nope, I've been lucky enough not to break anything.

          6. Do you believe in superstitious things such as breaking mirrors?
          I believe to some extent.

          7. Do you like those 'end of the world' movies?
          There ok but I prefer watching comedies, end of the world movies can be depressing.

          8. Do you eat more fruits or vegetables? What's your favourite fruit and veggie?
          More vegetables but that's just because I find them easier to add to meals and I don't like snacking between meals too much. I love sprouts and strawberries.

          9. Who were you most likely to play during school nativities?
          Behind the scenes in the choir or being stage hand.

          10. What's your opinion of the dentist?
          I hate the dentist and actually haven't seen one since I was 11 out of fear. Irrational I know but you can't help what you fear can you.

          11. Have you ever had a speech impediment?
          Nope, not that I know of.

          12. If you had to choose, what is the worst movie you've ever seen?
          Nothing springs to mind, maybe I'm just too accepting of anything I watch lol

          13. Do you like meeting new people?
          I like meeting new people bit get very nervous.

          14. If you could, which celebrity would you date?
          Hmmm, tough one but I think Johnny Depp wins this one.

          15. Who would you take with you on a deserted island?
          My lovely fiance.

          16. Do you know how wide your hips are in exact inches?
          Nope, just a rough idea.

          17. What would you say is the worst part of high school?
          P.E, particularly get changed after swimming.

          18. How old will you be on your Mother's 68th birthday? Is that 'old' to you?
          I'll be 37 and yes I think that's old but then again I feel old already at 23.

          19. Ever thought you were dying of something you were not even close to having?
          Nope.

          20. Have you ever wanted to be a doctor?
          No. I don't think I would make a good doctor, I can't keep calm in a crisis.

          21. If you were dying who would you say goodbye to first?
          My family.

          22. Do you like to babysit children?
          Yes, I love children.

          23. Do you often forget where you put things?
          Almost daily.

          24. Do you go on a lot of holidays?
          No, only time I go away is to visit my family as I live quite far away from them now.

          25. Have you ever met someone with the same 'biggest fear' as you?
          Yes.

          26. Would you rather write with a pen or pencil? Why?
          Pencil because mistakes can easily be erased.

          25. What is your favourite number and why?
          Four, the date of my birthday and seems to be lucky for me.

          26. Are you afraid of being kidnapped when you go outside at night time?
          No, the thought has never crossed my mind.

          27. Where was the best school trip you ever went on?
          Marwell Zoo I loved it there.

          28. Are you a controversial person?
          I don't try to be.

          29. What would you say your average word per minute count is on a keyboard?
          No idea.

          30. What was your favourite and least favourite subject in school?
          I like drama, maths and science mainly because of who I sat/worked with in them and hated P.E.

          31. Do you bite your finger nails?
          Not anymore. I used to be terrible for it.

          32. When is the next time you'll go to the library?
          I don't know, I used to go regularly but haven't been for a while.

          33. Do you like fiction or non-fiction books more?
          Fiction wins every time.

          34. Do you treat others as you'd like to be treated?
          I try to.

          35. What type of child were you?
          Quiet but head strong.

          36. Are you someone who likes to get into arguments and fights a lot?
          I prefer not to argue

          37. Do you swear a lot?
          I try not to but I do tend to swear more than I'd like to.

          38. If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be of and where would you have it?
          I'd like to get a second one but can't decide on a design yet.

          39. What's your favourite TV shows?
          Law and Order, CSI and NCIS - I like all the different versions of these 3 shows.

          40. Does personality weigh out the sense of 'good looks'?
          Personality always wins for me - who wants to be with or have friends that are stunning but as interesting as old dish water.

          41. What is your favourite thing in your bedroom?
          Currently the electric heater taking the chill off during these cold nights.

          42. If you could change 1 thing about you, what would it be?
          My height. At 5'7 I'm not exactly short but I would like to be a couple of inches taller.

          43. Do you have any regrets? If so, what are they?
          No regrets, just lessons learnt.

          44. What colour hair do you have?
          Black, recently dyed although that was just to make my hair match as although it had always been dark brown it had started growing through black and looked like I'd dyed it brown and had black roots so now it all matches.

          45. What colour eyes do you have?
          Hazel.

          46. Favourite Sound?
          Haven't got one.

          47. Favourite Quote?
          Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.

          48. Favourite Colour?
          Constantly changes.

          49. Favourite Films?
          I love the Harry Potter movies, after that comedies.

          50. Pet Peeve?
          Bad manners and grammer.

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        • Mother & Baby / Magazine / Newspaper / 11 Readings / 10 Ratings
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          17.12.2011 21:44

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          An informative magazine ranging from pregnancy to toddler age children

          Mother and Baby magazine is a great read for anyone (both male and female or it is geared more towards women as the title suggests) expecting or anyone who already has a baby or young child.

          The articles in the magazine are mainly geared towards pregnancy but there are also articles regarding baby care and advice about toddlers. There is a pregnancy time line in the magazine which gives a detailed time line of how your baby is growing inside you. There are also tips on what you should and shouldn't be eating while pregnant and also articles about what to expect health wise during pregnancy.

          Each edition also has real life births stories which cover pretty much every birth situation that could arise. From natural labours, planned and emergency c-sections.

          Each edition also has reviews on all kinds of baby products, from nappies and bottles to big items such as cots and prams.

          There are also a number of competitions and giveaways which are always very good.

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        • Asda Magazine / Magazine / Newspaper / 11 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          17.12.2011 21:08
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          A nice little freebie with some great recipes and articles

          I always look out for the latest Asda magazine and love getting new ideas for meals and use the coupons when they are for things I would usually buy.

          Asda magazine is a free supermarket magazine that is available in store, typically by the tills but in some stores is also placed in racks by the entrance and exit. The magazine contains around 100 pages per edition and has a mix of adverts for Asda products, recipes, George @ Asda items, coupons, competitions and articles.

          The magazine contains approximately 30 recipes per edition which are usually seasonal, so this month it contains festive recipes. The recipes are very much geared towards family life meaning they are usually cost effective (especially as a price per serving is provided for each recipe) and are typically quoted as making 4+ portions. The recipes are well explained and are clearly marked in terms of complexity and how long they will take to make.

          There is also a page dedicated to wine, giving suggestions on the best wine to serve with different meals.

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        • Cosmopolitan / Magazine / Newspaper / 7 Readings / 6 Ratings
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          17.12.2011 20:49

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          Great magazine for women

          I absolutely love Cosmopolitan magazine and buy every edition. It contains everything I look for in a magazine. There's fashion, real life stories, celebrity stories, health and beauty articles. There's something for what mood I'm in. I can pick it up and flick through looking at the fashion pages and if I'm in a more thoughtful mood I will go through and read the real life articles.

          Cosmopolitan has the perfect mix of health, beauty, advice, tips, fashion, everything. I love nothing more than jumping on the sofa with the latest copy and going through. Looking at the latest fashions, getting tips on how to get the hottest make up techniques down to a tee or how to perfect a glamorous up 'do for a big night out or get my hair looking gorgeous just day to day.

          Cosmopolitan UK edition is currently priced at £3.50 and is around 240 pages long. The only thing I don't particularly like about Cosmopolitan is the name of adverts in the magazine.

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        • Alliance & Leicester / Bank / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          17.12.2011 20:37

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          Avoid unless you like spending time repeating yourself several times

          I recently closed an account with Alliance & Leicester and even that was a painfully process. I originally opened an account Alliance & Leicester when they were offering a £100 incentive if you switched to them. Even though I met all the criteria I never received the £100 although disappointing I thought never mind live and learn, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

          I prefer to do my banking online but the Alliance & Leicester website wasn't great for user friendliness and very chunky and old fashioned and this just became worse as they merged with Santander. There were times when I couldn't log on for days at a time and other times I'd manage to get logged on but then get kicked out in the middle of doing something.

          On more than one occasion with my bank statement I would receive a page or two of someone else's statement as well as my own and once half of my own and half of someone else's. On contacting Alliance & Leicester regarding this they told me just to bin what wasn't mine. No mention of shredding it to protect the other person's details or if it would be looked into to prevent it happening again.

          After 11 months I was fed up of near constant problems with Alliance & Leicester I decided to close my account. Went into my local branch for what I thought would be a simple process. How I was mistaken I was in branch for about 2 hours and was told by the cashier who had been going through the closure of the account it would take effect within 24 hours and I should receive no more statements. Well for 3 months after that I still received statements and had to spend another 2 hours in branch to finally get the account closed.

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        • Halifax / Bank / 8 Readings / 8 Ratings
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          17.12.2011 20:21

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          Good bank with great customer service.

          I have been banking with Halifax since I was a teenager. Initially I banked with them just because that was he bank my dad took me to to open my first account but I continue to bank with them years on as I have never had any problems with them and have always experienced good customer service in branch or when I've contacted them on the phone.

          I currently have a current account, cardcard account (this was the account I opened as a teenager) and two savings accounts with Halifax.

          Before opening the savings accounts (both are easy access accounts with no withdrawal fee or mandatory monthly deposit amount) I researched savings account and for my needs these savings accounts came out with the best interest rates.

          I mainly do my banking online and find the Halifax website easy to navigate and user friendly but when I have had reason to call Halifax, such as to report a lost card, the staff are friendly and very helpful.

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        • Mars Maltesers / Chocolate / 5 Readings / 3 Ratings
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          17.12.2011 17:48

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          A chocolaty treat for all occasions and the whole family

          mmmm Maltesers what's not to love from the chocolate coating to the crunchy honeycomb centre. As a self admitted chocoholic these are one of my all time favorite chocolate treats.

          Maltesers are small round chocolate balls consist of a malted honeycomb center covered in milk chocolate and also come in a white chocolate variety as well, same malted honeycomb center but covered in white chocolate instead of milk chocolate.

          These delicious little chocolate balls come in a variety of different size packs, Single bag - 37g, Big bag - 58.5g, Treat bag - 88g, Pouch - 135g, Large Pouch - 230g, Box - 120g and Large Box 360g and the white chocolate Maltersers are available in a Single bag - 37g and Pouch - 135g. The different size packs make Maltesers a treat for all occasions from a chocolaty treat just for you to a treat to share with all the family.

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        • Mc Vities Jaffa Cakes / Snacks / 8 Readings / 7 Ratings
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          17.12.2011 17:20

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          A delicious chocolate, cakey treat

          McVities have a long history for making delicious biscuits but I must say my favorite out of all their biscuits has to be the Jaffa Cake.

          People argue over whether Jaffa Cakes are biscuits or cakes but what they don't argue over is the fact they taste so good. Jaffa Cakes consist of a soft sponge bottom with a circular level of orange jelly covered in chocolate, what's not to love.

          Jaffa Cakes taste great eaten on their own but are also great dunked into either a hot drink (e.g. tea or coffee) or into a cup of milk. Dunked into tea the sponge is even softer and the chocolate starts to melt from the heat of the drink or in milk the sponge again becomes softer but the chocolate hardens slightly from the coldness of the milk so has a slight crunch when you bite into it.

          A treat for all the family to enjoy, if you can bear to share them.

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