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      11.04.2013 21:57
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      I will not be buying this again and I feel this is not up to the Body Shops usual standard.

      I have a Body Shop, Love Your Body card and often pop in the see what goodies I can get. On this particular occasion I had some birthday discount to spend and was led towards some shampoo in the Rainforest range. I have dry, frizzy hair which has a few highlights in so I opted for the moisture version.

      ~~Packaging and cost~~
      The shampoo comes in 3 sizes: 60ml, 250ml and 400ml which cost £2.00, £4.50 and £6.50 respectively. I was offered the 400ml bottle for the same price as the 60ml bottle which I thought was a bargain. The bottle is green tinged with simple labelling and looks fresh and new. It has a simple flip top with a small opening. I must say that the plastic is quite firm and slippery and it is not that easy to squeeze the shampoo out especially on the second wash when your hands are a little slippery.

      ~~Shampoo~~
      The shampoo is quite runny and is clear in colour which in itself is a problem as when you are the shower it runs easily off your hand and it is hard to see how much you have squeezed into your hand. It does not lather very well at all and my hair needs 2 sometimes 3 washes for it to feel really clean, which makes this terrible value for money. It has no aroma really which is a shame as I love to smell my hair after it has been washed.

      ~~Effects~~
      Leaves your hair feeling unwashed and lifeless; as if it has been coated with something. Little lathering means you need several washes to get it 'clean'.

      ~~Conclusion~~
      A poor shampoo that does not make your hair feel clean and fresh. It is not good value as I needed several washes to get even half clean.

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      08.04.2013 21:37
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      An effective natural remedy for muscle aches

      My sister-in-law is a horse whisperer and dabbles in Forever products for animals. She was explaining about all the products that Forever Living do and I happened to mention the calf pain I was getting due to having to do lots more walking at work and new shoes. She told me about the Aloe Heat Lotion and how it acts as a massage lotion for soothing aching muscles.

      ~~Packaging and cost~~
      The heat lotion comes in a 4fl oz tube with a flip top lid and is easy to distribute. Although it was quite expensive at around £12 a tube it has lasted well and a small squeeze goes a long way.

      ~~Lotion~~
      The white lotion is not at all runny and is more like a cream consistency, it rubs in easily and disappears into the skin quite quickly. A firm rub is better as the massage and warming effect created with firm rubbing helps to absorb the lotion into the skin. The smell of the lotion is a little overpowering at first but once it warms up the smell dissipates a little. Remember to wash your hands afterwards as this lotion can sting quite badly if you get it in your eyes and tastes pretty awful if it gets in your mouth

      ~~Effects~~
      Once massaged in it heats the skin and muscles and helps to relax the muscles therefore avoiding stress. It worked really well on my calves and after a several days they were almost back to normal. I applied it twice a day initially and then once a day, after work once they began to improve.

      ~~Conclusion~~
      As it is made from Aloe Vera it is very soothing on the skin and has never given me a rash or any skin irritation. I liked this product because it worked quickly and naturally.

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      08.04.2013 21:14
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      A modern yet classic piece of furniture that needs to be touched,

      After moving into a larger home late last year we needed something bright and functional to go in our new hallway. This elegant and modern console table is designed to fit against a wall making it a functional but unobtrusive piece of furniture. This table is quite substantial for a small table and measures: Height 78 cm, width 80 cm, depth 40 cm. The legs are fairly long and make up about 60cm of the total height giving the table, in my opinion, a slightly leggy, unstable look. It is made of solid pine and painted with a white lacquer finish. It has some deliberate distress marks added which I do not really care for as I feel they take away the sharpness of the table and feel if a table is old it will look distressed but if it is new it shouldn't.
      However, the design and detail afforded to this piece makes it a very touchable item of furniture that does anything but discreetly sit against the wall. The attention to detail is exquisite and really makes the table stand out as a focal piece in my hall. Each of the four legs have bevelled sections to the tops which set off the rounded top section; the legs are sturdy and get wider as they go up with their widest point at the top where they meet the drawer section. This, half moon shaped top section holds the small drawer; just big enough to hold some keys and a phone book and pen if you decide to use it as a phone table. We throw our keys in there when we come in which means the draw is opened constantly. This constant opening has no effect on the stability of the table with low level things on it like a phone but I am not sure how stable the table would be if it held a vase of flowers or something more delicate like an ornament. The handle is a small ring attached to a diamond plate made of a black/coppery distressed metal; this addition gives it an almost antique look but the whiteness of the table adds the modern twist.
      The Adorno table is from Fashion for home website and is part of a huge range of furniture that has over 30 different pieces suitable for many rooms in your house like the bedroom, kitchen and the bathroom. At £99 it is not the cheapest of hall tables but the clean lines and detail make it a very nice piece and one that should last a while.
      It came flat-packed and had to be assembled when it arrived. Now this is usually a real bugbear of mine but I have to say this time it was easy and I was able to complete the table quickly and with no loss of screws or patience. The delivery was quick, free and easy to arrange. All in all a great addition to my furniture and one I would recommend.

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      25.02.2012 15:38
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      A great little gadget which really does save time

      Challenge Extreme High-Power Rapid Tyre Inflator

      ~~~The make~~~

      Challenge Xtreme are a manufacturer of many garden and maintenance products and are sold through large stores such as Argos, Homebase, B&Q etc. We bought ours from Argos for around £40 about 6 months ago. They are still available now.

      ~~~The Product~~~

      We decided to buy this product after our manual foot pump broke. In our house we have a variety of things that need to have air inside them. We have 2 cars, 4 bikes and a huge selection of footballs. The Rapid Tyre Inflator sold itself to us because of the total absence of manpower needed to pump up our 'air' items; lazy I know but who wouldn't.
      Inside the box is the unit which has a centrally placed digital display that shows current pressure in BAR, PSI and KPA. This display has LED lights for night use which has come in handy already; there is a simple switch to the left of the display to turn the lights on or off. To the right of the unit is the cable and connector which powers the unit from the car cigarette lighter (car must be running). This is tucked away inside the unit along with the adaptors that come with the unit and is accessible by removing a side cover. The adaptors are a toy inflator adaptor (not used ) and sports ball adaptor (used regularly) and are easy to attach to the main air hose.

      ~~~Using the inflator~~~

      Once connected to the cigarette lighter plug the display will show your current pressure, you can then set the desired pressure using the arrow buttons. Switch the machine on and the pump will start and keep pumping until it reaches the desired pressure where it cuts out. The noise the machine emits is pretty loud.

      ~~~My opinion~~~

      This is a pretty handy machine which saves a lot of time and effort. It is much quicker than a manual pump and although not 'Rapid' as suggested it is fairly fast. I think it is not really made for pumping 4 tyres one after the other as when we tried this it overheated and cut out completely refusing to work for a couple of hours. My only other issue is that because it is run by the cigarette lighter you have to be near the car to pump bike tyres or footballs and if your car is not available then you're a bit stuck. Overall it's a good machine that does what it says even if a little loudly.

      Currently available from Argos for around £40

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    • Tesco Trigger De-Icer / Car Care / 9 Readings / 7 Ratings
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      25.02.2012 15:34
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      Takes too long and leaves gloopy mess on screen

      ~~~~The Product~~~~
      We bought this Tesco de-icer as part of our online shop in October so we would be prepared for the winter. It comes in a 500ml trigger spray bottle. The actual de-icer is blue in colour but doesn't really appear blue once sprayed until it part de-ices then you get a bluish gloopy mess. Tesco de-icer claims to 'rapidly remove ice and frost from windscreens even when it is -15ËsC'. Currently on sale in my local Tesco garage for nearly £2.50!!

      ~~~~How to use~~~~
      Spray across the window/screen starting from the top. Once covered leave to de-ice. Once de-iced remove excess with wipers or scraper. I found the ice melted to some extent and I was then left with this de-icer/slush mix which just spread over my screen with the wipers if I didn't scrape it off.

      ~~~~My opinion~~~~
      It takes ages to melt the ice and then you are left with a horrible slush. Strong quite overpowering chemical smell which lingers. Won't buy again, have been looking for better replacement. At the moment patience, a good scraper and my heater on full blast works a treat. I tend to start my car, put heaters on full blast. Lock with engine running using spare key and return 10 minutes later to a warm and defrosted car - perfect!. (wouldn't recommend this unless you live in a quiet cul de sac or have a drive like I do)

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      21.02.2012 20:34
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      A good idea which if used regularly should help save loads on vet bills

      I had never used toothpaste or in fact any kind of dental product on my dog until the vet warned me that my dog's teeth had lots of plaque on them which she needed to remove. I was amazed at how much there was and how hard it was to remove. After a pep talk and a warning about the cost of tooth removal etc I was sold on doggy tooth care. She advised me to try 2 products. This review is about 1 of them.
      Dog a Dent is a meaty tasting tooth-paste especially developed for dogs. It has ingredients which break down plaque and help prevent further build up. This in turn helps to get rid of the bacteria which cause bad breath -pretty much the same as in human teeth really. I bought mine in my local pet store for around £3 a tube. My vet also sells it and you can get it on-line from a variety of sellers on Ebay, Amazon and specific pet sites.

      ==How to use==

      I 'try' to use it daily but because my dog isn't that happy about it I do not always succeed! I use it with a finger brush now; it looks like a big rubber thimble with small bristles on. I used to use a proper doggie toothbrush but found that inflexibility of that even more frustrating. The special dog tooth-brush is, as sturdy, if not more sturdier than a human tooth-brush which makes it really tricky to manoeuvre round a wriggling dog's mouth. Put a small amount on the thimble or brush and rub across the teeth like you would brushing your own teeth, this takes time to master so keep with it.

      ==My opinion==

      My dog is getting used to it now, although she still tries to hide, bite or run away whenever she sees the 'toothbrush'. I use it in combination with a product which I sprinkle on her food as this also breaks down plaque.(see other review ) I would struggle to do as well as I am with just the toothpaste and brush as my dog isn't that receptive to the toothbrush method. If used on its own you would have to have a very calm dog, it is suggested you start from a puppy which I didn't so this could be something to think about.

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      18.02.2012 17:40
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      A sweet treat for anytime, sore throat or not

      ~~~~The Product~~~~
      Most lozenges available for sore throats usually contain tons of sugar, chemicals and pain relief. Ricola cranberry herb lozenges are made from natural ingredients including a secret blend of 13 herbs, are sugar free and are made in Switzerland. The herbs are grown without pesticides and in the hills and mountains. The lozenges are gluten free and are also suitable for diabetics.

      ~~~~How to enjoy~~~

      This flavour, Cranberry, benefits from the multitude of vitamins that cranberries contain making it a healthy option as well as a delicious aid to placating a sore throat. My lozenges came in a 45g box which has a flip-lid, the box is celophane wrapped and the lozenges loose within the box. They also come in a 70 bag. Suck one at a time when needed to sooth your throat. I have used them whilst walking to help with a dry mouth and often I have simply sucked one when I felt lie a snack but didn't want to consume too many calories. The lovely fruity flavour helps me to satisfy my sweet cravings. You are warned not to consume too many as they can act as a laxative, this has never been a problem for me.
      I purchased mine from a clearance website but I have also seen them in my local supermarket and in Boots for around £1

      ~~~~My opinion~~~~

      I didn't buy these for a sore throat, I bought them as a snack to keep in my bag while I was slimming. I found out the benfits they had when I used them whilst experiencing a horrid sore throat and was suprised at the relief I felt with such a natural product. I would recommend these lozenges for anytime, sore throat or no sore throat.

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      16.02.2012 22:56
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      A good solid MPs player which has excellent sound quality and amazing storage

      Creative Zen NX Nomad Jukebox

      ~~~The company~~~

      Creative are a well established company who are known for their audio and digital entertainment products. They have been established for around 30 years now and are one of the leading manufacturers in their field. Creative are not one of the brands which people automatically think of when pushed to name one that makes MP3 players; most people might think of Apple, Sony, Samsung or Archos. Creative's new Zen is number 7 in the top 50 most popular MP3 players which was surprising to me. What is more surprising is that the new Zen has 4mb of memory space whereas my Zen has a whopping 30!

      ~~~The MP3 player~~~

      My Nomad Zen is silver in colour both front and back with white trim running around the outside of the unit. It is approximately 1 inch deep and is about 6 inches high and 4 inches wide which makes it a fairly bulky player compared to the more modern ones. The front panel has the word Creative written in capitals along the bottom in a raised text. Towards the top is the name of the MP3 player. There is a massive 30mb of memory in this player which can hold around 20000 songs depending on size. The sound quality is excellent through both earphones and when connected to a speaker
      Just beneath is the display which when you turn the unit on displays the power level and menu list. To access the menu you use the select wheel situated on the side to the right. The menu gives you access to a range of features including track selection where you can select from song title or artist; you can even make up individual people's track lists. (A great feature when you don't want to listen to your other half's rock) Next to this wheel is the play/pause button and the fast forward and rewind track buttons. The wheel takes a little getting used to as you need to scroll and select using one finger. On the other side of the unit (to the left of the display) is the power button and a handy back button which automatically takes you back to the menu when playing a song. There is also the volume +/- buttons on this side. All these buttons are large enough to access without looking and easy to depress. The bottom of the unit has a slide to open switch where you can access the battery pack. We have never changed the battery and it charges itself when connected to the mains. The battery life is pretty good and gives around 7 hours. The top and final section of the player houses the mains connector, the earphones connector and the USb connector. We transfer music from our PC to this player very easily using the connector.

      ~~~My opinion~~~

      We bought this MP3 player around 8 years ago. Really can't remember how much we paid but you can currently still buy them on Ebay for around £30. It gets used all the time and has been abroad with us several times. Although bulky (not one you would want to clip to your arm and run with!) it does a good job of playing all your tracks well and easily. The sound quality is very good and the menu is easy to navigate. The best thing about this MP3 player is the storage capacity, we currently have all our music on it and we haven't even filled up 25% of the available space yet. Overall it is a good sound MP3 player and although bulky it is still a favourite in our house.

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    • Creative D100 / Speaker / 23 Readings / 17 Ratings
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      15.02.2012 21:43
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      A good all round wireless speaker

      Creative D100 Speaker

      ~~~The make~~~

      Creative have been around for a good while now, in fact we have one of their original Zens (an old style MP3 player) as well. Creative were created over 30 years ago in Singapore and are now widely known for their advances in audio and personal music systems.

      ~~~The Speaker~~~

      Initially this was bought by my son after his birthday last year, he had birthday money burning a hole in his pocket (like most 14 years olds I presume) and was just getting into music. His PC was getting on and the sound element was pretty naff and as he had all of his music either stored on there or it was used to play his limited collection of CDs. After much family (well father and son) deliberation it was decided he should buy this creative D100 speaker as it had and did everything he (and his father!) needed.
      The speaker is about 12 inches long (at its widest) and about 5 inches deep and high. My son's is black all over but I know they come in a range of colours including pink, green and blue. These coloured ones have a white outer frame with just the front speaker fabric coloured.
      On the front of the speaker, centred to the middle, is a 4 x 1 inch plate which has the word CREATIVE in the middle and to the left is the blue-tooth button and to the right the volume +/- buttons. The back of the speaker is also just as simple. There is the on/off button, an AUX in point and the power in point, underneath the unit is the battery compartment. This is accessed by sliding the cover of the battery compartment off to reveal spaces for 4x AA batteries. It weighs around 1kg.

      ~~~Using the speaker~~~

      The speaker is very easy to use. One way is to connect it to the PC using the AUX point, this cable has a USB at the other end and connects directly to the computer. He mutes the speakers on the PC monitor which then allows the sound from his music to come through the Creative speaker. The other way is to blue-tooth another system (which has to be blue-tooth compatible) and then listen to the music on that item wirelessly. We have blue-toothed his phone, my phone and my husbands ipad all without a problem. The sound is good and had a huge volume range, the base isn't too deep and doesn't vibrate too much. It is compatible with windows 7, Vista and Mac.
      The best thing about this speaker is the range when using blue-tooth. I have used it in the garden, garage and greenhouse at least 15 feet from my PC, I think it may do more. This is also where I come in because I am now the main user of this speaker!!! All summer I sat in the garden and listened to my music with this speaker, it was lovely to have good sound instead of the tinny noise that came from my laptop. In the winter I have and still do use it in the garage when on the treadmill. I do not have an ipod so this is great to allow me to listen to my music while I run. The reason my son doesn't use it as much now is not because it isn't any good it is because he now has an ipod an prefers his new earbuds (can't teenagers be fickle) I don't mind because I now had good music while I run and I know I will have a lovely summer again in my garden and green house.

      ~~~My opinion~~~

      This is a versatile speaker from Creative. It is lightweight and small enough to have with you on the beach, in a greenhouse, or simply down the garden. The sound is good enough for my needs but I am not sure it would be good enough for real music buffs. The speaker was only about £60 so not an expensive item and not a price range that you would expect to give you amazing sound quality. It is easy to use, easy to blue-tooth and has a good volume which is needed in the garage when running (more motivation when listening to 100 songs to run to compilation, the louder the better). The range is perfect, it could be even longer but we haven't tried it. Overall a great wireless speaker that is made by a reputable and well known manufacturer.
      Currently available from here for £50
      http://www.airetechit.co.uk/e-shop/products.php?71067&livemode=1

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      14.02.2012 23:49
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      A really great scrub that leaves your skin soft and smelling wonderful

      Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub

      ~~~The Company~~~

      Sanctuary spa products are a brand of product made for the Sanctuary Spa in Covent Garden and are now available to buy for a home spa experience. You can purchase them in one of their spas or online from their website. Sanctuary started over 30 years ago with their first women only spa in Covent Garden.

      ~~~The Product~~~

      Sanctuary body scrub is a product from their spa essentials range. It comes in a clear tube with a flip lid which is much handier than a screw lid as you can stop the flow easier. It has the traditional orange lid with the trademark fish symbol above the Sanctuary wording. Sanctuary Scrub contains natural pumice made from volcanic rock which helps to gently remove dead skin cells. The scrub also contains patchouli and orange oils which together create not only an amazing smell but a rejuvenating and awakening scrub that leaves the skin soft and refreshed. This scrub is suitable for pregnant women as the oils are on the safe list. Some oils cannot be used as they may induce labour. The smell is amazing and it lasts for ages on your skin. You must shower first to clean the skin, Sanctuary do an amazing body wash in the same essentials range so that would be a good product to use if you wanted the complete spa experience but I don't have any left so I use my normal body wash to begin with. Once clean apply the scrub to wet skin using circular hand movements. Rinse with clean water. Once you have rinsed away the residue you are left with very soft skin. Pat dry and then moisturise; they suggest Spa Essentials body lotion but I suppose any will do.

      ~~~My opinion~~~

      Sanctuary products are a real treat and in my opinion well worth the money. This has lasted a long time and you do not need bucketfuls to do the job. The smell is really wonderful and does seem to hang on to the skin for a good while. My skin remains soft all day when I use it even when I wear jeans. Normally jeans tend to rub my shins (I kneel down a fair bit at work) and I often end up with rashes because I scratch but when I have used Sanctuary I tend to stay itch free because my skin isn't dried out as much.
      My product is the 50ml size and was a gift so I am unaware of the cost of 50ml but their website is selling 200ml for £5.25
      http://www.thesanctuary.co.uk

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      14.02.2012 22:20
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      An effective deodorant that is safe and gentle on the skin

      Forever Aloe Ever-Shield Deodorant Stick (92.1g)

      ~~~The Company~~~

      Forever are a company founded by one man called Rex Maughan in 1978, he began in Arizona and the company is now an international supplier of health products ranging from personal care to slimming aids to make-up. All the products are Kosher approved as well as not tested on animals. He has millions of distributors and serves over 100 countries.

      ~~~The Product~~~

      After having problems with constant boils/cysts on my armpits as well as reading some articles about the possible link between breast cancer and the use of deodorants containing aluminium based compounds I looked for a product which was safer to use than the normal deodorant sticks, roll on or aerosols. Forever Aloe Ever-Shield was recommended to me by a friend.
      Forever do not use the aluminium based compounds in their deodorant stick unlike many other deodorant manufacturers. My sister in law had been a distributor for these products for many years but I not used them due to how expensive they were but luckily she had some in stock and I began to use it as an alternative to my normal aerosol deodorant.
      The stick contains just 6 ingredients of which 3 are water, aloe gel and fragrance. The stick is unlike any other deodorant I have used as it is like one of those push up ice lollies. Remove the cap, then twist a wheel at the bottom to push the stick up far enough to use them rewind to lower the stick back into the base. Applying is easy as you just rub the stick over your underarm, then you are done. It has a slightly greasy feel to it and a wonderfully fresh fragrance. The colour is white but nearly translucent. Unlike roll on or aerosol deodorant you cannot necessarily feel that you have applied it so I use a mirror to make sure I have covered the whole of the underarm. It doesn't leave you with wet or powdery underarms; just nice smelling skin. I have not noticed any staining of my clothes from the stick and it does appear to last all day as advertised.

      ~~~My opinion~~~

      This deodorant is now a firm favourite with me. Although expensive it has lasted for months and will stay fresh if the lid is kept on when not in use. I don't get any breakthrough sweating or odour from under my arms and my clothes don't stain. Obviously it's a little more hassle to use than a normal deodorant which you simply take the lid off but I think for the peace of mind that this brings it is well worth it.
      Available from distributors or direct from their website

      https://www.foreverliving.com
      for around £6

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      12.02.2012 20:58
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      A great creative product which encourages imaginative play

      Crayola Colour Explosion Dome

      ~~~General~~~

      This product was given to our class by one of the staff members. She was given it by a friend whose children didn't play with it and she was having a clear out. My children in my class love it. We are a class of special needs children and this creative toy is brilliant for my children. We have a choose time at the end of the week and they all put their hands up to play with this; we have to have rota now! We even use it for our topic linked Art. We have been studying the circus and children have created circus scenes as well as stick figures in gymnastic poses.

      ~~~Product~~~

      This is a large plastic dome which the children can draw on using the special pens that are supplied. Inside there is a semi-circle piece of plastic which can also be drawn on which fits perpendicular to the dome giving an alsmost 3D effect to finished pieces. There are 2 starter scenes which can be used to trace onto the dome or inner semi-circle but to be honest my children love to draw freehand with the pens. Further scenes can be downloaded from the crayola website. Once your design is done you switch the unit on and it lights up your creation. There are 4 different light settings to enhance the work done. Batteries needed (3 AA) I have loads of write on wipe off pens which we use for our whiteboards and these work fine but are limited in colours.

      ~~~My opinion~~~

      A fabulous toy/creative product. Loads of endless fun and can be accessed by all ages. My class children are 9-11 years and love to use it. You need to look past what is supplied and use your imagination to create your own scenes to get more from it.

      Online Crayola store x2 pack replacement pens are $9.99 and you can use Paypal to buy them, I didn't get as far as the checkout page so don't know how much shipping will be but once I do order more pens (which won't be long) I will update this review.
      Domes available from stores like Argos and Tesco from around £25

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    • BT Verve 450 Twin / Telephone / 13 Readings / 13 Ratings
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      12.02.2012 20:02
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      A handy little home phone which is becoming less used because of the mobile industry

      BT VERVE 450+ TWIN Home Phone

      We bought these phones a couple of years ago and have been pretty happy with them. They are reliable and functional and do pretty much everything you want from a decent home phone. We keep the main one downstairs and the twin in our bedroom. The phone is also an answer machine which has 15 minutes recording time.

      The handsets are black and fairly slim-line (about 1cm thick), They are rectangular in shape and have a fairly decent sized screen at the top half of the phone. This screen shows you which phone it is (main phone or twin) and you can name them if you like - ours are uniquely called upstairs and downstairs, this name is shown clearly on the screen. The screen also shows the time, date and how much battery life is left. There are many other symbols which may appear depending on what functions you have activated. The handset has fairly large dial buttons to the bottom of the set with a middle section containing various functions buttons you may need during or before you make a call.

      There is a facility to store up to 200 numbers in the phone (accessed by button on handset), this used to be a handy option but with our children now having their own mobiles I think they rarely use the house phone unless they have to answer it.

      Other handy features include:
      Redial - accessed by a button on the handset
      Call list - shows list of numbers that have dialled your house, again access by a button on the handset
      Call timer - shows how long call has taken on screen
      Ringer and handset volume control
      SMS text messaging service (may cost)
      Long battery life - approx 10 hours talking or 100 hrs standby
      option to add a further 3 phones to system

      ~~~My opinion~~~
      This phone has never let us down but now we find that the battery life is very much reduced and if we forget to place the phones back into the cradles they can die quite quickly. If we are stupid enough to do this to both phones (which has happened in the past) we have no way of answering a call. Is it time to replace the phone or the battery? Cost may decide this for us.

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      12.02.2012 17:28
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      Once you get used to fitting it your dog will benefit from a more relaxed walk

      ~~~My Dog~~~

      We have a small Jack Russell Terrier who, like most dogs, loves to walk. Over the past few months we have noticed that she pulls a lot when out. She never used to do this which is why we had never considered this type of lead before. She appears to choke when pulling and makes some pretty disturbing noises so we decided to look about for a different kind of lead. We were recommended this type of product by a friend who has used them for years without any problems. We have been using this lead for about 3 months now.

      ~~~The product~~~

      The Pets at Home nylon harness can be found in all stores and comes in four sizes. It is made of nylon so it has a bit of give in it but is also strong. It is supposed to reduce the risk of damage to the neck when a dog pulls at a collar as it does not attach to the neck but attaches to the shoulders and top part of the body. You can still use the collar, in fact I find it steadies the harness and stops it twisting around. Also my dogs ID tag is on the collar so I prefer to go out with that still on just to be safe. The harness itself is slipped on from the underside of the dog, passing the front legs through the gaps either side of the front chest strap and then clipped together on the back of the dog. You now have a double 'D' ring which you can attach your lead to. Now this is a lot easier said than done. Initially it took several goes to get the hang of fitting it correctly as well as adjusting the straps so that it fitted properly and wasn't too loose or too tight. If you accidently put the harness on the wrong way round (easy to do) your double clip will be on the underside of the top and not in a position to fix the lead too.If your dog is like mine and gets very excited when we get the lead out then it is a very funny few minutes trying to get the dog into position to fit it and secure it.

      ~~~My Opinion~~~

      All said and done it is a good product which has stopped all the horrible choking and because the harness attaches to more of my dog rather than just her neck I feel I have more control over her. My only gripe is that it is tricky to get on and takes quite a bit of practise.


      ~~~General information about the product~~~

      Material: Nylon.

      Approximate Dimensions (Packaged):

      X Small: 42 x 3.8 x 1.5cm;
      Small: 62 x 3.8 x 1.8cm;
      Medium: 72 x 3.8 x 2cm;
      Large: 82 x 3.8 x 3cm.

      Approximate Dimensions (Product):

      X Small: Chest: 30-41cm (12-16in);
      Small: Chest: 50-60cm (19.5-23.5in);
      Medium: Chest: 60-70cm (23.5-27.5in);
      Large: Chest: 70-90cm (27.5-35.5in).

      Approximate Product Weight (for Delivery charge calculation):

      X Small: 50gm;
      Small: 90gm;
      Medium: 140gm;
      Large: 230gm.

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      Great little camera for any occasion

      ~~General information~~

      This camera is one I use nearly every day in my classroom. It is a small digital camera which is quick and easy to use and even the children find it easy to take snaps with. It is very durable and considering it has been dropped several times and gets thrown into bags for school trips or assesmblies it has always performed well.
      The camera takes 2 AA batteries which are easily fitted. I use rechargeable batteries in mine due to the amount of use it gets. They work fine but I have to replace them quite often as I think the camera uses a lot of energy. The SD card is situated in the same area as the batteries and is easily removed and replaced. The camera has its own internal memory and if in use a small camera symbol is shown in the bottom right hand corner of the monitor. It comes with a USb cable and is very simple to connect up to the pc and to download or view pictures using your laptop or desktop.

      ~~Features~~

      This little camera has many great features which together make it a versatile and handy gadget. I really don't think I use it to its full potential, but for my needs it is perfect. It has a built in flash which has 6 settings, I use auto most of the time as most of my pictures are basic still images. Another handy setting is the self timer, this option has 2 settings; 10 seconds and 2 seconds and is easy to set up. One final feature worth mentioning is the movie option, this allows you to take movies with your camera. Really handy for spontaneous filming of a great piece of drama or some good PE. How long you can record for is dependent on the quality you want and how much internal memory space you have but you can record from 70 seconds to just over 5 hours (batteries permitting)


      ~~My opinion~~

      A great little camera which will capture those special moments easily and without much fuss. Picture quality is fine for my needs. Few buttons on the outside help to avoid confusion and panic if you are not technically minded. My children enjoy using this camera and always pick it up if we go places, they love to take snaps with it and use the play-back feature to look at their pictures.

      ~~Technical specification~~

      Megapixels - 5
      Zoom - 3x
      LCD Screen -1.8
      MemoryCards - xD-Picture Card
      Resolution - 2,592 x 1,944 / 2,592 x 1,728 (3:2 format) / 2,048 x 1,536 / 1,600 x 1,200 / 640 x 480
      File Formats - JPEG
      Focal Length Equivalent - 38 to 114mm
      Shutter Speed - 2 to 1/1500sec
      Aperture - F3.3
      Sensitivity - automatic, ISO 100, 200, 400
      White Balance Settings - Fine, Shade, Fluorescent (Daylight), Fluorescent (Warm White), Fluorescent (Cool White), Incandescent
      ExposureCompensation - unknown
      Viewfinder - Optical
      Flash Modes - Auto, Red-eye Reduction, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro., Red-eye Reduction + Slow Synchro.
      Flash Range - 3.1m
      Shooting Modes - Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night Scene
      Maximum Movie Resolution - 320 x 240
      Maximum Movie Frames Per Second - 10 fps
      Maximum Movie Duration - Up to 60 seconds
      Macro Focus - 10cms
      Metering - Multi-pattern
      ManualControls - None
      Image Stabilisation - No
      Lens Converters - No
      Self Timer - 2 or 10 seconds
      Video Out (TV Playback) - Yes
      Computer Connection - Yes
      Batteries - AA
      Dimensions - 93 ? 60 ? 27.5mm
      Weight - 140g

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