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Although I love this drink, I will only be giving it two stars. You will find out if you read on.
Blue charge comes in original flavour, diet original or diet Cranberry. All flavour and diet variations come in bottles and cans. The bottle is 1 litre for 86p and the can is 250mls for 43p. So it is cheaper to get the bottles but I find the can to just be enough to quench my thirst. Also, the bottles tend to be on a "2 for £1.50" deal quite a lot, bargain! I am reviewing the Diet Cranberry version.
The cranberry cans have recently changed design and are now the majority red with silver detailing, it used to be the other way round. The liquid itself is a pale pinky colour. It smells fruity, you wouldn't necessarily pick out that it was cranberry until you taste it.
On tasting, this drink is not too gassy at all. There is a fizz there but not enough to take your tastebuds off like some other canned drinks I have had. The cranberry taste comes out nicely, and even though it is a diet drink with sweetners, it doesnt taste too fake at all. There are no after tastes either which you get with some diet drinks, just the nice cranberry taste.
I could drink a can of this every day as I enjoy the taste, it is cheap (I get this cheaper than the shops as I work in an Asda warehouse) and certainly quenches my thirst, even with it being a smaller can. The only issues I have, and I suppose it is a HUGE issue for anyone wanting a pick me up, it does not affect my energy levels whatsoever. I'm not sure if its a personal thing, it being a diet drink so not as much sugar or what. I really can't pinpoint it.
I thought I was one of the lucky ones. I never got spots whilst growing up and through my teens. But now at the ripe old age of 25, I have an invasion of them and I have appalling black heads. You know the ones that are so firmly under the skin they look and feel like they're never coming out??
So I have tried numerous different products with no avail.
I thought I would give one last go on a product and went into my local Asda. I wasn't looking for anything specific, I wanted a good name for a good price.
The packaging for this jumped out at me. Blue and white and its now in a funky little tub. I paid £3 on a tub of 60 pads. This was a reduced price so unfortunately I can't let you know how much they are normally.
I went open and unscrewed the lid. There is a foil seal to keep the moisture in the pads. I removed the seal and was pleasantly surprised at how moist the pads are. Clearasil definitely haven't compromised by putting less on the pads. There is more than enough on one pad to treat the face.
The pad itself has quite a checkered look. Im guessing this is as a small exfoliation tool. Its thick and durable so you can feel safe to give a good scrub without the pad falling apart in your hands.
You use the pads twice daily (morning and night) so one tub will last you for the full month, which I think is very reasonable for the price.
The only downfall I find is the smell. It is quite a strong chemically smell, but on a plus note, after use, your skin doesn't take on this fragrance.
I have used this produce for one week and have already noticed a difference. Spots I already have, have went down in size and redness, the rest of my skin is smooth (no new ones surfacing, *fingers crossed*). The most amazing thing I have found is that my blackheads are disappearing. Even the ones I thought I would never in a million years get rid of.
This product, in my opinion, is one of the best on the market at the minute.
My thoughts of Tiramisu have put me off buying or ordering this desert from a menu. I am not a great lover of coffee and in my mind, this desert was only for caffeine addicts (sponge soaked in coffee, creamy stuff and coffee on top!!) How wrong was I!
I saw this duo pot in Asda recently and thought what the heck, let's give it a whirl.
The deserts can be found in the chilled desert fridges. The packaging is nothing too fancy, beige in colour but by no means boring. It has a picture of the desert which exactly matched the yumminess on the inside! I paid 94p for two pots which are very substantial in size (100g each). Each pot had its own cellophane seal over the top to ensure freshness.
Upon peeling the lid back, you are greated by a chocolate, coffee scent. I do believe the top is dusted with a powder which is a mixture of the two.
I eat everything in layers (yes I know I am weird and I may enjoy foods more if I had a little of everything on my spoon!) so I eat this layer first. This then reveals the creamy mascarpone. This is definitely my favourite part of the desert. It is smooth, sweet and moreish! Very light in texture and not sickly.
Underneath the mascarpone is the sponge fingers (im sure they probably have a posher name, but they are the same as sponge fingers which you would put in a trifle!) which have been soaked in marsala wine. Nothing to overpowering at all and very yummy. They aren't soggy in texture but are well soaked. I always thought this layer was soaked in coffee which I think is what put me off the desert in the first place.
Overall this totally exceeds my expectations of Tiramisu and will be something I will definitely order and buy in future!
I can always remember my mam loving Fry's Turkish Delight. If I ever wanted to show her a token of appreciation I would save my pennies together and buy one of these bad boys. Her obsession with them has definately rubbed off on me as it is now one of my favourite naughties!
Fry's Turkish Delight is packaged in one of the most memorable wrappings. The shiny pink metallic wrapper appeals straight away. There is the bold statement across the front of being 92% fat free. This is one of the reasons it appeals to me as I am a Weight Watcher and this bar of goodness is only 3.5 points (we worked it out in class).
The Turkish Delight is covered in smooth milk chocolate. The coating is more than substantial but then again I am not a huge chocolate lover so it is just right for me. The smell is sweet but not too sickly and you can't really smell the rose flavoured jelly centre until you take a bite.
The centre itself is quite firm. The rose flavouring is not overpowering and strangely delicate. The only problem is the bar is small. It is just enough to take away the need for something sweet but I always end up wanting more.
I like to put my Turkish Delight into the fridge for about an hour (the waiting near enough kills me!). I then eat the hardened chocolate off from around the delicious jelly innard and then savour the pink goodness by itself. Yum yum yum!
I have seen the price range from 45p up to 63p. I do think it is at the top end of the confectionary price range but in my opinion it is 110% worth it.
One thing we need to clear first is this bread is addictive! If you have a weak spot for bread and you have the motto "one more slice won't hurt" this may not be the loaf for you as it can easily go in one day (not speaking from personal experience of course *ahem*)
If I get a tiger loaf, I will always get it from Asda. You tend to get tiger bread from any supermarket which has it's own instore bakery but none of the others seem to match up to Asda's.
You can buy a tiger loaf in Asda in two different sizes. I tend to go for the smaller one simply so I don't end up eating a full one! The small loaf is around 67p but they do have a special on at the moment where you can buy two small loaves for £1.50. They have a larger loaf which is roughly twice the size of the smaller one for £1.00. If you prefer buns, they do have a four pack of tiger rolls for about 65p.
Getting back to the loaf in question, it has a very distinctive look. The outside of the loaf is always a deep brown colour. It looks to me as if they put some sort of glaze on the outside which is slightly flavoured. The loaf tricks you as the outside looks very crispy and hard but ends up being quite chewy in the mouth.
I do find it difficult to cut this loaf sometimes as the centre is so soft and fluffy and I have been known to half cut - half tear a piece as I have been so impatient. When you bite into the loaf, the crust has a bite to it and then it is closely followed by the melt in the mouth fluffy centre. I can safely say thought, one slice is never enough. The same if you buy the rolls, they get very moreish. I have been known to have one roll and pop the other three in the freezer, just to deter me from having another!
When I eat this bread, I tend to eat it plain or with butter or margarine on it. Personally, I like to taste this bread and wouldn't want any sandwich fillers or sauces taking the taste away from this beautiful bread.
I am always on the look out for new treats for my two little girls. They are never any bother so totally deserve them.
I was looking in the treat aisle of Pets At Home and noticed a new packet there. The design is very eye catching, with the Dreamies logo surrounded in white which makes the brand stand out. The different flavours come in different colour packaging. I picked up a salmon flavour treat packet which came in a very bright blue packaging. (There is also a cheese flavour, chick and beef).
The price for this packet of Dreamies was £1.49 but it sounded (after a quick shake) like there was plenty in a packet so I though I would give them a try. The packet is 60g but I wasn't sure how many was going to be inside.
On opening this treat when I got home, I realised that there was a resealable strip at the top which I thought was a great idea. On inspecting the contents, there are hundreds of little treats in there - well worth the money.
My girls seem to have been able to sniff them from upstairs as they both came charging down. The treat in itself is about 0.5cm x 0.5cm. A nice bite sized chunk. It is crunchy on the outside with a soft filling. I can't vouch for the texture (or the flavour for that matter) but when I broke one open it did resemble the picture that was on the front of the packaging!!
My cats go wild for these treats, standing on their hindlegs and doing all the tricks under the sun to get these treats so I do not mind paying the money for these at all. I simply shake the packet and they come running.
I also noticed last week that Asda have started stocking these treats so I can make sure I always have some rather than going to the pet store.
These cakes are so worth being naughty for. I have always ate one of these at somebody elses house as I wouldn't trust myself with a full box.
Well when I did my weekly shop at Asda last night, they were on special for just £1 a box so I thought I would treat myself and the hubby.
The box is very eye catching with pink hints to it. The Mr Kipling logo in the top left hand side is red and stands out. The packaging states there is 6 Angel Slices in the packet.
On opening the box, you find that the 6 slices are packaged in little trays of two, wrapped in cellophane. This is handy to keep the other slices fresh when you just fancy one or two. The only downfall to this is that the cellophane is very tight and the icing on top of the slice attracts to it and gets stuck sometimes.
The slice itself is a beautiful little thing. There is a layer of pink cake, then a layer of butter icing, another layer of cake but yellow this time. Then the slice is topped off with white icing dribbled with pink. This cake is one seriously sexy little thing!
I am terrible. I tend to eat things in layers so that is how I will describe it. The icing on the top is quite stretchy. It has a lovely taste, sweet but not to sickly at all. It peels off away from the cake which gives you an indication that it is not too sticky.
Now for the cake. The cake is so soft and moist. Not sticky at all and doesn't get stuck around your teeth like most cakes do. The buttercream is just in the right amount to make the cake extra yummy.
These Angel Slices are divine but with only 6 in a box, I think I will leave this treat on the shelf unless they are on special.
Halloumi is my favourite cheese ever. When I eat it, it always takes me back to my holidays in Cyprus where it is served everywhere. It plays a large part in the menus and households in Cyprus.
Original Halloumi, made in Cyprus is made with a mixture of goats milk and sheeps milk. When you buy Halloumi over here, it tends to have cows milk in it also. This gives the cheese a slightly different taste, but nothing extremely different from the original.
I buy this cheese from Asda. You get a small square pack and it costs around £2.93. You can get the original Halloumi and also a light version. I tend to buy the light version as it hasn't really sacrificed any of the taste for the lack of calories.
When you open the packaging, its not a block of cheese as such. Given to the texture of the cheese, the edges are very rounded. The cheese is a very bright white colour. It looks rubbery but dont let this fool you. Halloumi is very salty so please be aware of this when buying. The great thing is, this cheese works very well with cooking. It browns well without going gloopy, and if you just want to warm it up, it toasts but still stays in cubes.
The taste, for me, is out of this world. Fresh, salty and very creamy. I have known this cheese to "squeak" when I eat it. With it being slightly rubbery (which isn't a bad thing, trust me) it makes a noise against your teeth while you are eating it.
I love this cheese slices up thinly, popped in a pitta bread and put the pitta bread under the grill so that the halloumi warms slightly, and the pitta toasts. This is how I first came across this cheese in Cyprus a good 10 years ago.
My only downside is that this cheese, bought in this country, will never taste as good as sitting in Cyprus and eating it where it has been made. I will have to make do with this option until my next visit!
I love Horlicks. It's lovely warm malty goodness just reminds me of melted down Malteasers. It always reminds me of being young and not being able to sleep and getting a lovely steamy cup of Horlicks to knock me out for the night!
As I am watching what I eat and drink (and Horlicks being high in sugar and making it with milk) I thought I would try the Light version. You can buy single sachets for around 25p or a tub which will cost you around £2.00. The light versions (for both the chocolate and original versions) are packaged in blue and lilac. Very relaxing picture on the front. Overall very well packaged and eye catching.
When you unscrew the lid and pierce the foil on the top you do get a whiff of malt but I would hardly say its enticing or anywhere near as strong as normal Horlicks. I was still giving it the benefit of the doubt though.
You can add as many spoonfuls as you want dependant on how strong you want the flavour. I used three teaspoons hoping to get a lovely creamy consistency. I added the boiled water and started to stir. I knew I was going to have to prepare myself for some sub-par malty goodness when I could see the spoon through the liquid, it was that transparent and weak.
The taste is very hard to put my finger on. Yes the malt is there but its not the first thing that comes to mind when you are drinking this, it is just very watery. Also it leaves a horrible coating on my teeth and tongue. There is also a tangy after taste which isn't pleasant at all. I had to pour this down the sink as I just couldn't enjoy it at all. I still have a full tub in the cupboard minus one mugful!
In future, I will be sticking to good old, full fat Horlicks, I will just have to have it as a treat!
This is the best cat litter in my opinion, let alone my cats.
I was sick of having to renew cat litter all of the time so I have tried a fair few brands on the market. This litter is a little more pricy at 6.49 for 10l but a bag lasts you TWO MONTHS. I know your saying I dont believe it right now because that is what I said at the start also. I was using a bag a week of other brands so I thought theres no harm in trying it.
I buy this litter from Pets at Home as my local supermarkets don't stock it. Its in a bright and cute bag with two cats on the front. This litter is a natural litter made out of organic fibres and is so much more safe for your felines.
The bag comes with a handy carry handle on the top. I always snip the string on one side to give me a pouring lip. This litter is in very small pale yellow kernels and has no odour.
When your cats have done their business, you simply need to "filter" the business out with a litter scoop and the unused kernels fall back through the scoop and the business can be flushed or binned. This saves a hell of a lot of litter. Once the litter hs been used it turns a darker yellow. And no matter if its day 1 or day 14 of the same litter, it never smells! Because of the fibres of the litter holding the odour it never lets out a nasty whiff.
Like I said, a bag of this lasts me two months and I have two large litter trays with two little cats. This means I am only paying around £36 per year on litter rather than paying the £2 a week I was paying which equates to over £100.
There is also very little tread for this litter. Not a lot at all sticks to my girls paws.
Overall, I have never used a better litter and I think that this product is excellent value for money.
Freecyle is like an online swap shop. This is the easiest way to describe it. People who no longer want an item or people who require a certain item will post a message on here and someone will take it off their hands or hand over an item they do not need any longer.
Freecycle is run via Yahoo groups. If you wish to join a freecycle group you first need a yahoo user ID which is very easy to set up. There are freecycle groups for ever area imaginable in the UK. I am between groups so I am a member of both Gateshead and Sunderland as I am smack bang in the middle. The moderators do not mind you being part of more than one group which is a plus if you are after a certain thing.
There are three message formats on the groups and you can use the message maker which goes through step by step all the details you need to include in your posting. First off the three formats are OFFERED, WANTED and TAKEN. If you are offering an item, you type in OFFERED, what the item is and where you are located in the subject field. The same thing goes for WANTED. Whatever the item is you require, you type it in the subject field. TAKEN is used when you have offered something and it has already been picked up or promised to someone so that you don't get anymore email messages requesting this item.
Once you have posted your message offering or wanting, you get emails sent to the email address that you registered with yahoo and you can pick who the item goes to.
I have used this site several times and I have had quite a lot of items picked up and I have also been given some excellent items also. A few months ago I got a gorgeous coffee/espresso/cappuccino maker which I was after. It was a De Longhi one and it had been sitting in someones garage gathering dust!
I do find there are a few problems though. You do get people who ask for an item then do not turn up. They stop genuine people obtaining an item that they need when they have no intention on picking it up themselves.
Also, when you offer an item, sometimes you get the same people asking for it, regardless whether they need it or not. This is why I now wait a while to collect a few emails to see who needs it then offer it. If you went with the first person who emailed you, you will give your items to the same people over and over again as some people sit on the website all day long. I am not saying this is a bad thing (ok it is a little bad) but give other people a change please. But that is just my opinion.
Overall, the pros outweigh the cons on this one for me. You have a lovely community where people are helping others out. It is a fantastic idea in my eyes and I will carry on using it for a long whilte yet.
I used to survive trying to work out my favourite foods using the little cardboard points calculator that you get at your first meeting or searching on the internet for someone who knew the answer.
The best thing I did for my diet was buying one of these babies. I have the small square calculator with the multi coloured stripes on it. When you purchase your calculator, you fill out a little form for them to prove you are who you say you are. They also advise you now that if you do have any problems with the calculator, your leader cannot refund the money or exchange it. The calculator has to be sent away to WeightWatchers directly and they will take the necessary action. You can also purchase a calculator from the WeightWatchers website (www.weightwatchers.co.uk).
Each calculator comes in a box with instructions although it is very easy to use and I didnt find I had to use the instructions much. You can work out any points value in any food as long as you have the calorie content and the saturated fat content. Even if you do not have the saturated fat content, you can halve the fat content to get an estimation of the saturdated fat. Obviously this is not entirely accurate but it will give you a guideline to the points value you are about to devour!
You turn the calculator on and press the points button. The word calories will appear in the top left hand corner. Input your calories and press enter. Then sat fat appears under where calories is. You input this number and press enter and it gives you the points value of your food. It really is that easy. The keypad has the basic functions of calculator buttons on this (which you can also use this for, a basic calculator so it is very handy to have in your handbag or pocket). I found it very well set out as the WW function buttons are a different colour to the normal calculator buttons so your not trying to figure out what button does what.
There is a function on this calculator to use as your daily tracker. I dont personally use this as I find it a little too confusing and I prefer to write everything down I have eaten, so if I have went wrong somewhere on the day, I know where it is!
To track on this, you simply press the ND button (new day) and enter your points allowance for that day. When you use a point you simply press the USE button, add the points value and press enter and it deducts it from your daily allowance. You can check how many points you have left by pressing the PL (points left) button at any time.
Like I said previously, this part of the calculator doesnt personally work for me. I find I have better weight losses when I can see what I am troughing!
I find this calculator to be the most helpful piece of equipment you can buy from WeightWatchers. You dont have to miss out on your favourite foods because you dont know a points value when you have this. You get some very nice suprises also. Things you thought you would never be able to eat again because reachable because of the ratio of saturated fat to calories.
I would advise anyone to buy one of these. They are fantastic.
For the time being, my cats are my babies. Ever when babies do come on the scene, my little feline furrys will still get the love and attention that they do now.
When hubby and I got our house together, we knew it would be cats we got and not dogs. Hubbys family has four dogs and I couldnt be chewed on with the four times a day they get walked.
We went to get one kitten and ended up coming home with two sisters. I am so glad we made that choice. They are each others shadow and best friend. They play, fight, sniff, kiss and snuggle together and it is the most beautfiul thing to watch.
My two are indoor cats as I live near a main road but they are very content and never try to venture out. They have toys galore and all the love and attention they could ever need.
Cats offer so much love and affection it is unbelievable. People say that cats arent loyal creatures but I can safely say mine are. Both of them are mammys girls in their own ways and love nothing better than to have a cuddle up on the sofa with me.
Cats are beautiful creatures to watch. They are very agile, clever and damn right sneaky sometimes! They are very clean animals and can spend many an hour pruning themselves. My two who are part Persian also love to sleep alot. It is in fact their favourite pass time. Cats look after themselves but they still love to be mothered regardless.
One day a week when Im off work and hubby gets up early to go to work, I have my lie in morning with the girls. He leaves the living room door open so they can toddle upstairs and they get under the covers with me and I have seen them sleep for a solid three hours with me!
MY cats have never bit me, scratched me or hissed at me and I can say I am very lucky in that sense. I honestly could imagine my life without them.
My two girls play with different things depending on their moods.
Their favourite thing in the whole world is those sparkly tinsel things on a stick which you may get in a cocktail or an ice cream sundae. I hope that makes sense. If you spin the stick that they are on so the tinsel fans out, my two seriously think it is a living creature and will talk away to it and run around the house chasing it.
They have a long stick with a long pink feather on it and they love to chase that around the place too.
We have two scratch posts for the girls and I find these to be very important. After they have had a sleep, they love nothing better than to go over to the scratch post and have a claw and a stretch.
A simple and cheap one is running water. If I am doing the dishes or getting washed, they could sit for hours and watch the water running and try and catch the water with their paws.
Shining a torch on the floor and on the walls for them to chase after is also a firm favourite. Just make sure you dont do it on any walls which have wallpaper on them as they will be likely to claw chunks out of it!
I can also never leave any sheets of paper lying around as they love to dive in them and Willow likes to just stand and rub her paws on the paper. Think she has some kind of fetish for it!
No wonder this album keeps going to number one in the charts.
I can safely say it is one of the best albums I own. I knew I liked the singles that they had released but every song on the album is just as fantastic as the next.
The Script hail from Dublin and are Danny, Mark and Glen. Danny is the lead singer and also plays keyboard. Mark is on guitar and Glen plays drums. I love a band that plays their own music as well as writes it. To me, that is what its all about.
The first single released on this album was We Cry. It has a very american sound to me. Very funk rnb style.
Before the Worst and Talk You Down, very commercial sounding and will appeal to all audiences young and old. Talk You Down is going to be the new single. It has got influences in there from the likes of David Gray.
The Man Who Can't Be Moved and Breakeven were the next two singles released.
Rusty Halo is a fantastic and intriguing song. Lots of references to religion and the most amazing backbeat on it.
My favourite tracks are the Man Who Can't Be Moved and the Beautiful Im Yours.
There is not one song I dislike on this album. So much so as it has been in my car for the past two months and I haven't gotten sick of it yet. The way all the music is there own intruments and Danny's voice is very unique and you can tell who is singing straight away. My only down side is, it is quite a short album but its so great you dont mind going back to the start and listening all over again.