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I am a very cold morsel, always have been, even in summer im the one in the jumper!!!
Just before Christmas I had problems with our heating and as it was cold I desperaty needed some kind of heat. I saw these heaters in a local shop window and being £14.99 thought they were a good buy. I bought one and for a short time was quite happy with it.
The oscillating part of this heater wasnt its strong point, it didnt seem to be very steady while it was turning, you can decide whether to use this option or not though. The heat output was reasonable, there are three settings and I will admit to having it on the high setting for the most part. The heat sadly doesnt last very long once switched off but I dont think this can be blamed on the heater! It looks ok if not a little plasticy, for a heater its passable though.
I had been using this heater for around two weeks when one of the halogen bars stopped working. I returned it to the shop and they happily exchanged it for another one. Sadly just after Christmas the second heater died the same death as the first, due to having the heating fixed I got a refund rather than watch the death of another heater. I dont know if its a bad heater, a bad batch or it doesnt like being on full but it wasnt the heater for me.
I bought this fat frier, one because it was cheap (£12.99) and two because it wasnt for everyday use, I didnt want to spend a lot of money on it. Previously I had used a saucepan full of oil to cook chips, wedges etc, this made for a gross saucepan that I could never get clean. I decided that buying a deep fat frier was in order, due to keeping it all compact and covered........or so I thought.
The first few uses were fine, I filled it with oil and after moving the dial to indicate chips, I switched it on and waited for the red light to go out. There is a handle that you must squeeze to fit onto the basket inside, this is a bit of a pain to clip it on and unclip it everytime but it was cheap so I cant really complain.
The chips etc cooked inside, do come out crispy and nicely cooked, I drain mine off on kitchen roll before dishing up. I did find that there is no real designated spot where you can clip the basket onto to allow for drainage. There is a little lip on the edge of the basket which I clip onto the frier itself but the basket stays under the level of the oil so it doesnt drain properly.
I have been using mine for a good few months now and have found that the transparent section of the lid is unusable. You cant see through it at all now so in order to check the food within, the lid has to be opened. The button with which to open the lid has stopped working now, I have to press it and prise the lid open with the annoying pronged handle. The lid has also changed shape and doesnt sit properly now.
Overall I dont know how many times I can justify it by blaming the price before I end up thowing it away and buying a more expensive one.
After using my Apple iphone headphones (and being happy with them) I decided to look into purchasing another pair of headphones. Sennheiser wasnt a brand I had even heard of until I started a new job in a electronic shop. We sell these brands daily and I luckily had first hand experience of the quality of the brand.
Just before Christmas I decided to bite the bullet and staff discount aside, I paid a whopping £119.00 for these headphones. I normally couldnt justify paying this amount but I got 25% staff discount and if they werent up to scratch I knew I could return them.
They come in a very fancy case with magnetic closing which keeps the headphones tangle free and safe. They are black with silver sections on the ear phones themselves. They have soft rubbery ear bits which fit right into your ear canals. I cant normally get on with earphones that sit in your ear as within 5 minutes, they cause pain and I have to remove them. These however are amazing, the are comfy, they stay in place and they make sure you clean your ears regularly. You get a spare set of ear bits which is handy.
The quality of these headphones are beyond measure, compared to the iphone ones, there is no contest. The sound is crystal clear and the bass it picks up makes the pricetag well worth it. It picks up bass that you dont even realise is there. Who knew One Direction used so much bass??? Not me!!!
The volume buttons work with no issues, the hands free option while usin my iphone is problem free as well. The only problem I can see with these is just how well they actually work. While using them around the house to listen to music while doing chores, I cant hear any other outside noise, no hoover, no-one talking to me, no home phone ringing, obviously if they are turned down you may hear slightly more, but I feel to get the full potential of the music, you need to have it at a reasonable volume. Outside this may be slightly dangerous, as you wouldnt hear cars etc as you walk around, common sense would need to come into play here.
Overall I can not fault these ear phones, they are brilliant and I am glad I decided to purchase them, would recommend without a doubt.
Sadly I have no grass lawn in my garden but I have planned and designed a rockery area around a large blackberry bush I have in the corner of my garden. I have lots of little stones which are sitting on a small hill. Due to the nature of gravity the stones have a tendency to slip forward across what is now the beginning of my vegetable garden area. (This is the worst description of my garden ever, but hopefully you have a rough idea of what I am talking about).
Due to this slippage, we needed something to stop the stones falling down but yet would look nice and decorative. Due to the other half working at Homebase, ideas are never in short supply and it wasn't long before he mentioned the amazing idea of Wooden log edging. I had heard of it but hadn't ever purchased it before.
We only needed one roll which was roughly 6 foot long, we paid around £5 for the roll and it has done the trick amazingly. Basically the roll consisits of six inch logs, cut in half. These logs are joined to the other logs by wire pinned on them at the back. You can then roll them out easier. If the roll is too long you can cut the wire and remove a log or more depending on what's needed. The side facing into the garden is rounded whereas the back it flat. When putting them in our garden, we dug out a little gap and put the bottom of the logs into the round securing them in with dirt and a helpful bang from a mallet. They are in the ground about an inch but this stops them falling over all the time. The wood itself has weathered which makes it look like it belongs a bit more, the new wood looked out of place, over time and being subjected to the elements the wire has broken in a few places but it still sets the garden off nicely and fulfils its job. Not only is the price good, they weather well and can be painted etc to suit any tastes, they have many uses and look good. Definite thumbs up from me.
I love growing all sorts of plants and vegetables in our garden but was sick of having a kitchen full of seed trays every year. Last year we decided to buy one of these mini greenhouses for our garden, so we could at least have our kitchen back.
The greenhouse comes flat packed and ours was bought from Homebase as that is where my other half works and we get to use his staff discount. We paid roughly £12.00 for this after discount, which I still don't think is a bad price. It has three shelves and a flimsy cover which does up at the front with 2 zips. There is also a Velcro part to hold the cover up while you are working in it. I find rolling the door up and Velcroing it up quite boring so tend to just lay the door over the roof of the greenhouse, works just as well to be honest.
The whole construction is a pushing of metal poles into plastic corner parts, it is flimsy but it holds together well. The cover although waterproof and reasonable does not survive a cat who thinks it makes a good scratching post....thanks Bailey!
Although I did originally house this in our garden, not only did it get battered around by the wind, snails also found getting in very easy and we lost a lot of seedlings due to actually closing the snails inside the greenhouse. The bars holding the shelves on make good hiding places for them, until they want to come out and eat your plants! Due to both these reasons, it has now been moved onto our balcony so is away from snails plus out of the wind.
I love our greenhouse and apart from the cat scratches, it has held together well, it is roomy enough for four plant trays per shelf, which is more than enough for us. The top shelf allows for taller pots or plants as you have the roof area also. I water our seeds while they are on the shelves as the shelves have holes which allow drainage, you will have to be careful that you do not damage any weaker seedlings underneath though.
You can purchase new covers, this retails at around £11 ish so really you might as well just buy a whole new greenhouse. Ours is surviving just, but maybe next year we will end up having to buy another one. I would defiantly recommend this to anyone who wants to give their seeds the best start, away from the cold and frost etc.
I have used Schwarzkopf many times over the years and in many different colours too. I tried to re-capture my youth around ten years ago and decided to dye my hair a lovely shape of red, Schwarzkopf to the rescue and after a pillar box red transformation, I decided I didn't really think it was me and maybe I should act my age and tone it down a bit. I have used the Mystic Violet a few times which is a lovely shade and although not really a violet in colour, it is a deep purple hue. Recently I have toned it down as I am getting married in September 2013 and therefore want a more natural colour of brown (my inner me doesn't like the normality of this idea).
Although the normal price of this in most shops is around £5.49, I have bought these for as little as £2.99 and I do stock up when they are at such a low price. The box is bright and funky with a male and female sporting the coloured hair you can achieve. There is a chart showing the colour your hair can go depending on your hair colour at the time of colouring and there are other instruction on the box also.
Inside the box is a bottle with the developing liquid in it, a tube with the dye, an instruction leaflet and gloves. I have dyed my hair so many times I tend not to read the instructions or do a skin test either (but this is VERY bad and you must carry out this test in case you are allergic or your hair falls out or something! I don't want people not testing and blaming me for leading them astray). Anyhow, With the gloves on, you open the bottle, squeeze the dye into the bottle and replace the lid. Shake to combine the two ingredients for roughly 60 seconds then unscrew the tip. The colour in the bottle tends to be different than the colour it eventually turns out so do not be too alarmed.
If you are just retouching your roots you would cover your roots first then leave for a while, then cover the rest of your hair, obviously you would read the instructions carefully and work out times to leave it on etc. To do a whole head cover, you apply it to the whole of your head, wait the allotted amount of time and then rinse off. It often helps to have a second pair of hands when dying the hair, just to make sure all your roots are covered and the whole head has an even coverage of the dye. There is nothing worse than noticing afterwards that you have missed a section of hair or there are roots showing at the back.
After the allotted time has passed, with the gloves on you rinse your hair until the water runs clear (this can take a while), and viola, amazing coloured hair. As I said before, I have used this brand for many years and would highly recommend it. I have not had any mishaps with Schwarzkopf unlike some of the other brands I have used. The colour your hair turns out is what is shown on the box and the condition of your hair after dying is amazing. The smell isn't horrendous, and it does hang about for a while, even after a few washes but it does leave your hair very soft and manageable. I wouldn't say the colour washes out quickly but after a while it does fade slightly, this happens with all dyes but it isn't a problem with this brand.
I have to be one of the world's most clumsy people ever. I can injure myself with a wooden spoon so plasters are something I make sure I have in my house at all times. I have many different shapes sizes, brands etc, purely because no-one ever seems to buy the same plasters every time.
I used to think that the waterproof plasters were a good idea; I tend to spend 99% of my day with my hands in water, either washing up, cleaning, hand washing clothes etc so waterproof plasters would seem like the best option to buy. Sadly this is not the case. Elastoplast fabric strip is in fact the best option I have come across. I either buy these of the roll of plaster strip which is equally as good.
This particular plaster has 10 strips of plaster, the strips are 6cm by 10cm which is a good size and handy to pop one strip into your handbag, I have a tiny sewing kit in my bag which has tiny scissors in it so I am prepared for most situations when out and about. These packets can be bought from most supermarkets, chemists etc, I tend to buy mine from Sainsburys when I do my weekly shop and I pay around £2.20/£2.40 mark. This price is good and for 10 strips I think is a decent price.
There are many reason why I buy these particular plasters, the fact you can cut the plaster to your own size is great, the multipack of plasters which I have bought in the past are ok but you always get left with the tiny plasters or the round ones. Apart from giving blood or having a blood test I don't think I have ever used a round plaster, I am also sure I have never given blood while in my house so they are a bit pointless really. The main reason I buy these is because they are amazingly sticky, they may not be waterproof but even when wet they stick to your skin with no hint of trouble. They are also really good for the annoying cuts you get on the creases of your fingers, normal plasters fold and peel off but not with these. When they get wet, they do not take that long to dry out really, they do not feel uncomfortable for long so you can continue to wash up etc with them on. Although they are sticky, when you take them off, they do not hurt that much nor do they leave the horrible sticky line that older plasters used to leave. (That is unless you leave them on for weeks before removing them, I tend to change them when they get grubby so two days at the most has never resulted in sticky residue).
These get a thumbs up from me every time and although I do not do this anymore, when my children were younger, I used to draw smiley faces on them to cheer the kids up, the drawings would last as long as the plaster so everyone was happy.
I swear by Olbas Oil, I was first introduced to it around 10 years ago and have kept it near me like a faithful friend ever since. The oil comes in two sized bottles 10ml and 28mls, I have the smaller of the bottles which costs around the £2 mark. Either bottle will last you a lifetime and it really is very good value for money.
Its main job is as a decongestant and it is a marvel at clearing blocked noses as allowing you to breathe through your nose when you have the horrendous cold and flu that seem to be plaguing everyone at the moment. The bottle is a dark brown colour and once you have unscrewed the lid, it has a dropper top that allows a few drops to be used at a time.
Olbas oil has a very unique scent; this is due to its delicious ingredients: clove oil, eucalyptus, juniper berry and cajuput, I have no idea what cajuput is or smells like, but the other ingredients are quite strong on their own, it is no wonder they clear through blocked sinuses so easily. The idea behind this oil it to drop a few drops onto your pillow at night and it will keep you breathing easily through the night. Due to staining and the horrible stinging when this gets into your eyes, I either put it onto a tissue and put this into the pillow case, or I put a few drops onto a tissue and hang this over a radiator that is on. This works the same as using it in an oil burner, which I also do; the heat then fills the room with the scent of the oil.
I would recommend this without a second thought, I often use Vics Vapor rub on the kids when they have colds etc but still use this as well, they can both be used in the same ways. There are other products that Olbas provide for younger children and adults, I have not tried any of these as I am happy with using the oil for all my needs.
You do need to keep this out of the reach of small children though. A few years ago, I had an eye Infection and was using eye drops from my doctor, my daughter seeing me use my eye drops, used the Olbas oil in her eye as she wanted to copy mummy. All hell broke loose, her face went red and swelled up to twice the size, she was crying and screaming, she didnt cry for that long but the red swollen face lasted a while. I took her to our local A & E and by the time she was seen, the swelling had gone down and she was asleep. The moral of this story though is to keep this out of the reach of smaller children.
Every house should have a bottle of this, it is a stable part of most families' medicine cabinets, not only when I was a kid but nowadays too.
My parents always had this around when I was a kid due to its amazing powers when I had measles and chicken pox as a child. I do not remember as a kid it being used for anything else other than that reason but now as a parent I have used this to provide relief from minor rashes and skin irritation. It also works on sun burn, spots amazingly, eczema (mild version). Its main use has been when the onslaught of chicken pox hit our household, everyone was covered from head to foot in the stuff. It is slightly pink in colour and when it dries it goes a little chalky, it doesn't take long to dry though and it does give immediate relief. The effects do not always last that long but if they start to fade, you can always re-apply the lotion. My daughter had an allergic reaction to a plant in our garden and her face went all blotchy and swollen, I used this lotion and within a few hours it had settled down.
This comes into its own when applying it to sun burn, trying to rub cream in when your skin hurts is never fun, this lotion is cool and sooths the burn plus you dab it on with either cotton wool or tissue (although I do find tissue tends to disintegrate a bit, cotton wool is much better). Although the bottle does warn you to keep out of the reach of children, also the dangers of swallowing it, they haven't seen fit to put a child friendly cap on the bottle, I am sure the medicinal smell might put them off drinking it though. This is a cheap and cheerful product, you can pick a bottle up from Boots for just over £1, and there is no difference between Boots version and any other brand of calamine lotion. Well worth having a bottle handy....just in case.
Calamine lotion ingredients include Purified water, glycerol, benonite, sodium citrate, phenol, calamine and zinc oxide.
This is not a subject I like to speak about and I would rather it was not seen, heard, spoken of, thought of etc, etc, etc. It is a lovely fact of life however and there is nothing any of us can do. I shall make this review short and sweet (but over 150 words lol) as one does not want to dwell on the delightful subject.
As with most people, I like to save money, doesn't matter what time of the month it is. However when it comes to sanitary protection, that is one time I like to be protected and comfortable over cheapskate. I was out shopping when the inevitable happened and I needed some pads, I couldn't get home to get the ones I had already bought, I wasn't going to pay a fortune for more when I had a full stack at home, I just wanted something to tide me over until I got home. I bought the cheapest press on pads I could buy, 14p you can't argue with that!!
You get 10 in a pack and, the purple picture on the front of the pack will always lighten my mood slightly. These are very basic and have no outstanding features really, they do not have wings, they are not contoured to fit your body, they are not ultra thin, and really they are like surfboard only slightly smaller. They are thick cotton wool, covered in a thin top coat, I will admit that the sticky strip on the underside is very good, after removing the paper strip; they really do adhere to your underwear very well. Unfortunately everything else about these is downhill from here, they are far too thick and bulky to be comfortable in anyway, and they do not draw any moisture away from your body, so you are basically in constant contact with said moisture which just leaves you feeling disgusting and dirty. I have recently had my daughter join me in the time of the month party and at 13 it has been a difficult time for her. She has coped well with it but even she turned her nose up at these!
I wish I could come up with a concept that would take off and make me millions, unfortunately this hasn't happened yet and I don't really see it happening any time soon.
One of these concepts is the Breo Sports watch. Such a clever idea, and I didn't think of it, overnight it is a booming success and it's so simple and appeals to the right audience, genius!! Someone else this appealed to was my daughter, a few of her friends had them and she wanted to be in with the crowd!!! So mother to the rescue again, I bought her a bright green one as that was her colour of choice that week, you can get this in many other colours so it does pander to many tastes, I paid £8 for it and it seemed well put together, I do believe you can get this watch for a higher and lower figure than what I paid. The strap is a soft rubber and not only is it comfortable; it doesn't irritate your wrist either. The watch came with an instruction booklet which lets you know how to change the date and time on the watch, there are little indent buttons on the back which when pressed in (with a pencil) allow you to change the digits. This is quite simple and straight forward.
My daughter does a lot of swimming and because it is waterproof, I didn't think her wearing it to swim in would be a problem, unfortunately it was, the watch still worked but the screen was covered in and made reading it very difficult. We tried to dry it out but that just stopped the watch from working, I took it back and exchanged it for another one, unfortunately that also suffered with condensation so we took that back and left with another watch altogether.
If you never intend to go anywhere near water, then this watch is great and I would highly recommend it. Do not be fooled by the fact it says it is waterproof, in fact ignore that claim altogether, keep it as far away from any moisture and you have found the perfect watch, it's a good price, it is comfortable and easy to wear.
My mother lives in Spain and although I know it isn't that far away, we do not have a Waltons type of relationship. Ours is more like, no actually I won't go there, needless to say, we see each other in person once a year maybe, and talk over the internet on MSN in-between. (I know it isn't called MSN anymore but it will always be called that in my world).
My mother bought a webcam so she could speak to her sister who lives in the UK and also her friends, she kept on at me to buy one so we could talk via MSN and see each other> Due to the frequency we actually speak to each other on MSN, I was not about to spend a fortune on a webcam, I looked around a few shops but after a weekly shop round Tescos, I found this and decided this would do an adequate job.
It is black and silver, looks smart enough and for £5 you get what you pay for. I wasn't going to pay anymore for this, and I was more than aware this wasn't going to be video film standard by any stretch of the imagination. It was easy enough to set up and although it is meant to fit on top of a monitor because of the Dell model I have, it didn't fit at all. I ended up celotaping it on, not technically the best route but it worked.
There is an option on this to take a still/photograph of what it is looking at but I have so far passed on this. The camera quality is quite poor, there is no easy way to say that really, the picture is grainy and it does look like you are in some kind of a sand storm but due to the fact that I know what my mother looks like, I really bought it to see whether when I was telling her about my day, I could make sure that she was actually there and not off making a cup of tea. It is also nice to see whether she is actually lol-ing when she says she is!!
If you want anything clear, photograph worthy then avoid this. If you want a vaguely recognisable outline of something then this is great. It is suitable for what I needed it for, I use it maybe once every two months and it is perfect for me. If it breaks, it doesn't cost the earth to replace either.
I have never been good with heights, but I am not going to let a little thing like that put me off painting ceilings, hanging curtains or getting into my loft space.
I cannot remember how long ago I bought these ladders; it is defiantly longer than five/six years though. I therefore cannot remember how much I paid for them but looking on the Argos website now, they sell one similar to mine for £29.99. If I remember rightly the price wasn't that different back when I first bought mine.
I like these ladders as they form an A shape and are quite sturdy and feel very safe when you are climbing them. They stand just over a metre tall and this is high enough to wallpaper and paint ceilings. Although I would not recommend them for constant heavy duty use, for everyday tasks like changing light bulbs etc they are great. The steps are wide enough to stand on and feel safe about the width of metal underneath your feet. They are made of lightweight aluminium but they hold up to 95kg. When it is folded away it stands up and to open it you pull the legs apart, once you make sure that the top platform is properly down, you are ready to go. I have used these ladders on carpet and on laminate floor and due to the great D grip on each foot. I have never had the problem of slipping on tiled floors or laminate as these grips really do a wonderful job.
I can't say I have ever used the ladders without holding onto the handle at the top but the platform is wide enough to stand most comfortably on with no problems. It is also wide enough to fit a normal sized pot of paint and a roller tray which is very handy. Holding the paint pot while painting is not an option for me as I have to hold onto something, being able to rest them on the platform is a godsend. The ladders weigh roughly 3.6kg, mine weigh a little bit more as mine are covered in paint etc, which is good proof that they have been used happily (or it proves I am really bad at painting)! To fold away you simply lift the platform up and the legs go back together (I could have worded that better, sorry!) When folded it is quite neat and storage isn't a problem, I have them leaning in the corner of my kitchen and they do not get in the way really.
Defiantly worth buying, great price, great model, well made.
I have only bought this cat litter once that was more than enough times to work out how horrendously bad this litter is. I think you will understand where I am coming from when I say that I prefer to buy Sainburys Basics cat litter to this.
When our kitten Alfie had been brought home from the vets after being spade, we obviously had to keep him in for a while. Out came the delightful cat litter tray and I had to buy some cat litter, unfortunately I was no-where near our local supermarket so couldn't buy Basics. I headed instead to our local corner shop and purchased a bag of Thomas cat litter. It was the only brand they sold and at £2.99 it wasn't horrendously priced. It is in a very striking yellow bag and has 5L of litter in it. The handle which is plastic is horrible, digs into your hands a lot and I much prefer the cardboard handles which do hold up well to carrying. I cut the top with scissors and poured it into the tray.
Well it is basically stones in a bag, they have no soaking ability at all and they don't even attempt to hide any kind of odour, it seems to make the smell worse if I am honest. I do tend to collect any presents left for me as soon as I can as I hate the smell but if I am out and about and the cat is left to his own devices, there is litter everywhere apart from covering his parcels. I am not sure who turned their nose up more Alfie or me! It is a grey colour and has a lot of powder included with it, be prepared for a dust storm when tipping it into the litter tray. When wet it goes very gloopy and sticks to the bottom in a kind of modelling clay type way, maybe you could use this to mould your cat a new bowl as being a cat litter really isn't its calling.
I would rather use newspaper if I had run out than use this again, no good qualities at all.
Before we purchased our kitten, we tried to entice our older cat Bailey to life by buying him some toys to stimulate his mind, also we hoped he would stop being so boring and actually get up once in a while and do something other than sleep.
Among the toys bought was one of these delightful Cat Dangler Pole Feather Boas. One thing to know about Bailey is he is not a loving cat in any way shape or form; he really doesn't like any kind of affection, unless he initiates it. Even then just because he had decided to sit on your lap, does not mean that you can stroke him oh no no, you must just sit there and look at him. Touch him and he will swipe at you and hiss then run away, while giving you evil looks from across the room.
While looking for a toy to buy, I didn't want to spend a fortune as I was aware this feat of mine was going to end in misery. I paid £1.99 for it and it is immediately obvious that it is not the sturdiest product in the world. The stick is quite bendy and made of plastic, it has attached an elastic 'fishing rope' and attached to the free end of the rope is a bunch of feathers. The feathers on the one I bought were green and yellow. I tried the feathers along the floor in front of Bailey, I tried hiding behind the door and trailing the feathers secretively around the door so they disappeared, I tried dangling the feathers over his head.....the conclusion......I had more exercise with it than the cat did. All I got was him turning round so he didn't have to look at the feathers anymore!!
I had this labelled as a disaster and after an ordinary evening went to bed. I woke the following morning and while walking down the hall to the kitchen happened upon what looked like the downfall of some brightly coloured parrot. There were green and yellow feathers strewn down my hall leading to the kitchen. Once I arrived in the kitchen I found the remains of the Dangler pole, a bald pole and string abandoned half in and half out of the cat flat!! Either Bailey was trying to fish for something outside or another cat may well have used the cat flat, destroyed the toy then left! That is probably more like the true story as I am sure that wrecking the boa would have been far too much like hard work for Bailey.
We have now purchased another cat Alfie and he will play with anything you get for him, I have foolishly bought another one of these for him and he will happily play with it, the feathers do not last long at all but he still continues to play with the stick and elastic, we tie objects to the end like socks and he happily plays with it.
Overall it is a cheap toy, the feathers look nice but do not last when attacked by a ferocious cat, the stick, although bendy has not snapped yet and the elastic has been chewed but still remains intact. There are no doubt better toys out there for cats.