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I had the full set of Postman Pat books when I was a child, and luckily my mom kept them for me so when I had my son she passed them all onto him for me. The Postman Pat and the Pet Show is one I read to him last night and he loved it. It follows Pat as he puts Jess forward in a Pet Show and wins.
The story is very simple and easy to read, and equally easy for little children to follow or read to themselves. There are only a couple of sentences on each page and the majority of the book is pictures.
The illustrations are colourful and Pat looks like Pat which in some books is debatable! The range of books also include all the TV series characters so children can associate with the books easily
The book is available in hardback and paperback and can be picked up on Amazon for less the £1! There are more in the series which include:-
Postman Pat's Rainy Day
Postman Pats Blustery Day
Postman Pat's Day Off
Postman Pat's Busy Day
All these stories were made into episodes on the show so its nice to match them up and my son obviously recognised the story when I started reading it which was nice. Unlike so many books these days these stories by John Cunliffe are so innocent and nice. There are no monsters, no funny topics just a simple childs story.
I thought my son would absolutely love the Hide and Seek Pat, so when my sister asked what he would like for his birthday I mentioned that I thought he would like this. When he tore into it (or rather we did) and opened it he was very impressed with Pat.
Pat himself is a good size and a good likeness. He is well made, and very tactile and soft to the touch. With him you get a small handheld device that is a tracker. This is also a good size for toddler hands with no small or moving parts.
The idea of the game is to hide Pat, then you use the tracker to find him. You simply switch Pat and the device on, and the interact to tell you how close you are getting to him. When you switch on the tracker Ben and Pats voices come out of it with Ben asking where Pat is and Pat responding with such phrases as, 'I'm not in the sorting office' etc. As you get closer to the Pat doll the lights on the tracker go from blue to yellow to red. This is a great idea in theory but it doesnt ever seem to work.
Pat takes about 4 AAA batteries and the handset takes 3 AAA batteries. This seems a lot of batteries to me for what the toy does. Pat himself doesnt speak or move so I cannot see how it needs that much power. Also within a couple of hours of use the batteries were running out already!
My son loves the Pat toy itself but really isn't interested in the Hide and Seek game. For one, it is too advanced for his age range, and secondly once you have found Pat once, the novelty is gone. Thirdly the handset also doesn't seem to work that well or accurately and you always have to be pretty near to Pat - for instance in the same room, for it work properly.
Overall it is a very disappointing Postman Pat product that was a waste of £19.99!
As my son is obsessed with Postman Pat (& Thomas) of late, I started to buy him some of the vehicles from Postman Pat. My obvious first choice was Pat's van itself and I found this one on sale in B & M for a bargain of £6.99. It is produced by 'Born to Play' in partnership with Postman Pat and they have also produced the Greendale Rocket, PC Selby's Policecar and the figures.
The Postman Pat van is a friction toy, which means when you push it along the friction powers it along by itself. The toy is a good size for toddlers, unlike another version I saw which was tiny. The toy is well made and strong which is good as my son tends to put most of his weight on the van as he's pushing it along. It is also drop and throw proof, again as my son has repeatedly tested. Design wise, it is an exact replica of Pat's van on the show and comes with Postman Pat and Jess. The 2 front doors open fully, however disappointingly the rear doors don't. Postman Pat has moveable arms, legs and head, and fits in the van perfectly. Jess is a rubber figure and has a small notch cut out so that he sits on the seat next to Pat and doesnt slide about. The only down side to the toy if the wing mirrors on the van these are a bit fragile and after a couple of drops one did break off. They arn't an integral part of the toy, particularly for my son but I have since pulled the other one off before it broke off.
The van and figures are well made, a great likeness and pretty much toddler-proof, do you need anymore! My son absolutely loves his Pat van and plays with it for hours.
As a big fan of the Maybelline mascara, I never really experiment with other brands when I need to change but just swap and change between the Maybelline items. This time I decided to try the Volume Express Colossal in black. At full price this item is normally £7.99, but it was on offer in Boots for 2 for £7 so I picked up a foundation as well. The Colossal is packed in a bright yellow tube, in a simple plastic packaging. The mascara tube itself is Maybellines standard bullet shape tube with a screw off lid at one end. The brush itself is pretty standard but nice and strong and easy to hold.
The Colossal is enriched with matte shadow pigment that claims to plump up lashes and give a wide eye, big lash look. You apply as normal so there is no technique needed. The brush applies the mascara well and evenly over lashes without any clumps or any flaking. The mascara is not too thick, but also not runny. It is a good consistency that sticks well to lashes and makes them instantly look fuller and more defined and separates each lash. The rich pigment also does make help if you are looking for a smoky eye look with complimenting eyeshadow.
The mascaras lasts well, and if applied in the morning is still in place by bedtime. You do not get any smudging or flaking throughout the day. It removes easily with eye make up remover or facial wipes without the need to rub etc.
I would buy this masacara again
My sister bought me a bottle of Bio-Oil just after I had my son as part of a hamper of goodies she had put together. Luckily I had escaped the Stretch Marks while pregnant but had a lot of dry dehydrated skin that needed some TLC.
Bio Oil Claims
specialist skincare product that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone.
highly effective for numerous other skin concerns, including aging skin, uneven skintone and dehydrated skin.
Natural ingredients including:- Lavender Oil, Rosemary Oil , Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Calendula Oil and Chamomile Oil
I did use Bio-oil on my legs, and torso as there were my problem areas. I had a small scar on my face aswell which I also used it on fairly regularly. The Bio Oil is a nice clear oil, that goes a long way from the smallest drop. It smells light and has a hint of lavender scent. When you apply you do only need a small amount. It spreads onto skin and applies nicely and easily. It also sinks in quite quickly for an oil so that oily feeling isn’t too bad. It is also very light and not heavy on skin at all. It makes skin feel highly moisturised but not overly greasy which is good for the sensitive skin on my face. The skin on my legs and torso was very dry and had a lot of uneven tone, which Bio-Oil claims to improve and I can honestly say that after just a week of use, once a day, my legs in particular were looking back to their usual selves. The extremely dry skin was all but gone, the texture of my skin was smoother and the skin tone was greatly improved. On the scar on my face, it took about another month of use before I saw any change. I cannot say it has made it disappear but it is less obvious and blends into the rest of my face better now. It is less red and dark.
As I did not use Bio-Oil on any stretch marks I cannot judge its effectiveness on that, but if it works similarly to the scars and skintone issues I would assume it will improve them. I have continued using Bio-oil on the scar, and on my legs when they go dry and it continues to work well for me on those areas. My only (small) gripe is the price. For a 200ml bottle the price can be £9 from Boots at full price. However, this is only a small downside as the 200ml does last ages as a little goes a long way
I purchased the Citrus Burst handwash at the same time as I got the matching shower gel, otherwise, after using the shower gel I wouldnt have bothered.
The Imperial Leather handwashes are, like the shower gels sold in transparent coloured bottles. The colour of the bottles is matched to the name. So the Citrus Burst is in a lime green tone, with a clear pump action dispenser on the top. The bottles are strong and easy to use with the dispenser.
The Citrus Burst has lime oil and kiwi extract which is designed to be deep cleaning and fresh smelling. As with the shower gels these are supposed to be conditioning to skin and PH neutral
The handwash is a nice texture and consistency, it is smooth and quite thick. The fragrance is lovely and you can smell the kiwi and lime extracts. When you wash your hands the fragrance is strong and lasts for ages afterwards on your skin.
Again, as with the shower gel, there is little, or no lather, so I find I use quote a lot. The lack of lather always makes me feel as though it's not really cleaning my hands. After use I always need to apply a good handcream as it makes my skin feel dry and tight, and if I dont use the handcream I notice instantly how drying the soap is!
As mentioned I only purchased this as at the time the Imperial Leather range was on a £1 offer at Tesco. I would try another one, but not the Citrus Burst, it is simply too drying for my skin, and the lack of lather is dissapointing
I have been experimenting with quite a number of different shower gels at the moment as I ventured away from my usual Dove/Soap and Glory obsession. I have had no method is trying other, other than what was on offer when I did my weekly grocery shop. I recently tried the Imperial Leather Citrus Burst Shower gel, as it had been reduced to £1 on an offer. I understand this is normally priced between £2 & £3 in supermarkets.
The Imperial Leather shower gels are generally sold in 300 ml transparent bottles. The colour of the bottles is matched to the name. So the Citrus Burst is in a lime green tone, with a green lid. The bottles are strong and easy to use. The shower gel comes out easily with no mess or spillage.
The Citrus Burst has lime oil and kiwi extract which is designed to wake you up and deep clean. Imperial Leather claim that there new shower gels are designed for all the family, with a skin friendly ph, and more skin conditioner than previous bottles.
When I started using the Citrus Burst, I instantly noted the strong citrus scent. It is very refreshing and uplifting, it smells clean and fresh. Disappointingly, the shower gel is not as thick as I expected and quite runny. Also I noticed that when applied to the hands to lather up it didn’t really lather, but if applied to a louffa or sponge you do get abit of lather. However, I was disappointed by the lack of lather and it therefore doesn’t seem to go very far. As for its skin conditioners, these seemed to be very hard to spot. My skin felt clean but very dry after using it and not conditioned at all.
For the drying effect and lack of lather I would not buy this again. I suffer with dry skin so need products that help and this does not. It is nicely fragranced and this scent makes you feel clean and fresh all day long, but a lot doesn’t go very far!
The Thomas & Friends Little Music Notebook was a present given to my son by his grandparents last year. At the time he wasnt overly fussed with Thomas as Postman Pat was the programme of choice, but 6 months later Thomas is now number one. The little man is now obsessed with all things Thomas and trains so this book has proved a big big hit!
The book is designed to be a Sing-a-long book!It is a strong cardboard book with 6 pages, each with a different song assigned to each page. The pages have on the lyrics and a picture at the top which corresponds with a picture on the side that when pressed plays the tune for you to sing to.
The books design is very tactile, as mentioned strong pages which are easy to turn for little fingers. The pages are full of colourful pictures of Thomas and friends and easy to read and follow lyrics. To the right is the pad with the six song buttons. These are all good size buttons which are easy to match up with the pages and a light press will start the song. You can also stop the songs at any point (which can be useful) by pressing a small blue button in the corner.
The songs play at a nice volume, not too loud to annoy parents but loud enough to entertain toddlers.
The book is normally priced at around £5, and this was brought from Asda at the time, but I have seen it reduced in a few shops down to around £3. Even at full price this is very good value. The book is strong, very tactile, and well designed. Great for teaching children songs and motor skills like cause and effect of pressing the buttons to play a song.
I have been a fan of Lush for some time now, as the natural ingredients seem to work well for my sensitive skin. As a busy working mom however the time I get to wallow in the bath with a face mask has greatly diminished over the last year. So whereas before I could order a nice fresh face mask and easily use the tub before the use by dates were up I recently seemed to pop the in the fridge and never get round to using them more than once. So i decided to try the Mask of Magnaminty. This is a face mask like the others but due to the ingredients does not go off as quick giving it a much more lengthy use by date.
The mask is advertised as a multi purpose mask to clean, calm and clear skin anywhere on the body of face, and then acts a light exfoliater as you remove it. It is crammed with natural ingredients to pack a punch on your skin.
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These all have an important benefit to skin, for instance, the Kaolin absorbs grease, the Honey is moisturising, the Peppermint oil cools and invigorate skin and the Aduki Beans and Primrose Seeds gently exfoliate. It really is a packed pot of skin goodness.
To use you simply apply generously over the skin, I only use this on my face and neck, and leave for 5-10 minutes. It is a very thick gloopy mask that smears on to skin easily and thickly. It does tingle when its on, but even with my sensitive skin I never had an adverse reaction. After 10 minutes is partly dries and you simply wash off. I find a flannel works best as it is a very thick mask and does take some washing off. As you remove you can feel it exfoliating.
Once removed my skin always feels deeply cleaned, exfoliated and fresh. It also isn't too drying so you dont need to slather on loads of moisturiser to compensate after using it. You get a nice healthy glow from it, and my skin looks so much better since using it, even if I only use it now and again. People have commented the day after i have used it on how healthy I look, or that my skin looks better so it must work.
For £9.25 you get a mahoosive 315g pot that lasts ages!
Armani Code is one of my staple fragrances and is always on my birthday/christmas list. Last birthday I received the code perfume in a gift set with a small body lotion as well. I have to be honest and say that often when i get the sets the lotion goes in the back of the bathroom cabinet and tends to be forgotten about. However, on this occasion the lotion ended up on my dresser next to the perfume and i began using it on my arms and upper body whenever i used the perfume.
Like the perfume the lotion has the same "Simple yet sensual, comforting yet captivating...A spellbinding fragrance" (Perfume Shop). With other body lotions the scent tends to differ slightly but the Armani code one was spot on.
The lotion itself came in a small pale bottle, that you simply squeeze to dispense. The lotion is silky and light and a little goes a very long way. It also is a lovely moisturiser. The fragrance is quite strong when first applied but fades enough within a few minutes. When applied along with the perfume they seem to elongate each others life and I can still smell the Code after a full day at work.
My only problem with the lotion is the price. When i looked to buy some when my gift size one ran out, I was shocked to find it was nearly as expensive as some perfumes. For 200ml is averages at a price of £29! I know the Code perfume isn't the cheapest at £40-£65 per bottle but nearly £30 for body lotion is hard to justify. I therefore didn't buy any but I am planning to ask for some for Christmas ha ha!
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I had never tried a BB cream before but this summer, as i had a little bit of natural colour and was fed up of applying foundation every day I decided to try one. As Maybelline are my 'go to' brand for facial cosmetics, they were my first choice. I picked up the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB cream in 'Medium 2'. It was priced at £4.99 in Boots, but also under the 3for2 offer which made it a good deal.
The package is a nice size tube, in simple white to cream fade design. The BB cream comes in 4 shades - Light, Medium 2, Dark 3, and Universal Glow 4. The cream claims to be an 8 in 1 Skin Perfector, offering, a natural glow, fresh feel, smooth skin, hydration, blurring of imperfections, oil free so non greasy and the added benefit of a 30SPF.
The BB cream comes out of the tube easily with a light squeeze, the cream is quite runny, but has a nice silky feel when applied. You do not need much as it applies well and gives decent coverage. Coverage wise, its not as good as a foundation, but then BB creams are designed to be lighter anyway. It does still make you feel like you have enough makeup on without feeling heavy, or greasy. It does even out skin tone and conceal some minor imperfections which is all I wanted from the BB cream.
I do however feel that unlike a foundation, the BB cream seems to sink in a dissapear throughout the day and by the time I get in from work there is clearly nothing left of it.
I am still on my first tube so it has lasted me all Summer being used most days so goes a long way for your money. If you want a light coverage with an added SPF then its worth a try, it feels nice, is light and non greasy and gives a natural glow, just don't expect it to last all day or match up to the coverage of a full foundation
Nuby Grip & Sip is a double handed sno leak sippy cup aimed at toddlers from 6months to 3 years. You can pick them up from most supermarkets and the price seems to range from £5.00 to about £7.00 but they are regularly on offer. They come in a range of colours, including, green, pink, purple, blue and red. The cups are a nice size standing at 117 cm high by about 8cm wide, this means they hold a nice amount of liquid enough for a good drink for a toddler.
The cup base is strong plastic, which doesn’t break, its strong enough that it doesn’t flex, and is throw and drop proof. The lid screws on the top which the plastic coloured handles drop down from. Inserted into the lid is the soft spout. This is a flexible spout so ideal for babies first moving away from bottles who are used to a soft teat. The teat is non drip/leak as well so great for clumsy kids, and the cup also comes with a lid that fits over the spout therefore preventing any chance of leaks when in a bag or the car. The design makes it easy to clean, and it is also dishwasher proof.
The only problem I have found with the Nuby sip and grip is that the teat which sits inside the top turns around whilst you screw on the lid. This forces the air out as you tighten the top and pulls the teat down making it difficult for your toddler to suck out the drink. You therefore have to realign the plastic teat as you tighten the top. Not a big problem but its the only one I have found with it.
My son has only just stopped using this design at 18 months as it was such a good item for us, but he has now progressed to a proper cup in the house and the next stage sippy cup cup when out and about.
As my son had received the Toot Toot Station for his 1st Birthday we decided to buy him a complementary gift to go with this and decided on the the Toot Toot Emergency Vehicle Set. For £17.99 you received a Fire Engine, Ambulance and Police Car.
All are the same size and take 2AA Batteries each. Each vehicle plays different songs reflecting the emergency they deal with and speak when they go over a Smart Track Point of you press the face on the front. They have a good handful of saying each, and 3 songs each. The songs do get repetitive after a short period of time which i suppose is to be expected but perhaps a few more songs would have eased this a little, plus they do have 2 volume settings so you can turn them down if you want.
Unlike the train, these vehicles do not move around the tracks themselves and have to pushed along. I have to say i was a little disappointed by this as i was hoping they would be like the train.
However, they push around the tracks smoothly and interact with the smart points. They also fit on all the other Toot Toot Tracks available.
The batteries do not wear down quickly which is a plus point and they cars themselves are very sturdy and toddler proof.
My son has had many hours of enjoyment from them so the £17.99 price tag seems worth it, plus that does only work out to around £6.00 each which isnt bad going. They allow a childs imagination to do the hard work, developing mind and motor skills along the way so I would recommend these and the Toot Toot range!
My son had the Toot Toot train station for his 1st Birthday. We thought he would like something like this he could properly play with and get involved in. The Train Set comes in a huge colourful box with a track layout shown.
The train set is generally priced between £29.99 & £35.99 which may seem excessive but you get alot for you money. The set includes:-
Incline + Slope + Bridge Supports
Road Blocks, Gates etc
& around 30 pc of track
The track is easy to assemble and can be fixed in countless designs. Tracks have 'Smart Points' on them, which when the train passes overe trigger responses or music from the vehicles. The Train Station plays music and talks to you (also in 3 languages which may be a tad advanced for toddlers, but doesnt do any harm).
My only bug bear with the track is the incline. You have to use the hand crank on the side to move the train up it, which for my 18 month old is still too much to ask. He understands he needs to do something to get the train up but cannot turn the crank around for the whole time it takes to get the vehicle up there. I think a battery operated mechanism may have been more toddler friendly and mean parents do not have to either keep getting up to crank the incline or leave it out of the track which seems a shame.
The Toot Toot Train itself is lovely size,robust design and appealing to little hands, with a simple on off switch. It takes 3x AAA batteries which power a light at the front, music and the movement. It powers around the track well without getting stuck. You can also switch off the movement by pressing the funnel and then the train can be manually pushed round the track saving battery power. The batteries do not last that long with this though probably due to the amount its having to power.
The V-tech Toot Toot Station is a great toy, educational for toddlers with its interactive areas, a feast for the imagination, colourful, robust can be expanded on with more track and other vehicles. The repetitive songs do wear thin but the joy it gives my son is worth it!
The Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Puppy is lovely soft teddy type toy who plays games, sings, and educated children. It is suitable from 6 months and can be bought from Argos, Toys'R'Us and many other toy outlets. It is priced at around £20.00 but can be found cheaper as it is often on promotion.
The Laugh and Learn Puppy was given to my son when he was born by his Aunite. It is a lovely toy that sits about 33cm high, and is bright and colourful. It has a sandy coloured body, with coloured paws and ears. On it's chest there is also a little red heart. Each paw has a different function which, when pressed states what it is, i.e foot, hand, and also can state the colour. You can also press the puppy's tummy, ear and heart to get a response.
The puppy has 2 play modes which are learning, which as mentioned states what you are pressing, and the colour to teach children about parts of the body, colours and abc's. And secondly a musical mode that plays musical games such as singing pat-a-cake when you press the hand, and sings This Little piggy when you press the foot. There are a total of 10 songs the puppy will play and sing along too.
The puppy has 2 volume settings meaning you can control how loud the puppy plays with your child, and the quieter setting is quiet, unlike some other children's toys whose volume setting can make little difference! To access this you simply open up the puppy's Velcro at the back. This is also where you change the batteries, of which it takes 3 AAA. On the note of batteries these also last very well. Our son has played with the Laugh and Learn since around 6 months and it shows no sign of wearing down.
The Puppy is lovely to look at, nice and cuddly and very appealing to little kids. It's a good interactive toy that offers plenty to entertain children and keep them laughing. It is also educational whilst still being fun, so they will have no idea they are learning.
The fact that the Laugh and Learn is also from Fisher Price means you know you will get a good well made toy, that is safe for little hands, fun and educational. I wold highly recommend this as it is good value for money and a nice toy!