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    • The Inbetweeners Movie (DVD) / DVD / 47 Readings / 45 Ratings
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      17.03.2014 12:08
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      great film to enjoy

      I first came across The Inbetweeners just after the second series ended towards the end of 2009. A friend had the box set and said how funny it was and recommended I watched it. I watched both 1 and 2 series in a weekend, I was addicted to it. Series 3 came out in 2010 and the film was announced to be released in 2011.

      Cast list

      Simon Bird as Will McKenzie
      James Buckley as Jay Cartwright
      Blake Harrison as Neil Sutherland
      Joe Thomas as Simon Cooper
      Emily Head as Carli D'Amato
      Laura Haddock as Alison
      Tamla Kari as Lucy
      Jessica Knappett as Lisa
      Lydia Rose Bewley as Jane
      Theo James as James
      Theo Barklem-Biggs as Richard
      Anthony Head as Mr. McKenzie
      Belinda Stewart-Wilson as Polly McKenzie
      Martin Trenaman as Alan Cooper
      Robin Weaver as Pamela Cooper
      David Schaal as Terry Cartwright
      Victoria Willing as Mrs Cartwright
      Alex MacQueen as Kevin Sutherland
      Greg Davies as Mr. Gilbert
      Henry Lloyd-Hughes as Mark Donovan
      Lauren O'Rourke as Nicole


      Plot

      The film starts at the end of the school term, the boys Will, Simon, Jay and Neil are now 18 and have finished their A Levels. Carli breaks up with Simon saying that their relationship wouldn't work with them going to different universities, Jay uses this as a good excuse for them to go on a "lads holiday" and to spent some of his grandfathers inheritance, its booked by Neil for them to go to Malia in Crete. After a lengthy flight delay they finally arrive and see a group of ladies on the coach which they comment on how "hot" they are. The coach drops them off at their accommodation, a very derelict looking hotel and they check in. After a freshen up they head out and soon encounter the ladies from the coach again, after a hilarious "introduction" by Neil's dancing they all get talking and soon form a bond with each of them which is a combination of flirting and friendship. Alison gets chatting to Will however she has a Greek waiter boyfriend but agrees to sleep with Will one year from the day if he's still a virgin. Simon talks to Lucy and spends quite a lot of time talking about Carli, who is also out in Malia at that point due to Neil's stupidity in booking where she was going,. Neil dances with Lisa who becomes frustrated at him constantly going off with older women. Jay is "stuck with" the "fat bird" Jane who he spends quite a bit of time flirting with but at the same time feels ashamed of being seen with her seen as she is a slightly larger lady. The chance meeting with Carli and James, her unofficial rep leads the boys to boat party which is said to be a perfect excursion, they all, in their own way get tickets, Jay and Neil have a pair which Jay bought when drunk, he did rip up Simon and Wills, Will has one from Alison after she discovers her Greek waiter boyfriend is cheating on her and Simon takes Lucy's ticket after she gives it to him seeing how much Carli means to him. They board the boat and set off towards the sunset. Alison speaks to Will and despite her reservations on is "weirdness" she does conclude he is a kind person and agrees to be his girlfriend. Lisa grabs Neil from kissing an older woman and they soon become a couple. Jay and Jane head off towards the toilet where Jay tells her he's not ashamed of her and really likes her. Simon after meeting Carli realises he's made a mistake and decides he's going to swim back to shore and be with Lucy, this doesn't quite go to plan and he ends up in hospital. The film ends with scenes of the rest of the holiday, the boys spend their time with the girls as couples and we see them at the end heading home.

      My thoughts

      I am a massive fan of the series and I could not wait to see the film in the cinema. I went and saw this the opening night and I can honestly say it was the best film I've seen in the cinema in terms of atmosphere. The screen itself was full, something I've not seen in many years and it was great to laugh at the funny parts alongside everybody else, it gave it a great feel to it. The film itself is very much a "coming of age" story, as viewers we've seen the boys progress into young men and the associated perils of growing up. I am 27 and certain aspects of the film and series I can relate too, not being a "popular" kid or a "geeky" one its easy to see part of my own experience in growing up almost match theirs and we as viewers can relate to it. The film itself overall is fantastic, it has many laugh out loud moments and some touching moments but it keep a good comedy balance. The locations of the filming is mixed, only about 1 minute of the film was actually filmed in Malia, this is the lads first walk down the strip, the rest of the exterior shots were in Mallorca and some internal scenes in London, as a person who has been to Malia before I am aware of the visual differences of some exterior scenes however this doesn't take anything away from the film and the fact that they went over to Malia just to film a short sequence is clear they wanted to give it a certain level of realism, I assume they had reasons for not filming in Malia for the entire film.

      Despite the popularity of the TV series the film was quite an unexpected box office hit. It took around £2.5 million in its first day and £13.2 million over the opening weekend, not only becoming the number 1 box office for that week but also being the highest opening weekend for a comedy film ever in the UK. As was the success of the film and after much discussion it was announced a second film would be out in August 2014 and based in Australia, I very much look forward to seeing this!

      I give this 5/5

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        13.03.2014 10:55
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        great lotion

        Loccitane is my favourite skin care/body care range. I only started using it last year after a chance discovery and I've been addicted to it ever since. I was lucky enough to get a range of products for Xmas and Im still making my way through them!

        Price/Availability/Packaging

        This shimmering body lotion is available in 250ml size on its own and also 75ml as part of a gift set. A 250ml is around £20, the 75ml with other items is around £30 but it depends on the gift set available. This is available direct at Loccitane stores and online or at some retailers such as John Lewis and Debenhams. It is also on Amazon, HQ Hair, EBay and other third party sellers. It is possible to get good deals on this when bought as an offer, for example Loccitane online regularly do free gift deals when spending over a certain amount which are worth doing however other places you can get discount codes for, when buying online from wherever its always worth checking for codes for the website using as they are more often than not there.

        Using

        The body lotion itself is a shimmer one so I only tend to use this when I'm on a night out. I have a shower first (using the cherry blossom shower gel) then apply around a tablespoon to my arms, chest and neck area. It settles well onto the skin, its not greasy or sticky and it leaves a lovely shimmery effect on the skin and also a hint of summer cherry blossom. I usually couple this up with the EDT and between them it leaves a lovely summer scent on my skin which last hours. Moisturising wise, my skin feels soft but not oily or greasy.

        Overall

        I am a massive fan of Loccitane and for me the cherry blossom range within it is the best. I have several items within it and they all smell great, the lotion works well as part of it. As a shimmering lotion I personally wouldn't use it every day, but that purely personal preference but if you did want to use it regularly it will be fine as it leaves the skin soft. I give this 5/5, I love how it feels on my skin and how it smells, worth the money

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        • Golden Vale Cheestrings / Cheese / 46 Readings / 43 Ratings
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          11.03.2014 11:40
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          cheeseeeeeeeee

          Cheestrings, a childhood classic from the 90s and still loved by me today. It has bore many different varieties over the year however the original is still the best.

          Price/Availability/Packaging

          Cheestrings are available is all good supermarkets in packets of 4, 8 and 12. A 4 pack is around £1, 8 pack £2 and 12 pack £3 however I have often seen these on multibuy offers so it is possible to get these cheaper. Some smaller shops like Londis do occasionally sell them singley for around 50p each however for good value for money buying a packet of them is best. You can also get cheese and tomato and cheese and onion flavour, as well as spaghetti and twisted varieties within the range all for the same kind of prices and pack size. Cheestrings are packaged in a blue wrapper and them each one has its own peel able wrapper making them a good addition to a lunch box or snack

          Ingredients

          Medium fat cheese and Added Ingredients: Acidity Regulators (Citric Acid, Lactic Acid), Paprika, Vitamin D

          Taste

          The wrapper opens up to reveal a cute little portion of cheese, it smells nice and has a processed look about it. Taste wise, yeah it does taste quite nice, it has a good cheesy taste too it but not too strong or too weak, it does however have quite a rubbery texture to it which is fair enough considering it is classed as processed cheese. In terms of tearing pieces off, you can do it in bigger or smaller strips which ever you prefer, I remember as a kid savouring it so only taking the tiniest of strips off, as an adult I just get it in my gob! As an addition to a lunchbox I think its great, ok so its classed as processed cheese but in terms of ingredients in it they are not actually that bad for you. I do think its a snack adults and children can enjoy.

          Overall

          Price wise I do think these are reasonable, if on offer they work out at around 20p-25p each and they do keep quite well both in the fridge and in a cool lunch box during the day. As an alterative snack its a good thing to have, I like them and enjoy eating them every so often. Worth a try

          5/5

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            good film to watch

            I am a big fan of Mila Kunis, having seen her in Black Swan and loved her I wanted to see other films shed been in. As for Justin Timberlake, I like his music and he was good in The Social Network. Upon searching Amazon I come across this DVD, Id seen it advertised and planned to get round to buying and watching on DVD. I finally got it just after Xmas and was overall pleased with the film.

            Price/Availability

            I got the standard DVD of this for £3 on Amazon, the Blu-ray version is also available for £7. It should be available at other DVD retailers for around the same price. It is classified as 15 film and does contain sexual references and sexual scenes so its not viewing for all!

            Plot (Including some plot spoilers)

            Jamie (Kunis) is an executive recruiter working for a top firm in New York, she head hunts Dylan (Timberlake) from a small art site in Los Angeles for GQ magazine. Dylan is given an interview and promptly receives the job, of which Jamie will get her commission one year after service with GQ. Jamie tasks herself with selling not only the job but also New York to Dylan in order for him to accept, of which he does and he soon moves from LA to NYC. Once in NYC he begins his job and with Jamie being the only person he knows the soon form a good friendship, socialising often together having both recently split up from partners they both discuss how much they miss sex and dislike the complications of relationships. They then decide to have a "Friends with benefits" relationship in that they have sex but not be a couple only friends to remove the complications. After several sexual encounters together Jamie tells Dylan she wants to stop the benefits side and go back to dating other people, of which she does and meets a doctor who she has several dates with and eventually has sex with, he soon leaves after sex and ends their relationship. Jamie feeling low getting invited back to LA by Dylan for the 4th July celebrations, he introduces her to his family as a friend only. Dylan's family take well to Jamie and the pair grow closer again however when Jamie overhears a conversation with Dylan and his sister explaining he only sees her as a friend she promptly leaves LA for NYC and ignores Dylan. After a short time Jamie finds out from colleagues that Dylan is looking at leaving his GQ position, within one year thus making her bonus non payable, she confront him and they have an argument. After speaking with his family he decides not to let Jamie go and tells her how he feels, it leaves ends with them going out on a date.

            Cast

            Justin Timberlake as Dylan Harper
            Mila Kunis as Jamie Rellis
            Woody Harrelson as Tommy Bollinger
            Jenna Elfman as Annie Harper
            Patricia Clarkson as Lorna
            Richard Jenkins Mr. Harper
            Nolan Gould as Sammy
            Bryan Greenberg as Parker
            Emma Stone as Kayla
            Andy Samberg as Quincy
            Masi Oka as Darin Arturo Morena
            Shaun White as Himself
            Lili Mirojnick as Laura


            My thoughts

            The film is very much a romantic comedy, it likes to poke fun at the cliché romantic films around and offers viewers a modern day story on dating and sexual relations. Kunis and Timberlake do have good chemistry together, they is a certain warmth there between them and it comes across well onscreen. The story itself is average, I do feel like the process of them being friends to being friends with benefits was very quick however the rest of the film flows well. As a lazy Saturday night film it is worth a watch, its nothing ground breaking however the story is easy to follow and did make me laugh at certain areas. For £3 its worth a watch.

            I give the film 4/5 it loses a mark simply for the fact that the go from being friends to friends with benefits very quickly.

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          • Chapstick Cherry / Make Up / 24 Readings / 24 Ratings
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            10.03.2014 13:36
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            good lip balm

            I have to use lip balm or similar very often, especially during the winter I find my lips can become quite sore if I don't protect them from the cold. I have used many different types over the years, some better than others. I tried the cherry Chapstick and was surprised at its effectiveness.

            Price/Availability/Packaging

            I got mine in Boots for £1.05, I have seen this in other shops, supermarkets and pharmacists all around the £1-£1.20 mark. Chapstick do a range of different "flavours" and types depending on needs, the cherry one is the only one I have used from this range. The cherry one comes in a little purple tube which indicates the "flavour" of it clearly.

            Effectiveness

            Ive been using this now for around about 2 months after my last one (different brand) ran out. I have no particular reason for the cherry "flavour" apart from personal preference and I got Chapstick because Id been told good things by friends about them. So from the 2 months of use I am pleased, I use it several times a day, it lasts on my lips well and keeps them soft and moisturised. Scent wise its quite nice and not too synthetic smelling, it is red in colour and so does leave a hint of red on the skin which can be noticed but its not very obvious. Its also lasted really well, I still have well over half the stick left and for me who uses it several times each day this does make it a good lip balm price wise.

            Overall

            Overall I do think this is a good lip balm to use. As a person who does suffer with sore dry lips I have found this does offer a good protection against the elements whilst being a good price and lasting a long time. The cherry scent is not for everybody however the Chapstick range does offer other types at the same price so its something I would recommend buying.

            I give this 5/5 because its perfect for me

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          • Eyebrow Threading / Discussion / 40 Readings / 40 Ratings
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            07.03.2014 16:27
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            good way of removing hair

            Threading is a very traditional ancient form of hair removal, its been around for over 6000 years in Asia, Middle East and Indian regions however its popularity in Europe and the Uk is quite recent. I discovered threading 2 years ago. I was out shopping with a friend who said she needed to get hers done, we went along to a pop up in our local shopping centre and she sat down and got them done, I decided Id give it a go and I have been hooked ever since! I have very dark brunette hair and any unwanted hair has to be maintained regularly. My eye brows will, if left grow wild and form a monobrow so removal every month or so is necessary for me. Before threading I used to remove them via plucking, which was a big task and as my eyes are quite sensitive they would cry and become sore during the task which would take hours to complete. Threading takes just minutes and is the best thing for me!

            The process itself is very simple and easy, once you know how to do it. It involves cotton thread which can be used from a standard sewing kit although there are special threading cotton out there it doesn't make any difference. The thread is joined together and the process involves twisting to pull out hairs, a process which in the YouTube videos looks easy however Im sure it takes some practice! The appeal of threading is that the removal creates straight lines, can remove many hairs at once and is very quick. For me personally I wouldn't say I "enjoy" getting my eye brows threaded but it has made the process a lot easier. Pain wise yes it does hurt, there is nt lying about that but for me it feels like a burning sensation. As I have been getting it done now for 2 years I find that its only the hairs on the inner eye area which hurt to take out, the rest is ok. I usually have mine done whilst closing my eyes I find it does help to relax me somewhat. Afterwards yes my eyes are quite red but this soon goes, if you are going out I recommend getting your threading done the day before to avoid the redness still being there in the evening. How long you leave it in between visits will depends on your growth, I get mine done roughly once a month however in the summer my hair grows quicker so it tends to be every 3 weeks. If you are like me and have dark hair I would recommend it as a form of hair removal.

            I've only ever been to a proper threader twice as my boss does it the rest of the time, the cost ranges from £3 - £7, if you go to a place to get it done. Some salons do it some shops/shopping centres have an area where it is also available. I would recommend going round and checking prices first as it can differ greatly.

            Overall I give threading 5/5 because for me its the best way of sorting my eye brows out, its not for everybody but I would recommend trying it at least once before ruling it out

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            • Toy Story 3 (DVD) / DVD / 33 Readings / 33 Ratings
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              07.03.2014 10:04
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              a classic film

              Background

              Toystory 1 came out back in 1995 when I was *cough* 9 years old. Its one of the first times I remember having such a hype about and want not only to see the film but also have as many of the toys as possible. My sister Rebecca was obsessed with Buzz and finally managed to get one for her birthday after not being able to at Christmas. The success of Toystory was quite unexpected hence why many children were left disappointed by not being able to get a Toystory toy, short sighted retailers simply didn't order enough. Tom Hanks was always picked to be Woody and signed up almost straight away, Billy Crystal was asked to be Buzz but turned it down, a role he regretted turning down, he did however voice Sully in Monsters Inc, Tim Allen was then asked and accepted. Toystory 2 came out in 2000, due to the success of the first one it was given a full theatrical realise and the craze for it was still there and I remember going to see it in the cinema having not seen the first in the cinema I wanted to make sure I saw this one. There was then a long gap between the second and third of 10 years, rumours about the third circulated with storylines based on a faulty Buzz being sent back to Taiwan being the big one. The reasons why there was a long gap is mainly down to Disney who now owned Pixar and there were several disagreements on how the sequels will happen/take place. These were finally resolved and the third one was created in 2010.

              Plot

              Toystory 3 picks up several years after Toystory 2, Andy is now getting ready to go to college and he has to make a decision on his old childhood toys. Most of the toys have gone, Bo Peep being a big one but Buzz, Woody, Rex, Hamm, Mr and Mrs Potato head, the three aliens, Jessie, Bullseye and Slinky dog still remain, along side several army figures who soon depart. After a mix up the toys and a Barbie from Mollies room end up in the trash, the toys make a dash for it and go into the box Andys mum is donating to the Sunnyside centre a day nursery for young children. Once in they meet an array of toys including Lots-O-Huggin bear who takes the all the toys except Barbie, who falls in love with the Ken, to a new room, which is for much smaller children than they hoped for. Its soon clear the Lots-O and his side kicks Kens and Big Baby have created a horrible system for all the toys at the centre. Woody manages to escape before discovering this only to be found by Bonnie, who takes him home and plays with him. Here he finds out from an old clown that knew Lots-O about how Lots-O hates children and indeed most other toys because he was abandoned by his previous owner Daisy, Woody decides he has to go back and help the others escape. Once inside the plot to escape begins. The escape scenes are very good, the writers at Pixar do write and create fantastic escape scenes for Toystory, the escape from Sunnyside has to be my favourite. I've also read that several scenes featured in the third film, the opening scene in particular, were actually old ideas which were meant to feature on the first film but not created due to budget needs, don't forget Toystory when it first come out was expected to be such a successful film so the budgets on it were smaller than two and three.

              My thoughts

              Toystory is a film I have pretty much grown up with, coming out in 1995 its a film I was as a child and loved very much. When the third one come out there was no doubt in my mind about going to see it at the cinema, in 3D, Me and a friend headed off and saw it in the opening weekend and loved it. The one thing I noted whilst in there was that there were no kids at all in the screening, a majority of the people in there were around my age and I do attribute some of its success down to adults like me who have grown up with the films going to see the final part. Toystory 3 for me is for me one of the best films at offering a great storyline which not only children can enjoy but adults too, some of the scenes and dialogue I found very much aimed at adults with meanings only we would understand but at the same time children still enjoy them in their own way. Toystory 3 is a film people my age have grown up with and in a way Andy has grown up with us so to watch him go off to college makes us think about our own life both as a care free child with toys to being adults and no longer having these toys. In the film there were several scenes I did cry at, quite heavily because it is a film I've loved as a child and as an adult and the final scenes especially were incredibly well done.

              The future

              Toystory 3 is meant to be the final part to a great trilogy of films. The third part ended things well both for the toys and for the audience, as much as I love Toystory I really do not want the trilogy being ruined and a fourth being created. I know some short films were created, one last year which I haven't seen, these are ok so long as it doesn't turn into anther feature film with a big story line around it. The Toystory trilogy for me was a film for all, for an animated film this is a brave step and it did spawn the creation of other animated films both adults and children can enjoy and its legacy will live on. Its future should be as a classic film for all with not more additions being made. I really do hope the creators agree with me and not do a fourth!

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              good painkiller

              We all suffer with various aches and pains as we grow older. I myself am prone to migraine and headache attacks and so I try to take something for it in the early stages to prevent it turning into a bad one. Boots paracetamol caplets are a good choice for the aches and pains

              Price/Availability/Packaging

              These are available in Boots stores and online, a box of 16 costs 45p or a box of 32 costs 89p. The packaging differs slightly to that above but its still the same basic information on there. The active ingredient in these is 500mg of paracetamol per caplet so it might not be suitable for all users.

              Effectiveness/Taking them

              I've used these for migraines, headaches, backaches and other general aches and pains I might have. I try not to take painkillers as a whole very often but if I do use them I do tend to use these as I always seem to have a box or two lying round! These are not suitable for children under 6, 6-11 years old are advised to take 1/2-1 caplet, 12 years plus and into adults can take 1-2 caplets. Its advised to take up to 4 times per day and do not exceed anymore than 8 caplets in any 24 hours. I personally take 2 caplets and if I still feel pain take again after 4 hours, its generally advised to leave at least a 4 hour gap between doses to allow the body to process them.

              Effectiveness of this is very good, I find that within 30 minutes of taking them the symptoms are almost always gone or significantly reduced. On the occasion they haven't helped its usually because my migraine is too far advanced and the only thing which gets rid of it is a dark room and rest. Swallowing these is effortless, I wouldn't say I have a high gag reflex but Ive had some painkillers in the past which have almost choked me going down, these caplets are designed to be easy to swallow and in my opinion they are.

              Overall

              I do think these are very good. For me painkillers are painkillers, as long as the active ingredient is there then to me getting expensively packaged painkillers is pointless. At 45p these do offer good value for money and I recommend these as a good painkiller

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            • Belvita Breakfast Biscuits / Snacks / 42 Readings / 39 Ratings
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              good breakfast biscuit

              I am not a massive breakfast fan especially during the week. I am the kind of person what rolls out of bed and rushes around getting ready to go to work. I don't normally end up with any time to do breakfast but I do like to have something about an hour after I've woken up just to see me through till lunch. I came across Belvitas a few years ago, Id seen the annoying Lisa Snowden adverts and I thought Id give these a go and I was pleasantly surprised.

              Price/Availability/Packaging

              When the range first come out it was limited to a few flavours, the milk and cereal flavour were part of this. The range had now been expanded to include many others and some with yoghurt, chocolate and so forth. For me the milk and cereal is still the best so I tend to stick to this when buying. A box of 6 can be purchased for around £2.50 mark in all big supermarkets however I have seen them on offer for £1, half price or buy one get one free so its worth looking around. I have also seen a box of 3 being sold in Poundland for, guess what a quid! Some small newsagents also do single packs for 50p. The packaging is simple, its yellow with pictures of the biscuits on, each flavour has a colour bar at the bottom, the milk and cereal is light blue.

              Ingredients

              Cereals 71.6% [Wheat Flour 51.3%, Wholegrain Cereals 20.3% (Oat Flakes 8.5%, Wholegrain Wheat Flour 6.1%, Wholegrain Barley Flour 2.7%, Wholegrain Rye Flour 2.0%, Wholegrain Spelt Flour 1.0%)],Sugar ,Vegetable Oil ,Raising Agents [E503(ii), E500(ii), E450(i)] ,Whole Milk Powder (0.9%) ,Skimmed Milk Powder (0.9%) ,Milk Minerals with Lactose ,Salt ,Emulsifiers (E472e, Soya Lecithin) ,Flavourings ,Vitamins and Minerals Mixture [Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6, Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid), Iron, Magnesium

              Taste

              A pack contains 4 biscuits which claim to keep me full for 4 hours. As a person who rarely gets full from breakfast I was interested in this claim as I often reach for the crisps at 10am to starve off hunger prangs. The appearance of them is oval shape and the cereals used in it give it a wholesome look about them. I tuck in and am greeted with a lovely sweet crumbly biscuit, which tastes great. The milk and cereals taste in it is evident, I can taste different grains and a hint of milk along side the sweetness. Now to eat 4 is quite easy however these do start to dry the mouth up so I tend to enjoy these with a smoothie or water. In terms of flavour these ones are my favourite, I've tried others and not enjoyed them as much as I have done with these.

              Do they keep me full?

              The claim is to keep me full for 4 hours. For me this is ambitious but not unreasonable. I wouldn't say they personally filled me up for 4 hours, if you have them with fruit and/or smoothie then the fullness lasts longer, on their own I would say it filled me up for a maximum of 2 hours. There are an abundance of breakfast biscuits out and these are for me the best I've tried in terms of flavour and length of fullness. Overall I would recommend giving them a try, especially if you are a fan of the breakfast biscuits or don't have time for breakfast as they are a good "on the go" alternative. For me I give them 5/5 because they are the nicest.

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              • Carrs Cheese Melts / Cheese / 41 Readings / 41 Ratings
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                I love these!

                I was introduced to Carrs cheese melts by a work colleague who had them one lunch time and said they were her favourite savoury snack, she offered me one to try and I could understand why these were her favourite!

                Price/Availability/packaging

                I've seen these in all big supermarkets and the various smaller size shops. They are found by the crackers and ryvita type of items. These normally retail at around £1.39 per 150g box however I have seen these on offer for £1 or 2 for £2. These are also in the Carrs selection carton among other flavour biscuits. The packaging is standard with all Carrs range it is dark blue with simple writing and pictures on it to display what it is.

                Ingredients

                Wheat Flour,Vegetable Oil ,Dried Cheese (9%) ,Sugar ,Dried Onion ,Natural Flavourings ,Raising Agents (Ammonium Bicarbonate, Sodium Bicarbonate) ,Poppy Seeds ,Salt

                Taste

                Upon opening the package I am greeted with a lovely hint of cheese. I take one out, they are thin and round but appealing to me, the top side has a light dusting of cheese. Tasting it is of course the best bit, the biscuit has a good crunch to it, the thinness of the biscuit ensures its not to hard or crunchy. The cheese is a good flavour, its medium strength meaning the amount of there, which doesn't look a lot gives it a lovely cheesy taste without it overpowering the biscuit. The biscuit also contains poppy seeds which work well with the cheese, the combination in my mouth delivers a great taste. These are incredibly moreish and leaves me wanting more!

                Overall

                I do really like these! A 150g box contains probably 40 or so biscuits so for the price I do think they offer good value compared to similar items out there. I like to think of these as posh mini cheddars which I suppose in a way they are. I think they are great as part of a light meal or lunch or even part of a buffet as they would go down well. If you like mini cheddars definitely try these

                5/5 great taste and worth the money

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                  26.02.2014 11:07
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                  great coffee shop

                  ok, I hold my hands up I am not a coffee or tea drinker at all but I do like a nice hot chocolate every now and again. Caffe Nero for me is the best all round place to go, without trying the tea and coffee!!

                  History

                  Caffe Nero began in 1997 with a coffee shop in London. It grew rapidly, with the rise in popularity of coffee shops it now has over 500 stores in UK up and down high streets, in airports, department stores and retail parks. I've personally been to several up and down the country, Leamington my home town has 3, 2 in town and 1 on the retail park and all have seated areas.

                  Menu

                  Caffe Nero does a wide range of coffees which includes cappuccinos, espresso, latte and Americano. They also do tea but the menu is not as extensive. Sweeter drinks wise they do hot chocolates, mochas, and also iced frappes. If this is not to your taste then the usual fizzy soft drinks and fruit juices can be bought.

                  Food wise Caffe Nero does a good selection of sandwiches, paninis, soup, cakes, muffins and selected breakfast items like porridge. Some items will be selected availability, I often find the cake variety will vary store to store but a good choice is still there to suit all needs and they also do little things like chocolates and biscotti if you don't want a cake or muffin.

                  They also occasionally do seasonal drinks/foods, at Christmas Ive seen them selling mince pies and gingerbread men and in the summer they bring out new milk shake flavours.

                  Price

                  Price wise Caffe Nero is pretty much on par with other coffee shops. I went in a few weeks ago with my sister and we had 2 hot chocolate milanos, a Panini, soup, 1 cake and a can of lemonade and it was just over £18. For hot drinks on there own its around £2.80 for a small and £3.40 for a large. Food is around £2 for a cake, £4 for a Panini and wrapped chocolate is around £1. Caffe Nero like many coffee shops do a loyalty scheme where they give you a little piece of card which they stamp every time you buy a drink then after 9 you can get your 10th free by handing it in then start again. I don't drink in there often enough to use these but my sister does.

                  My favourite items/Overall thoughts

                  For me as a hot chocolate drinker they do the best hot chocolates around called the Milano. Now its only available to drink in but its a lovely thick and rich hot chocolate and goes well with my sweet tooth, to some this might be a bit to sweet but for me it is the best hot chocolate out there. Food wise I really like the soup range they do and when I go in with my sister we often enjoy a bowl of this for our lunch. I'm not a regular customer here because drinking hot chocolate every day is not only expensive but also fattening so I go maybe once or twice per month and I've never had any issues or bad food/drink whilst in there. The one thing I would say is that is can get busy and it can take 15-20 minutes to get served so if you are of limited time I would recommend checking the length of queue first because it can be slow at clearing. Overall for me the best coffee shop.

                  5/5 because I do like it!

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                  love it!

                  Im not a keen exercise fan however walking is something I do enjoy. As a child growing up walking was something my family had to do daily to get about. Neither of my parents could drive or even afford to learn how to drive and coupled in with my 2 younger sisters getting about by foot was standard for us and so for me Ive always been used to walking around.

                  As an adult even now I still do quite abit of walking. I live 40 minutes from town and work so I try and walk in as often as I can, weather permitting! For me walking is a good way to start the day, it wakes me up and it gives me time to think about the day ahead or think about concerns in my life, I listen to music and let the world pass me by as I walk away. My top tips for walking -

                  1, listen to music, I find this helps keep boredom at pay and allows you to slip off into your own little world. I have set track lists which have a good beat to it to help me keep up a decent speed.

                  2, get good gear. I recommend a decent set of shoes/trainers/boots etc which your feet are comfortable in. Also don't forget to accommodate for the seasons, during the winter have scarfs, gloves and hats during the summer have sunglasses and light clothing, for the possibility of rain a good rain coat is ideal. For me I always try to have sunglasses to hand as the sun causes bad headaches. I also find my hands can get cold so I keep my gloves in my pocket during winter. If your setting off on a walk make sure you have what you need before going

                  3, drink plenty of water. Exercise does dehydrate the body and walking is no exception. Ensure you are properly hydrated even during the winter months and take water with you if needed.

                  4, Don't start off to far. If walking is not something you do often then start off with say 1 mile or 1 walk round the block and see how you go, next time go further if you want and increase length. The furthest Ive done in one go is probably about 7 miles however I have done probably close to 20 during a single day on trips out and about.

                  5, if you can monitor yourself .I do this every so often using an app, I find its useful for measuring your speed, calories burnt and distance travelled. Its worth doing and there are free apps out there for doing this or use a pedometer.

                  6, Enjoy it! don't see it as a chore or exercise as such, try to go to nice places like country parks or starely homes, your spend time walking round without really thinking its exercise and before you know it you've walked several miles.

                  Walking is a good tool for losing weight, I burn around 200-300 per hour so for me doing 1 hour minimum a day it all adds up.

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                    great hand gel

                    I am quite OCD about the cleanliness of my hands, antibacterial gel for me is a life saver and I always carry it around.

                    Price/Availability/Packaging

                    This hand gel is available in Asda only however there are other similar hand gels around but the Asda brand gel is one I tend to use most often. Its available in 50ml for 75p or 200ml for £1.50. I tend to buy the 50ml version as its ideal for keeping in my handbag however a 200ml would be ok if you hand a bigger bag or you use it at home. The packaging is slightly different to the above picture, it still comes in the clear tub with a flip lid however the labelling is different. A 50ml tub can last me several months depending on how often I use it.

                    Use

                    I apply about a pea sized about to my hands as and when needed and rub all over. The gel settles in well and within seconds my hands are as if nothing has been applied to them, it smells clean and fresh but not to over powering. I would advise if you have sensitive skin or broken skin not to use this as it can cause irritation and make the wounds sting, I learnt this for myself one day! Some gels Ive used tend to make food taste like it however this gel doesn't hence why I like it so much. My hands as fresh and clean as they can do without being washed.

                    Overall

                    For me hand gel is a hang bag must, I have been out on occasions and for whatever reason not had any and I do panic and have sometimes even gone into a shop to buy it. For me having clean hands, especially when eating is very important and using this gel is a good way of removing any bacteria that my hands may have picked up. Its often said public transport seats/hand rails etc have more bacteria on them than the inside of a toilet, this is a scary thought and whenever I have used public transport I use the gel straight away. The Asda gel is very good, my hands feel clean, they smell good and it doesn't leave a horrible residue. Price wise its cheaper to buy the 50ml Asda gel against a 50ml branded gel so for a good price to me its the best.

                    I give this gel 5/5 because I cannot fault it

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                    a hobby I enjoy

                    I started comping just over a year ago when I came across it in the Moneysavingexpert.com forums and its become into a real hobby for me! below are some comments and suggestions on comping as a whole which you might find useful if you are starting out -

                    1, there are dedicated comping site around which post all new comps and if required answers to questions. I personally use Moneysavingexpert.com in the forums under shopping and freebies is their comping section. MSE has a great community feel about it and its organised well with posters offering helpful advice. There are others out there but this is the one I use to locate all the comps available. Of course you might get sent a comp via email, text etc so its up to you to do these aswell if you wish but as a good place to start, MSE is the place. How you tackle the board is down tio you

                    2, Set yourself guides on what you are entering. Its tempting to enter everything and anything but its pointless if the prize is not to your taste, remember you can give you prizes away fi you wish so if you can see a recipient to your prize do it, other wise don't bother. regarding value of a prize, some people don't enter in low value items for say less than £10 but this is up to you.

                    3, method of entering. I personally don't enter Facebook, Twitter or Rafflecopter comps. Facebook I only do if its form filling in, like and share I don't do because I don't want to annoy my friends. Twitter I don't have so don't do and Rafflecopter I don't understand at all. I only really enter web only comps but this is down to personal choice.

                    4, time. the first 3 points are all attributed to timing. Entering comps is time consuming if you let it be! Overall I probably spend between 1-2 hours per day entering and viewing all the comps available to enter and I very rarely do weekends but it depends on how much time you have or are willing to use on comping.

                    5, don't expect to win. I treat comping as a hobby which occasionally might pay out a really wonderful prize, I have been quite lucky to have won something almost every month since I started, the longest I went was probably 2 months without a win which is nothing compared to some people. If you are doing it solely to win you might be disheartened very quickly.

                    6, when entering check the terms and conditions. For holidays or hotel stays check to see when it has to be used by or if its a certain date only, if you cant make it don't enter it. The small print might be key to a prize so ensure you are happy before entering.

                    7, cost. I only enter free comps however you have text/postal entry comps which are available, its down to you on if you do these or not.

                    In the past year I have been very lucky to win vouchers, jewellery, toiletries, make up, food, toys and other items all which total to close to £1000, some people are lucky to win big prizes worth much more than this but it is the luck of the draw. I am very happy with what Ive won and I enjoy entering now more than ever. Its not for everybody, some see it as a waste of time for very little return but for me its hobby I enjoy doing for my own pleasure and I don't let it take over my life. I hope my points are useful to a comper. :-)

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                      great body spray

                      I am a big fan of the S&G range, I have bought many items and been given many items as gifts over the years. I have used the S&G body spray range before but that was quite some time ago however this Christmas I got given several as part of a gift set and the most you madly spray was part of that set.

                      Price/Availability/Packaging

                      Mist you madly is available in 100ml and 250ml sizes separately at £6.50 for 250ml and £3.50 for 100ml from Boots, S&G direct and other third party sellers. Boots do often have the S&G range on 3 for 2 offer so if you get it within the offer it will work out cheaper as would getting it as part of a gift set available all year round and at Christmas they have an extended range and includes this as part of it. Its packaged in a small pink bottle with a brief description on the front, all the body spray ranges come in the same size bottles but in different colours so its easy to tell them apart.

                      Scent/Use

                      I like this spray its very light and fresh. I am a person who gets very paranoid about my own scent and so I often use body spray at work during the day if I'm concerned I'm smelling out the office, my feet most definitely contribute to this as I take my shoes off. I spray the nozzle about 4/5 times onto my skin and clothes, it settles well and doesn't ruin my clothes or irritate my skin. The liquid is clear and has a lovely fruity floral scent to it. Its light and airy and is a great day time scent to wear. I can pick up hints of freesia and blackcurrant within it and it works well to create a fruity floral scent but to too overpowering or to sickly. Staying power wise this does last a good amount of time, I can still smell it several hours later and definitely recommend it as a good freshen up scent or for those looking for those on a budget who cannot really afford perfumes.

                      Overall

                      As body sprays goes this is one of my favourite. It smells great and lasts a decent amount of time. S&G itself is aimed mainly at teenagers and young adults however I think this will suit anybody who likes sweet fruity and floral scents. I give it 5/5 because I really cannot fault it at all

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