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    • Silver Cross Ranger Pram / Doll / 21 Readings / 20 Ratings
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      28.05.2014 21:42
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      • "Hood can be pulled up and down"
      • "Designed just as a proper pram"
      • "Handle can be adjusted to height"
      • "Nice pram with bag as accessory"

      Disadvantages

      • "Cream part gets dirty quickly"
      • "Feels a bit flimsy"

      A nice first pram

      My daughter has really progressed from being a baby to a proper little girl now, wanting to play with lots of dolls and other more grown up children''s toys rather than baby toys. One item she received for Christmas was this Domino Ranger Pram, which cost 34.99 from Smyths store. Obviously for that you receive the pram, but also a small bag to represent the changing bag and a blanket style cover for inside the pram. The whole set is really designed to be exactly as a real one. The pattern of ours is vastly different to that shown here - ours is red for the main part, with a black and grey frame and cream and red dots cover and hood. The pram needs to be built up when opened and I her Grandad mentioned that the toy stores wanted 5 pounds to do the job for him but he said it was very simple to build. The pram is suitable for children aged 3 and upwards, but my daughter is only nearly two. I allow her to use it whilst supervised although it''s only been in the last few weeks that she''s really started to show an interest in pushing it around everywhere. The pram has a handy adjustable handle which has two buttons at either side which when pressed move the handle downwards into a better position for smaller children, although it''s still a bit big for my daughter. The pram can also be folded completely which is handy for car rides etc if we want to transport it. The basket underneath also detaches, although this can sometimes be a bit of a pain because my daughter thinks it''s great to take off and wave about so I sometimes have to remove it before she plays with it. The pram is quite roomy. My daughter has a set of two dolls and she manages to get both into the pram section with no issues. I''d say it measures around 75cm x 55cm x 40cm. It''s fairly easy for the pram to be pushed around, although the wheels on it all just move forwards - the two front wheels don''t move in different directions as they do on a real pram. This can be a pain when she''s using it around the house especially because it''s very easy for her to bash it into furniture and get stuck in places with it. The hood on the pram can be moved up and down, just as it is on most prams. My daughter loves this part - she puts the dolls in and immediately pulls the hood up to shelter them, which I think is so cute. Then, when removing her dolls, she pushes it back down and you can tell by her face that she''s really trying to take care of her dolls. I''d recommend this pram as a great first pram although I think the price is about right - I wouldn''t pay any more.

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      27.05.2014 20:25
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      Advantages

      • "Lasts 48 hours before needing to wash hair again"
      • "Silky hair"
      • "Lovely scent"
      • "Hair soft and manageable afterwards"
      • "Easy to use"

      Disadvantages

      Doesn't achieve straight hair, but still a great shampoo

      I have tried to keep costs on essential beauty items such as shampoo and shower gel down over the last few months, because as long as they do a decent job, I''m not brand loyal whatsoever. I''ve been visiting the pound shops for shampoo more recently and my latest one has been the Gliss Asia Straight Shampoo costing one pound for a 250ml bottle. The shampoo comes in a transparent bottle, with the purple coloured shampoo on show. The bottle is perfect to dispense the item, with a flip top lid. The shampoo has a beautiful scent of bamboo and orchard essence, which is immediately noticeable when the bottle is opened. The scent always reminds me of clean linen on a Summer''s day as it has a gorgeous and fresh sort of scent. The shampoo is fairly runny, although not to the point that it''s difficult to handle and it''s consistency does make it really easy to lather up into wet hair. It''s also really easy to rinse out, with the scent lasting throughout the washing process. Unfortunately though the scent doesn''t tend to last after washing and it certainly isn''t noticeable once my hair has been dried with the hairdryer. My hair is extremely easy to brush through after using this shampoo ? without the need for any use of conditioner, although one is available in the same range if desired. The shampoo''s main aim is to help achieve very straight hair, although this wasn''t my intention as I always just get the straighteners onto it anyway. But, in that respect I don''t feel it performs superbly. It is meant for use on frizzy hair, which I admit doesn''t describe my hair, with mine just being a bit wavy once dried, but I still haven''t noticed a major difference in it''s appearance afterwards. My hair usually bushes up a little bit before using straighteners on it and it''s been doing a very similar thing with this one. But, as this wasn''t my main reason for purchase, it''s not something that''s bothered me. My main aim with a shampoo is that my hair feels and looks nice, clean and fresh until it''s next wash 48 hours later and for this it''s been perfect - I''d say better than some of the other shampoos in the Gliss range and even some of the more expensive branded shampoos I''ve used in the past. My hair looks quite silky and feels soft to touch. It''s also really easy to manage, brushing through easily and straightening fairly easily too. My hair does have a tendency to break after washing and although I''ve not noticed any improvement with this, it certainly hasn''t got worse. I would recommend this as a general shampoo, although not perhaps for the purpose it''s intended to achieve straight hair. It is one I''ll purchase again, as long as it''s still available cheaply in the pound stores. Four stars from me.

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    • Disney Club House Goofy / Soft Toy / 10 Readings / 9 Ratings
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      26.05.2014 22:54
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      • "Just like the character"
      • "Bean bag material helps to keep him upright"
      • "Nice size to carry around"
      • "Soft and cuddly"

      Disadvantages

      • "Quite expensive and never on offer"

      A great addition to our Mickey Mouse Clubhouse set

      My daughter loves all things Disney and the latest toy added to her collection was this small Goofy soft toy from the Disney Store last time we visited. My review is based on the 20cm version of the toy, which cost us seven pounds. Obviously being one of the main Disney characters, he''s been available for some time but I''ve never seen him in the sale. The toy is a great size for my daughter to carry around and has been shopping with us, as it''s not too big to keep in the pram. Goofy is exactly as the character and has long ears and is dressed complete with green hat, orange top, black waistcoat and blue pants. The toy is all one unit and his clothing cannot be removed, it''s just part of the toy itself. Most of the toy is made of soft plush material but the middle section is like a bean bag, which helps keep him upright and sit down. The plush material makes him feel very soft and very cuddly, perfect for little ones to snuggle up to. He can only be wiped clean, which can be a bit of a pain, but it is pretty easy to do and ours looks just like new. The mini bean bag Goofy is recommended for children over 12 months and is only available via the Disney store''s website and shops, but for seven pounds I would recommend him for Disney fans. It is fairly expensive given his size, but my daughter loves hers so he''s been a good buy for us.

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      • Ikea Kalas Cutlery / Nursing / 7 Readings / 7 Ratings
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        25.05.2014 18:31
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        • "Exceptionally cheap"
        • "Easy to clean"

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        A perfect cutlery set for children

        My daughter has been eating solid food for quite some time now. For some reason, all branded tableware for children seems to be overinflated (in my opinion anyway) in price - sometimes costing up to 4 pounds per set just as it has a favourite character printed onto the handle. So, when shopping in Ikea I was pleasantly surprised when I saw these Kalas cutlery for only 90p, with the pack including six sets of knives, spoons and forks. They are also part of a range, with bowls and plates also available - we own a set of each and all of them are superb. The cutlery are made of plastic and all coloured differently - there being one fork, spoon and knive each coloured green, blue, pink, purple, yellow and orange so a nice selection for both boys and girls. The cutlery is a nice size for smaller children as well, with each piece measuring around 17cm in height. We use the spoons in the set more than any, with my daughter still eating the majority of foods off a spoon and they are of a good size, with the spoon part measuring around 4cm in length and being quite deep. They aren''t however too big for my near 2 year old and she manages to eat with them no problem. She has a tendency to grab the spoon off me after eating but I feel happy to let her take it from me and hold herself with them only being plastic. The plastic is fairly rigid so none of the cutlery pieces bend when in use - sometimes with cheaper plastic forks in particular, I find the head bends slightly but with these it stays in place and doesn''t move. The handle is also rigid so doesn''t move when in use either. The plastic is also exceptionally easy to clean. They are smooth in texture so wipe really easily, as well as being dishwasher safe (ours have been through our dishwasher over and over again and still look brand new). For 90p these are fantastic value and I will have no hesitation in buying more of these for use at home. They deserve no less than 5 stars.

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      • Tesco Carousel Wooden Puzzle / Puzzle / 6 Readings / 6 Ratings
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        24.05.2014 21:06
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        • Entertaining
        • "Very educational"
        • "Reasonably priced"
        • "Good quality"

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        • None

        A great value educational item

        My daughter is coming up to her second birthday now and loves all kinds of puzzles now. I''d wanted to purchase a wooden puzzle for her for some time after her first birthday but the majority seemed to only have a recommended age of 18 months and upwards. These Carousel ones from Tesco are no exception, with us purchasing two different types from there around 4 months ago. There are a range of puzzles available, but the ones we have bought are a shapes one and an animal one. They varied in cost, with the shapes one only being 1.50 GBP in the sale and the animal one being around 4GBP. Both puzzles have provided a lot of entertainment for my daughter, with the shapes one giving the most. The puzzles consist of a wooden board of around 35cm by 25cm, with a series of wooden pieces that slot into sections cut out on the board. The pieces are all of similar sizes, being around 5cm wide. The shapes puzzle we have consists of varying shapes in various colours (eg a yellow circle, a purple square, a red heart) and the animals puzzle has various animals (such a a zebra and a crocodile). There are around seven pieces to slot into the puzzle in total. The pieces slot into the sections on the board easily and are easy for little hands to use and place in. The shapes one in particular has been really useful for us. My daughter finds the puzzle very simple to complete now, but it''s not just the slotting of the pieces that we''ve found this puzzle useful for. The pieces have been ideal to teach her the various shapes ? we line the seven pieces up and ask her to pick out the circle, square, triangle, heart etc which she now does at ease. Each shape is also differently coloured, so again they''ve been great to teach red, purple, blue, pink etc. The corresponding sections on the board are also coloured, so it''s not just the shape that can be matched ? I sometimes ask my daughter to match the red piece to the red section, rather than basing the matching on the colour alone. The puzzle of animals has also been good to teach her the different types of animals, although I wouldn''t say that one is as useful as the shape ones as none of the pieces are one block of colour. I would definitely recommend these puzzles. They are fantastic value for the amount of entertainment and educational value they give. They''re very good quality too, with the pieces and the board long lasting. I''d have no hesitation in recommending these puzzles to anyone after high quality but reasonably priced puzzles for their children.

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      • Kleenex Mansize / Skin Care / 9 Readings / 8 Ratings
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        24.05.2014 09:55
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        • "Quite reasonably priced"
        • "Good quality and stay in tact"
        • "Large tissues"

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        Perfect for all of the family

        We always have a supply of tissues in our house as my daughter brings lots of colds and sneezes home from nursery and the whole family ends up catching the germs too. I always tend to buy these Kleenex man size tissues, because they only cost 2 pounds in Tesco for 2 boxes of tissues, which house about 50 tissues each. The box is slightly different than the one shown in the picture here - the box is square, rather than rectangular and I find that the box is quite compact (it''s about 17cm square and only 5cm high) so it''s pretty easy to find space for around the house. The tissues are white and 2 ply, which I normally avoid in tissues due to them falling apart quite easy (especially in non branded versions) but these ones don''t at all and without looking at the box or studying the tissue in depth I would never have guessed that these were only 2 ply. They feel much thicker than that and feel strong and high quality. The tissues are large, at 29cm x 27cm so give a huge area to catch germs and sneezes in. I also find because they stay in tact well, I can sometimes pop them in my pocket and reuse them (mostly in the case of my daughter). I have never known one of these to fall apart while in use, even when my cold is at it''s worst. The only thing I''ve never quite understood is the naming of these tissues - why they are ''mansize'' I''m unsure! They are just as useful for females so don''t let the name put you off. I would definitely recommend these tissues - they are perfect for all of our family and super quality. I even think 2 pounds is good value for two boxes and due to their great quality these will always be my first choice.

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        22.05.2014 22:15
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        • "Can be covered over when not in use"
        • "Nice size"
        • "Great fun"

        Disadvantages

        • "Expensive at full price"

        A great item for Summertime

        My daughter received the Early Learning Centre sand and water table for her first birthday last year. The table is recommended for use from 18 months and upwards, which I would say was about right due to it''s size and design to be used with water and/or sand. She has only started using it over the last few months, with her being nearly age 2 now. The table costs 45 pounds, although I have seen it on offer quite a few times with 20 percent off. It''s available from Mothercare (in the ELC section) and from their website. The table we have is pink and light blue, measuring around 65cm x 65cm x 45cm. The height is just about right for my daughter now, although I do think it will still be perfectly usable as she grows over the coming months. The table has a removable cover, which is made up of two large pieces of chunky plastic which slot onto the table itself and lock in place when it''s not in use. My daughter sometimes treats these covers as toys themselves, popping them onto the garden to stand on! The lid has a pattern on top as well which can be used as a road layout for cars, if you''d prefer to use the table top for other toys. The table has little plugholes on the bottom which can be opened to allow the water to drain out when finished with, which makes it easy to use and quick to clean out after use. We have only ever used the table with water (as I personally don''t feel my daughter is old enough yet to be playing with sand), so I can''t comment on using it with sand, although I have seen bags available from a range of places including Argos and ELC themselves. The table also comes with a range of detachable toys, which are a nice little extra. These include a plastic shovel and plastic scoop which although I think are intended for use in the sand, my daughter loves to use to scoop water from the table and onto the grass and plants. There are also two bigger toys that fit in the middle of the table, which spin around when water is poured into them. These toys have to be taken off in order to place the lid back on after use. I really like this table, it''s a favourite of my daughter''s in the garden. Obviously with it involving water, it is a toy that needs constant supervision at all times. I do think it''s fairly expensive at 45 pounds, but if purchased on offer then I think it''s a good item to have.

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      • Douwe Egberts Pure Gold / Coffee / 14 Readings / 14 Ratings
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        21.05.2014 22:13
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        • "High Quality"
        • "Great tasting"

        Disadvantages

        • "Expensive when not on offer"

        High Quality coffee but at a price

        I love coffee and although we have a coffee machine, I''ve been back to the kettle and using granulated coffee recently because it''s cheaper than buying pods. Coffee is expensive on the whole anyway, but I''ve been trying to buy it whenever it''s on offer and my last purchase was of this Douwe Egberts Pure Gold Coffee that I picked up for 4 pounds in Tesco. For that, I received a glass transparent jar of 190g. The jar has a suction based lid that pulls off completely to open but sometimes the suction of the lid is so strong, it''s really difficult to remove! This coffee is a medium roast (strength of 3), freeze dried instant caffeinated coffee.

        I always make coffee in the same way with granules - I use a full, heaped teaspoon in the mug, then add milk and the boiling water last (that''s the way I like it - I''m certain it makes a difference to the taste!). I have never experienced issues with stirring granules into the drink before with other brands by putting the milk in first, but with this one almost always the granules are left floating at the top in the drink, even after a very strong stir with a spoon to help encourage it along. Although it doesn''t bother me all that much, I think it may be offputting for some people. I also don''t think I''d want to serve this up to visitors due to the resulting look in the cup. They do dissolve easily when the water is added first.

        The lack of dissolving granules doesn''t take anything away from the taste in my opinion. The coffee is fairly rich even though it''s of medium strength and I don''t find I need a huge amount on each spoon, my heaped teaspoon is enough for quite a large mug. I can tell it''s a branded coffee, having also used supermarket''s own coffee before now. This tastes and looks high quality.


        I would recommend this coffee when on offer I think, although even when it is, it''s still quite an expensive coffee considering there''s only 190g in the jar. It''s very tasty but I would never pay full price (the full price being over 6 pounds) because there are other brands available that are cheaper and ones I consider to still be of high quality and great tasting. I feel that 3 stars is appropriate.

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        20.05.2014 10:30
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        • " very easy to brush through"
        • "Helped with knots"
        • "Quite thick so not running all over the place"
        • "Easy to wash out of hair"
        • "Feels silky"

        Disadvantages

        • "Not made any difference to split ends and breakages"
        • "Not a huge amount of shine"

        A cheap alternative but not perfect

        The Gliss liquid silk shampoo is available in most pound stores for (yes you''ve guessed!) 1 pound, for which you receive a 250ml bottle of shampoo. The shampoo is made by Schwarzkopf. The shampoo is a dark creamy colour and dispenses from the bottle easily, although I don''t find it''s so runny that it''s hard to control - it is thick enough to stay on my hand feeling high quality. The shampoo lathers very well into wet hair and is also very easy to rinse out, taking a very short space of time. After washing is where I find the biggest positive. My hair is so easy to brush through once washed. This shampoo seems to really help tangles in my thick hair - and that''s without using any sort of conditioner, although if required there is also a conditioner available from this same range. The shampoo doesn''t really have all that much scent though - meaning that no scent is left in the hair after use which is a bit of a letdown as I feel the scent makes me think my hair is beautiful and clean! My hair is thick and gets greasy quite fast and unfortunately this shampoo doesn''t seem to help matters. I always like to wash my hair every other day, so every 48 hours, but after about 36 hours it really starts to look like it needs another wash due to greasy roots appearing. This isn''t ideal for me as I tend to have set times in the week that I spend doing my hair and it has meant I''ve had to reach for dry shampoo, something I hate using, just so it doesn''t look awful before I get to my wash time. It''s main claim is to make hair silky and although it is silky and is soft to touch, I don''t feel it gives a huge amount of shine on my hair. My hair is blonde so I don find it shines as much as brunette hair anyway, but I definitely think other shampoos I''ve used have helped the shine more previously. The shampoo contains liquid keratin to help with hair repair, although I wouldn''t say I''ve noticed a huge difference with my hair in terms of split ends and fallout - it''s just the same as it was. I would recommend this shampoo on the whole, as for 1 pound I can''t complain, although it''s not fantastic.

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      • Cadbury's Flake / Chocolate / 13 Readings / 12 Ratings
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        19.05.2014 11:15
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        • "filling with less calories"
        • tasty

        Disadvantages

        • "A bit messy"

        Great tasting Cadbury's

        I have loved flakes for years, but didn''t buy them all that often until recently when I saw a multipack of 9 bars for 2 pounds in Tesco which I thought seemed good value. The bars I have from the multipack are around 25g each, but flakes are also available in a slightly bigger individual bar (32g) for around 55p to 60p each.

        Flakes are exactly as described - very thin layers of cadbury''s milk chocolate crimped togther into a square bar of around 12cm (the bars have shrunken considerably since my first flakes 20 years ago!). The layers of the bar are visible from either end and as the bar is bitten into, the chocolate tends to flake away, hence the name. I have never been able to eat a flake without the need of putting the yellow wrapping underneath it to catch flaky crumbs, so they are quite messy and probably not the best choice to give to children. The wrapper is designed in such a way that it can be opened down a seam and opened out though making the perfect crumb catcher!

        Each bar in the multipack contains 137 calories which I feel is quite good compared to other multipack Cadbury bars such as Wispas and Dairy Milk - those tend to reach over 200 calories per bar. Even though the flake bars are smaller, I still find that they are filling enough and perfect as an after dinner snack to feed my chocolate cravings. The chocolate is very velvety and tasty - for some reason I feel that the taste is slightly better in these thinner layers than it is in proper chunks of the same chocolate, like with a Dairy Milk.

        I would recommend Flakes to adults and older children, but perhaps not for younger ones due to it''s crumbly texture as they can get quite messy. But, they are extremely tasty and make a great treat without being too high in calories.

        Nutritional Information: 137 calories, 7.9g fat (of which 4.9g are saturates), 14g sugars and 0.07g of salt are found in a 25.6g flake bar.

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        18.05.2014 21:05
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        • "Available in two colours"
        • "Good value"
        • "Easy to clean"

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        A nice little slide for beginners

        My daughter received this first slide for Christmas. The slide currently costs 30 pounds from Argos and Tesco and is available in two colours - either green/blue or the one we have, which is purple/pink. The slide is made of chunky plastic. It''s simple to put together - I assumed it would take ages to build (based on the huge box it arrived in - it''s gigantic!) but within minutes it was ready. It measures 120cm x 77cm x 40cm so is just a nice size for the recommended age range given of 18 months, although I can''t see it lasting long term - my daughter is nearly two and is slightly smaller than other children of her age. Although she still uses it a lot, her body length now covers most of the slide part. That said, I don''t feel that she would have been ready for it before 18 months, given the actions it requires (eg climbing two steps). The maximum user weight is 27.2kg. It can be folded for storage which is handy.

        The slide is designed for use indoors and outdoors but I wouldn''t advise it for use inside. We built the slide at Christmas to use indoors while it was cold outside but it wasn''t a great idea. We have a large rug in the centre of the room which acted like a good cushion for landing on, but in our living room (which I''d say is about 16ft long) there wasn''t enough space for her to run around from the bottom of the slide and back around to the steps. A more open area is needed, like a garden would offer.

        My daughter loves this slide. Fortunately we''ve been able to use it more than I expected due to some good weather and it''s definitely one of her favourites outside. The slide rests on the grass, which isn''t great in one respect as it does move - most worryingly so the odd time she''s climbed up to get to the top. Nothing is provided to fix it down. But it does make it easy to move when we''re mowing the lawn or if we want to move it somewhere with a bit more shade.

        The opening at the top isn''t huge and sometimes my daughter struggles to get her legs around to position herself in a seated position. I''d say the opening was around 30cm wide maximum. There are handles at the top that help her though. Although the slide is made of chunky plastic, I''m not happy about her trying to stand up on the top part of the slide as I don''t feel it has a sturdy enough platform. I always make sure that she sits down as for her size, it is high up.

        The slide is easy to clean as the plastic is smooth. We''ve had drinks and bird muck on ours and it all comes off easily.

        I''d recommend this slide on the whole - four stars it is.

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        17.05.2014 08:50
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        • "Just like the Doc McStuffins character"
        • Cuddly
        • Cute

        Disadvantages

        • "Quite expensive at full price"

        A great addition to the Doc McStuffins set

        Hallie is a character from Disney''s Doc McStuffins, which is one of my daughter''s favourites. Hallie is available as a soft toy from the Disney Store, at the moment being in the sale at 7 pounds (although we bought her in the sale for 5.25 and she often does get put into the sale). Hallie measures around 20cm tall and around 12cm wide (when her arms are stretched out) so she is a nice size for my daughter to carry about with her around the house. Hallie is a purple hippo and comes dressed exactly as the character from the show, complete with a white and red striped pinafore dress, red glasses and a white hat. Her red glasses are particularly cute as they have small flower detailing on them towards the edges, which make them look very pretty. All parts of her outfit are stitched into the soft toy itself so are not removable, which might be a let down for some as they can''t be used to dress her up, although this is ideal for us as it means various pieces aren''t lost. She is suitable for all ages according to Disney. Hallie is made up of plush material mostly, although her middle section around her belly is filled with bean bag material inside, making her incredibly soft to cuddle. The bean bag material also fills some of the bottom part, making it easy for Hallie to sit down and stay in the right position without falling over! Hallie is labelled as being handwash only so I usually only sponge clean her but she still looks like new, even though my daughter carries her around a lot. I would recommend Hallie for any Doc McStuffins fan, as she''s a great addition to the set although I would advise buying on sale because I do think she''s a little expensive at full price.

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        16.05.2014 22:21

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        • "Nice scent"

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        Not one for me

        I was lucky enough to receive a Ted Baker set for Christmas, containing several items from their butterfly range. The body wash can be purchased separately from Boots for around 6.50. In that, you receive a 250ml bottle.
        The butterfly range has a floral, delicate scent, something that I adore. It''s made up from bergamot, red fruit, tuberose and patchouli.
        Unfortunately, I''ve been disappointed with this. The bottle ruins the experience of using the product before using the product itself. The bottle is designed as the others are in the range, being a light peach colour and transparent so the product is seen. It has a cap that is pushed down to dispense the product ? that''s the idea anyway.
        I''d describe the body wash as being more like a jelly ? it''s extremely thick in consistency, so much that it is blobby when placed into the palm of my hand. Because of having such a thick consistency, the bottle opening makes it virtually impossible to dispense plus the fact that the bottle is made of strong plastic that is very hard to squeeze to help it. That''s when the product reaches the top ? it''s so thick that it takes ages to even get there. I stand in the shower shaking the bottle as much as I can, only to either end up with large blobs of it on the floor, or onto my hand. This means though that it is completely impossible to monitor the amount being dispensed. The opening of the bottle without the lid on isn''t wide enough for me to scoop my finger in to get some of the product either. All of these issues make having a shower using it a bit of a hassle, rather than the luxurious experience I expected.
        Even without these problems, I''m unsure I would recommend the product itself. It''s so thick that I find it difficult to wash properly with it as it is hard to rub into the skin and make any significant impact in washing. I don''t feel particularly clean after showering with this product either. The beautiful scent that can be smelled upon application doesn''t last at all ? after drying and dressing the scent just isn''t there. I would have much preferred it to linger a little afterwards. I can''t recommend this body wash, just two stars from me for the nice scent.

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        06.04.2014 09:39
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        • "Easy to get hold of"
        • "Tastes nice"
        • " only 29p"
        • "Great value"

        Disadvantages

        • "Takes quite a while to soften when boiled compared to others"

        Tasty and great value pasta

        I have used Tesco's value penne pasta for a few years now. It is available from their stores for only 29p, where you receive a 500g packet. I find that for two of us, the packet lasts for two meals, with half of a packet used each time. To cook the pasta, all it needs is to be boiled in a pan of water until it softens. Once softened, the pasta is then drained and served alongside whatever you fancy - we have ours with either tuna mayonnaise (when the pasta has cooled) or with mince and pasta sauce to make a pasta bolognese. Although it is cheap, it tastes delicious and is great for the simple meals that we use it for. For fancier dinner meals, I do sometimes purchase fresh pasta as a treat but for weekday teas and lunches, the value pasta is perfect for our needs. I have always found that it takes longer than most other pastas to boil up - I usually boil the kettle first, then use that boiled water in the pan on the hob so I'm not having to wait for the hob to heat the water from scratch but even doing that I find it takes about 12 minutes to get close to softening (fresh pasta I buy for weekends usually takes about 4 minutes). Now I know exactly how long the pasta takes to soften I can plan the cooking of the mince etc around it so it's not a big issue but it may not be the best choice if you see pasta as providing a very quick meal. I also find that water sometimes holds within the pasta after draining as it is tubular being penne, however this isn't particular to this value type, that is something I've found with the penne variety in general. I would recommend this pasta, it's a great food to have in the cupboard and one I use when I come home from work and need to produce a relatively quick meal for us. It tastes good and is very cheap too.

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          18.03.2014 16:38
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          A great little gadget for around the house

          I am not one for DIY - my husband usually takes care of all the jobs around the house but one thing I have a bit of an obsession with is ensuring things are level. I check items whenever I think they're not looking quite right and I also love to move our pictures around the house constantly and like to check that they're hanging straight - I can never tell by eye alone. As it's only used for small jobs in our house, we never saw the point of paying much for a spirit level - choosing this one from the B and Q value range, which currently costs £2.98 online and in store. It is a torpedo level that can be used to check three different planes, horizontally (level), vertically (plumb) and diagonally (45 degrees).

          The torpedo level comes in what I'd describe as B and Q's advertising colours - the colours that essentially represent them, being bright orange and dark grey. The colours don't bother me all that much, but ideally I would have preferred it to be in more discreet colours if I had a choice. It isn't as heavy duty as other (more expensive) ones I've seen, being made of plastic, but the concept is exactly the same and for small jobs like ours it works perfectly. The plastic is also pretty strong as we've owned ours for a few years and it still looks good as new. The torpedo level is about 22cm long so it's not that big either making it easy to keep in our tool box. There is a hole at one end of the plastic frame and I've never been entirely sure of what it's there for - all I can think of is that it could be used to hang the spirit level up in the garage if preferred?

          It is very simple to use for checking things are horizontal - as with all others, it just needs to be placed on top of the item that you wish to check. In the grey part there are three tubes (the technical term is apparently vials) filled with a very light green liquid that moves. Each of the tubes has two lines towards the centre that are around 1.5cm apart. For checking things are perfectly horizontal, the middle tube is the one to look out for, When the liquid settles in it, a bubble appears and to ensure that the object is straight, all you need to check is that the bubble falls exactly between the two lines on the tube. If not, the item can be adjusted slightly until the bubble falls exactly in the centre of the lines - once it does, then you know the item is where you want it to be. The middle tube is the only one I use - I've never needed to use the others although they work in a similar manner being liquid filled and have lines where the bubble should settle between.

          This little tool is perfect for our requirements although proper DIY-ers may want to spend a little more on theirs. For our quick uses it's great though and never lets us down. I've rated it five stars as I feel it deserves no less!

          Thanks for reading :o)

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