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Any child who loves lazy town will love this must have figure from the children's tv show. For any that dont know lazy town is a programme which has 3 real characters and the others are played by strange looking puppets. It is based in lazy town and features a baddie Robbie Rotten trying to get rid of the superhero Sportacus who is obsessed with healthy eating and exercise out of lazy town. It has olts of dancing and singing in and is a very catchy programme.
This figure is sportacus, the superhero. Prices vary so much for this in different shops, most places are £9.99 but we bought them for our son (who also has stephanie and robbie rotten) when they were on offer in Asda's for £4.95.
He is approx 9" tall with bendable/moveable arms, legs and head. He also comes with 2 accessories, his back pack and his flying board. He is dressed and looks just like sportacus. in the middle of his chest is his crystal which when pressed activates different sayings. Such as 'someone is in trouble' or 'im ready for action'. This is great as makes the toy more real, however you really have to press the button hard, which is difficult for little hands. also when you press the button his legs and arms move up and down.
This is a real good action figure for any child obsessed with the show or the character, ours has been played with that much in the last year he has unfortunately started looking a bit battered and his batteries has died, but he has been my son's best friend during that time.
As the competition gets tighter amongst the top name supermarkets fighting to be the best, Morrisons still tops my lis and is where I do my weekly shop as I think it offers the best range, best offers and yet remains the cheapest.
Once upon a time they used to pride themselves on BOGOFS however they are now becoming even more renowned for their better then half price offers where you can pick up some great bargains at ridiculous low prices. They are also doing a lot of offers at a minute, where you can grab a load for £4, with 8 different items each only 50p for the week, or like the other week where you could get a chicken,veg and yorkshire puds all for £4.
The store layout is very friendly and easy, the stacks and displays are usually sensibly built allowing customers more room to shop, and thier stock levels and availablitly tends to be high. During busy times the store can get messy like any supermarket however Morrisons is 1 of the very few where you actually see staff tidying, de-carding and replenshing the shelfs.
They have a very wide range of products, suited for all price levels from the Bettabuy range to the renowned branded products. they also stock everything you could possibly want from alcohol, to home products to toiletries and food items. The only thing that makes them different from others is they do not stock clothes.
They also have their renowned 'market street' which is fantastic for fresh food. The greengrocers - for fruit and veg, fish mongers, bakers, deli, pie shop, chicken shop and the butchers. This is why i love Morriosns so much is the butchers. Unlike the other supermarkets all there meat is just pre-packed and you have to take what there is, but here the butchers will cut to your requirements which is fantastic if wanting a larger joint. Again they have fab offers, just last week their beef joints were half price, and now my freezer is full.
The one thing that I find lets them down is their image in the uniform (despite them just updating it) and their checkouts are still very dated. They are yet to introduce self-scan tills and queues are often quite long especially at smaller branches. Plus they dont seem to do vouchers like other supermarkets and are very strict on only accepting vouchers for products that have been bought.
On the plus side, they do the xmas saver stamps which you can buy weekly, which is a great help when it comes to the dreaded and expensive xmas shop. Plus this year they have a fantastic offer the best i have seen from any of them yet. Simply spend £40 in the next 4 out of 5wks and keep your reciept and collect a collectors card and they will give you £20 voucher to spend xmas week on anything you want as long as total is over £40. This is a great offer and will keep me remaining loyal to them this year.
When my son was 2 years old he started suffered from febrile convulsions lot when he had fevers, up till then i hadnt bothered to much and had used a thermometer under the arm or a forehead thermometer but getting him to sit still long enough was a nightmare and i never got accurate readings. Knowing how serious things were i decided i needed to buy a proper one and went straight to mothercare to purchase this and paid about £29.99. There is other make/models available but this appeared to be the best from the packaging and im very happy with it.
Its a nice easy to hold shape and comes with a case which it slots straight into. It requires 1AA battery but comes with a long life battery. You also need to purchase the reusable ear lens covers however it comes with 20 free.
Its really easy to use and highly accurate taking a reading in seconds. Simply turn on pop the ear tip into the childs ear, press the reading button, the light ill then flash, then goes constant and beep when the reading is complete. you can then take out and turn over to reveal the temperature - common temperature being 36-37C.
Temperatures can be read in centigrade or farnheit and also has the ability to store up to 8 temperatures, which is great when keeping an accurate eye on changes in temperature.
The plastic ear covers make it hygenic and should be changed regulary to remain effective. replacements are easy to buy and relatively cheap. it can read any temperature between 34-42C.
This is a piece of equipment i would be lost without i have even used it on myself. i can now take accurate readings in seconds and without upsetting an already mardy and pooorly baby. would definite recommend to all parents.
Having the ultimate number 1 lazy town fan after getting his sportacus dress up costume he then decided the robbie rotten would be good fun. However at the time it was new and priced £19.99 and refused to pay that, until one day i found it reduced on amazon to £4.99 so bargain price i grabbed it.
So who is Robbie Rotten?
Robbie Rotten is from the kids tv series Lazy Town which is about a group of kids, a mayor, a villain and a super hero. It is quite weird in that 3 are only real characters the rest are played by puppets. It has very catchy songs though which kids just love. Robbie Rotten is the bad guy in it, who is always trying to get rid of the hero by coming up with master schemes disguised as different things. However these always go wrong and he never wins.
We were really looking forward to this arriving as the Sportacus costume was excellent and kept my son entertained for ages and was looking forward to a change as the same phrases were driving me mad. It does come in quite a large box, however when we opened it, we were really disappointed at how little you got and the real poor quality.
Included is a waistcoat, wig and periscope.
The waistcoat is very thin and poorly bad and very cheap, the fabric is that thin you can see through it. where as the sportacus wasitcoat was real thick fabric almost velvet like.
The wig is quite amusing as has big side burns and a large quiff which sticks out a mile. however again it is very cheaply made.
The best part and only part worth paying for is the working periscope. It is well made and works really well and also has a button on the front which says various phrases and plays a clip from the 'master of disguise' song.
Overall I cannot believe this is the same product as the sportacus outfit as it is totally different quality and absolute rubbish. If i had paid full price it would of gone back with a big complain but for £5 the periscope probally just justifies that and my son seems to like it.
Definately dont waste your money
Heinz organic biscotti biscuits come in a 60g packet which contains 6 biscuits. each biscuit is about 3" long and a greta shape for little tiny hands to grab making it an ideal first finger food. the packets are approximately 85p a pack, but often there is deals of for 3 for £1.50. they come in a foil pack, but once opened need to be stored in an airtight container.
They are advised to be used from 6mths mixed with milk or from 9mths as a finger food, but my daughter loved these as a finger food from 6mths, as they dissolve quite easily in the mouth so are suitable for babies even without teeth.
The biscuits have no articficial preservatives, no artificial flavours or colours, no added salt, suitable for vegetatarians, egg free, GM free.
Nutritional information per 100g: 419 kcal, fat 8.5g
They also do a chocolate version which are so lovely (even i love them) but are very messy.
Had to write a review on these as Im currently pregnant and cant get enough. Have to say when they were out ages ago i was never a huge fan, but now i have fallen in love.
Recently brought back, a great flavour by the great brand walkers. I have not actually seen this as individual packs anywhere, but here you can get them in multipacks of 6 for about £1.30. Why oh why cant they do thm in packs of 24 - its costing me a fortune.
Each pack weighs 25g, although to be honest you hardly get anything in it and the packet is barely full. In that bag there is 133kcal and 8.3g of fat (not good when you going through several bags a day). the crisps are usually a nice shape, unless you get a bag where they have been squashed and are nice crunchy which adds to the texture and flavour.
Alot of people probally think worcester sauce - disgusting, but the flavour is actually quite different and is quite tangy and more like a sweet/sour taste, which is quite strong so lasts a while, making them even more tastier.
I am so glad walkers have brought back some of the great flavours, another i am loving is the worcester sauce french fries, which are slightly healthier.
When i was pregnant with my 1st child i spent ages looking on the internet for parenting clubs to join which offered advice and support but also useful money off vouchers, which whilst on maternity leave are a godsend.
One of the ones i joined was Boots paretning club. Its simple to join, just log on to www.bootsparentingclub.com and enter your details, this can be done whilst pregnant or up to the child being 2years old, however the earlier you join the more benefits you get. i found it to be one of the best clubs there was and when i was pregnant with my daughter last year was the first i signed up to again with her.
Once a member of the club you recieve regular vouchers for money off products, not just baby products but great things like make up for you and quite often a free disposable camera or free photo prints. Just before you are due to give birth you also recieve a voucher for your free gift. when i was pregnant in 2005 this was a large huggies changing bag, but last year with my daughter i got a gorgeous and quite stylish pampers changing bag. to get your free gift you just need to buy a packet of nappies (in this case pampers) and ahnd your voucher in. in the pack you also recieve more vouchers and a few free sampls so is definately worth it.
You will also get a voucher which entitles you to double advantage points each time you buy certain baby products, this is for every shopping trip you do there and usually includes all boots own brand baby products, pampers baby products, heinz baby food, johnson baby products, plus you often get additional double points throughout the year on other products.
Every few months you also recieve a magazine which has some great features in. This includes what your baby should be doing at that age, activities to do with your child, recipes and other great articles on topics such as weaning, teething, walking as well as product reviews and information from health professionals.
This is really a great club to join, its worth it just for the changing bag, but if you shop at boots regularly will save you loads of money and also earn you extra money with all the points you get.
With my first i had planned for a natural birth from the start, a labour where i would go with the flow and have no pain relief or intervention providing all was well. I actaully went into labour unexpectantly at exactly 36wks and off i went to hospital, 5 hrs after the intial contraction, i still had not had any pain relief and was coping well with the support of my partner and focusing on what was best for me and my baby, the strength of being able to see my baby soon helped to combat the pain and think positively. however i then felt the urge to push, i was being looked after by a student who kept telling me it would be hours yet, the pain became so intense, i asked for gas and air, had been using it for a few minutes and still i felt i needed to push, i then had an examination to find the baby's head was crowning and was infact ready to push. i then felt so cheated out of what i wanted as if she had done that first i wouldnt of needed the gas and air. my son was born an hour later, but several things had happened during labour which upset me and i felt let down.
as a result with my 2nd i planned a homebirth, providing i could reach the 37wks mark and didnt go into premature labour again. this time i was even more determined i didnt want any pain relief or intervention. i felt strong enough myself to cope with the pain and thought being at home and with a familar face of a midwife i knew would help me ease through it all, and make me feel more happier about the labour i had longed for so much.
this time i got my natural birth, although i didnt have a lot of choice as things happened so quickly. my waters broke at 9pm so phoned midwife immediately as mine was off call and knew the other was 45mins away, by 9.15 the contractions were coming and were almost constant and yes they were painful, but i had no-one telling me what to do this time, so i was free to move around and free to relax, this helped ease the pain loads and i actaully felt incontrol. by 9.40pm though i fel the urge to push, panic set in a bit as the midwives still wasnt here and my partner was downsize waiting for them as they had just phoned to say they were lost. i suppose the panic of being alone then helped to block out the pain, i went into our bedroom and climbed on to bed, by now i could feel the head crowning and was struggling not to push, but then i heard them arrive and as soon as i heard them come up the stairs i let out a big push, followed by another just as the midwife caught my daughter and my partner just got in in time. the 2nd midwife them came upstairs with not 1 but 3 bottles of gas and air. i know thinks happened quickly but it was still painful yet the situation around and being at home just blocked all the pain out and let me concentrat on what was important.
i am now pregnant with my 3rd and again all being well will be having a natural homebirth, no pain, no intervention and i want the midwives to follow my lead as really trust my body to know what its doing.
the natural birth i experience was so nice, after giving birth it was up to me when i wanted to wonder off have a shower and walk round with my precious little girl. i had no waiting for drugs to wear off or any fears of how they would of affected my child. i felt totally incontrol and so proud of myself knowing everything i did i was incontrol of and did it all by myself.
i think a lot of people just think labour and it hurts, so as soon as they get to hospital they ask for pain relief, however it is a truly amazing and special moment and the memory should not be blocked out with drugs, but cherished as its the first moments of your childs live. i simply cant wait for it all to happen again
What is a birth plan?
Birth plans are plans written prior to the birth indicating how you would like the labour to be, who you want to be there, medical intervention, pain relief etc. This is supposed to provide a solid foundation to how your labour progresses and the treatment you recieve from the midwifes ensuring your labour is as near to what you want it to be. However as everyone is aware there could be complications meaning further actions are needed which cannot be planned for.
My 1st child - birth plan
With my 1st i though about the labour a lot and wanted it to be how i wanted and not anybody else or just another number on the labour ward. however as i didnt know what to expect or how i would deal with it i found it difficult to right a detailed birth plan. i spoke briefly to my midwife about it who just said you will know what you want at the time and just relax and go with the flow as birth plans can often cause upset as you go in wanting one thing and it doesnt happen and you feel let down. i still wanted a plan and to be made my feelings noted so i wrote a brief birth plan in my pregnancy notes of the things which were most important to me.
1. my partner to be with me throughout
2. no students present - i know they all have to train, but i wanting it relaxing and not to be poked about with or unneeded stress caused.
3. no pain releif for as long as possible and only if needed gas and air - definetely no epidural or pethidine
4. to remain active throughout the labour, walk around or do what i felt comfatable with and not to be forced to be in bed
5. to take a position i was comfatbale for the labour
6. to have baby placed on my chest straight away and to be offered the breast
7. for my partner to cut the cord
8. my biggest point was for me to look and discover the baby's sex myself and not to be told.
All were just small points are what i wanted to happen. Needless to say i wish i had listened to my midwife and didnt bother as the midwives in the labour suite never even looked at it and at the end i felt let down. my main problem was that i went into labour at 36+0 and labour was progressing quickly, i went into hospital 3 hours after contractions started and were already close together. the first thing against my plan was that i was put in the care of a student, then she insisted i stopped in the bed and didnt move as was essential to moniter me with me being early and that it would be hours yet. 5 hours into the labour i said i needed to push, which she said was not possible as still to early, in agony i then resorted to gas and air but the pressure kept getting worse, finally another midwife came and examined me to find i was actually ready to push as fully dilated. i was then not given the choice to find a different position and was just told to push. the baby was placed on my chest and my partner did cut the cord, but that was only because they asked me there and then. my biggest thing that i wanted to look at the sex was ruined as the midwife shouted out you got a boy. although it was all very special i couldnt help feeling let down afterwards and wondered what the point of writing a birth plan was if it wasnt even read.
My 2nd child
This time knowing what to expect from a labour and how a birth plan just caused so much upset afterwards last time i never even bothered filling in the page this time. All i wanted was a homebirth and from there on in would go with the flow and enjoy it as much as possible, knowing what i said is what i would get. good job i didnt bother with a birthplan, as went into labour, called midwifes straight away, 50 minutes later i was fighting the urge to push, still wondering round the house freely, finally staggered onto the bed, on all 4s which was mouch easier to push just as the midwives arrived, i gave 2 pushes and she was born. so all the agony and time spent writing a birth plan would of been a waste anyway as no-one was there and there would not of been time to read.
This time i will do exactly the same again, i felt so in control last time, even though i was scared being alone, but i knew how long i could hold the urge and knew it was time to push without being poked. being a homebirth as well midwifes tend to be more tuned in with what a mother expects and my daughter (which we knew anyway this time) was immediately passed between my legs for me to hold and my partner was automatically passed the scissors to cut the cord.
In my opinion i would not bother with a birth plan unless there is something you really want to be made clear, in which case tell the midwifes as soon as you arrive so its not over looked. if it is your first child, it is impossible to know what to expect and how you will come and will probably feel let down or that you havent done what you want if things dont happen as planned. i would strongly just let nature takes its course, go with the flow and anything you want such as pain relief or positions etc ask there and then, you really cant know months in advance, you will just get a feeling during labour and go with it, by doing so you ill feel more in control and happier at the end as expectations are not as high.
The pregnancy pillow or a lump of cheese as my partner calls it was a great item to help me get to sleep whilst pregnant as basically it is a wedged shaped cushion, which fits neatly under your bump to provide extra support without laying on it. is the same principle as a door step really.
It is a soft cushion, which allows you to sell on your side without the fear of rolling on to your bump yet gives you comfort as though you are laid on it. i found this really great especially as i got bigger as found it a nightmare to get to sleep at nighttime and a normal cushion just wasnt the right shape to over the support needed. however the only problem was that i found, when i was asleep (perhaps its because i wriggle a lot) is that the cushion would come out of place and end up on my partners side of bed or on the floor, so when i woke would have to hunt for it before getting comfy again. however without it i would never of been able to sleep.
i think its hard to write a good review about something disgusting but it just has to be done. mothercare maternity pads (yes the big gross things) about £1.49 for 12 but often on BOGOF, ideal and quite essential for after labour and the following weeks.
After reading a lot of birth stories with my first i decided i needed to stock up on maternity pads ready for the labour (although i think i went slightly mad in the quantity). was in mothercare stocking up on stuff and these were on bogof, after all the horror stories i filled my basket and was on my way.
being curious about everything i buy, when i got home i couldnt resist taking one out to look at, was horrified by what i saw, this huge big, bulky towel, hardly discreet or attractive, but i packed them in my labour bag and forgot all about them.
god was i glad i had them, along with my disposable pants (how sexy can you get). the first few hours at the birth was horrendous with bleeding, they were not the most comfatable things to wear as are very bulky, but they are extremely absorbant and stay in place. the first week i bled really heavy and they were a godsend, although you need to change regulary anyway as loss is heavy, they never leaked up moved away. after the first week i was lucky in that i had become much lighter and could use normal pads but still used these at night as gave me extra confidence. i was so happy i bought them.
with my second i actaully had a few packets of these left over (told you i had gone mad) and were ready and waiting. they didnt scare me this time, as after giving birth once you lose all dignity where things like that are concerned and just wants something to do the job. this time i only bled heavy for 2 days and had stopped after a wk, but they were still really great when i needed them.
i am now pregnant with my 3rd and when the time gets nearer i will be heading out to buy more. i consider these a definite maternity must have, they are not glam but they do the job and offer extra confidence and well worth every penny.
When i was pregnant with my 1st in 2005 i saw this in toys r us for £29.99 and loved the thought of being able to hear my babies heartbeat so bought it instantly. I was only 18wks at the time and is advised from 20wks so couldnt wait to listen, as imagined myself relaxing every night listening to the comfort and realxing sound of my unborn's heartbeat.
The unit itself is about 5"x2" and shaped like a tear, it requires a 9v battery which is not included. it comes with a elastic strap you thread through the back them fasten around your tummy. it has 2 headphones, which is excellent as means your partner can listen as well, or anybody else you want to share with. there is also a lead which you can attach to the computer to record the heartbeat and a cd which demonstrates what you are listening for.
i couldnt wait to try, got it already and laid on the sofa, but after about an hour of trying different positions all i could hear was either my heartbeat or a whoosing sound. i just put it down to the fact i was to early and left it for a few wks like advised. i then tried over and over again and only once did i find a heartbeat at about 32wks which lasted only a few seconds before disappearing. i tried numerous times but could never find anything, even though the midwife always found the heartbeat in the same place. when i asked the midwife about it she said to avoid as is really poor and you will struggle to find one as not as direct as a doppler and as large picks up a larger area and is more likely to pick up your breathing or your own heartbeat which many mistake for the babies. this then causes panic and worry.
have to say i never worried as could feel baby move all the time, but i did have a very active baby else i think it would of caused me much worry and stress. the only thing i did find it useful for was when the baby had hiccups as could then hear them really clearly on it. i personally thing the strap doesnt provide enough pressure meaning contact is weak and doesnt pick up as well. if u hold down with something things sound more clearer but you then have the movement from your hand etc on top which interferes.
i would strongly advice against this, if you are going to get something similar buy a doppler which is better and can be used from an early stage, although i personally think all is a waste of money and just causes concern for no reason. most you cant use till your baby is moving and then i think that is reassuring and relaxing enough in itself. needless to say i never even got it out my cupboard last year with my second and very much doubt i will again this time.
This book has been round for decades now, i can remember it when i was a child and yet still proves popular over and over again and think nearly every child has a copy of this, if not they should as is a really good read, with flaps to make it interesting as well as educational with learning the animals and simple words to read. The hardback copy we have is priced at £4.99 however we actually recieved it free in my son's surestart book bag. I also think there is a paperback version, however for smaller children the hard back is more suitable. Written by Rod Campbell.
This is a simple but fun book to read over and over again. In the hardback edition the pages are thick therefore easy to turn for little fingers. it is called DEAR ZOO and on the front is a cage which is hiding a lion.
The story is about a child writing to the zoo as he is looking for a pet, each page there is a different zoo animal hiding behind each flap, for example "i wrote to the zoo to send me a pet and they sent me a elephant (hidden behind a yellow crate), he was too big so i sent him back". the theme then continues through the book, with 7 different zoo animals such as snakes and monkeys, then on the final page, another animal was sent, an animal which was perfect....can you guess waht animal because im not going to tell you and ruin the story.
My son has loved this book from a baby, to a 3 year old he is now, he even reads along with the story and says what each animal is, i would strongly say it is his favourite book. The book is simple but thats what makes it so great as keeps little minds interested and helps with the flaps by keeping them even more interested. a must have book for all children.
shopandscan is the best thing i have ever done. after hearing loads of people say how fantastic it was, but needing an invite to join the panel, i emailed asking if any vacancies but never heard anything, so was overjoyed when got an invite about 3months later and couldnt wait to join. i have now been with them for 2 years and still enjoy doing it.
what is shopandscan?
It is a market research survey which moniters the purchasing habits of families in great britain by recording your weekly buys on a small hand help scanner then uploading them to the website via your computer weekly, in return you then recieve points, which you can then cash in for a variety of vouchers.
Each week you use your scanner to record your buying habits, simply use the printed card given, scan the name of the person who did the shopping, the place purchased from a list of shops on the card, then the amount spend, again using the card. You then scan each item you have bought individually. at the end of the week simply log into the website, connect the scanner via the usb port and transmit your barcodes. in return you will recieve 1000points which is £1 in your account on the monday morning. Once you reach 10000 points you can then request your chosen voucher or you can continue to save the points like i do and use for christmas.
as well as just transmitting barcodes there are also other ways of gaining extra points. they will regularly send you questionnaires to complete, or you could enter the monthly competition for a chance to win, there is also a weekly draw and winners recieve points. also especially round xmas they do triple points for all transmits made.
there has also been other new additions lately. you now get an extra 500points weekly if you upload a image of your till reciept via scanner or photo. also you may become a member of the petrolpanel for them where you enter your fuel purchases and recieve 2500 points a month.
the team who run it are really helpful and will usually answer questions within 24hrs. if you are away you can log in to let them know. also my scanner broke (i accidently put it through the wash) and within 48hrs i had a new one so i didnt miss out.
i save all my vouchers up throughout the year and use at xmas, i usually have between £120-150 which is great and goes on my xmas shopping. vouchers are usually dispatched within a wk or though can take longer at busy times.
it is really worth joining as is a great little on the side and adds up really nice you just need to make sure you upload every week. i actually quite enjoying doing it as do my 3 year old son who now considers it to be his job and does it after i do the shopping every week.,
Valued opinions is a market research company which pays you for sharing your opinions paying between 50p and £2 per survey usually. Signing up is easy just enter your details, amend the details about you and sit back and wait for the surveys to come. Once you have reach £10 you can then redeem it for a £10 amazon voucher.
I started with this site about 2years ago, within the first few months i recieved quite a few surveys, alot of which i would answer quite a few questions before being told you do not meet the required criteria or that they have enough replies already. i started to get annoyed and lose faith, when i actually got another survey and completed it, within the next few months i had earned £3.75. 18months down the line and i still have the same balance in my account. if im lucky i get a survery every 4-6wks and after answering about 5-10 questions get told i do not qualify and have not lost all hope and sticking with the other sites i use that pay well.