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With the current climate going on and with me and my boyfriend not having the well paid jobs we used to have, money is very scarce lately.
On a Tesco shop we were looking for some pasta and came across these Tesco value instant curry noodles which were priced at 9 pence, unbelievable so was worth a try at least, previously we had tried another brand of noodles in the same type of packaging and same size ect so I thought what the hey its probably all exactly the same except these are a bit cheaper.
I must admit I did still have my doubts but nope these tasted exactly the same, the only difference was the colour of packaging. These noodles actually have a curry taste to them which is just a little hint of hotness, which is the perfect amount for me.
These noodles are great as a quick snack but to be honest sometimes I am still really hungry after eating these and it's as if I haven't eaten anything at all. They take 2-3 minutes to cook (this is a 65g pack) but again this depends if you like a lot of juice left in your bowl or if you like minimal juice. All you have to do is break the noodles in half or quarters put them in a pan with 200ml of boiling water, add the sachet (curry flavourings) and stir in well, then just stir until the noodles are at your desired softness, throw into a bowl, grab a fork and off you go.
A hint to these as well is try to measure out the 200ml of boiling water because too much water makes the noodles very soggy and for me, when I was eating them when they were too soggy I started feeling sick and couldn't finish them, it's just to slimey.
But if you follow the instructions then these are a quick tasty snack, sometimes they fill a hole but sometimes they don't.
Well worth the try at 9 pence each.
.As some of you might know, I had a cold last week and whatever I have left remaining of it now.
Ok to start off with I have never ever, ever bought fancy tissues in a box before so I know it sounds strange but hey, I decided to buy these because with this cold I was just constantly having to blow my nose, which was horrible.
I always used standard toilet roll to blow my nose and never had a problem but this time round I started to get that really dry all flaky skin around my nose (which looked horrendous) might I add.
So off I went to Tesco's for a normal shop and came across these tissues which came as a two box pack which cost £2 which I thought was a bargain. In the box of tissues came two vouchers for 25 pence off a small 6 pack of Kleenex tissues and also 50 pence off of a Kleenex hygiene kit which I thought was very handy.
These tissues have calendula in them which is what stops your nose getting sore, flaky and red or indeed it helps.
I found these tissues really made me feel better they were in easy reach (on the arm of the chair) so I wasn't having to get up and down to constantly go and blow my nose. Also the fact of how soft they are (compared to standard loo roll) made me feel tonnes better and comforting.
A few days after using these tissues the skin up and around my nose started getting better and eventually went all thanks to the calendula which moisturised my skin instead of drying it out.
I would recommend these to anyone not just for when you have a cold but all year round, I know I will be using these instead of toilet roll from now on.
The box says there are 90 tissues, the box i started with for my cold still has a few left yet and then i have a whole other box for another occasion.
I had to purchase Beechams all in one medicine the other day due to getting a cold (lucky me), I bought this item from my local Budgens for just over the £3 mark for a bottle of 8 doses worth.
Beechams all in one is to help with cold or flu symptoms and helps with headaches, blocked nose, sore throat and a chesty cough. The medicine is an orange liquid with a menthol taste, to me I must admit it is a strong menthol and took me a couple of seconds sitting in my mouth before I could swallow it.
It comes with a measuring cap and should be taken every four hours as required but you cannot exceed 4 doses in 24hours. This medicine is not recommended to children under 12 except on medical advice.
When you swallow this medicine it instantly soothes and gets rid of the dry sore throat feeling, I even found that it warms up my belly as it goes down.
This product does practically everything it says on the packet, the only problem I have found with this product is when I have a sore throat and a cough a few minutes after I am coughing again and the sore throat comes back a little although not as bad, so I try to let the medicine stay in my throat as long as possible for example I will have a drink (if I am thirsty) before taking this medicine because I made the mistake before of having a drink afterwards and practically washed it all away and couldn't have another dose until another 4hours had passed.
I would recommend this product to anyone suffering from cold or flu as it instantly relieves and is much easier to swallow than a couple of tablets when you have a full blown sore throat.
My cold is nearly all gone so it must be doing something right.
I started using E45 cream when I had a visit to Costco the only reason we purchased it was because the person we went with said how good it was and it came in a pack of two, so we split it. Ever since trying this product there has been no turning back.
The only problem I had with the product I bought from Costco was the fact that the product seemed to have separated so when you went to use it, it was either too watery or way to thick. So for about a year I kept on trying to use the cream bought from Costco, because none of the product would come out of the dispenser but until recently I gave up I was tired of having to unscrew the lid trying to dig out some cream and then for it to be too thick anyway.
So off I went to boots to find some more E45 cream, I bought the smaller 50g tube for a couple of quid, infact I used my club card points to purchase this product so even better.
I find now that I can only use E45 cream because I tend to have really dry flaky skin mainly on my forehead but all over my face as well sometimes, I have used other moisturising products which just don't work for me, I put it on and then a few minutes later you can see all the flaky skin again and it's so embarrassing. I find with the E45 cream if I am having a bad skin day that it will stop my face from being flaky for the majority of the day and leave it feeling moisturised. It's also good because when your face (in my case) is feeling tight, dry and flaky, as soon as I use this product my skin is instantly relieved.
You can find this product in most supermarkets and pharmacies in the skin care sections.
I would highly recommend this product if you have skin like mine and other moisturisers' just don't cut it.
This product can be used all over the body so where ever you have dry uncomfortable skin this can help you.
Ok so a few days ago I was shaving my legs as I usually do and I had cut my leg twice, which bled quite a bit and stung like hell, haven't had this happen in a very long time. I was also getting annoyed that practically every other day I am shaving my under arms and my legs, which is annoying and then the hair is prickly the very next day, so I decided I had enough, I had seen the adverts for waxing saying smooth legs for up to four weeks. I mean 4 weeks!!!! That's amazing compared to two days and then needing to shave again.
So I was in Tesco's doing a little shop and decided to buy some wax strips to try them out, which I obviously chose the brand I am reviewing now, these cost me £5.68. In this packet you receive 16 wax strips and 4 finishing wipes, if you run out of finishing wipes it says you can use baby oil to get rid of the remaining wax on your skin.
I went on for a few days without shaving my under arm to make sure the hair was long enough to be able to wax. So literally half an hour ago I thought id finally get rid of the ghastly hair as I would have got rid of it by now. So I gave them a whirl and to cut a long story short (I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing for a dooyoo review lol). Anyway I waxed and waxed, got quite sore armpits and from both underarms only two hairs were removed (at least from the root).
I am so disappointed, I honestly thought after growing the hair slightly that I would have totally smooth under arms by now; instead I had to waste a finishing wipe to get the wax off of my armpits with practically all the hair still remaining.
I mean ok I have only used these once so I am not going to write them off straight away even though right now I just feel like throwing them in the bin and grabbing the razor. But now I have a decision to make, do I let my hair grow a bit more and give the wax strips another try (cringe of the hair though, I hate armpit hair). Or I can have a good old shave which im feeling desperate for right now and let my armpits have a rest and then try the whole process another time.
Well as I am not writing this product off completely I will update this review as to when I have made a decision on what to do and let you all know if the next try is a success or not, I really hope this was just a little glitch, but hey we will see.......
Just a quick update, i grew my hair for what seemed like well forever! On sunday 26th i tried to wax again, first my unsightly armpit hair (im sorry but its just wrong to grow your hair that long to be able to wax) And it didnt even work!!! it got a few hairs at the roots and just ripped some off not at the roots, so i gave up with the waxing of armpit hair and had a much needed shave instead. On to the legs......Well this seemed to be working, it hurt like hell and you had to keep going over areas of unmissed hair, but afterwards i thought great legs are done so the waxing session went well, i had bright red spotty legs afterwards but that was fine and went done about an hour later. I was disappointed though when i felt my legs and i could feel prickly hair, what a disappointment, all that waiting and hair growing for not so hair free legs, i wont be waxing again especially not with this product, it did not work for me.
Firstly I have to say I have about 8 cook books in my kitchen cupboard, mostly received from family as I wanted to be a good cook, but if they were lucky I have probably cooked one thing out of them.
Some of them just have so many words and so much ingredients that I have never heard of, that I just find them impossible to use, I also find the ones without pictures a bit useless too as I need a guide to compare to, to know what I am aiming for.
Now when I started watching Nigella cooking on TV, I just found it amazing that there are simple things to cook out there, she made it interesting, gave a background reason as to why she was cooking this certain thing, what memories she had ect.
So at Christmas we were out shopping in ottaker's book store and I walked past this and just had to stop to have a quick flick through, to my surprise at a quick glance I knew I was going to be able to work with the book.
This book is priced at £25 which in my opinion is very very expensive, my boyfriend bought it for me as an early Christmas present but when I got home I had a look to see if it could be bought anywhere else at a cheaper price. To my surprise I found it on Amazon for around £16, which to me as a money saver is a whole £9 we could have saved, but my boyfriend was having none of it and wouldn't take it back.
So the title of this cook book is pretty self explanatory, it's basically recipes that are quite quick to make, which suits me just fine. The book is split up into sections so you can find things to cook in the time that suits you for example one section is called everyday easy and another is against the clock.
At the beginning of Nigella's recipe she writes a paragraph mainly as to when and why she makes the specific food/dessert ect which I think is a nice touch to this cook book.
This book is 389 pages long so is quite a hefty book and also makes the price not seem as expensive as you are getting value for money.
I know Nigella doesn't care about calories ect and neither do I but not all of her recipes are full fat ect for example she has a thai green curry which is full of peas, soya beans and long beans which I would consider to be a healthy meal myself. Although I wouldn't recommend buying this cook book if you are a health freak or someone who diets a lot as there are plenty of recipes that are full of sugar.
All of her recipes come with very colourful mouth watering pictures which is always helpful and you just practically want to eat the page.
Everything I have made from this book so far has come out perfectly, this cook book in my mind is definitely a winner, I use it all the time so it's not just gathering dust like the other cook books I own.
I would definitely recommend this cook book to anyone.
We bought this TV about 2 years ago from curry's for around £1150 (which we slightly haggled on the price with the salesman.) Included in the price was the TV (obviously), DVD player and a very nice looking TV stand.
We were very happy with our purchase and the other week I remember thinking, its still going strong, which is great. Until when we tried to turn the TV on it just kept clicking, turning on and off (without any picture coming up.)
Every day we would try turning it on and every day it just clicked on and off for even longer periods of time, for 2hours one day and that was it we knew the TV was knackered.
Now this is the bad point about Samsung, the fault that I have just explained above is a well known fault with Samsung TV's and Samsung know this themselves yet they still make their TV's knowing this and generally don't really care, this fault is known to occur after around 2 years of using the TV.
There are two options if this happens to your TV, either send it back to Samsung to be repaired for the princely sum of £150, remember they know of this fault and this is probably just another one of their ways to make even more money out of us.
The other option is to fix it yourself for £1.50, yes that's correct and not a mistake £1.50 so how can Samsung charge so much for a £1.50 fault? Daylight robbery I would say.
Here is the forum we used to find out how to fix our Samsung TV: http://www.howtomendit.com/answers.php?id=190198
Only try to fix your own TV if you are confident enough to do so, if not possibly find someone else who is, as you could end up damaging your TV beyond repair.
Our TV is now working perfectly like the day we bought it, no more clicking, it turns straight on. It has been a few months now and if it happens again we know it is only going to cost us £1.50 to mend (which should be in about another 2 years or so.)
Apart from this known fault, I really like the Samsung TV, it's stylish and it all fits well together.
The picture quality is very good on this TV, never had a problem with the picture quality, the sound is also good but because i am used to hearing everything from the surround sound, when this is turned off the TV does seem quiet.
This TV is also HD ready.
If you are experiencing the same fault with you Samsung, I hope you find this review useful.
I bought my boyfriend this doughnut maker for Christmas as when we went shopping once, there was this little van selling freshly made little doughnuts exactly the same looking ones you make from the prima doughnut maker. Anyway these doughnuts were amazing so we really wanted to re-create them ourselves. For a start the prima doughnut maker is a lot healthier as the doughnuts from the van were cooked in very hot oil.
The doughnut maker at the time cost around £20 but if you search online now you can find them for around £15.
I must say I was a bit disappointed when the doughnut maker arrived as it just doesn't look appealing and just feels a little bit too rickety, it did look like to me a product that would have been made a good few years ago, but that's just my personal opinion of it.
I find that the doughnuts are a little bit too dry if you eat them as they come, but luckily this doughnut maker comes with an instruction booklet along with the recipes on how to make numerous toppings for your freshly made doughnuts.
I do find that the prima doughnut maker gets extremely hot like maybe a little too hot as the handle even seems hot to me when I am checking on the doughnuts.
Making these doughnuts is a pretty messy process, well for me it is anyway. You have to try and get the doughnut mix into the little rings but this ends up going all over the place, especially if you use a spoon; even pouring from a jug you just get too much doughnut mix on the maker. My suggestion would be to use a piping bag, this is the only way I can think of getting the mix in the maker without the excess mess.
If you do happen to create a mess all over the doughnut maker, I am afraid to say this is not an easy piece of equipment to clean. The doughnut mix gets burnt all across the hot plate bit and obviously you cannot soak this to get it off, scraping at it scratches the metal so not a good idea. So this is probably the reason we only use this product on the odd occasion.
Overall this does make good doughnuts but as long as you are prepared for the cleaning afterwards then would I recommend this.
I myself am not a massive popcorn fan, just generally due to the fact that I get the little bits of corn stuck in my teeth and choke on the little bits, yes this has been the case for me since I was little lol. Back to the reviewing though I do occasionally fancy some popcorn so when my boyfriend is making a massive batch to eat all to himself I do eat a few on the rare occasion.
Before the popcorn maker we decided to try the popcorn that you put into the microwave in one of those bags that im sure we all used to enjoy when we were younger, but to our horror it certainly did not taste like it used to, it was so disgusting.
So that year my boyfriend actually received a popcorn maker for Christmas which was pretty handy. You can buy these popcorn makers from around the £20 mark but you can also find some really good discounts if you search around on the internet.
This popcorn maker never fails to produce really nice tasting popcorn the only disadvantage I would say is the fact that you sometimes have to hold a tea towel over the bit where the popcorn comes out because it is just an open bit and the popcorn sometimes comes popping out of everywhere and goes all over the place.
The popcorn maker comes with a little lid looking thing that you actually use to melt the butter if you want buttered popcorn, I find this a little too small though (probably due to the ratio of popcorn that is made in one batch) so my boyfriend uses a cup and the microwave to melt the butter. I am sure it is perfectly fine to use though if you are making an average amount.
There are newer makes of this product which would probably look better in the modern kitchen, but this one we have had for the last 2 years and it has served us well and lives in our cupboard so it doesn't really matter if its not completely up to date.
I do also find that the top part of the popcorn maker (the lids) are not very secure I find when I am packing it away that I knock them off on numerous occasions.
The maker is a little bit noisy but that's not too much of a worry as it takes about 2 minutes to cook the popcorn so it's not for long.
I regularly visit the job centre website or in store to try and find jobs for many years now and I must say that the jobs that are advertised on there are awful there is certainly no jobs on there for around the £20,000+ its mainly £12,000 a year jobs being advertised.
My main problem from the job centre though is when my temp work dried up and my boyfriend was made redundant, so we decided it was time to try and sign on as earning something was better than nothing.
Well we were given a date and time for an interview, we were told to be there by 10am where we were told to queue at a desk which took 45mins to then be given a stapled load of sheets which is all the information you went through with someone over the phone. So off you go for another 45mins seeing if there is anything to correct on the papers. You then go and have an interview where someone checks through the papers again and takes your ID ect. As you can imagine this is a very frustrating process.
Some of the staff seem to be unhelpful, like mine and my boyfriends application was a joint application and on so many occasions we were told oh no we didn't know you were supposed to be here, is this supposed to be a joint application?! (Well I wouldn't be here if I wasn't supposed to be would I)?! So one interview we were supposed to have, my boyfriend sat down, I walked over and stood there as there was only one chair, the woman just looked at me and said can I help you?! When we told her it was a joint application she moodily said I don't have time for a joint application, so she told us to go and wait elsewhere because she couldn't do it and someone else had to do it instead.
This is the worst experience ever, I remember saying that day Id rather be working right now, not here where they tarnish everyone with the same brush, last year I had a £20,000+ a year job but things happen, I am not a bum and do not want to live off of tax payers money.
Well after all that though I wasn't even accepted for benefits but luckily my temp work has started up again so for now I am fine, hopefully I will find a permanent job very soon. I hope never to have to go back there to try and claim benefits again.
1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done
I had 4 teeth removed at the dentists and had a brace fitted very expensive stuff.
I am well on my way to nice teeth and weirdly enough I am no longer scared of the dentists.
2. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, my brother's fiancée.
3. Did anyone close to you die?
4. What countries did you visit?
5. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked
To be debt free and have more savings.
6. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your
memory, and why?
25th Dec - because it was an exciting Christmas, lots of new things happening.
7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Changing banks through a cash back site, I had been with the other bank for 6 years.
8. Did you suffer illness or injury?
No, just the usual cold ect I think I have a chest infection now though.
9. What was the best thing you bought?
Money tins so I can save, save, save for 2009.
10. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
No one really.
11. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
My mum, it's a long story and really quite ridiculous.
12. Where did most of your money go?
On my debts and my car.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited
Getting my braces lol sad I know.
14. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Hmm there's not 1 particular song really.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
Fitter, happier, more productive? I would say so not fitter though.
a) Happier or sadder? Happier
b) thinner or fatter? I've always been slim so no change there.
c) richer or poorer? Just a tad.
16. What do you wish you'd done more of? Saving money, hindsight is a wonderful thing.
17. What do you wish you'd done less of? Quitting my very good job.
18. What was your favourite TV programme? The inbetweeners, that was sooo funny.
19. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this
time last year? No.
20. What was the best book you read? I am afraid I do not read books.
21. What was your greatest musical discovery? Scouting for girls.
22. What did you want and get? My Braces, at a price though and setting up my own business.
23. What did you want and not get? A good summer.
24. What was your favourite film of this year? Hmm I like lots of films but what happens in Vegas.
25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were
you? I was 22, I think I worked like every year and had a nice meal with my boyfriend.
26. What political issue stirred you the most?
Voting and my vote not making a difference now look where we are!!
27. Who did you miss?
Some people I used to work with, funny times.
28. Who was the best new person you met? My new little niece.
29. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in
If you have a good job, stick with it no matter how hard things may seem, yes hindsight is definitely a wonderful thing.
30. What do you want from Dooyoo in 2009?
Lots of money for my improving reviews.
Ok firstly I put in a suggestion for this kettle as I couldn't seem to find the kettle I own turns out my suggestion came back with a reply of product already there, this is the correct model but the picture is a different looking kettle. The picture of the kettle I am reviewing can be found here http://www.value-electrical.co.uk/breville-lightning-jug-kettle-jk73-1880-p.asp so I don't know if Dooyoo has a wrong picture or if there are a few makes of the same model, but the description is exactly the same as the picture I have put a link to above so I am assuming it is just a different picture.
Anyway so on with the review, I bought this kettle 3 years ago from Argos well actually 3 and a half years ago when I was looking to buy my first home, all very exciting stuff,i believe i paid around £35 for this kettle.
So to start off this is a very reliable kettle considering it has been going for 3 years now and to think I was going to throw it away for the all new 3second kettle, when mine is perfectly functioning and still probably going to be around for another few years.
It is really just a normal every day kettle except when you press the button to boil the kettle this kettle lights up blue and then switches off once it has finished boiling.
A few negatives about this kettle I have are the fact that after the kettle has been boiled and you want to fill it back up for something else, the lid sort of flips open which I think is a pretty silly design because a few times when I first bought this kettle I had hot water flung at me from the lid, I now hold a tea towel over the lid before opening it.
This kettle comes with a keep warm feature and it is literally keep warm, I rarely use this feature but I know my mum likes lots of cups of tea so when she was over I used this instead of constantly boiling the kettle, to my horror the next cup of tea I served was luke warm, I guess it would be alright if it was only to be kept warm for 5 or 10 minutes but it is certainly never as hot as the kettle being freshly boiled.
This kettle has the wire attached to the base which means it is suitable for right or left handed people and it looks tidy like this.
Hopefully I will have this kettle for a while more, 3 years is a very good start though.
I bought my first Pyrex jug when I got my own home when I was buying home things in the kitchen department, I didn't make a conscious decision to buy this specific make of jug to me at the time it was just a jug.
Anyway somewhere along the way we accumulated a plastic jug which is so scratched, stained and slightly melted, which is why I have come to love my Pyrex jug.
I didn't really find anything special about this jug infact I thought the spout, the way it poured to be a little dodgy, like I found I had more spillages using the Pyrex jug which is why I preferred to use the plastic jug, but since I have been using the Pyrex jug more mainly because I couldn't be bothered to wash up the other one, I have grown to love it.
The measurements on the side of the jug are in red making them clear to read, this is very useful as the jug I was using before the measurements were the same colour of the jug making it slightly impossible.
It is made of a good thick glass meaning it isn't easily breakable, I've accidentally knocked this jug into the taps and other furnishings thinking it will be damaged but it's not its very durable.
I can use this jug safely in the microwave, it doesn't get scratched or stained and this is after having this jug for 3 years, so very good value for money if it seems as though its going to last a life time.
I like to sometimes shop at Argos depending what it is I want to buy, if its furniture I would now rather go IKEA, I used to buy furniture from Argos but it just seems cheap in quality and doesn't really last and I want my furniture to last for more than just a year.
I used to like shopping at Argos because I could search through the catalogue, see what I wanted and then go and buy everything in one go from electricals to toys instead of going to a number of different stores for everything I needed.
One new thing I like from Argos is you can check online if what you want from what store in your area is in stock and reserve it, gone are the days when you would get all the way there just to find out they don't have what you wanted.
The only thing I don't like is waiting in the ques in your collection area that bit always seems to take forever, its annoying when all the other numbers are being called yet you can see your items sitting on the shelf, but I guess avoid it close to Christmas by getting your shopping done early.
In my local store they don't really have much you can either pay for your items at a till or use the debit/credit card machines which are much quicker; they then have the collection points and then the jewellery counter.
I remember going to Argos when I was little and being so disappointed because there were no toys anywhere!! I think they should make it less like a catalogue shop and have a few more things on display, make it more of an interesting store to visit.
I was amazed and very happy when finally the local store budgens arrived, no more going all the way to Tesco for some bread and milk.
Anyway that unfortunately seems to be all they are good for, don't get me wrong most of their stuff is good and they sell a few different products. Even though this store still seems quite expensive.
Although it seems like most of their products get thrown around before it goes onto the shelf. The ice cream always seems like it has been defrosted beforehand and all the ice lollies are sticky and stuck together, which isn't very nice sticking your hands in the freezer.
The bananas they sell are always black and mushy inside even though the outside is normal and yellow. I went to buy some fruit the other day and it's only because I saw a black dent in the banana that I remembered not to buy my fruit from here.
Other than its bad points there are some good like if you go into the store say an hour before closing you can get some really good discounts like pizzas that were £3 go down to 95p ect deals like this which are handy to get hold of.
The ques are not usually too long and if they are they do get two people on the tills so it's never really a long wait.
It is a very handy local to have for the essentials like bread, milk and toilet roll.