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My cat is not only obsessed with food but thinks she rules our household so when I came across ‘The Boss’ food bowl in pets at home it was a must buy.
The bowl was priced at £4.99 which is a little on the expensive side for a cat bowl but it is made from ceramic and has a great novelty factor with the design.
The bowl is black in colour with the wording ‘The Boss’ written on the front in white writing and a white paw print in the bottom of the bowl. The bowl is quite shallow but it fits a portion of my cats wet food in perfectly and means it is easy for her to reach without getting her whiskers covered in food. Also with the bowl being made from ceramic it is quite heavy which prevents it sliding around the feeding mat while she is eating.
The bowl is dishwasher safe but I simply wash it by hand using some warm soapy water and have not had any problems with the colour or the writing fading. You do obviously have to be careful not to knock or drop the bowl as with it being ceramic it would break but so far I have kept mine in one piece.
Overall I have been quite impressed with this bowl it has lasted longer than I expected, my cat appears happy to eat her food from it and it washes easily. It is just a shame that the matching feeding mat did not last as long as this bowl did to complete the set.
My cat is now almost 2 years old and with her being an indoor cat she likes nothing more than to play. Although I have purchased a number of cat toys since I got her as a small kitten I find that she mostly prefers homemade or DIY toys made from every day objects.
My cats favourite thing is any type of paper or card, as soon as I lay out a piece of paperwork or a newspaper she will sit on it. So when I recently received two parcels in the post which were wrapped in a cardboard box with scrunched up brown paper Tink quickly claimed them as her own. She loves to roll around in the boxes amongst the paper and if I throw in a few toys she will scurry around in the box trying to find them. This will keep her entertained for a good 20 minutes at a time.
She also loves toilet roll tubes which she will bat around the wooden floor and any type of hard plastic lid or wine corks. Obviously you need to be careful that your cat will not try and eat the plastic but my cat will only play with them by chasing them around the floor. This does although mean that I end up finding numerous lids under my settee when I move it to clean underneath.
Homemade pom poms or even scraps of fabric tide to some string also made great teaser toys which my cat will try and attack when dangled in front of her. I have purchased a few of the teaser toys but find that for the price they never last very long so home made ones work just as well and do not cost anything.
To make my cat work for her treats I will take a clean plastic bottle and place a few treats inside then give her the bottle without the lid to make her work to get the treats out. This will keep my cat occupied for a while as she is very food driven and goes crazy for treats.
Overall I think DIY cat toys are much more fun than ones you buy and you also save a small fortune. My cat gets bored of her toys easily so making your own means you can come up with new inventions all of the time and mostly from objects lying around the home. I would certainly recommend anyone with a playful cat to make there own toys as it is much more rewarding and fun than buying them. Furthermore an occupied cat means less destroyed furniture from scratching!
I recently ran out of cat litter and being short of time I had to pop to my local shop where the only option was the catsan clumping cat litter.
This cat litter is much more expensive than the litter that I would normally use. I purchased a 10 litre bag from my local Tesco Express which was priced at £5.48.
My cat has a standard sized litter tray and is an indoor cat so having a clean toilet is important to her but also to me as I do not want it to be smelly with it being in my home. The litter resembles small grey pebbles and is made from quartz sand and lime which is absorbent and is designed to prevent odour. To use the litter you simply need to pour some into the litter tray to a depth of around 5cm.
My cat seemed very happy with this litter even though it is a different style to her usual wood based litter and I have had no problems with her using it. I remove any solid waste as soon as possible from my cats litter tray for hygiene reasons and change the litter completely twice per week. This litter is very absorbent and clumps to allow liquid waste to also be removed easily. I have found that this litter does mask odours very well indeed and for that reason this bag lasted me longer than my usual litter would which makes the price a little more justified.
Overall I have been more impressed with this litter than I expected to be. I am not sure if I would purchase it all of the time as although my cat likes it, it is very absorbent and masks odours well the price is still expensive and I think it is a case of paying for a branded item.
4 stars from me.
I try not to give my cat too many treats in order to keep her healthy and maintain her weight. But cats do tend to suffer from tooth decay and I had noticed that my little girls breath was a little wiffy so decided to purchase her some Whiskas dentabites.
I purchased a 50g pouch of the Dentabites from my local Tesco store where they were on special offer priced at £1.00.
I opted to purchase the Chicken flavour bites but they are also available in salmon too. They come packaged in a re-sealable plastic pouch to enable you to keep them nice and fresh. On the pouch you can find all the detailed product information including ingredients listings, feeding guidelines and details of how they work. It also states on the pouch that they are the only treats which are endorsed by the BVDA (British Veterinary Dental Association).
These treats are shaped like little pillows and are brown in colour. They have a rough texture which is designed to rub on the teeth to help remove any tartar. These treats are designed to be complimentary to a normal diet and food to be reduced accordingly to prevent over feeding. These treats are also only suitable for cats over the age of 10 months old.
My cat loves these Dentabites, I only have to get the packet out of the cupboard for her to start purring and trying to reach the pack. I feed her a few a day in-between her usual meals and they get eaten immediately. My cat has been having these treats for a few weeks now and I have noticed that her breath doesn’t smell as much anymore and the fact that she loves them too makes the certainly worth purchasing for me. Also as the treats are quite small they are perfect for placing into a treat ball which my cat loves chasing around to dispense the treats which helps keep her occupied too.
Overall I would certainly recommend these treats from Whiskas, my cat loves them and her wiffy breath as improved. Obviously I cannot comment on the long term advantages of these treats but hopefully they will help to keep my cats teeth healthier for longer.
My cat is a messy eater and will tend to take food out of her bowl, place it on the floor then pick at it. When I got my cat I purchased a plastic feeding mat to sit her bowls on to protect my laminate flooring from having food and water dropped on it but it became tatty quickly so I decided to replace it with ‘The Boss’ mat from pets at home which was priced at just £1.99.
These plastic mats can be purchased cheaper but I loved the design and Tink is certainly with boss in our home.
The mat is a good size (width 31 x Depth 43cm) allowing enough room to fit Tink’s two round bowls onto it. The design is brilliant with it being black with white paw prints and the wording ‘The Boss’ in the centre. The mat isn’t non slip but it does stay in place on my laminate flooring.
The mat works well to stop bits of food and splashes of water going onto my laminate flooring. To clean the mat you just need to simply wipe it over with a cloth. This is where I have found the problem with my mat as when it is wiped it tends to pull some of the black colour off it so after only having the mat a couple of months it is looking faded and worn.
Overall I have been disappointed with this feeding mat as it looks grea, it does help to keep my floor clean but is not at all practical due to it not being able to be cleaned without it looking worn and tatty. 1 star from me.
My cat, Tink like most others loves milk but as cats are not able to drink cows milk due to them being intolerant to lactose I purchase special cat milk for her. One cat milk which is widely available is Whiskas which has reduced levels of lactose and can be purchased from most supermarkets and pet supply shops.
My last purchase of the Whiskas cat milk was from Pets at Home where it was priced at £2.30 for a pack of 3 x 200ml bottles.
The milk comes packaged in small white plastic bottles with a screw top cap. This allows me to be able to give Tink a little of the milk at a time and then simple replace the lid and pop it into the fridge for another day.
Tink loves this milk and I have been giving it her since I got her at 8 weeks old as the milk is suitable for kittens from 6 weeks old. As soon as Tink sees the bottle she begins to purr and heads straight to her bowl. The milk itself looks similar to cows milk but appears a little thicker and creamier in consistency.
I try and use this milk of more of a treat for Tink so will normally give her one bottle per week over 3-4 days as otherwise it can get a little expensive and I also have to be careful to maintain her weight as she is an indoor cat. Tink can have quite a sensitive stomach but she has never had a adverse reaction to this milk and most of all she really enjoys it.
Overall I would recommend and continue to purchase this cat milk as Tink loves it and although it is a little more expensive than others I have tried it is widely available.
I always have a bottle of hand wash in both my bathroom and kitchen. Although I like to keep an antibacterial hand wash in the kitchen I prefer something with a nicer fragrance in the bathroom for when people visit. I had previously purchased the Raspberry and Vanilla hand wash in the Original Source range but thought for a change I would try this White Pear and Avocado for a change.
The handwash comes in a 250ml pump action bottle and was on a half price special offer at just £1.10 in Asda recently.
The bottle is made of a clear plastic which allows you to be able to see how much of the white coloured handwash is left so you can make sure u replace it before it runs out. You can easily get the handwash out of the bottle via the black pump action dispenser which is activated the first time you turn it when it pops up. The labels on the bottle give you all the detailed information about the handwash including ingredients listings and directions for use. The bottle is also made out of recycled plastic and also has recycle instructions on the back to allow you to do your bit for the planet too.
The handwash itself has a rather thick somewhat jellified texture. You can smell the handwash as soon as you put it into your hand, it has a lovely scent which is a little unusual but a little fruity and refreshing. You only need to use one pump to give a nice lather when you wet your hands which means that the bottle lasts quite some time. It leaves my hands smelling lovely and also with the moisturising properties leaves my hands feeling soft and smooth. I would certainly recommend this handwash to anyone and would purchase it again in the future.
I am a big fan of the Original Source range of toiletries especially the shower gels with the lemon and tea tree fragrance being a repeat purchase for me.
The shower gel comes in a 250ml bottle and was on a half price special offer at just £1.00 in Boots recently.
The bottle is made of a clear plastic allowing you to be able to see how much of the bright yellow coloured shower gel is left inside. I do like the way the bottle stands on the flip top cap as it allows the shower gel to be ready to squeeze out straight away rather than having to wait for it to reach the top and shaking the bottle when it is running out. The bottle is also made out of recycled plastic and also able to be recycled after you have finished with it.
The shower gel is easy to dispense from the bottle by flipping the cap open and squeezing the bottle. The bright yellow shower gel has a rather thick somewhat jellified texture. You can smell the shower gel as soon as you squeeze it out of the bottle, it has a gorgeous strong zesty lemon fragrance with a slight hint of the tea tree which smells fantastic!
I always use my shower gel on a shower puff as this ensures that I get a nice lather. My skin feels really cleansed and fresh after using this shower gel, it doesn’t really moisturise but it is not left feeling in any way dry and I always follow my shower with a body moisturiser anyway. Plus I do like shower gels which contain tea tree as it tends to keep the occasional spot away from my back which is always a good thing.
Overall this shower gel is another great product from Original Source. It works perfectly and smells fantastic.
I am not brand loyal to any shower gel but I use the Original Source shower gels frequently as not only do I love the different fragrances and natural ingredients but they can usually be found on a good special offer.
Original Source shower gels contain only natural fragrances. The company aims to source as many of its ingredients for its products as it can in the UK and works closely with the fair-trade foundation and the Vegan society. It also only tests its products on people and not animals. To find out more you can visit there very nice website www.originalsource.co.uk.
The shower gels can be purchased in most large supermarkets or beauty store and come packaged in 250ml bottles and are usually priced around £2.00 each. But if you shop around you can almost always find these on a half price or buy one get one free special offer.
There is a large variety of different fragrances in the range including:
Tea Tree & Mint
Raspberry & Vanilla
Shea Butter & Honey
Tea Tree & Lemon
Tea Tree & Lavender
I have tried all of these fragrances and am yet to find one that I do not like. The fragrances from these shower gels is always quite strong and fresh and really gives your senses a refreshing awakening, some of them even smell good enough to eat! It is also always worth looking out for the limited edition seasonal fragrances that they launch throughout the year too.
The shower gels are packaged in clear plastic bottles allowing you to see the usually quite bright coloured shower gel inside. They have a flip top cap which the bottle stands on allowing it to always to be ready to use. It is easy to distribute the shower gel by simply squeezing the bottle. The bottles are made from recycled plastic and can also be recycled again keeping in line with the companies ethical values.
I always use these shower gels with a shower puff and you only need a small amount to give a lovely lather and to fill the bathroom with a yummy fragrance. My skin is always left feeling cleansed and soft after use with a little of the fragrance left lingering.
Overall I really am a big fan of these Original Source shower gels. They are fantastic quality have the most amazing fragrance and always leave my skin feeling great. The fact that they can almost always be purchased for around £1.00 too makes them even better and very highly recommended from me.
I do a lot of baking and have recently been making Christmas Cakes to give out as presents in the festive season. These rich fruit cakes can be rather expensive to make due to the large amount of ingredients they use especially dried fruit so to cut down on cost I opted this year to buy mixed fruit and made one with the Asda smart price dried mixed fruit.
This dried mixed fruit can only be purchased in Asda as it is an own brand product and is currently priced at £0.95 for a 500g bag.
The packaging of this dried fruit is a basic plastic bag but does the job it is required too keeping the fruit sealed and fresh. The mix of fruit is made up of sultanas, currants, raisins and mixed peel.
As stated I have used this mixed fruit recently in my Christmas cakes which have turned out perfectly and it saved me having to purchase all of the different fruits separately which not only cuts down on cost but also on time having to weigh out the correct amounts of each. You do not get uniformed sized sultanas like with more expensive brands but to me the fruit appeared to be excellent quality and not a bag half filled with mixed peel which can happen with some cheaper brands.
Although I used this mixed fruit in my Christmas cake it can be used for other fruit cakes or bakes, can be eaten on its own as a snack or added to oats to make a homemade muesli or added to porridge or yogurt.
Overall this is a great alternative to the more expensive branded dried mixed fruit and works just as well. I would certainly purchase and use this mixed fruit again and would recommend it especially for avid bakers as it can really cut down the cost of a fruit cake.
I have natural red hair which tends to be a little dry, frizzy and unruly so I am always on the look out for anything that makes it smoother and styling it easier. Some time ago while shopping in Boots I came across the Henna and Horse Chestnut hair care range specifically designed for red and brunette hair and decided to give it a try.
I purchased the shampoo, conditioner and this matching hair mask. The mask was priced at £1.99 for a 350ml tub but was part of a 3 for 2 offer on the whole range.
The hair mask comes packaged in a round plastic tub with screw on lid. You can find all the detailed product information on the labels on the tub which give directions for use and ingredients listings. It also states that this hair mask contains extracts of henna and horse chestnut and helps to smooth frizz for soft and moisturised hair.
The mask itself is light brown in colour and has a lovely glossy shimmer and is very thick in consistency. To use you simply scoop a blob out of the tub and apply to wet or damp hair after shampooing. The thick consistency does mean it takes a little time to distribute it evenly though your hair but as my hair is fairly short it wasn’t too much of a chore but I can imagine longer hair would be. With this being a mask it is advisable to leave on your hair for at least 5 minutes before rinsing to allow it to work. The mask does have a nice delicate fragrance and is fairly easy to rinse out but takes a little more effort than a normal conditioner due to the thick consistency again.
My hair is left feeling very soft and smooth after rinsing but I do notice when drying my hair after using this mask that it feels slightly heavy as though there is a residue left behind. I have also not found my hair any easier to style after use although it does look a little glossier but there is no notified intensity to my natural red colour.
Overall I think you get what you pay for with this mask and although my hair looks a little glossier I do not feel that it adds the moisture my hair requires to smooth the frizz I can get or to make it easier to style. It is good value for how much of the mask you get but unfortunately it is just not suited to my hair.
I use shower gel daily but am not loyal to a particular brand and tend to be price driven. One of my last shower gel purchases was of the Nivea Powerfruit shower gel which was priced at just £1.00 for a 250ml bottle in my local Sainsbury's store.
The shower gel comes packaged in a purple transparent bottle with a flip top cap allowing you to see the shower gel inside. It states on the bottle that this is a revitalising acai berry scent with antioxidants. The label in the back of the bottle details the ingredients listings, directions for use and states that the shower gel is pH balanced and dermatologically tested.
The shower gel is a pale purple gel and has a very light, fruity scent which you can smell as soon as you flip the cap open. To use I squeeze a little onto my shower puff with some warm water which gives a lovely thick, foamy lather. The shower gel leaves my skin feeling cleansed and soft but in use the fragrance is rather weak which is a little disappointing as once I have dried my skin I cannot smell anything at all.
Overall this shower gel does its job and leaves my skin clean but I think with the title it would be nice if the fragrance did have a little more power once it is out of the bottle. I would purchase again if on offer but only if there were no other options.
I don’t wear much makeup unless I am going on a night out as I do not really like the feel of it on my skin. So when I heard about BB (blemish balm) cream which is a cross between a moisturiser and a foundation I though it was worth a try.
I purchased the Garnier BB cream as part of a gift set with a body oil in the Tesco sale which was priced at just £5.00. To purchase this BB cream on its own in Boots it is currently priced at £9.99 for a 50ml tube. It is available in 3 different shades light, medium or dark with the light one being included in my gift set as I do have rather pale skin.
The BB cream comes packaged in a plastic tube with flip top cap. This BB cream is designed to be used on its own or to act as a primer. It claims to give sheer coverage and blur imperfections and lines for a softer, more even skin tone. This cream also contains SPF15 to help protect your skin against the suns rays.
As soon as I purchased this cream I was eager to try it as there had been quite a lot of ‘hype’ surrounding BB creams. And I will say that I have been impressed, I have tried tinted moisturisers before but never really liked them but this was much better. I always apply a tiny bit of my usual moisturiser before I apply this BB cream as I do get a few dry patches so need a little extra moisturiser in some areas. The BB cream is very silky to the touch and a small blob the size of a 5p is enough to cover my whole face. It glides on easily and blends with very little effort. It does not cover anywhere near as heavily as a foundation but does help to reduce the appearance of my enlarged pores and gives my skin a smoother appearance and healthy looking glow.
For day wear I use this BB cream on its own but for a more glamorous evening look I will use it as a primer and find that it gives an excellent base for my foundation, a more flawless look and helps my eye shadow stay put for longer.
Removing this BB cream is also very easy and with some face wash or face wipes it cleans off my skin leaving it feeling soft and nourished.
Overall I have been very impressed with this Garnier BB cream it is perfect for giving my skin a smoother, brighter appearance during the day or acts as a brilliant primer under my foundation. It leaves my skin feeling supple and moisturised and also reduces the appearance of my blemishes and pores. I will certainly be purchasing another tube of this BB cream when mine runs out and would highly recommend it especially for people who do not like wearing much make up.
One perfume that I have been purchasing for years is DKNY woman. It is a scent I love and you can always find a bottle sat on my dressing table.
DKNY woman can be purchased from most department stores and perfume shops. It is not the cheapest perfume and is currently priced at £29.99 for a 30ml bottle in Boots. But it is always worth looking out for special offers with my last bottle costing just £19.99 for 50ml.
The design of the bottle is quite sleek and simple, it is a clear glass diamond shaped bottle with ‘DKNY’ printed onto the side and a glass lid which is easily removed to access the pump action dispenser.
I totally adore the fragrance of this perfume which is made up of the following components:
Top Notes – blood oranges, mandarin, chilled vodka, ripe tomato leaf.
Heart Notes – yellow waterlillies, green coral orchids and daffodils.
Base Notes - white birch and tulip tree bark.
It is a very fresh and fruity fragrance but is also quite strong so it may not suit everyone’s tastes. I just love the way this perfume smells on my skin it is so refreshing and when wearing it I will get lovely wafts of it thought the day and always get complimented on the fragrance. I also find that this is one of the few perfumes that actually lasts on my skin without me having to constantly reapply it throughout the day/night.
Overall this is a lovely perfume which I will continue to purchase and highly recommend as it is such a beautiful scent. I love the way it is so fresh and fruity and can last the entire day which also helps to justify the price.
My usual shower gel is whatever is priced for £1.00 or under on special offer but when I purchased a Lola by Marc Jacobs gift set it included the matching shower gel which was certainly a treat.
The shower gel in my gift set was a 75ml bottle but comes in a 150ml bottle if purchased separately priced at £23.00.
Again just like the matching body lotion the packaging of this shower get is disappointing for the cost. As it is simply a purple plastic tube with screw on lid. There is nothing about this tube that would make you think this was an expensive shower gel if you didn't recognise the designer name.
The shower gel itself is clear and has the same scent as the perfume just slightly more muted but you can recognise the fragrance straight away. I only need to use a small amount of this shower gel squeezed onto my shower puff to give a nice lather. You can tell it is a good quality product as it feels dedicate on my skin during use and leaves my skin feeling soft and smooth afterwards. I tend to use this shower gel when I am wearing the matching perfume for a night out and the smell of it in the shower always brightens my mood and helps me to forget about my day and look forward to my evening out.
Although the fragrance of the shower gel with its signature combination of musk, floral and fruity combinations does seem rather strong when using it after I have dried my skin it is a lot more subtle but still lingers. Therefore if I then apply the matching body lotion and perfume it ensures I smell fantastic all night as it certainly ensures it lasts for hours.
Overall I don't think I could ever justify or bring myself to pay such a huge amount for a shower gel but it certainly is a nice treat for anyone wanting to indulge themselves or to use occasionally with the matching products if wanting to achieve a long lasting fragrance. It would in the future also be nice to see this shower gel with a slightly more expensive looking packaging like the perfume so it looks as glamorous as it should in your bathroom.