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We have the Obaby Zezu in Dotty Purple and I love it, we don't however have any experience with the pushchair as a travel system so I won't be commenting on that. It's a very smooth ride, the large air filled back wheels really contribute to the smoothness, it's easy to steer and folds up easily. The only problem I have found is that it is quite heavy to carry when folded, and is quite bulky and so will take up most of the boot space in a small car. You can remove the large back wheels to try and save space and the handle also folds down which helps but I would definitely recommend trying this pushchair before buying just in case it doesn't fit in your car. The seat unit transforms from pram unit to upright pushchair which is really handy and saves you having a pram lying about once baby outgrows it. It's easy to set up once you know how.When in pushchair mode the seat can be both parent and forward facing which is handy, however to fold the pushchair the seat unit needs to be forward facing so you will need to switch the seat round before folding if using it as a parent facing pushchair. The pushchair also comes with an air pump for the tyres which slots into a little pouch attached to the basket underneath so you've always got it on hand should you need it. The pushchair comes with a rain cover which has black dots on it which is very easy to attach to the pushchair hood, and also a liner for when the unit is in pram mode to add a bit of extra comfort. You also get a bumper bar to attach to the pushchair which is great for attaching toys to keep little one entertained. The seat looks comfortable, doesn't seem to sit as upright as I would like but my little one doesn't seem to mind this. It's easy to recline if baby needs to have a sleep whilst out and about by simple pressing two buttons on either side of the pushchair. Overall I've found the pushchair to be very good, great value for money and very hard wearing. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a pushchair that does everything but isn't stupidly expensive.
I love this gadget, it gets used nearly every day in this house. We mainly use it to make chips and occasionally wedges (sweet potato chips especially are a hit). We have also cooked chicken in it before but we primarily bought it because we're not keen on oven chips and wanted to make our own home made chips but in a healthy way. We ummed and ahhed about getting a deep fat fryer but re definitely don't regret forking out for one of these! It's really easy to use, and comes with a cute little recipe book with some great and healthy ideas. It seems to be a very versatile appliance which can be used to cook a variety of dishes. It comes with a little green measuring spoon which is handy, especially when following the recipe from the book it comes with As I mentioned earlier we are not the most adventurous of people and so tend to just stick to cooking home made chips and wedges, we've had the appliance for over 6months now and over that time has been used quite vigorously but we have yet to come across any issues with it. It's easy to keep clean but not very easy to keep looking clean, the see through plastic has become somewhat smeared over time and no amount of scrubbing seems to get it looking like new again, that is purely a cosmetic issue though and not a reflection on how the Actifry performs as a whole. Overall I am super pleased with this product and we honestly wouldn't be without it now. It's become a vital part of the kitchen, It can be quite noisy but that doesn't really bother us. I can't imagine cooking chips any other way!
I was a member for a while and thought it was great but over time I started to notice that all wasn't quite as it seemed. It turned out that the admin/mod team had favorites and certain members were able to say what ever outlandish things they wanted but if someone who wasn't a part of their little group said the same thing they were warned or banned without notice and often with no explanation and no chance to explain yourself. Any attempt at even trying to reconcile or reason with the admin team was either ignored, responded with a very rude and/or hurtful response or it resulted in your account being banned permanently. They pick and choose which rules apply to which members and I know countless people who have been treated unfairly as a result. The website gives off a very good first impression, it is very large and very active which is great, just what you want in a forum. But upon closer inspection it's plain to see that the Administrator and owner (known as 'Wobbles') is condescending and does not value 'her' members at all. There seems to be a little cult of followers who think the sun shines out of Wobbles' arse and whilst i'm not discounting the hard work this person has put into the website, I do think she has lost site of what the site is all about. It's like the success of baby and bump has gone to her head and she has become like some sort of dictator who doesn't value 'her' members as individuals. I mean let's face it. It doesn't matter if she gets rid of a few members, there will always be more coming into replace them because of the sheer size of the website. She is very into the whole public humiliation thing and seems to lack compassion which considering the nature of the site, is surprising as many women are at their most vulnerable whilst they are posting on the site (during pregnancy, after giving birth and such) . It worries me that someone like this is allowed to have such a hold over so many women and doesn't seem to care how her actions can affect people because it's her site and what she says goes, which may be true but that certainly doesn't make it right. I definitely wouldn't recommend this site.
I started working at Asda on checkouts in October 2011, it was ok to start with, although you get treated like a child, on my department at least. You have to ask permission to go to the toilet and if its a busy period they will tell you to wait, and you don't get a say in when you want to take your break and sometimes end up taking it really early, there's been countless times where i've been there an hour and already i'm being asked to go for my break, if you say you want to wait a little longer they will usually tell you no. My manager often changes my shifts without telling me, resulting in me not turning up on occasion because I wasn't aware I was due in. Technically they aren't allowed to do this and have to give adequate notice and actually tell you about any changes. This made planning things outside of work difficult. I put it down to it being the Christmas period but this carried on afterwards and was/is happening to other colleagues. There's favouritism, some colleagues get to work the same shifts every week whilst people like me have shifts which change every week even though I have a contract which states the days and hours i'm supposed to work, makes things like booking dr/dental appointments difficult and then i get moaned at when I have an appointment during work hours despite it being booked a month in advance and me telling them about it before the rota for that day has even been written up. Some, despite them saying everyone has to work one weekend day a week, never have to work weekends, whilst others end up working Saturday and Sunday, very unfair. Not to mention being put down to work 6 days a week which is against company policy. It seems the store I work at likes to make their own rules and follow certain policies whilst ignoring others. Then there's the Happy To Help policy, which surprise surprise they follow to a tee, because if a store as a whole doesn't do well at it then it looks bad compared to other stores and the managers will lose out on their bonus (was told this from the horses mouth), you basically have a script to follow and get observed and mystery shopped which is fine but even if you fail one of the criteria you fail the whole thing and get penalised for it. It leaves no room for you to be yourself, and you have to follow it for every-single-customer. You are expected to have a 'friendly chat' with all the customers, even when they clearly have no interest in chatting or they don't speak English for example. If you're a shy person like myself, then this job probably isn't for you as i've realised it's not for me either. As long as you're polite and give them your full attention then most customers don't care about anything else. I've never worked in a place where you can get diciplined for such a small thing, they take happy to help really seriously. Funnily enough I've never had someone complain about me because I didn't talk to them about the weather whilst processing their transaction. I bet if they did a bit of market research they would find out that their happy to help policy is slightly over the top and that the basis for good customer service is to smile and be polite, in my experience if a customer wants to chat they will start a conversation themselves. If you have a day off sick you have to have a 'return to work' meeting with your manager, where you get interrogated as to why you were off, whether you have a drs note etc, even if it's just for one day and you're made to feel like you're being punished for being ill. If you have too many sick days in a certain amount of time you get diciplined for it. I can see why they have this in place to stop people pulling sicky's but it's a very extreme way to go about it. I've avoided calling in sick when i am actually ill and barely able to function in the past just to avoid the drama that follows upon your return, which is what they want as they couldn't give two hoots about your health. Before you start work for them they make out like it's the best place on earth to work, that you get all these benefits (most of which aren't even relevant to myself and I will never use), it's not until you've been there a little while when you start to realise that it's not as great as they make out. They tell you that everyone gets treated as an individual when the reality is it's the complete opposite and everyone is expected to react the same way in every situation regardless of your personality, you're never allowed to stand up for yourself even when a customer is shouting and being abusive towards you, we just have to stand there and take it. I'm all for equal treatment but i'm also for taking into account individual differences and not being treated like some sort of robot. Most of the staff are friendly and some even share the same views as I do which makes me feel less alone. There are a couple of cliques and interfering do gooders but i think most work places have them. To be honest I wouldn't recommend them as a place to work long term, but I guess you have to be a certain type of person to work there and i'm not that type of person. In my experience they tend to ask a lot of you but if you dare ask anthing in return they kick up the biggest fuss and will most likely refuse your request with little consideration.